I try to convince myself that it usually doesn't scare me as much as it probably should because, well...I don't live near a beach or don't dare to lay on my balcony in a bathing suit for the neighborhood to see. If I'm in a suit, I'm either on a really great vacation (and I know that I will never see the people that see me in a suit again) or I'm with my family on the boat and they couldn't care less. It used to be the curves (i.e. stomach) that made swim suit shopping a little tricky and quite discouraging, but now it's the lack of them. [It's hard to find a swimsuit that fits 34A--my post breastfeeding size--as well as one that comes with padding enough to cover the other post breastfeeding issues (i.e. stretched out parts that don't work well under a single layer of spandex).]
Call me crazy, but it's always a tell tale sign of personality when you learn about a person's bathing suit style. Don't you think? Kind of like shoes...either you're a pointed-toe-with-jeans kind of person or you're a Puma girl (that's me!) who rarely strays from flats if you have to "dress up." I've never worn a bikini. I have nothing against them (although I'm often left drop-mouthed at the body types who usually choose to wear them) but I've just never had the...guts. I've never been the cleavage type or the "french cut" type, which leaves me to simple and often "sporty." I just want to be comfortable. But, I do need the style factor and the pretty factor too.
Last year I went with this (in brown) and this (in black with fun printed bottoms that now I'm thinking are "too much.") They are good staples...but I'm looking for something fun and flattering to my new body.