I'll start by apologising. I received the products featured in this post from the lovely people at Lands' End AGES ago (gifted) but it's taken me a while to pluck up the courage to pose for pictures. I'm 5 ft 2 and a half (that half an inch is very important) and currently weigh 9 stone 9 lbs which is a bit over what I'd like to be. I am diabetic and have the classic diabetic shape so never seem to be able to lose that belly. I have no hips and no waist. Choosing swimwear is normally a trial to be endured not enjoyed. Until now.
When Lands' End invited me to browse their swimwear pages I was blown away with how many styles I loved. Believe me I have spent plenty of time this year hunting for swimwear for sunbathing, our holidays and to go paddle boarding and kayaking in, but have hit on a few issues with the high street's options.
- High leg bottoms. Even on the new style "big knicker" bikini/tankini bottoms I have been unable to find legs cut low enough to cover my modesty and allow me to be less than thorough with the hair removal or ideally skip it altogether.
- There's nothing much between Only Fans skimpy and old lady styles unless you want to go sporty. But racer back with go faster stripes isn't really me and anyway unless you choose a school uniform type cossie you still end up with super high cut legs. I did try one of those unitard types with legs in then laughed till I cried. I could see literally every lump and bump. I donated it to a taller slimmer friend.
- Thin fabric. Some items I saw looked fine for sunbathing but I suspect one drop of water would mean not much would be left to the imagination. No-one wants to even imagine me naked, trust me. I reckon that's why our eyesight fails as we get older - because his eyesight is so bad my husband still tells me I am beautiful, bless him.