Curves & Swimsuits

Summer is here, at least for those in the US (since it’s always summer in Puerto Rico.)  If you’re swimsuit shy, like me, you may find this helpful.

I’ve dreaded swimsuits since I was 9 years old.  I started to gain weight at that age and began to wear one pieces when going to the beach with my family.  I was easier to socialize with back then and I remember meeting a boy once during vacation.  We would play volleyball in pools and had cannonball competitions.  He would always say I won because I was “husky.”  Yes, he actually said that.  I tried forgetting about it and pretended I was ok, but I still remember it.  I also remember the swimsuit that got me called “husky.”  It was a hot pink one piece with some beading around the waist.

I didn’t go to the beach for years after that and simply watched TV while my family had all the fun during summer.  Around ages 13-14 I lost a significant amount of weigh and got to a size 3, but I still thought I was that husky girl.  I gained weight again and forced myself to go have fun in a pool just a few years ago.  Everyone was in a bikini and I was too, but I wore a skirt to hide a bit of my cellulite and my post-baby pooch (although I haven’t had a baby.)  Needless to say, I didn’t like the way I looked in pictures and wondered why swimsuits in malls are always the same: itty bitty bikinis—Yeah, screw the curvy girls with a few extra pounds.  Don’t get me wrong, some of us curvy gals can confidently rock a bikini, but I can’t.  I would feel self conscious and wouldn’t be able to have fun at all.

Just a couple of years ago I started to embrace my curves because they’re here to stay and I can’t waste time hating them.  This is probably why I’m very into the Pin Up era.  Curves were considered beautiful and the curvy girl was always picked over the skinny one.  I have nothing against skinny girls, but it’s usually easier for them to find a swimsuit they feel comfortable in.

I purchased my first vintage-inspired swimsuit two years ago from a lady who was about to close her Pin Up boutique here in PR.  I was sad but at the same time, I scored a $102 bathing suit for $50.  Not bad.  She only had it in Medium, but I didn’t care, it was a steal.  I’m not really into the color, but I love the shape.  It has rouching that helps conceal belly pooches and love handles.  It also keeps boobies up high.  It comes in several beautiful colors and you can find it on www.pinupgirlclothing.com

SW1

If you just want to hide the pooch and nothing more, www.unique-vintage.com has many options for you.  I got this two piece baby and it fits great!  It comes in black as well!  If you’re short like me, you can pull the bottoms down a bit to hide some cellulite.

SW2

If you want to hide it completely, longer, cute-looking suits are available.

SW3

Or, you could get a removable swim skirt from Pin Up Girl Clothing:

SW4

Now that’s a skirt I wouldn’t mind wearing!

If you’re just curvy and don’t want to hide anything but still want to look retro, try a suit like this one:

SW5

You can also get it at Modcloth.  [http://www.modcloth.com/shop/twopiece-swimwear/cutie-pie-picnic-two-piece]
I hope you’re enjoying your summer and remember, there’s a suit for every BODY.

These are some of my favorite websites for vintage-inspired swimsuits:

unique

pinupgirl

mod

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5 thoughts on “Curves & Swimsuits

  1. I’m excited I just found your blog and I’m in love with your writing style. Es un disfrute leerte :3

    I’m a SUPER awkward beach person but I love pin up swimsuits (even though I only had a black halter one piece that my mother passed on to me as a pre teen). I feel that it’s aesthetic takes me to an imaginary world where one is glamorous and sexy.
    The pink two piece is a dream!

  2. Great post and thank you for the referral to the clothing website! I have always loved this era of clothing, but it wasn’t until about two years ago that I realized just how well it was made for my body type. Just about everything I try on in vintage stores looks like it was made for me! Nice blog – I look forward to reading more!

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