Healthy Habits

Buying a Bikini 

So we arrived at our holiday destination this year, and I must say, I’ve been working hard and running and skipping on eating and drinking somethings so that I would feel happy and impressed with my body by the time I have to go onto the beach.

I’m not where I want to be yet, but I am impressed with the results. Looking back I do wish I worked a little harder with regards to toning. I’m a little more flabby than I would like to be,  and alas I don’t have my six pack that I wanted – but I’m pretty dam close.

We went for a walk on the beach last night and we talked about all the things we would like to do the next day. As we decided to go to the beach it flashed through my mind.  Images of me packing the bags and me not packing my Bikini. I wanted to try it on before I went to bed, you know, just to see what the end result is.

Anyway I forgot the Bikini at home…

It was a black bikini my Parents got me in 2011.  It was a terribly expensive one and it was a flippen nightmare buying it. It took the whole day and my Dad kept saying no to each bikini I tried on. It was such a fight I will never forget it. I TRIED ON MILLIONS! It was insane, I was crying and we were all just getting more frustrated. Trying to salvage the situation my grandmother pushed one into my hands and said -Try this one!

It fit, it was black, it was modest enough for my Father and I was actually happy with it. No one even bothered to look at the price, I think we were so stressed out by this terrible experience that we just wanted to leave.

It was a good quality one and it had lasted me 5years, it has been with me everywhere. Even on honeymoon.

These days you get alot of fancy and different bikinis, some leave lots to the imagination of others very little, here are three very impractical ones that I loved.

The history of the bikini can be traced back to antiquity. Illustrations of Roman women wearing bikini-like garments during competitive athletic events have been found in several locations. The most famous of them is Villa Romana del Casale. French engineer Louis Réard introduced the modern bikini, modeled by Micheline Bernardini, on July 5, 1946, borrowing the name for his design from the Bikini Atoll.

French women welcomed the design but the Catholic Church, some media, and a majority of the public initially thought the design was indecent or even scandalous. Contestants in the first Miss World beauty pageant wore them in 1951, but the bikini was then banned from the competition. Actress Bridget Bardot drew attention when she was photographed wearing a bikini on the beach during the Cannes Film Festival in 1953. Other actresses, including Rita Hayworth and Ava Gardner, also gathered press attention when they wore bikinis. During the early 1960s, the design appeared on the cover of Playboy and Sports Illustrated, giving it additional legitimacy. Ursula Andress made a huge imp
act when she emerged from the surf wearing what is now an iconic bikini in the James Bond movie Dr. No (1962). The deer skin bikini Raquel Welch wore in the film One Million Years B.C. (1966) turned her into an international sex symbol and was described as a definitive look of the 1960s.

The bikini gradually grew to gain wide acceptance in Western society. According to French fashion historian Olivier Saillard, the bikini is perhaps the most popular type of female beachwear around the globe because of “the power of women, and not the power of fashion”. As he explains, “The emancipation of swimwear has always been linked to the emancipation of women.” By the early 2000’s, bikinis had become a US$811 million business annually, and boosted spin-off services like bikini waxing and the sun tanning.

 As much as the popularity and now normality of bikinis have come into existence, I really don’t like trying on swimwear. I don’t know a woman that does. It’s terrible, terrifying and demotivating. I really did not forget my Bikini on purpose. But it’s 5years old and I’ve lost so much weight that truthfully speaking it was now too big for me.

I dreaded the morning. At first I would go alone on this little ‘adventure’ – then my husband suddenly said he wants to come with. Great……
Now my father is specific. But my husband is a whole other story…. This was expected to end bad.

We went to 5 stores – being a small town, our options were limited some of the stores didn’t even have Bikinis. I know my body and I know what I want. Being a pattern maker I do believe I have a good advantage in anticipating how something will fit, I scrolled through all of them.

I’m looking for the following:

No fringe, trendy detail that will get ugly or outdated

No bright colours – they wash out and fade

No white, it goes ugly so fast, like a cream ugly dirty colour. And any tanning oil will colour it. It could actually become see through.

No funny shape – when you get a good tan you want it to last, and you don’t want to have tan lines visible when you wear clothing. What’s the point then?

Good quality. I stretch, wiggle, pull, at the bikinis. Check for seam slippage and any pre damage what so ever. Seam slippage is when you can see the stitches on the seamlines, and when you pull at it, it runs or tears almost like a stocking, please by all means don’t damage people’s stock, haha but be sure you know what you’re paying for. Look for loose threads, brand print that could be peeling off, this looks tacky and can damage the fabric.

Closures – it is always better to go for a bikini that has straps that tie in my opinion. Once we bought my Mom a beautiful bikini and the clasp broke while we were on holiday. We spent hours trying to find a new clasp or something that we could fix it with. I was little and I can’t remember what the end result was of our search, all I know is I thought it was a waste of our holiday. Having something that you can tie tighter and looser will save you a headache. Unless you are busty then you don’t always have that option.

Fit – this one is important.  You want to be comfortable and not feel like you can move. I jump and squat, move around.  See how the bikini moves with your body, this will give you a good indication of what you wil be able to do in it. I want to run, move, swim and brave waves when needed and if you have to constantly grab onto your bikini to keep it in place, that’s no fun.

Then obviously, look good! I want to feel sexy in it, I want to look nice. I’m not trying to catch a man, I have one. But you as a woman are allowed to feel sexy, pretty, and confident about your body. I’m bot sure what my body type is, but here are a few articles and pictures on how to find a bikini for your body type. Hope they help!

I chose two, one from Fox and the other O’Neil. Both good quality brands, and both looked appealing to me.

The Fox one was muted multi coloured and I loved the elastic details. It looked sporty and like I would be able to do anything in it without having to worry about popping a boob or a bum cheek.

Also it was a set, so no looking for a matching top or vice versa. It was R1350. Eish….  so I tried it on.

It has a clasp, or a bra closure. Could be problematic with wear and tear.

Elastic was ok quality, I could see how it can possibly damage and that would ruin the whole effect. Had a hole to remove the padding if needed, which is nice. Sometimes the padding can twist and that looks like shit. You don’t want to have to cut open the lining just because the designer didn’t anticipate it twisting in the wash.

I LOVED the fit of the bottoms. Love love love. But the top was not right for my body type. Unfortunately I don’t like the whole ‘uni-boob’ look. So on this point I decided to skip, that and it was the most expensive.

The second one was from O’Neil. It was black, simple and I could see how the bottoms would not creep up my bum or anything like that.

The closures were straps.

It was black

It had padding that was removable

Both the top and bottom was flattering

It also came in a set – so I didn’t have to search through a whole section for something that didn’t match.

The fabric and the trims were good quality and if I jumped, squatted or wiggled, everything stayed put. It did however have the brand printed on, this I don’t prefer, but it is unavoidable most of the times, it wasn’t peeling off, so that’s good.

So again I found one – I was impressed by how well I know myself by now. It was the first one I tried on.

My husband was a little shocked at the price, it was R945, luckily this would be the biggest issue of the day. I told him that I’m planning on wearing the bikini for the next 5 years – so it is kind of a good investment then. I’m also not the type of girl that has six bikinis and wears a different on every day.

Now we can go to the beach, Yay! I’m very impressed with this one, think were going to have a good 5 Years

Have lovely week and hope you find the bikini you feel comfy in!


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