We were at a friend’s kid’s birthday party at the local YMCA pool, when the thought hit me like a ton of bricks.

In between watching my husband splash around with our 2 older boys in the pool, my eyes rolled over what all my friends were wearing.


One-piece bathing suits.

No bikinis in sight.

As I thought about the old triangle-top bikini set I was wearing underneath my faded black coverup, I got a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach.

Are we too old for 2-pieces now?

I mean, I’m not one to be self-conscious about my body, but I certainly don’t “have the body.” I’ve got a healthy amount of baby weight to lose, but I still wear 2-pieces because, well… they’re all I have. The truth is, I haven’t purchased a new swimsuit in years. I don’t really think much more about it.

But the thing is, my friends don’t have baby weight to lose. They look great. Almost all of them are naturally thin. And they all have gorgeous figures. (And shoot. If it were me, I’d be showin’ that sh*t off!)

But that day at the pool, all of them were wearing some variation of a tankini or one-piece.

Crap. Did I age out of wearing a 2-piece, and I didn’t even know it?

Now that I’m a mom of 3 kids, is a bikini no longer appropriate?

I’m 34. And I’m wondering if it’s time to retire the ol’ 2-piece.

A few days later, my friend, who’s the wife of a pastor, told me she didn’t want to go to a pool party.

“Why not?”

“Because I don’t have any one-pieces that fit,” she said. She’d just had a baby, but I told her I thought her body already looked great.

“Well, I just think it’s an issue of modesty too,” she said. “I don’t know how I feel about wearing a bikini at a party where there will be other husbands and dads.”

It’s a valid point.


I mulled it over.

Heck, I’m still mulling it over.

So before I throw out my decade-old, faded, torn, old and stretched-out bikini collection (gee, I’m really selling my love of the bikini here), I wanted to ask you…

What do you think?

Are we too old to wear bikinis?

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