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the perfect bikini

By Marlene | Published: 9. June 2011

(Guys, you can skip this one. Unless you suffer from “swimming trunk anxiety”. In which case you’re probably not a guy.)

So, can we talk about bikinis for a moment? Not that I really want to, as that seems to be the only thing every fashion mag and gossip rag is talking about at the moment. Get your bikini body. Loose ten pounds before the start of summer. Best beach bodies. It’s everywhere. It’s tiring. And it’s bullshit, of course.

I have not met one woman that says: “Yup, got my bikini body. Let’s hit the beach!” That body, it doesn’t exist. It seems somewhat superfluous to even point out that a uniform shape is an unattainable goal. I shouldn’t really have to mention either that being on the beach should be about being on the beach and not about trying to match an insane standard. My point isn’t that I don’t want to look good on the beach. I do. My point is that most days I feel good about my body. Other days I don’t, but I don’t torture myself over it. And yet, I never feel comfortable when I’m trying on a bikini, because there are approximately 187 images of perfect bikini bodies standing next to me in the changing rooms. Normally I then decide to wear my old bikini for another summer.

I’m exhausted just thinking about buying a new one this year (and, yeah, I know I’m late. I was supposed to buy one in March, at around the same time I started hitting the gym five times a week to prepare for the beach. Blablabla). But I have to. My old one, one that I love, which does make me feel good and is indeed perfect, needs replacing after four years. I might just go back to Princesse TamTam, where I got this one. But before I do: Any tips? Where do you buy yours? Best suggestion gets an ice-cream!

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  1. uta
    Posted 10. June 2011 at 12:52 | Permalink

    princesse tam tam is best for bikinis. i was there two days ago and guess what: got one. and felt comfortably alone in the changing room. it was just me, my body and a fab bikini.

  2. Virginia Horstmann
    Posted 13. June 2011 at 19:04 | Permalink

    This year I simply didn’t try them on. I just bought some. Too afraid of the very changing room situation you described (luckily they fit, yay!). It’s odd, I know, but I like myself in underwear but not so much in bikinis. Why is that? Got to work on my self esteem here I fear 🙂

    Been thinking of getting vintage style ones (with high waists). Haven’t dared to yet.


    • Marlene
      Posted 13. June 2011 at 20:18 | Permalink

      Bikinis that fit without having trying them on? Who makes this genius stuff? Tellmetellmetellme!

      I love the idea of wearing a 50s style bikini (even a, gasp, bathing suit!). I just kinda think you need the hairstyle, lipstick and, most iportantly, the backyard pool to go with that look.

      • Virginia Horstmann
        Posted 14. June 2011 at 09:00 | Permalink

        Haaa 🙂 you’re right. Nice picture, Marlene. Want to see how I live my every day life in the backyard? With posh girl friends, beautifully done hair, handsome guys, colourful cakes, blowing soap bubbles, macarons and aqua blue bathing caps. I guess a 50s bathing suit would fit in just perfectly 🙂

        Got my magically perfect fitting without trying on bikini at Zara’s. Not very fancy. But fitting 🙂

        Happy week,

        • Virginia Horstmann
          Posted 14. June 2011 at 09:00 | Permalink

          here’s the video to proof: http://vimeo.com/23941435

        • Marlene
          Posted 15. June 2011 at 09:41 | Permalink

          I want an invite to that party! And one of those bathing caps. Also: can we get Jon Hamm to join us? He can serve the drinks, perhaps.

          Zara, huh? I might just have to visit their website…

          A happy week to you, too!

  3. sidsel
    Posted 18. June 2011 at 09:48 | Permalink

    american apparel’s triangle! minimizing lines, and hey, there’s not so much to cover

    • Marlene
      Posted 18. June 2011 at 14:09 | Permalink

      Cool, I’ll check them out. I only have five more months to find the perfect bikini for Oz…

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