(Closed) Too Big for a Bikini

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 121
3028 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I’m about 110 at 5’7.

I don’t think there is a size anyone needs to be to wear something specific. You should wear what makes you comfortable and obviously don’t give any attention to the people that want to hate (easier said than done sometimes, I know).

For myself, I prefer the high waisted bikini bottoms. They feel more comfortable to me in general. I like the support/structure feeling around my waist. However, I will say part of it is some insecurities in general due to scars and also my hip bones. I tend to get people (especially strangers) that want to make comments or berate me about my weight and I still carry a lot of comments from family about hiding scars on my lower back. Which is silly, but when you’re used to hearing something negative constantly, it’s hard to break that cycle of shame/guilt. 

Post # 122
2834 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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jannigirl : No such thing as too big! I wore bikinis when I was a size 2 and when I was a size 12. And I’ll be wearing them again when I’m puffy and swollen on our babymoon.  You’ve got to love the skin you’re in!!

Post # 123
1337 posts
Bumble bee

I think people that don’t think bigger sizes should wear bikini’s are just projecting their own insecurities onto others. Since they aren’t comfortable wearing a bikini, they don’t think anyone else should be either.

Post # 124
7433 posts
Busy Beekeeper

I’m def on team wear what you want and feel good in, no matter your size!! I’m skinny, but have always been self conscious about my stomach, which is kinda soft and puffyish. I don’t think I had the nerve to wear a bikini until college and even then I remember feeling so self conscious because my belly was so pale since it’d never seen the light of day. I remember feeling like the minute i took off my top to reveal my bikini everyone around was probably reeling from the horror of my puffy white stomach lol. When in reality I doubt anyone thought anything of it!! I’m now in my 30s and care significantly less about my appearance in general, so wearing a 2 piece is nbd. 

I rarely notice or think twice about what others wear to the beach or pool. Like maybe if you have a super model type bod I’d marvel at that for a hot second, but for the rest of us mere mortals it just doesn’t even register. Wear what you want to wear and what makes you feel good!



Post # 125
2796 posts
Sugar bee

I’m skinny and love bikinis — but I also LOVE one pieces. I actually think they’re more flattering on most people, model bod or not. (Baywatch anyone!?) In any case, any bathing suit is pretty revealing. You’re not hiding much choosing a one piece over a bikini. Regardless, rock whatever you’re comfortable with! Any body at the beach is a beach bod.  

Post # 126
16 posts
  • Wedding: January 2018

If they make a bikini in your size, you’re not too big. 


I always wear a one a one piece and shorts though. 

Post # 127
2966 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I’m what I like to call an awkward pear shape, and at my smallest (as an adult) I was around a size 8-10, I’m currently a 12-14 (5’8″ and 195lbs before getting pregnant), but I have only ever worn bikinis.  My torso doesn’t cooperate with one pieces or most tankini’s.  The tankini tops always hit my waist at an awkward spot (or the longer ones end at the widest part of my hips and make me look wider) and one pieces always feel too short through the body, but the ‘tall’ ones feel too loose/long. 

Post # 128
539 posts
Busy bee

i’m in my 30s; when i was younger i had definite opinions on bodies that should wear bikinis and those that shouldn’t. even at my smallest i felt i still shouldn’t.

travelling internationally in various parts of the world changed that for me. i saw people who i neeeever thought should or would want to be in a two piece. i was pretty cool that they didn’t care, and myself realizing that; i didn’t either.

at one point i was up to a 16/18 and started wearing bikinis for the first time. now at 6/8 i’m more insecure about my stomach from some loose skin, but i’m thinking about it again since this thread. 🙂

Post # 129
2871 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Geez, I don’t think I’ve worn a bikini since I was 7 years old.

I am build completely different than my mom and sister and have always been self conscious of it.  My mom and sister are both quite petite and waifish and I’m 5’8″ and right now a size 10.  I take after my dad’s side of the family and growing up my mom’s side would always point out how different I looked (petitie all around on her side).  I was always athletic as I played year round travel softball up until college so I always had a bit stockier build as well.

High school was rough because my friends would all wear bikinis when we’d go to the beach or the lake and I always stuck with my one piece.  I had (and still have) a terrible body image so even though my friends never said anything to me, I always felt like I looked larger than I was.  Looking back at pictures, I would love to be that size 6 again but I know that most likely would never happen since I had my gall bladder removed (one of those things they don’t tell you is that it’s very hard to lose weight once it’s out).

I know I’m my own worst enemy.  I actually did buy a two piece suit for my honeymoon last year but didn’t wear it.  My husband was a bit bummed but very understanding and he doesn’t push me to do something I’m not comfortable doing.  I’m also the woman that goes jogging in long pants in the middle of summer because I hate how my legs look in shorts.

I don’t think you can be too big for a bikini.  I just don’t have the confidence to wear one.

Post # 130
235 posts
Helper bee

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Petals2002 :  Almost same for me! I am 5’6″ and for winter I am 129 lbs size 2-4 depending on brand and if I have to wear a bikini tomorrow I won’t be comfortable at all. For summer time I shred to 0 and tone, so when it comes to beach time I am in great shape and can be comfy in bikini. 

On a separate note – for ladies who are comfortable in their size wearing bikini – good for you!!!!

Post # 131
644 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

I am comfotable when I am a size 14 in a bikini. Right now I am a size 16 and wear a tankini which works for me too. 

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