Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Esther Williams changed my life.
I do not have what you would call a "flat stomach." I have more of what you would call a "rotund gut." Okay, it's not thaaat bad, but still, my whole life I've worn drab, conservative black one piece swimsuits that didn't match my personality at all. I always looked like I was going to a pool funeral.
So this summer I tinkered with the idea of finally conquering my mortal fear of bikinis and just going for it. I felt that it would be a great showing of feminism and body confidence, like, "yes, I have a big belly, but I'm in a bikini and I'm proud!" Plus, as every woman knows, bikinis are always cuter than one-pieces. I've seen that trend change for the better recently (like in the "A Swimsuit for EVERY Body" sections of the summer fashion magazines this year, they actually had pages devoted to hot one-piece suits instead of the usual, "Bikini not for you? Just kill yourself."), but it's still pretty slim pickings out there.
I was going to order a cute bikini online--I even had one picked out--but I was terrified. My cool feminist body confident bikini plan had some kinks in it. Mainly, I was way too scared to buy a bikini.
I was surfing the net dejectedly when I finally came across the Esther Williams swimwear website. These were exactly what I'd been looking for. Totally retro, totally cute, totally belly covering. Look!
I bought this lovely style in black and white polka dot, and it is GORGEOUS. Each suit is made when you order it (you get to pick your suit style and fabric), they fit perfectly, and they're only $79! I like to lounge by the pool in mine and my big black Gucci sunglasses and pretend I'm reading, but really I'm just pondering how anyone could possibly look any more glamorous than I do right now.
They have retro bikinis too. So what if it's almost fall (or is it fall already? I don't know). In any case, cuteness knows no season, my friends.
So stop the poolside mourning and go get something cute!