Tuesday, May 20, 2008

I'm Too Big For An Extra-Large Swimsuit?

Today I went into one of the popular big box stores to look for a swimsuit. I found three different mix 'n' match bikini sets to try on. They were all kind of cute. One that I really liked was red with black fleurs de lis printed on it. I picked up the top in a size Small and the bottom in a Medium. I wear a size 32A bra and size 6 panties, so I figured that would probably be the best combination to start with.

The top fit me just fine but the bottom was waaaayyyyy too small! I got VanGoghGirl to go and get the next bigger size bottom for me to try on. The Large bottom was too small too. I figured it was just one of those brands that run small, so I moved on to the next bikini set.

Again, I had the Small top and the Medium sized bottom. Unfortunately, I got the same results: The top fit alright but the bottom was too small even when I moved up to the Large. I double checked to make sure it wasn't the same brand as the first one. It wasn't.

Before trying on the third bikini, I had VanGoghGirl go and get me the size Extra-Large bottom. I didn't figure there was any point in even bothering with the medium. Can you believe the Extra-Large didn't fit me either?! It honestly didn't.

What's up with that? What the heck is going on when a woman who is technically considered underweight is still too big for a bikini bottom labeled "Extra-Large"? I can't even imagine the frustration someone must experience if she happens to be the size of the average American woman.


Anonymous said...

I dread to think how I would find a bikini for my "big fat bottom" (translation: my pretty average non-anorexic, rather sexy backside)

Good grief.

I hate shopping for any type of clothes these days. They're all made for tall impossibly skinny 12 year olds as far as I can tell.


Anonymous said...

Sadly, bathing suits are one clothing item that I find impossible to get sized well in a big box-type store. Everything seems to run small there. I usually pay a little more for swimsuits but the better brands tend to be much more true to size, so a medium would be more likely to actually fit someone who wears a size 6 panties.


Zan said...

Yeah. Trying to find a bathing suit if you really ARE a large woman is....well, there's a reason I wear mine until they are literally falling apart. Which mine is, so...*sigh* And forget finding anything pretty. Oooh, no. All fat girls want to wear black, black and maybe some more black. What if I wanna wear red? Huh? Bah. And, ya know, when I do find suits that fit...I just can't see myself spending $100 on 'em, ya know? *sigh*

Breez said...

Two words:


I am most certainly a *ahem* reubenesque lady and i found a SMASHING swimsuit from them. The cut was really flattering, it fit quite well and it was sturdy. All for *drumroll* $30.

BLESSD1 said...

Wow...I realy can't relay to this one at all, Bint. Aren't you glad that I can't? LOL!

Anonymous said...

Well I am officially of an average weight although 5-10 pounds less would always be good. Still and all I should be a size medium, and am usually that. But the bikini seller said I needed a tankini and truly, it was all that fit ... and/but I didn't buy it.

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