My favorite part of the warmer weather is bikini shopping. I love spending time poring over my favorite catalog, comparing cuts, colors, and patterns. I’ve been ordering from a certain company long enough to know which of these items will “build” a bikini that will flatter my frame and not embarrass me at family functions. The latter being a crucial element to all of my shopping endeavors. Needless to say, I’ve vested enough hours in the past to have this entire experience down to a science.
Until this year.
This year I experienced the Incredible Shrinking Bikini. Every item I had ordered seemed to be missing fabric. A lot of fabric. In the crucial let’s-not-embarrass-the- family places. Every time I ordered a replacement piece, even when from a different line, it had ended with the same result. Very tiny pieces of fabric where my bikini used to be. Naturally, my common sense kicked with a mental tally of everything I had eaten and how many times I had skipped the gym. No sane person would blame the bikini for shrinking itself on its way from the warehouse to my mailbox. I shared my plight with my sister, hoping for some sisterly love.
Alas! She had also heard amongst our friends that their bikinis were made with far less fabric than normal. To my surprise (and relief), the Incredible Shrinking Bikini was not a thing of my imagination (or inconsistent dedication to the gym). The company had re-cut their bikini pieces this swim season in a more “sexy” style. A style that unfortunately requires quite a bit of adjusting for this naturally curvy girl. My bikini and I have reached a compromise and made a few successful public appearances. Phew! Tell me has anyone else found that their “go-to” company has resized/re-cut/redesigned their staple pieces? Do you have an Incredible Shrinking Bikini story of your own?