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Swimsuit? How to cover thighs?

Angie B.
on 6/10/10 12:29 pm - Seaside, OR
   Ok, so I am pretty blessed that my excess skin issues are not going to be too horribly bad.  I will eventually need to have something done in the belly area, but that's fairly easy to cover up until it's time to have it fixed.  It's my thighs I'm not quite sure what to do about.  I'm fine in clothes, but swimsuit season is coming.  I'm in WA state and we're finally supposed to hit 80 degrees this weekend for the first time this year so it hasn't been an issue yet.   I would probably be ok with something that hits mid thigh, although if I could find something that didn't look completely dorky that was a few inches above the knee I'd be even happier.  Has anyone found a style that looks up to date and stylish, but works to cover the thighs?   I know that I can use a sarong or cover up when I'm out of the water, but I would love to find something that works even when I don't have on a cover up.   On the humorous side, the tan lines ought to be hilarious this year.  If I pull the skin tight, I might have zebra stripes.............  (grin)

HW 321// SW 278//CW 168
on 6/10/10 12:32 pm
Lands End Tankini with Swimini skirt! Love Love Love them! ...comfy and lifetime warranty :)

Have fun in the sun!

on 6/10/10 12:41 pm
Hi Angie.  I'm in WA too and it's about time we get some sun and heat.  Land's End makes some cute styles that minimize and/or cover thighs.  I know Sears has a Land's End section but am not sure what styles they have there.  You may want to go to their web site.  I spend lots of time in swim suits and I have always had luck with their suits.  Great quality.  Swim shorts would work well in this climate and on our beaches.  Good luck and enjoy the weather this weekend. Elena
on 6/10/10 12:46 pm
I got one like this except it's just plain black and that way I can just buy a couple tankini tops to go with it since everything matches the black. I love the little skirt because although I'm not having serious skin issues, I do have some saggy on my inner thighs so this covers it up perfectly and still looks really cute! Do you guys have like TJ Maxx and Ross Stores? I've seen some cute ones on sale there!
Mandyplus2 ..
on 6/10/10 12:47 pm, edited 6/10/10 12:48 pm - GA
I was also going to recommend Land's End. I have their ruffle swim mini and love it, but the nice thing is that they carry swim minis in several different styles and lengths from which to choose.
 5'8" - 40 years old

on 6/10/10 1:03 pm - OH
I have a swimsuit that has a little skirt.  I've worn that kind of suit for years.  When I was really heavy, I felt better that way.  And now I still do.  I don't think it looks too dorky.

Susan G.
on 6/10/10 1:47 pm
I found some things at
Sue G.            
(deactivated member)
on 6/10/10 1:52 pm
DS on 10/19/09 with
I am a fan of board shorts. I prefer the look of those to the swim skirts and they stay put better, I think.
on 6/10/10 2:11 pm

I agree with Land's End.  I also found the cutest swim suit at (of all places) Kmart.  It was a swim dress I guess.  It was a 1 piece w/ a skirt that hit just about mid thigh. 

"Assumption is the root of many problems"
on 6/10/10 2:19 pm - County Line, MI
DS on 10/19/07 with
I too suffer from sharpei thighs, but finally gave up on trying to cover them. Tried all the suits from Land's End, but just don't like the look of the swim skirts, and they don't hide it all anyway. I don't want something that comes to mid-thigh as it just looks so old lady! So I found 2 cute one piece suits at TJ Maxx and just gave up on trying to hide things, other than a cover =up when not sunning or in the water. It is what it is, and I am used to it now. As long as it is tan it doesn't look too bad.

Highest -380  Surgery- 345     Goal- 150   Current-150     5 ft. 8 in.

Anna G.
on 6/10/10 2:25 pm
This is one of my pet peeves. Nobody seems to make a skirt that's long enough. I bought a skirt suit recently at JC Penney, of all places, that was almost long enough. ::sigh:::
I've thought about buying a damn aquatard, but those things just aren't pretty. If I start back to water exercise like I keep saying I'm gonna do, that's probably what I'll wear though, because those skirts just get in the way.

Anne V.
on 6/10/10 4:05 pm
RNY on 05/19/09 with has some swim separates including a longer short and tank combo. 
on 6/10/10 4:45 pm
I like some of the swimsuits at, I like the retro swimsuits since many of them have more coverage and are really neat, and they have plus sizes on some of their suits on that site. I still want to find one of the black and white full swimsuits like in the 1800s and early 1900s, that would be awesome ;) I think Johnny Depp wears one on Sweeney Todd ha ha!
on 6/10/10 5:44 pm - Orange County, CA
VSG on 03/17/10 with
I bought a skirtkini at Target and the length is pretty good, not quite mid-thigh, but close to it!! Covers the meatiest part of my leg for sure.
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on 6/10/10 7:14 pm - Canada
I do the skirt with the tankini and I also do board shorts with the tankini.  I'm really loving the board shorts this year!

Start weight - 287
Lowest - 123
Current - 130's
Height 5'7"

on 6/11/10 6:50 am - Hamilton, Canada
Years ago I found an old fashioned men's bathing suit that I just love!  It's very similar to this one.

Yasmeen  (aka thread killer!)  

5'6.5" - HW 239.4 / SW 226.8 (Feb 5, 2010) / GW 120 (Jan 6, 2011) / LW 116.8 

(deactivated member)
on 6/11/10 7:16 am
I have the same problems with the thighs..ugh.  The tankini tops are fine, but the skirts are still way short.  I got a pair of surfer shorts in a solid color and wear them with a colored tankini top.

I also got the shorts in the men's department, but they are really all the same.

Angie B.
on 6/11/10 7:42 am - Seaside, OR
I've gotten some really good ideas from this thread. I'm glad I asked. I'm going to go look around this morning while my daughter is in school, but I'm thinking that the board shorts and tankini top may be the way I go. I don't think the skirts are going to be quite long enough. The funny thing is that for my size, I never thought I had big thighs at all. My legs always looked like chicken legs compared to my torso size. All this skin seems to have appeared from nowhere. lol Or maybe once more I was just in denial about how big I really was. I'd say that's the more likely answer.
There are a few links that were posted on here that I've saved in my favorites. I will try to find one in a local store, but there were a few on different links that were posted here that I liked too.
(deactivated member)
on 6/11/10 7:53 am
If you have a J.C. Penny's near you they have some longer tankini tops.  I'm tall, so they really look a lot better.  Good luck with your shopping.  Yes, my thighs look really bad too.  You aren't alone.:)