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Finding the Perfect Swimsuit

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As summer comes to an end, I am reminded it is the perfect time to find the perfect swimsuit at a perfect price. This is a fact that stares at me straight in the mirror every time I hear the words “pool party.” I have been sliding through the summer with my collection of current swimsuits, none of which I like.

I have to admit, the first has been a great go-to suit. I bought it five years ago for a vacation in Cabo San Lucas with my husband. At the time, it was “the little black swim dress” from Land’s End. I loved the way the little skirt concealed the areas that I wanted. The halter back has a tie that allows the adjustment of cleavage exposure. I could make it just enough to display a little sexy without a little slutty. The suit was perfect outside of the water, but it had one major problem when I plunged into the fancy pool.

The skirt that was just right when dry, turned into a floating lilly pad around my body when wet. That looked silly in the water so I found myself holding the skirt together with my knees. It was okay at the swim up bar until I had too many Tequila Sunrises and forgot to hold it down.

The second suit was purchased one year later. I wanted to venture away from the black suit that I always buy so I ordered the chocolate brown in the slenderizing Grecian style. Despite the positive reviews, I never liked this suit on. I still wonder why I kept it. I think we were leaving for another vacation and I was desperate. I have tried it with all king of cover-ups. It is a regular style suit (no skirt), but the color and the cut has never been flattering for me.

The third suit in my closet is a maternity tankini. Enough said. I haven’t been pregnant for three years and have no intention of wearing anything that might make someone mistake me for being pregnant.

When a much anticipated “pool party” invitation arrived, I couldn’t stop biting my nails. The choices in my closet was hopeless and I was dreading ruining my mood by swimsuit shopping. What’s a girl to do? After searching the Internet, I decided I was in too much of a time restriction to risk ordering something that looked fantastic on a size two model.

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