I’ve never admitted this but I suffer from a genetic disposition. Symptoms include:
- Out of control bustiness
- Thigh thickness
- General flat assedness
Needless to say, none of my clothes fully fit. Finding a swimsuit is about on par with finding a bra that doesn’t suck over a C cup size. Good support, coverage, flexible cuts for outfits and decent straps are hard to find in one package for an affordable price. If you want any kind of style with that most times, you’re SOL. So far the same is true for swimsuit.
It’s just my luck that the most popular swimsuits are terrible for actual swimming for a person of my shape. Bikinis are just out of my league to begin with and they account for more than 60% of most stores swimwear lines. What’s left are monokinis/modern-styled-suits-that-create-weirdest-tan lines, granny suits, and less than 5% viable one-piece swimsuits and tankinis.
The cleavage cut is usually the deal-breaker of most suits. D+ cup bresticles need insurance that they won’t fly out, be smashed down, spread apart too far, that the actually fit inside of the cup area, and at least a little support for people that actually go underwater in, you know, family settings. Bandeaus, string halters, spaghetti straps and strapless suits need not apply. Thick halters, underwired cups, and sporty-strapped are optimal but rare. As far as bottoms are concerns, boy shorts are the move. Some of the suits that have all right outer look are so unbelievably Spanx-ed out of the inside that they are completely uncomfortable.
Ugh! I managed to move down a few sizes but not enough to get out of that most common size area. A suit that’s otherwise perfect in person will only have sizes in the slim/petite or plus zone. Suits online are not at all easy to mentally size. The model provided is incomparable because of their slim appearance. There are so many instances of missing limbs, odd angles, disappearing profiles, and other weirdness that you’re not really sure of how to judge the size even with a chart of measurements. The reviews are just brimming with uneven complaints that it can’t be judged how accurate sizing is.
After everything else is considered, price flat out murders so many good choices. The reality is that I’m not going to spend close to $40 on an item that changes in tastes every season, is not donate-able or resale-able. $20-$25 price capping is probably making the search difficult but I’ve got standards.