100 lb. Club - The Bathing Suit Thread (Shudder...)

03-27-2008, 12:53 PM
So yesterday I went bathing suit shopping. If that isn't one of the biggest incentives to stay on plan, I don't know what is. I actually went immediately from the store to the gym when I finished trying on the horror suits. I learned several things:

-Fat or thin, it is still a nightmare.
-Actually saying, out loud, to yourself "Oh my god, a 1000 hours at the gym and I still look like crap" will make the stranger in the next changing room laugh out loud.
-Upper inner thighs on a 43 year old former fat woman are not that attractive. I stood there and actually considered whether a couple of tanning sessions would be worthwhile to take away some of the white glow of my extra leg flaps.

On the upside, I actually get to go swimming this year without wearing a t-shirt and a please don't feed the whale sign.

Anybody else take the plunge into bathing suits yet?

And no, I didn't buy anything. I'm still preserving the illusion for myself that losing another 6 or 7 pounds will make all the difference in how they look.

03-27-2008, 01:01 PM
What is a bathing suit? I haven't seen one of them in a good long time!

You are doing a fabulous job... and I have to thank you for the laugh... I will someday steal the 1000 hours at the gym line for my first bathing suit shopping trip, just to see how many people I can get laughing!

03-27-2008, 01:02 PM
I have! I'm going to Jamaica next week, and have bought 2 new suits-plus the 2 I have from last year. I have decided to embrace the thigh flaps! lol. I'm bigger at the top and was concerned about support, so I bought 2 bra-sized suits from figleaves.com. I can't believe what they do for the girls! Maybe it will draw the attention up there, rather than the thigh flaps, arm flaps, etc. lol I've decided that it is what it is, and it's a far sight better than squeezing into my old size 24 suit.

03-27-2008, 01:11 PM
Oh how I can relate.

After losing 165 lbs, this 44 year olds inner thighs is what took the worst beating. And the area under my former butt.

But oddly enough, I LOVE how I look in a swimsuit. The part that the swimsuit is actually on, that is. I love how my stomach, waist, torso and back look. I also love my shoulders, collarbones, and arms. So, how I have worked around it - is to wear a pair of shorts with my swimsuit. After not wearing a swimsuit and therefore not stepping foot in a pool or the ocean for over 15 years, probably more, I am thrilled to be wearing a bathing suit - shorts and all. I bought 3 of them last summer and I went swimming for the first time and it felt MARVELOUS. Absolutely marvelous.

03-27-2008, 01:25 PM
I splurged on a slimming halter suit last year -- I think I look okay in it. I'm more self-concious about my arms more than my thighs (although this year I'm sporting a thick 8 inch scar on my thigh). I want to get another new one this year, but I love the halter ones because it holds up my deflated boobs nicely. I got $50 Kohl's cash, so I might just put it toward a new suit . . .

03-27-2008, 01:42 PM
lol I'm twice as big as ya'll and I like my swimsuit. =D I hope I don't get more self conscious the thinner I get. ;)

I bought a cheapie $30 swimsuit (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=8204331)at Walmart a couple weeks ago because we were out at the beach and decided to go swimming because it was warm enough. I don't think I've felt more comfortable or liked a swimsuit better. (I always fell for the plus-sized swimsuit price gouging and would spend over $100 on a suit). I really like halter tops, and for some reason it lays flat down my belly. I like it, and I don't mind looking like a whale. =D

03-27-2008, 01:49 PM
I bought a tankini at Target. For the record, 25 year old former fat woman upper inner-thighs aren't much better. I did like, though, that I could buy the different pieces of the tankini in different sizes at Target...this allowed me to get a slightly larger top than I would have otherwise, which provides some looseness over the loose skin on my stomach, and enough length that I'm not actually exposing any skin between the bottom and the top, both of which I like. It ended up being fairly flattering, overall, I thought.

Interestingly, this is the first year I've purchased a swimsuit that isn't black, though I may purchase a black tankini top so I get, effectively, 2 swimsuits out of the deal.


03-27-2008, 01:54 PM
I've said it before, but I'll say it again. Something's on my mind and when I log onto 3fc, somebody's started a post about it!
I was shopping (online) for bathing suits yesterday. I'm actually very excited about getting a new one, but I haven't had to face a mirror yet. I have never let fatness keep me out of a bathing suit, we spend lots of time at the pool and beach in the summer, and now swim at the Y in the winter, but I haven't gotten a new one yet, and my size 22s are bagging enough to show some things that shouldn't be shown, so I guess it's time!
On the upside, I actually get to go swimming this year without wearing a t-shirt and a please don't feed the whale sign. Ouch! Be nice!

We are going to look FABULOUS this year, ladies! Armflaps, saggy butts and thighs, scars and all!

03-27-2008, 02:17 PM
My inner thighs suck. I've always enjoyed swimming so even at my highest weight, i went out in a bathing suit and I've never really used a coverup.

I recently bought a swimsuit that I plan to wear in a couple weeks. It is a halter but yikes the V is deep.

traveling michele
03-27-2008, 02:52 PM
I actually bought a bikini for the first time since high school. I cried in the dressing room-- I was by myself and I literally cried.....
I brought it home, tried it on for dh and decided it didn't fit that well so I brought it back. I ended up buying another bikini! I was so self-conscious even in the store that I was holding a bikini-- like someone would see me and ask why I was buying that?!?!
Now, it remains to be seen whether or not I'll actually be brave enough to wear it is public, but I hope so. It is keeping me motivated to do my sit-ups and lose those last few pounds in hopes of my saggy, stretch-marked tummy miraculously disappearing.

03-27-2008, 03:39 PM
I can't wait to buy a new swimsuit this summer, I think! I'm not sure how much I've lost so far but I came to really like the one piece skirt thing I had last year and it covers up the top of my legs. Hopefully my upper leg fat won't sag beyond my skirt? Yikes!! Never thought about that!

Years ago, I would not have stepped out in a bathing suit but I figured everyone knew I was fat anyways so why not enjoy some of my favorite things to do...swimming & tanning! Once I wore the suit out, I became comfortable in my skin...maybe too comfortable!

03-27-2008, 04:16 PM
I picked out a kind of cute swimsuit last year. I would NEVER go out in public in a swimsuit though. In fact, I have only gone out in public in a swimsuit ONE time and I was 15 and slightly chubby. A white bikini....good lord what was I thinking!?! Anyway, I got a cute Tankini, I guess that is what the style is called. Its a tank top with a skirt bottom. It covers thighs and tummy's. I only wear it because I have a pool in my backyard. When we have people over, I usually wear a t-shirt. I will not even get near the pool when certain people are over. I wish I didn't care...but I do. I know when I get to my goal weight, I will never be able to wear a bikini and I'm alright with it. I just want to feel comfortable and good in a swimsuit.

03-27-2008, 04:21 PM
I've never let my weight keep me from a swimsuit. I love water and swimming too much. I just don't care what others think of what I might look like. At home I do wear a two-piece. :D

03-27-2008, 04:23 PM
On the upside, I actually get to go swimming this year without wearing a t-shirt and a please don't feed the whale sign.

You are hilarious! :D

03-27-2008, 06:04 PM
I also hate bathing suits, BUT I don't hate them enough to let that stops me either..I love swimming.

I have noticed in the past few years that there are SO many more options than there used to be!
I love that at walmart, they have tons of different pieces in the same fabric. Tops, bottoms, skirts, coverups...and then, you can also mix and match the different fabrics too.

We have to love our wobbly, jiggly, selves, and have some fun! At this point, I don't want to look back on my life and say "I wish"...


traci in training
03-27-2008, 07:46 PM
We spend as much of the summer as we can at the lake, so swimming suits are a major part of my summer wardrobe. I NEVER buy bikini bottoms (and the world in general thanks me for this, I know) but I feel good enough about how I look now to buy the tops. I wear swimming shorts with them and I think I look okay. I have a couple of one piece suits that I wear some, but I'm not comfortable then unless I have on a pair of shorts or a skirt. The thighs are just not good. But I lay out on the back deck of the boat in my bikini top and my swim shorts and I don't feel self conscious at all.

Of course, the first couple of weekends when I'm glow-in-the-dark white are AWFUL, but I tan quickly and that helps everything look better.

03-27-2008, 11:11 PM
Let's face it, everybody is really looking at the young girls in their thongs at the beach. We just think they're all staring at us. Good for all of you who still buy and wear them!

03-27-2008, 11:36 PM
So very true, Paula!!

And it's a fact that tan fat looks much better than white fat.

Sad to say I don't own a bathing suit that fits me. I could go through the bins in storage just to make sure. Last time I wore one was at around 220 in Hawaii with a sarong tied around my thighs. I'm very sad that neither of my girls have taken swimming lessons yet. All because I cannot/will not wear a bathing suit. That's ridiculous! My 4 year old NEEDS lessons this summer and I'm going to be there for her.

04-02-2008, 05:27 PM
Okay I am bringing this thread back up to the top...because I have to buy a swimsuit this week. YIKES.

So what have you all found? What stores (real life and online) do you recommend to go looking for plus sized swimsuits? I am thinking I need a 20 or 22. I just don't have time to run to a bunch of stores with a 2 yr old, so who has them? Target? Walmart? Penneys? Help :)

04-02-2008, 05:35 PM
I always like ordering online myself. I think penneys may be a good place to find decent swimsuits in store.

04-02-2008, 05:43 PM
I take all 300+ lbs of me and I swim at the Public pool. Not to mention water aerobics twice a week at the YMCA. You know, it's not fun and I pray no one will make fun, but once your in the water you are kind of invisible anyway. I just love water too much to pass it up and I live 4 houses from the public pool.

Suits are a HUGE issue for me though. I pay A LOT of money for stuff in my size and even then they don't fit well or last.

04-02-2008, 05:44 PM
tan fat looks much better than white fat.

:lol: Reminds me of the tanning salon near my old house. Last summer they used that as their slogan. I laughed every time I drove by the HUGE banner. It's true though.

Lyn - I got my skirtini at Sears last year. I think it was only $45. They had a lot of different suits. Plain black ones and flowers to the really bright and fun ones.

04-02-2008, 08:02 PM
You know, after triplets - I don't think a bathing suit will ever live up to the way I remember them looking before the kids (before the weight too!) . I still have abdominal muscles that need to be stitched back together properly! That said I do have a bathing suit. It's practical. It holds the parts. It's rough going on other people's eyes. OH well.

After reading this thread - Thank goodness I reached for the pineapple instead of something "bad" for me.!~~~~~ I was so stressed out and I can feel the cortisol going in my body (I can literally feel the stress...) and I could feel the cravings...and I didn't cave.

I am sad to hear that fat or thin--it's still a nightmare. Butdeep down I think I already knew that. :( However - I am looking forward to having to purchase a different SIZE bathing suit in the near future ;)


04-02-2008, 09:38 PM
hahaha you gals bring me to tears lol. I have always lived in fear of swimsuit season. I cant wait to get to my goal weight and sport a nice sexy suit!!!!

04-03-2008, 12:06 AM
tan fat looks much better than white fat.


And yet here I am in Bangkok, where it's Very Bloody Sunny Indeed all year round, and I'm maintaining a positively Victorian pallor!

...which, granted, is in part because I will always cringe at the prospect of exposing my skin in public in order to get a tan (most especially in a country where US Size 4 is AVERAGE, and where my own Size 18 bod is circus freak fat). But also because I pretty much just burn - too damn fair.

And besides, I always remind myself that it's just fashion - that in the West it's desirable to be tanned these days because most people spend the whole time stuck indoors NOT in the sun, whereas back in the day a tan was equated with having to slave in the fields. (And where I'm living at the moment, all the moisturisers and soaps and everything is marketed as whitening, and women are supposed to aspire to look as pale as they can - because it implies that they aren't stuck outside getting burned.)

It's all marketing, imho. I'm happy to be pasty.

(But, man, I can't wait to be less fat. Even though I'm wincing at the thought of the thighs and upper arms and belly having horrible skin flaps....)

Perhaps a Victorian style bathing suit is going to be The Way Forward?



(...and you know, I'm not even JOKING! I totally plan to get a suit made from one of those designs!)

04-03-2008, 08:57 AM
Someone should put a sticky on this thread . . . it's REALLY motivating at this time of year!

A couple of years ago, I got down to 229 pounds during the summer. I found a very flattering bathing suit at Marshalls - it was by Liz Claiborne, and you might be able to find something similar on their website.

It was a full-coverage 2-piece tankini . . . black background floral pattern halter top with a solid black bottom with a very short skirt sewn onto the front - just long enough to cover the worst inner-thigh and hip area, without really looking skirt-like at all.

I love the beach and pool, so I've dealt with the swimsuit problem every year. It really does suck - but even at my heaviest weights, I didn't let it keep me out of the sun - I just wore a simple black one-piece tank with shorts over it.

I really hope to be able to fit into that swimsuit at some point this summer!

04-03-2008, 09:23 PM
I found a decent suit at Wal-Mart, in the women's section, about $35.00. It's a black one-piece with blue and green patterns on it, a shirred front, halter-top, and slight "skirt." I always swore I'd never wear a suit with a skirt, and find it depressing. The last suit I bought was a size 12, which should tell you how long it's been since I was in a pool! However, DD pronounced the suit "neat!" so maybe it's not too bad...

04-04-2008, 02:11 PM
Some funny stuff here.

I live too close to the beach and have 3 kids so I cannot avoid the swimsuit thing. Last year, while sitting on the beach at my heaviest weight ever, it occurred to me that NOBODY should ever be deprived of feeling the sun on their back at the beach and rubbing their toes in the sand -- no matter how large they are.

And, as Paula said, people were not looking at me once school got out and all the teenagers were there!

HAving said that, it will be interesting to buy a swimsuit this year. Normally, the challenge was getting one that fit over my flub. This year, it's getting one that holds some of the wiggly skin in.

04-07-2008, 08:11 PM
I got a 2 piece at Costco. Jantzen, I believe. The top is a halter and the bottoms are wee shorts. It's a 14 and *touch* too tight, but that's my MAJOR incentive to lose some more weight. I want that puppy to be too big by the end of the season!

My last bathing suit I got on eBay. It was Brylane Beach and a tankini. It was the BOMB. In fact, it's going to Cuba with my mum this weekend. :)