Let me tell you a story. For years when I was growing up, I wouldn’t be caught dead in just a swimsuit. It’s not that I didn’t swim. On the contrary, I grew up in the Virgin Islands and practically lived at the beach during the summer. Even my December birthday parties were usually at the beach.
However, I was supremely self-conscious about my body. Even as a little girl, I had more meat on my bones that most of the other girls my age. I had hips, and a chest that required support when I was only in third grade. So I swam in one piece bathing suits with a t-shirt over them. Even the handful of times I convinced myself to wear a two-piece, I wore shorts on top. This carried into adulthood. When we lived in Florida briefly, I wore shorts to swim whenever we went to the beach.
So trust me when I say that I have come a long way.
Last year, when Walmart challenged me to share their affordable swimwear, I chose a one piece, because there were no two pieces that fit properly in store, and I really did love that retro suit. However, last summer, I also ventured into the world of the plus size bikini, a.k.a. fatkini. There are probably only one or two photos of it though. That’s saying a lot for this Instagram-loving mama, but I wasn’t completely confident yet.
Before you say it, I do not have a problem with the word “fatkini”. Because “fat” is NOT an insult. It’s a noun, and all of us have it — some in more abundance than others. My feelings aren’t hurt by the word.
Anyway, I’m at a point in my life when I wear what I like — even if that means a bikini. Because frankly, I have neither the time nor the energy to spare worrying about what other people think about my body, or worse, worrying about it myself. So you know that meme that’s been going around about how to get a bikini body? Here’s my addition to it:
If you want to rock a bikini, do it! No matter what you look like. The world will not come to and end. You will just be another person at the beach or pool in a swimsuit. The end. People will deal.
I love this one from Walmart, because it has a retro pinup quality to it. The bottom is high-waisted, which for me, is a must for any bikini. It covers my bellybutton and the top sits at the narrowest part of my waist, which makes me feel like a curvy goddess. Even four months after having a baby with all the extra luggage I’m packing as a result.
The top doesn’t have underwire, but because it’s a tie-neck halter, you can easily adjust the amount of support you get. I bought a size 2X thinking I’d have more room for my ample bosom, but I actually should’ve gotten a 1X. The top is just tad loose underneath, so I’ll probably wear a black bandeau under it when I go swimming just to make sure I don’t have any wardrobe malfunctions.
Overall, it has great support and at just $34.96, the price is a lot better than a ton of other comparable plus size bikinis out there, especially if you want to try wearing one for the first time.
And this is just one bikini in this year’s swimwear collection. I’ll be rocking them at the pool — and hopefully the beach — this year with confidence, because my body is what it is, and I am going to love it and adorn it in things that make me feel good. You should do the same.
P.S. It does help that my hubby loves the bikini, too!
DISCLOSURE: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post also contains affiliate links.