Healthy and Sane

Bathing suit shopping

April 25th, 2011 · 28 Comments · body talk

I can’t believe how fast this weekend flew by. Did you do anything fun? Any Easter celebrations??

Saturday was nasty in Boston – rainy, cold, just miserable… but I did do something really fun. I went shopping for a bathing suit and summer dresses and did really well!

Tiffany and I started with Express which had insane sales and we came out with a loot for very little money. I now have lots of simple cotton dresses that I can wear to the pool in Vegas (coming up in less than 3 weeks!!) and a really cute blazer which I have yet to find an occasion for but I’m certain will come in handy soon. And then it was time for the dreaded bathing suit shopping. Oy.

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Last time I purchased a bathing suit was in the spring of 2004 – yup, SEVEN years ago (I bought 2 actually). They still fit but I was bored with them. It was time for a change! I’m not going to lie, though…. I’ve been thinking about wearing a bathing suit in Vegas for months now and more often than not, just the idea of it makes my chest pound and my eyes water. This was an important purchase and I’m really glad I had a friend with me for mental support!

We started with J Crew and I nearly had a panic attack. None of it was appropriate for my body…. this was not a good start!  And then it hit us – if anyone knows how to flatter nearly naked bodies, it’s Victoria Secret. And Ms. Victoria totally came through. I checked my ego at the door, refused to focus on my extra “curves” and ended up happy with every single thing I tried on!!!!


[Yup, that’s the one. No, I do not look like that 😆 ]

Now instead of imagining models circling me by the pool and me feeling small (figuratively) with my pudgy self, I’m picturing myself enjoying the sun with a kindle in one hand and a margarita in the other – curves and all… and feeling good! Bring it ON, Vegas! Open-mouthed smile

This was a major step towards body acceptance and I could not be more excited!

When was the last time you purchased a bathing suit? Any emotional attachments to the process of buying or wearing one?

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28 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Julie (A Case of the Runs)

    I have yet to try VS bathing suits, but if it could help me, uh, up top, then it’s worth a try! Too bad I can’t find many stores that have enough sizes for me to try all.

  • #2 - Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic

    You gonna rock that bikini girl!! Curves rule 😉

  • #3 - Lauren @ Sassy Molassy

    That’s awesome that the bathing suit shopping went well! JCrew bathing suits are definitely made for certain bodies, not all bodies. VS has some really cute ones. I’ve also found some great ones even at Target, surprisingly. And I don’t feel guilty buying them bc they’re fairly cheap (unlike JCrew swim suits that set you back $110+). It’s amazing how a good fitting bathing suit can really give you confidence when you’re at the pool. Vegas is going to be fun!

  • #4 - Holly

    Congrats on the bikini! Huge step in body acceptance if you ask me :) I just can’t and won’t buy or wear a one piece. They make me feel old and ugly – don’t really know why but they do. So… I continue to wear a bikini in all of my size 8 top and size 12 bottom pear-shaped, Mommy muffin top glory. What the old saying??? “If you can’t tone it, then tan it?” Ha! Seriously, I used to feel insecure about it and then one day while on vacation in Hawaii last Fall, I was looking around the beach and noticing how even the really thin girls would try to hide their tummies or quickly throw on cover ups.

    Bottom line – everyone is too worried wondering what they look like to really care what you look like. Have fun! We love Vegas!! Remember to split all your aces and 8’s!!

  • #5 - MelissaNibbles

    I haven’t shopped in Express since college. We used to go there for “going out” clothes. I need to check that place out.
    I love that suit and it’s going to look great on you!

  • #6 - Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    That is terrific! I think almost everyone hates bathing suit shopping. Last time I had to buy one, I ordered a bunch online so that I could try them on in the privacy of my own home!

    Love the suit you picked, you are going to look awesome because you feel awesome!

  • #7 - Michelle

    Woohoo! This is a huge step! I bought a one-piece a few years for Mexico…It was actually the first one-piece I purchased since I was a child and I loved it!

  • #8 - Joanne

    Thinking about wearing a bathing suit definitely makes me want to cry (in fact…I may have actually cried yesterday thinking about having to wear one this summer). But reading about your experience and how you conquered those negative thoughts is DEFINITELY inspiring! You go girl!

  • #9 - Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living

    It’s been years since I bought a bathing suit as well! The only two I have are from Victoria’s Secret, and I love them. I’m probably due for a couple more ;).

    Your attitude is awesome, and I know you’re going to rock that bathing suit!

  • #10 - Tiffany

    This was a really successful shopping adventure! You looked killer in those suits. You’re gonna rock it poolside :)

  • #11 - heidi

    That’s awesome. Bathing suit shopping can be so intense. The last suit I bought was from Victoria’s Secret as well. I love it.

  • #12 - Meghan@travelwinedine

    Good for you! I actually never try bathing suits on. I usually get cheapo ones from H & M and hope for the best. I just can not deal with the dressing room conditions!

  • #13 - A Boston Food Diary

    Bathing suit shopping and wearing is absolutely reason enough for a panic attack for me as well- glad to hear that you had such a great experience at VS! I might need to head there as well! You are totally going to rock the suit- it’s adorable!

  • #14 - Katie @ Health for the Whole Self

    I am so happy for you right now!!! I’m literally beaming!!! YAY! :)

  • #15 - inna

    yeah it’s been about 5 years since i’ve gotten a bathing suit. i am surprised victoria’s secret has a bathing suit section in their stores ( shows you how often i go to VS hehe). thanks for the tip!

    oh and p.s…


  • #16 - Annie

    I have to buy a new swimsuit soon. It’s always a very trying experience. Last season I spent about 2 hours trying them on and actually ended up with one I loved and felt good in. :)

  • #17 - Marcee

    Quick. Someone fix the ss/model a sandwich. She looks hungry. Or maybe, the gal is 11.

    Best of ….. to ALL gals with swim-suit-hunting.

    In any case …… eat a decent/healthy lunch today. (No excuse to skip any meals.)

    Don’t forget: Wedding cake weekend! A moderate slice …. or ….. ???

    We all must do our share to help Catherine & William celebrate their awesome vows. YES!!

  • #18 - Melissa

    I love Victoria’s Secret bathing suits too! I got a very similar one there (the strapless top) and I love that they finally have them in stores now – so much easier than ordering online…and then returning.

  • #19 - Corey @ the runner's cookie

    Love this! I am sure you look gorgeous in your new bathing suit! Feeling good in it makes all the difference :)

  • #20 - Christie {Nourishing Circle}

    **happy dance for you**

  • #21 - Kelly

    For some reason, bathing suits are one of those things I have entirely too much of. My favorites are a BCBG one ( my biggest problem is I am practically boobless so it has nice ruffles on the top that create the illusion of fullness) and a juicy one. The juicy one is an incredibly cute, one piece halter with a little skirt and a lot of ruching around the tummy. It’s incredibly flattering.

    I have 2 victoria secret ones but will admit I ordered them from the catalog on sale. They are cute, but when they arrived they were MUCH skimpier than I was expecting.

  • #22 - natalie (the sweets life)

    congrats! I bet you’ll look smoking! I haven’t ever looked at VS for bathing suits..I need to remember that! I have SO many but haven’t bought a new one in a few years simply because I get to wear them so rarely :(

  • #23 - Jess

    i bought a strapless one piece about 3 years ago that i still really like and should do the job for awhile. its sort of retroish in a polka dot pattern.

  • #24 - Katherine: Unemployed

    I am such a price-tag shopper that I only buy suits when they are a good deal. I hate trying ones on! I wear awkward fitting ones just so I don’t have to go through all that

  • #25 - Elizabeth

    This post made me smile. So refreshing to hear your positive attitude. You’re going to look great!

  • #26 - Sane running

    […] weekend was full of proud moments. Saturday I conquered my fear of bathing suit shopping and Sunday I had something a little more physical to take care of… a 10.5 mile run… alone. […]

  • #27 - alicia

    hell yeah elina! you’re gonna look awesome, not only because you’re beautiful and healthy but because you will carry CONFIDENCE with you!!!! and that is truly the most important thing.

    • #28 - alicia

      also, i’m going to hawaii in just a few weeks. i am no where near “bikini-ready”, in the traditional sense, but i am going to rock out in my bikini anyway, and feel amazing doing it! who cares when you’re on the beach or at the pool?? everyone’s just there to have a good time.