It stayed perfectly on me in the waves, never.
Frustrated with the continual discrete manourvering, I decided it was well and truly time to get a fabulous, new, rainbow, SURF-SAFE bikini. I had a limited budget, and by that I mean limited only by the perceived quality and box-ticking of the bikini options in question. But I wasn't having much luck. Unfortuantely, bikinis were either rainbow (and that, only if I bought internationally), or surf-safe, but not both. So I sent the word out to my FB friends, some of whom are surfers, thinking that a couple of minds was better than one.
Help! I need a new bikini. Any suggestions? It must follow three criteria:
1) It must be proper surf-safe swimwear. i.e. not easily ripped off by the waves like a "fashion bikini" would be.
2) It must be rainbow. This would be #1, but I could potentially make an exception for a particularly fantastic, unique design.
3) I would like it to have a decent tan line. So not covering too much of the body. Bonus points for cute shapes or cut-outs!
How much I'm willing to spend depends on how awesome the bikini is. I have a budget in my head, but that can be expanded/contracted!
Triple bonus points if it can be a three piece bikini! i.e. with a little skirt/shorties to match!
Theeeennnn... I think my friends had a little TOO much fun with this. !!
A little note: I'm fairly modest. I prefer my risque be more to do with blasting social expectations, not showing my pink bits.
My friends all know this.
Enough with the skimpy stuff already!!!
Uhhmmm... No... The whole point is staying alive in the surf, not getting dragged down by excess clothing...
That's hardly surf-safe, even though technically I was talking about it staying on in the surf!
...Having said that, I DO love this look!!!
I want to (FINALLY) learn how to surf, not lounge around at some resort pool all summer (although that would be nice - if they weren't all chlorine)!!!
Why the hell not! lol :-P
Oh yeah, I also stipulated that it must be the "right" kind of rainbow; plain stripes is boring!
And all their best pieces are one-pieces. Their bikini's are still cool, but not as awesome as the one-pieces. Amazing (!) works of art, but need to focus some designs on making awesome bikini's. Some of their best designs don't translate so well, or at all. :-(
A little skimpy, however. :-/
And only a two-piece.
And possibly not surf-safe.
And probably won't last one summer in that material.
The problem is, it's all boring-coloured, not rainbow, and often sold in separates and the good ones are sold out of matching tops and bottoms, and HELLOOOO, they HAVE to match!!!
Seriously. I don't like the even sort of matching pattern with block colour separates thing.
So I discovered two places for surf-safe swimwear. Not surprisingly, they both were born in Australia, on the east coast (where else?)!
The first is Hive Swimwear. Oddly enough, their best-staying bikini (from what I can gather) they don't even sell on their website, but instead is here! This is the nicest looking one they've got at this time, but it's pretty plain. No rainbows in sight. :-( Also, the style range is kinda convoluted. You have to do a bit of reading to figure out which is best for you!
The second is Surfkini. Unfortunately, their nicest colour is black. Black!! Are you freaking kidding me?!! Having said that, I would still consider them; I'd just have to do all sorts of adding to the prime design.
Then you have lesser but still sport-supportive swimwear ranges such as Athleta. These guys are good but basic, and the only nicely shaped performance swimwear is a rather plain style. Others that are acceptable have a crop-top style neckline (terrible for tan lines) and are missing their partner (i.e. the matching top or pant is sold out).
However, they DO have this awesome dress made from swimsuit material, which is a great all-round thing to pack, and could carry you across events quite nicely, also. I would DEFINITELY consider buying that! (Or even makeing one in a more exciting fabric!)
There are also some offerings from Slix that could be acceptable if they weren't so boring and crop-top-necked.
I could be surfing the net forever looking for the right bikini. I'd much rather be out surfing real waves (in the waves of my imagination, anyway). I was beginning to think that maybe I should just make one myself. The design principles are the same across brands: racer/cross-over back, firm-fitting and often draw-stringed underbust and pant waist, fixed triangle bra (the more fabric, the better), etc. I had a quick look for "the right lycra" at the local fabric store, and even on eBay, but wasn't exactly stoked. I thought "maybe I should just buy some white swimwear fabric and dye it myself and custom-make a swimsuit that actually suits me". Then I went to the fabric store for some material (guess what colour?!) and lo and behold, there, in the remnants section, was some white lycra! 1.5m worth, complete with $35/m price tag, for a grand total of $2! Was this a sign?!!!
I bought it, took it home, and started researching dye products.
Turns out lycra doesn't dye so well, and I need to not be limited by boiling bath dyeing, as I don't want one colour but ALL THE COLOURS!!!
What a surprise. 8-/
However, looking for "how to dye lycra" DID lead me to some more wonderful rainbow things!
It'd be awesome if they made a proper steamer/diving suit in this sort of colour! Unfortunately, this is just a stinger suit as far as I can tell, which is basically a glorified full-body rash-shirt.
Just watch, if I haven't successfully made a surf-safe bikini by the end of summer, I'll have procrastinated long enough with indecision to not need one in the end, anyway!
*sigh* Why can't I find something exactly right...
...I really should become a textile designer. One of these years, I just might!!! (And yes, I do have a range beyond rainbows... I just choose not to explore it!)