Obviously I'm not alone when it comes to buying bathing suits. And since you all can't be lucky enough to find a bathing suit laying around in a rental condominium, I thought I'd share my info about this 2011 purchase. You know...the one that came in its original wrapper.
Actually, Deb and Dianne were right, this is a Lands End suit. I knew that if I waited to go shopping for a suit in a real store, I'd never do it. And I used to buy Lands End clothes from Sears and liked their style and fit, so I went to their online site for my swimsuit.
I liked that I could buy tops and bottoms as separates. I know I can do that in department stores. Theoretically. It's never actually worked for me. I can never find the proper sizes in both pieces. So...I pulled the measuring tape out of my stitching box and used the Lands End sizing chart and wow, were my top and bottom ever different! I measured as a 4 top and a 12 bottom. (What the heck - I've already told you my most embarrassing swimsuit story, so I might as well tell you everything. Yes, I am pear shaped. No shoulders or boobs, with an oversized butt.) I was worried about that size 4 top, though, so opened their swimsuit chat and talked with my swimwear "expert", Jason. Mr. Jason told me to order a 6. So that's what I did.
Also, their website has customer feedback about each suit. Each suit is rated and discussed and customers can tell you if they think it runs big, small or true to size. I thought that was really helpful, especially since I was still skeptical about the top size. It steered me away from some bottoms that I was kind of liking but unsure about.
Oh - and it didn't cost me an arm and a leg. Both pieces with shipping and tax? About $50. Which was the bottom range of what I had expected to spend so that was pleasing, too! So now I'm going to make my friend Ginny go shopping with me so that I can buy a pair of these. Glittery Cowgirl flip flops.