Swimsuit Perfection, at Least for Me
There were three things that I used to hate shopping for: Jeans, Bras and SWIMSUITS -- I gave up on bras long ago, I don't have "much" so just soft and stretchy does the job fine. Old Navy jeans seem to be my true fit now. And then there was the dreaded swimsuit, but no more!
Finally, I found a swimsuit that does it all for me, plus it is very affordable! I am talking about feeling comfortable and confident, nothing too sexy nor frumpy either -- good coverage, no gaps, plus nothing tight or binding. You don't have to look matronly or covered up once you reach a certain age - a modest, flattering swimsuit style is completely possible for those of us beyond our bikini years. I can sometimes get by with a 2-piece style, but it is really a hit or miss game with that. What works best for me is a pin-up style swimsuit that I found on Amazon last year before our trip to Mt. Rushmore. This suit comes in a full array of prints and solids, but I purposely picked red, white and blue, because I am patriotic like that. And, because we were going to see a mountain carved with a few of our most historic presidents, so why not?! The swimsuit is called the Cocoship Vintage Sailor Pin-up style suit. Here is a shopping link for your convenience:
The swimsuit is good for all body types and comes in Size 6 through Size 22
(Read the size chart when ordering - I ordered according to my bust size and it is a perfect fit since the bottom is less fitted than the top)
More Details About my Swimsuit
This style of swimsuit is also called a "skirtini" due to the extra coverage you get from the "swim dress" styling of the suit. I like the adjustable tie-neck halter top that also has thin foam cups built in. The dress has a flattering flow from under the bust line and falls at just the right length to cover below the lumps, bumps and bulges that I have around the thigh and hip area.
Keep reading to find out more about under and behind the suit. But first, a couple of important "prep" items.
Before I Put on the Swimsuit
Ya'll, in addition to finding my perfect swimsuit, I found my perfect sunless tanner! Even Big T has been putting it on his lily whites, he could not be outdone by me, ha! He reminded me last night that I need to pick up more at the store since he doesn't want to be caught without it, LOL. So now I have to say "WE" have really enjoyed using this Jergens Natural Glow sunless tanning lotion. He is really white and I have some olive tone in my skin, but it works for both of us for a natural look without being orange and streaky. I apply it liberally right after I dry off from the shower. I put it on very thinly the first time I tried it, but realized that a thicker coat worked very well. I saw color within a couple of hours and have been using it every day for almost two weeks now. It soaks in quickly and dries completely by the time I have brushed my teeth and started my makeup. It has a pleasant smell and I haven't noticed any type of flaking or spotty color. It is a moisturizing, firming formula. Amazon has a great price on the twin pack here. Fair to Medium formula works for us, but I would also try the darker one with a lighter application, it just depends on how your skin works with it.
The Other Thing Before the Swimsuit
Okay, let's get personal for a moment here. I don't know about you but, due to hormonal changes and menopause, I have lost all of the hair on my arms and have about nine hairs combined on both legs that I have to shave two to three time per year, not complaining! LOL. Although, for the other areas not so fortunate, I was thrilled to find this cute little razor that is also great for travel. I found it on Amazon before our Mt. Rushmore trip last summer, then never once put on the swimsuit since we stayed on the go most of the time. I also have to be very careful under my right arm since I had lymph nodes removed there due to breast cancer surgery eight years ago; no nicks allowed, so I prefer a gentle electric shave in that area. I have really enjoyed the Epitome Mini Bomber. It is a smooth gentle shave that gets the job done quickly. This cute little ladies razor comes with a protective cap, instructions, USB charging cord and handy little drawstring tote for all of the included items. It can be used wet or dry, and takes up very little space in your suitcase when travelling, I love it! Here is a link to purchase your own handy little razor:
The Epitome Bomber Razor is very thin and fits into the palm of your hand.
Swimsuit Mechanics, Under the Hood and in the Trunk
Surprise! The swimsuit has boy bottoms built into the design! This is such a comfortable design for this swimsuit. The bottoms are made like loose leg shorts and are a comfortable length that is further covered by the skirt. This provides extra confidence when swimming, exiting the pool and lounging by the pool. I could even wear this suit out in the yard when tending to my garden.
The back of the suit exposes enough of my back for a tan without going down too low. There is plenty of side and back coverage around the edges with no gaping. The skirt is actually a bit longer in the back than the front for additional coverage and confidence. You can see where I missed my strap marks with the sunless tanner. The tanner does a good job, but my leg veins are still visible. I am going to look into vein injections or laser in the Fall when I will not be wearing shorts. Have any of you had the injections or laser for leg veins? I would like to know your experience with those procedures.
Swimsuit Sandal Essentials
Sometimes it is hard to find cute poolside waterproof sandal flip-flops that don't look plain and clunky. I have two pair that go well with my swimsuit. You have seen my navy blue Crocs sandals in previous posts, and I also found a patriotic pair of simple flip-flops actually at Dollar Tree, which of course are cheapie quality, so I found a better looking pair for you on Amazon. . Links for both styles of sandals are provided below each picture below for you to take a peek at buying options.
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