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04/27/2007 at 11:00 AM ET

As our office fills up with racks of itsy-bitsy bikinis and photos of celebrities, like Lindsay Lohan, looking amazing on beach vacations flood our pages, my stress level keeps rising! Sure, if I looked like Lindsay in a bikini (all nine of them) I’d be more than happy to hit the stores. But in my current state of, uh, not quite summer-ready, the thought of trying on string bikinis in fluorescent lighting with unflattering mirrors makes me want to run and hide. For now, I am investigating more cute coverups like Cameron’s, until the gym becomes more of a daily reality. — Melissa Liebling-Goldberg

Tell us: Are you stressed about bathing suit shopping, too? Or are you ready to rock a bikini and hit the beach?

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LB on

I try not to get too stressed out about bathing suit shopping. You need to accept the person you are. The fact is not all of us can be 18-25 again and in great shape. I love who I am, and if I have a little extra, so be it, more to love : )

faith on

in a recent issue of glamour, they did a bit where they confronted people OF ALL SIZES on the beach that were wearing unflattering suits, and gave them new suits that worked best for their particular shape. it was genius! and i think that’s the point! you don’t have to be a thin, hard-bodied 20-something to look good and accentuate the best parts of whatever you are working with. let’s face it, all of us have flaws, and i was inspired by the girls in that article who probably weren’t completely satisfied with their bodies, but were getting out there and enjoying the sun and sand anyway! i for one know that if i waited to look perfect to go enjoy myself at the beach, i would never make it! so ladies, cut yourself a little slack, realize that we come in all different shapes and sizes, and get out there and have fun! remember that attitude is half the battle, and that smiling and having a good time cover a multitude of sins!

Summer on

I agree with Faith. Great comments!

Also, ladies – I recommend swimsuit shopping on Monday nights after 7 PM. The malls are empty at that time, leaving you plenty of room to walk through the racks, try things on and not be rushed. Good luck!

heidi on

I think that during this time of year everyone becomes more conscious of what and how much they eat.
But when I’m at the beach I’m not very concerned about how I look I’m their to relax, and get a tan.

Ashley on

I’d just like to give a sincer “thank you” to faith.

There should be more people that think like you! I love summertime – and am far from perfect, but I like to have fun in the sun and enjoy myself. I hate it when girls are always so self critical, or critical of others. Other than that, faith said it all. Happy summer to all! :p

Alice on

I agree with everyone, it shouldn’t matter how you look at the beach. In fact, the beach is the one place you should feel comfortable. It shouldn’t be such a big deal, I know when I’m at the beach, I’m not paying attention to what anyone else is wearing, I just wanna have fun.

rachel on

Yes!!!
i have a great body, but i have a big Beauty mark on my back. AS a teen i was sooo incomfortable in bikinis!

glad on

you know what i may not have the flattest stomach out there but i would still get into a bikini bc i am confident with my body and i dont care what people think….and my husband loves my body !

Mary on

Yeah it makes me stressed out, mostly because I practically have no boobs, lol!

Maryse on

Awesome Faith, I couldn’t have said it better.

I don’t really get stressed out over finding the perfect bikini for my body type. While I am thin, I am curvy in some places like my hips/butt, my mom blessed me with her booty {I’m half Puerto Rican} and I’m blessed with a fullness up top. I’m confident with my body and I’m at the beach to have fun. Some women are insecure with their bodies, but we just have to learn that not all of our body types are gonna be the same, we’re not all “perfect” in Hollywood standards. We should just accept the beauty inside and out and not be overly critical. Be proud and embrace yourself.

Idalicious on

My mid-rift is not perfect but I’d put on a bikini. Hey, no one is perfect.

cathycee on

The most stressing is not the shape I am in. I am fortunate to be in great shape (work out a regularly, watch what I eat). Ok my boobs are not as perky as they once wear.
But I am kind of vampire white and don’t tan. I wish in what swimwear to choose they would include advice for very fair people.
Oh and making sure there is no hair poking out. You know how it is after a winter of lapsing on your bikini hair removal.

sunshine on

I get so exicted when the sun is actually shining in the morning. The thing that doesn’t make me excited is thinking about bikinis. I want to get in better shape for summer, but for some reason can’t find the motivation between a busy schedule. Does anyone have any tips that can help me make it to the gym in the morning?

sunshine on

I get so exicted when the sun is actually shining in the morning. The thing that doesn’t make me excited is thinking about bikinis. I want to get in better shape for summer, but for some reason can’t find the motivation between a busy schedule. Does anyone have any tips that can help me make it to the gym in the morning?

Bre on

I think girls should stop obbesising over being 5″7 and 60 pounds it’s not attractive what so ever and is it really worth dieing for. I think we should all accept are bodies but still remain healthy and then we’ll all have nothing to worry about during swim suit season, I love it an look forward for it and guess what I’m not super skinny I actually have curves and I love it don’t let people get you down cause curves are sexy!!

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