At Marianne’s at Westgate Mall. This is the third bathing suit I have bought from this store, and I will probably never go anywhere else to shop for this most dreaded item again.
The first bathing suit I bought at Marianne’s was a maternity bathing suit. I was pregnant with my first daughter and I had signed up for prenatal aquafit classes. I had outgrown my regular bathing suit, and I went to Marianne’s because of their great reputation. Upon arriving though, I was disappointed to see that they were renovating the store, and that things were a bit of a mess because of this. I looked around on my own for a little while but could not find a section for maternity, and so I asked for help. I still remember that the sales person crinkled her forehead and looked back at me most unoptimistically when I asked about maternity bathing suits. She told me that they might not have any right now because of the renovations, but that she would check in the back for me. She asked me my size, and then she disappeared for a long long while. She finally came back and she was holding three bathing suits. Just three. Feeling discouraged, I took them all with me into the change room.
I tried each one on over my pregnant belly. All three fit. All three looked good! I got to choose which one looked the best, and not which one looked the least worst (you know what I’m saying, right Ladies?). I chose a navy blue one piece bathing suit with some cute orange trim, and I loved the heck out of that bathing suit for my two pregnancies. I rocked being pregnant in that suit, oh yes I did.
About four years later when I was no longer pregnant and I was quite confident that I was never going to be pregnant again, it was time to get a new bathing suit. Back to Marianne’s I went. This trip was a lot harder than the first, as my body was permanently changed from having my two beautiful baby girls. Nothing was fitting right. I was too small on top, and too big..not on top. After trying on many many bathing suits, I finally settled on a two piece tankini, which provided full belly coverage. Not bad. The bottoms were boy cut shorts that hid the parts that I was trying to hide, and the top was all right too. This was a pretty cute bathing suit, and even today I still like this one. The only thing that I don’t like about it though is that the shorts cling when I get out of the water.
So now, after another five years, I thought I deserved something a little newer, and back to Marianne’s I went. Still at Westgate mall, but in a new and larger location, I flipped through the racks once again. I picked out about 10 bathing suits, all two piece, and all belly-covreing. The first and the seventh looked and felt the best, and so I tried them both on again. The seventh. Definitely the seventh. Success! Phew!
Marianne’s is the type of store where you get really great service. If you want help picking out a bathing suit, then the sales people are there and will provide honest opinions. They will help you choose something that works for you no matter what shape or size you are. If you are like me, however, and cringe at attention, they leave you be to choose and try on your own. No one hollered at me once asking if I needed any help in there. It’s a great place.
And after all that, I just know you want to see a picture. So here, it is.
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