This past weekend Bossy had the opportunity to join her friend Amy at the beach. Oh happy day! The promise of sun, salt air, waves — the terror of bathing suit season!
Bossy has never had a decent, flattering swimsuit her entire life. For one thing, the suit must prove its mettle in ocean waves and Vermont lakes. Bossy doesn’t need a bathing suit as much as a romping suit. Maybe this explains why Bossy’s bathing suit for the last decade has consisted of a jogging bra and a stretched tankini bottom with a built-in skirt:
But this year Bossy purchased a swimsuit at a very exclusive high end boutique named Target:
Bossy admits it’s a wee old fashioned, but Bossy enjoys its modesty. In fact, if Target manufactured one of these suits in a floor-length model, Bossy would have purchased it in every color:
Bossy didn’t even mind when Bossy’s friend Amy pointed out that Bossy’s suit is more like a beach cover-up than a suit. Bossy refers to that as one-stop shopping!
Bossy can sum up her attitude toward bathing suits in this way: Bossy would never ever never live in a warm climate.
Which is what today’s Ten-Word Challenge is all about. In exactly ten words, can you tell Bossy about a bathing suit, past or present, that you loved? Or tell Bossy about a bathing suit nightmare. Or tell Bossy about how you go about selecting a swimsuit. Or tell Bossy what kind of suit Bossy should buy. Or just whatever whatever bathing suit. Okay?
And be sure to check back later today for the best bathing suit stories on the web.
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Kizz saysJuly 19, 2011 at 12:17 pm
Have two new bathing skorts. Have only been bathing once.
(For the record I usually write what I want to say for 10 Word Tuesday without counting then count and adjust. That one right there above this disclaimer? Came out in exactly 10 on the first try! I think I’m getting the hang of this.)
WebSavvyMom saysJuly 19, 2011 at 12:19 pm
–>Fat looks better tan, so take your clothes off!
WebSavvyMom saysJuly 19, 2011 at 12:20 pm
–>Drawer of swimsuits of seasons past for those in need.
WebSavvyMom saysJuly 19, 2011 at 12:21 pm
–>Sometimes still wears strapless prego top to avoid tan lines.
WebSavvyMom saysJuly 19, 2011 at 12:22 pm
–>Also, I’m never going to look younger in my bathing suit.
Iowamom saysJuly 19, 2011 at 12:22 pm
Tankini top and a skirted bottom was designed for me.
Debby saysJuly 19, 2011 at 12:27 pm
Thank God they invented bathing suit skirts. That is all
Meg @ Soup Is Not A Finger Food saysJuly 19, 2011 at 12:29 pm
Mail order Lands End Mom Suit. Fits right every time.
Angela saysJuly 19, 2011 at 12:35 pm
Bought my own suit in 1991. Hand-me-downs since.
KathyB saysJuly 19, 2011 at 12:36 pm
Good enough for lake/ hot tub tankini , not so kini.
Heavy duty constructed suit, bought beach wrap skirt to blend.
foolery saysJuly 19, 2011 at 12:38 pm
Gut it out in fat bikini. Swim with octogenarians only.
Suzy saysJuly 19, 2011 at 12:39 pm
One of the first jobs I got when I moved to LA 20 years ago was modeling bathing suits. In a casino. Where you had to walk in and out of all the tables and spin and twirl. I ended up in the ER.
KathyB saysJuly 19, 2011 at 12:40 pm
Loved, red/white piping trim, called surfer suit/two piece
Amy saysJuly 19, 2011 at 12:42 pm
Looking for coverage from chin to knees, including upper arms.
magpie saysJuly 19, 2011 at 12:43 pm
3 suits ordered. hope one will fit. otherwise, will cry.
BossysMom saysJuly 19, 2011 at 12:54 pm
Bathing costume (the Brits) says it all for me.
KG saysJuly 19, 2011 at 12:55 pm
I’m not a big fan of the skirt bottom. I’m small, but not well-toned in the ass/upper thighs (my daughter says I have a fluffy butt), but I’m not into the skirted suit look for myself. I feel like people really aren’t paying as much attention to our bodies as we anxiously worry they are — they are too busy worrying about their own body image hang-ups. Also, a little Jergens Natural Glow for fair skin is a great gradual self-tanner. It makes my purple veins somewhat less noticeable.
Have this in two colors:
Also have this:
Sharyn saysJuly 19, 2011 at 1:01 pm
Buying swimwear is like buying bras: buy favorites in multiples.
p.j. saysJuly 19, 2011 at 1:13 pm
Land’s End suits fit great. My favorite suit was maternity.
dgm saysJuly 19, 2011 at 1:19 pm
Beach town living requires a drawer just for bathing suits.
jp saysJuly 19, 2011 at 1:21 pm
Fav was bright orange bikini w/ killer tan…………..long ago!
(for anyone looking J. Crew makes great suits that fit and hold in all the bad places and don’t look too matronly)
zephyr saysJuly 19, 2011 at 1:26 pm
I’m sorry. I don’t discuss these things in public.
Jami saysJuly 19, 2011 at 1:33 pm
No longer wearing two pieces. Now covering up bulgy bits.
birdie23 saysJuly 19, 2011 at 1:38 pm
Fourth Grade two piece in Orange, the best I’ve looked!
MariaV saysJuly 19, 2011 at 1:43 pm
American flag string bikini worn at age 12 best ever
MariaV saysJuly 19, 2011 at 1:44 pm
P.S. I love your new suit. You look fabulous.
lora saysJuly 19, 2011 at 1:54 pm
not technically ten words, but this is what I want.
pam saysJuly 19, 2011 at 2:12 pm
A suit that sucks all in. Where’s the fat go?
mitzie saysJuly 19, 2011 at 2:20 pm
The Orthodox at my JCC wear shorts and tees over their bathing suits during “women only” swimming time. I hear the men swim nekked. What gives?
Anne saysJuly 19, 2011 at 2:20 pm
You are too damn skinny to be wearing that … that… that… ‘bathing suit’.
Yes, you are.
Elizabeth@Table4five saysJuly 19, 2011 at 2:58 pm
High school gym, black, straps tied in back with shoelaces.
Angela saysJuly 19, 2011 at 3:05 pm
In love with bottoms from Lands End, but also this: http://www.landsend.com/pp/BeachLivingDotShirredMiniSwimMini~216189_59.html?bcc=y&action=order_more&sku_0=::IY5&CM_MERCH=IDX_Swimwear-_-Sale-_-Women&origin=index
Little Miss Sunshine State saysJuly 19, 2011 at 3:22 pm
Age 14. Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Orange Polka Dot Bikini.
Age 54. One piece. Board shorts. NEVER remove board shorts.
Little Miss Sunshine State saysJuly 19, 2011 at 3:23 pm
Florida. Land of obese women in bikinis. I feel skinny.
Little Miss Sunshine State saysJuly 19, 2011 at 3:26 pm
Go to beach with gorgeous daughter. NOBODY looking at me!
BBail saysJuly 19, 2011 at 3:50 pm
One-piece for lanes, strapless for tanning, bikini for skinny days.
Cass saysJuly 19, 2011 at 3:56 pm
Life is too short to wear such a conservative suit.
Meg at the Members Lounge saysJuly 19, 2011 at 4:13 pm
Bossy looks all Daisy Buchanan. I’m Land’s End girl, myself.
mandible saysJuly 19, 2011 at 4:31 pm
Here in Charleston, SC – everybody wears suits – most don’t flatter
Jamie saysJuly 19, 2011 at 5:10 pm
Way too pale for bikini. Sorry about that, Greek beachgoers.
Lisa L. saysJuly 19, 2011 at 5:16 pm
bating suits are not my friend…tank top and skorts are!!!
Olivia saysJuly 19, 2011 at 5:40 pm
Olivia once wore miniskirts shorter than Bossy’s bathing suit !
Scottsdale Girl saysJuly 19, 2011 at 6:33 pm
I love your suit! It’s very ‘retro’ looking! Adorable as always
KarenL saysJuly 19, 2011 at 6:58 pm
velvet bikini, top came up as I slipped down hilside
kristin @ going country saysJuly 19, 2011 at 7:14 pm
My attitude about swimsuits? Avoidance. Thank God for northern climates.
Suburban Kamikaze saysJuly 19, 2011 at 7:36 pm
You could practically interview for a job in that suit.
the muskrat saysJuly 19, 2011 at 7:48 pm
Swimwear for me now includes a “rash guard” shirt (sadly).
the muskrat saysJuly 19, 2011 at 7:49 pm
Bathing suit? Fuck that shit. I like to swim naked.
mopey saysJuly 19, 2011 at 8:31 pm
Luggage lost. Husband picks out bikini. Really? Yes, he says
CS saysJuly 19, 2011 at 8:51 pm
Pale, skin cancer fearful: rash guard plus boy shorts. PREETTTTTTYYYYYYY!
CS saysJuly 19, 2011 at 8:53 pm
Skin cancer fear (mentioned above) is why I totally endorse Bossy’s Little Black Dress of conservative swimsuits.
Katie saysJuly 19, 2011 at 9:49 pm
Victoria’s secret should disclaim, “body sold separately” in catalog add
Cupcake Murphy saysJuly 19, 2011 at 10:15 pm
All I know is my bazooms need underwire now. Poop.
Jennifer H. saysJuly 19, 2011 at 11:11 pm
I tried on that very suit at my local Target!
Paula Lee Bright saysJuly 19, 2011 at 11:13 pm
@28: hot bikini. @57: in sleeping bag tied at neck.
GK in MI saysJuly 20, 2011 at 9:02 am
Modest suit with strategic mesh cut outs. Felt like model!
Snow saysJuly 20, 2011 at 9:30 am
Red/White Stripped Bikini @ 14yrs. lake vacation.
Caught eye of certain boy. Great summer!
OneHundred80Days saysJuly 20, 2011 at 9:52 am
Definitely must be able to work incredible summer sun miracles.
Lisa saysJuly 20, 2011 at 10:06 am
Homemade suit, industrial strength fabric-looked as bad as sounds.
Kris saysJuly 20, 2011 at 11:13 am
1987. Eighteen. Hot pink OP skimpy tank. I looked hot!
2011. 42. Black shower curtain to hide hail damaged thighs. 🙁
MomZombie saysJuly 20, 2011 at 11:46 am
Never buy a yellow bathing suit. Want to know why? http://www.mom-zombie.com/?s=yellow+bathing+suit&x=16&y=13
km saysJuly 20, 2011 at 12:34 pm
Looked good. Didn’t know it. Look bad now. Don’t care:)
Victoria saysJuly 20, 2011 at 1:04 pm
I love mine right now! But it’s getting holes. Sad 🙁
heidig saysJuly 20, 2011 at 2:01 pm
Ditto #60 – and add light pink as a no-go color for bathing suits. Trust me, I had one.
bossy's friend martha's sister saysJuly 20, 2011 at 2:23 pm
wore it once… my sister… borrowed it…. and lost it
Lisa von Lempke saysJuly 20, 2011 at 2:57 pm
Lisa has seen some women who have more reason to fear the bathing suit than Bossy.
(There – quite proud of myself for being able to say that in ten words!)
penny maniscalco saysJuly 20, 2011 at 3:44 pm
Tannned, I looked naked in my bronze colored bathing suit.
penny maniscalco saysJuly 20, 2011 at 3:52 pm
Saw my boss hiding in the bushes watching from afar.
kerry saysJuly 20, 2011 at 4:04 pm
As a year-round beach resident in a warm climate, I can tell you that the secret is a smooth whip-off-your-coverup-as-you-fall-into-your-chair-inches-from-the-water-so-you-can-run-in-to-cool-off-so-fast-no-one-really-sees-your-suit technique.
Els saysJuly 20, 2011 at 4:30 pm
haven’t you heard of the burkini? Moslim women in Holland (and other places) are wearing them:
(couldn’t find an English site, but you get the drift)
Els saysJuly 20, 2011 at 4:32 pm
This shows it better:
thunja saysJuly 20, 2011 at 4:48 pm
heck I love you Target suit. I think you look fab and in the first picture? really bossy.
kathy saysJuly 20, 2011 at 5:53 pm
first pregnancy: husband’s huge shorts faded tube top: people blinded
Suzi saysJuly 20, 2011 at 7:38 pm
White skirted suit became see through when wet. Teenager. Mortified.
kirsty saysJuly 20, 2011 at 10:48 pm
Purple two-piece, no shame. Don’t care anymore!
GrandeMocha saysJuly 21, 2011 at 12:42 pm
Lands End Beach Living tankinis with swimskirt. Wear everywhere.
Sharri saysJuly 25, 2011 at 7:06 pm
Cutest suit ever! And doesn’t Bossy just look like a 15 year old in these pictures? I need me one of them suits.
elz saysJuly 26, 2011 at 5:00 pm
I do declare Bossy, you need a real swimsuit. Nine words, but still…sweetie, a swimsuit. Let that grogeous out-see also: Boden sale, Athleta sale, Lands End super sale. I will also hunt you down if you buy a swimsuit with a skirt ever again. You are not 76!
Stacy @bklynstacy saysAugust 3, 2011 at 8:24 pm
Can’t find cups that don’t runneth over, so cleavage galore.