The Hell That is Bathing Suit Shopping: A Triplet Mom’s Perspective

Categories aging, body image, humor, parenting

Last year’s bathing suit, which I loved, is worn out and faded so I hit the mall searching for a new one. So I went bathing suit shopping.

People, it didn’t go well. I tried on a bunch of tankinis but the fitted tops made me look kind of muffin toppy and the tops that were flared will float up when I’m swimming and that’s uncomfortable. Plus, I’m looking for a bathing suit to actually swim in. I guess I should have mentioned that first. Last year we bought a house with a pool so I’m out almost everyday with the kids, so I need a functional bathing suit.

If I were looking for a bathing suit to look good in, lounging poolside with a big hat and a drink in my hand, I could probably find something fairly quickly. Maybe a low cut tankini, that’s not too tight around the belly and a super cute skirt-type cover-up.

But these things don’t work when you are actually playing and swimming with kids. I already mentioned the top floating up. And the low cut, that’s a no-no. I mean, you can’t lean over in those things. Well, I sure can’t. The girls are too big; it’s obscene.

Back to bathing suit shopping: I just wasn’t finding anything comfortable that looked good. I seemed to be looking forever, and I still hadn’t found anything. That’s when one of my friends mentioned that she gets her swimsuits online. She said there’s a lot more options online, meaning that most people should be able to find a swimsuit design that suits them. She usually purchases modest swimwear, which is probably ideal for me too, especially when I’m out in the pool with the kids. She sent me a link, so hopefully, I’ll be able to find something online. You can never have enough swimsuits!

My first thought was, “Dear Lord, what has gravity and having children done to my body?” But I stopped myself. Because I want to be one of those women who loves her body all the time and is so amazed that she carried babies (especially three babies at once) and is a good role model for her triplet daughters and teaches them to have a healthy body image.

So I stopped the negative thoughts and tried to come up with another logical reason why all the bathing suits are the worst.

And I figured it out! Maybe it’s just this store has crappy suits. That’s it. It’s not me. It’s this crappy store and their awful bathing suits.

So I left and when to another store to continue my bathing suit shopping. Okay, like three more stores. And you know what? I think they all must be affiliated somehow because of all crap. But again, it’s not me, right? Because I have a good body image and stuff, right?

Store number 5? Well, they actually had a suit that fit, was comfortable, and looked pretty good. Honestly, I didn’t love it, but it worked and I needed a suit.

“See,” I told myself, “it was just the stores. It has nothing to do with my body and I’m not fat and I look good in this bathing suit so there.”

After my body image affirming experience in Store #5’s dressing room, I headed over to the register with my purchase feeling pretty good about myself and that’s when I saw the brand name clearly displayed on the tag.

The suit, friends, was made by Swim Solutions.

Swim Solutions? Seriously? This is where I am in my life right now? I need a “solution” to my swimming “problem?”

It’s like my husband is going to holler, “Hey, the kids and I are going swimming; come join us!” And my response will now have to be, “Oh, that sounds terrible. What a predicament. Oh wait, I think I have a solution,” as I pull on my bathing suit.

I couldn’t do it. I just COULD NOT do it. I mean, if I loved the bathing suit, I would have kept it. Even if the brand was called, “Bathing Suits for Old Fat Ladies.” But I didn’t love it. So I put that bathing suit right back on the rack and walked out of Store #5 empty handed.

I am determined to find something I love. If I don’t, then that negative self talk will start creeping back up and before you know it, I’ll be sitting on the side of the pool in a turtleneck and sweatpants, drowning my sorrows in Pringles, telling my kids, “Mommy can’t swim because stretch marks and stuff.”

I will continue my bathing suit shopping! I will find a suit I like! And in the meantime, I’ll just pull on my old faded suit and cannonball into the pool!

What about you? Do you have a suit that you love?


14 thoughts on “The Hell That is Bathing Suit Shopping: A Triplet Mom’s Perspective

  1. Go back and get the suit. You had a problem: you needed a suit. They had a solution: You found one that worked for you. Many people need solutions when it comes to bathing suits, the flat chested, the busty, the hippy, the apples, the long torsos, the short torsos, the no shapes, and the very shapely. Just think to yourself, “This company gets me and understands that all women are not built the same”. When you wear it think of it as custom made for you. Do your cannonball and enjoy!

  2. I can relate to this! Once I turned 40 I started shopping mail order for suits. It saved me the “fun house mirror” feeling of gazing into a store fitting room mirror. FYI LlBean has lifetime warranty on their clothes, so if your favorite suit fades or stetches, they replace for free👙

  3. Ah I don’t want to think about doing this yet….but it is almost time. I feel like your story is me every year! Another area where I feel like men have it way easier…one you go…well I guess maybe they have two styles to pick from! haha!

    1. Last year I didn’t go out looking until June and everything was picked over. This year I’m going to get it done early and hopefully find something great! Good luck with your search!

  4. There are quite a few places that do actually custom make swim suits. I’m pretty sure does custom swim suits. I have friends who have gotten suits there and loved them. I hate swim suits so much that I just have started my own ‘weird’ fashion. I wear running shorts (which look just like swim shorts, have a built in panty, and dry just as quickly as a swim suit) and some sort of work out top that fits a bit looser in the belly area, but has great support. Good luck!

  5. I love a one-piece with a low back and possibly some cut outs if they aren’t too crazy. I had a few swimsuits I loved but now I have to find one that conceals my c section shelf that I’m still dealing with and not looking forward to shopping!

    1. Good Luck Jamie! I know once I find the right one, I’m probably going to buy like 100 of them so I won’t have to shop for them ever again!

  6. Ugh. I just started bathing suit shopping for our upcoming vacation. Last summer I was pumping for my twins, soooo my suit from last year is a big *ahem* baggy up top now. I really wanted a nice, stylish, black one-piece, but I CAN’T FIND ONE. Most one pieces have no support up top, OR the straps are too long, OR the torso is too short. Ugh. I am with you, and I also agree on body positivity! My twin girls are 1, and I want to make sure they love their bodies 🙂

    1. Good luck Catilin! I hope you have something great! And congrats on your twins turning 1; that’s a big deal!

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