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 1:56 am on May 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

Summer's around the corner. Do you have your bathing suit yet?

I just got a "tankini", which is better than a bikini for those of us with less-than-model-perfect figures. (I feel pretty comforable in it, anyway.) It's a dark blue. The boyfriend says he likes it (although maybe he's just being polite.)

Ever since I was a young girl, getting a new swimsuit has always been a highlight of this time of year.



 2:44 am on May 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

For sure. I'm going with a one piece this year.


 2:44 am on May 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

Top or bottom? :)


 2:49 am on May 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

I'm a man, but i think I'll wear a 2-piece....

(Just kidding, don't worry ;) )

Us guys usually don't care about getting a swim suit. Hell, I'm using a 3-year-old one. And that's with my growing. They used to look like pants on me :)


 9:44 am on May 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

Hmmm, yes. I think it's time I got a new one too. I have about three rather scary specimens in the drawer which I used to fit into and I have not dared try them on recently. Mind you I haven't been swimming for about 3 years now - my exercise regime is not going well ;).

When I go to the beach these days I walk on the beach, look in the rock pools for interesting wildlife, and then go to the amusement arcade and finally the pub.

My other problem is that as soon as I wear anything skimpy in the sun, I have to plaster myself from head to foot in factor 700 sun cream or I fry myself.

Still, any excuse to go shopping! I think a tankini would be good - I like the ones with the bottoms like little shorts if you know what I mean.

The weather here in the UK is getting very nice this week :)


 11:30 am on May 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

Mosts guys will never get the same intense traumatic brain activity that women suffer when shopping for a swimsuit. I cant be much descriptive here, but my GF is petite and muscular, simply top shape. She doesn't have to compromise at all on picking a swimsuit, but still does for no apparent reason.

Usual shopping session last for about a week, and the symptoms are :

extreme distress of mind
sleeplessness and disorientation
symptomatic over stimulation of the "verbomotor" brain center
switching obsessive fixation on various body parts every hour

After she finally spend 90 $ on a square foot of fabric, she will suffer intense insecurity for another week. During that time she will try to validate her choice with every one she knows (other females will usually b*tch her, in a subtle or even imaginary way). She will also cheat with artificial tanning sessions so she is just 'right' for the season.

I guess the final test will be wearing it in public and trying to look relaxed with a heart beat of 180. After 15 minutes of intense satisfaction, she will fall exausted and catch a sunburn.

When I need a swimsuit, I just pick the first boxer shorts on top of the pile.


 4:34 pm on May 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

I've been using the same trunks for a few years now, they're a cheap pair with a gusset (you know, the built in undie), that look like run of the mill shorts.

They do have a bonus feature, though. Because they were cheap, and cheaply made, with cheap dies, they have a habit of inducing a chemicla reaction when the chlorine from a pool gets mixed with the detergent when you wash them. This results in them changing color every time I was them after I've been to a pool (though not after swimming in fresh water).

Original color: Grey. They have since been a dark burgundy, a light blue, a blotchy tan color, and are, at present, a shimmering bronze color.


 7:19 pm on May 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

Boy, what a subject. Ummm..I'm all about the one piece, too. I took my friend's advice (while in the dressing room, on the cell phone, hot, crabby, and NOT feeling thin trying on two pieces) "Why are you even bothering? You're much better off looking half way good in a one piece than *ahem* NOT looking good in a two piece." She's right. How unattractive is to have a roll hanging over the side of your swinsuit, lol?


 8:36 pm on May 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

i bought a really cute new bikini (First one in many years!) right before PubCon Orlando, but never got around to getting in or near the pool with it!

it's not quite a tankini - but rather a soft cotton dark blue denim "cowgirl" style - so the top is a halter that comes down in a "V" to just above the belly button - and has suede drawstrings for accents.

BUT... I wore it at the hot tub in Telluride later in March & pretty much ruined it in the chlorine anyway- it's now mostly purple, rather than blue. still cute, but I should have known better that it wouldn't hold up to massive amounts of chlorine. a few of us dyed our suits in that hot tub that week!


 6:08 pm on May 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

I think this might be the most suggestive thread in WW history! ;)

Note: I don't swim. Ever.


 6:46 pm on May 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

I have a pair of long trunks. I have had them for about two years. Quite honestly, without getting them out of the drawer I couldn't even tell you what colour they are. Is this really an issue for some people? >;->

I sometimes feel like I'm a leper because life never struck me as a catwalk.

My girlfriend's biggest passion in life is fashion and yet beyond commercial exploitation I don't even understand the concept... it seems comparable to walking into a bar and choosing a beer based on what you suspect your mates will think of you when they see you drinking it.


 7:17 pm on May 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

>>I don't even understand the concept...

I believe they secretly count how many guys sudenly remember to pull their gut in on sight, per minute. Not sure about the color of your trunks scores in the algo...


 9:41 pm on May 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

I will be on the Californian beaches for 3 weeks in August (smug grin) - that should be a good thing - but I am currently wearing a beautiful british 'office tan' so the thought of blazing sunshine against my pasty whiteness is going to render me luminescent - like a strip light :)

I might really freak out the locals and wear a thong...

.. or not!

troels nybo nielsen

 10:00 pm on May 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

> it seems comparable to walking into a bar and choosing a beer based on what you suspect your mates will think of you when they see you drinking it

I actually think that some people do exactly that! :)


 10:37 pm on May 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

My swimming trunks are 8 years old. I don't even know if they fit.

I drink Coors Lite.



 1:35 am on May 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

I don't swim too much, would rather be tapping on a keyboard somewhere. But, the last few times that I have taken the plunge, it was immediately after shucking whatever clothing I did have on. What's a swimsuit?


 5:17 am on May 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

I drink coors lite and try not to swim in the shark infested waters of florida.

I might wear a pair of swimshorts and a cover-all google t-shirt in the tiki-bar and try to imagine I am still young and fit - YIKES!


 7:04 am on May 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

PhraSEOlogy: u-r buddy, seen you downing nice amounts of beer in really sporty fashion and still sit up right 3:30am talking SEO, now show me the 17 year old doing that :-))


 10:24 am on May 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

lmao @ adfree - very well put.

Very few things in this world are sexier than TJ in a pair of speedo's.

I drink Coors extra strong.



 10:46 am on May 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

this thread should be on the homepage Brett...



 2:47 pm on May 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

I don't swim too much, would rather be tapping on a keyboard somewhere. But, the last few times that I have taken the plunge, it was immediately after shucking whatever clothing I did have on. What's a swimsuit?

grandpa, if you'd simply registered a new account under a nice imaginative nick like 'geekgirl' to post that, it would have made my morning.

I did make it to the pool and hottub late one night in orlando, but there was no party going on. Vegas may be a better atmosphere for a pool party. I drink strongbow; It's so very heavy.


 6:43 am on May 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

I have a couple, but all in all, it's really no big deal to me because no one will see me in them other than my partner, in our secluded pool, while the neighbors are at work. If anyone else was around, I'd sit on the edge of the pool wearing shorts and a t-shirt.

It must be great to be a guy. Comfy shorts, comfy swim trunks, comfy pants, comfy shoes. Clothing is obviously designed by men to punish women. I hold on tightly to the fact that I won't go bald or grow hair on my ears. ;)

troels nybo nielsen

 7:11 am on May 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

> comfy pants, comfy shoes

I know quite a few women who use those. And quite a few men who use uncomfy ones.


 2:58 pm on May 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

Clothing is obviously designed by men to punish women.

No, it's designed by men to make women want to remove it more readily.



 5:24 pm on May 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

I'm more a diamante thong bikini person myself, but concur that tankin's are v. popular for the summer.

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