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What's Your Most Embarassing Swimsuit Malfunction?

03/21/2008 at 06:00 AM ET

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Just because they wear designer bathing suits doesn’t mean celebrities like Paris Hilton are shielded from potential wardrobe malfunctions at the beach. Whether it’s running in the sand or getting out of the water, we’ve all had slip-ups, slip-downs and other forms of indecent exposure. The moment that takes the cake for us happened in San Juan, Puerto Rico when a wave came seemingly out of nowhere and knocked the wind out of us – along with our bikini top. Now the editors at StyleWatch want to hear about your most turn-red memory. Tell us: What is your most embarrassing swimsuit malfunction?

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Lorie on

Is that Paris or is it a surfboard with a bathing suit on it?

Anon on

I was sitting at the edge of the water letting the waves hit me at a beach this summer, when a HUGE one came and slapped right at me…the wave didn’t do anything, but the undercurrent grabbed me and pulled me out into the ocean, by dragging me along the floor. When I finally got out of the current, I stood up, only to realize that while I was dragging along the sand, my bottoms were pulling down. So when I stood up, they were floating next to me, and I was naked in front of a beach of people!!!

Pixie on

swimming in a white swimsuit! Worst idea ever!

Jess on

I was lying out on my stomach getting some sun and I went to turn over and my swim suit strap broke,my top totally falling down. I was so emnarassed and prayed that no one on the beach saw what happened. I was so done getting some rays and put my cover up on.

B on

I was on my honeymoon in Hawaii and got hit by a particularly big wave. It knocked me over and sent me towards the beach. I threw my hands up to protect my head and when I sat up on the sand I saw that my bottoms were pretty low at the front. I looked at my husband and waved as I pulled them up. Then I looked down again and realized my top was far below where it was supposed to be. I had been sitting like that for 30 seconds or so and didn’t even notice. Thank goodness the beach wasn’t very crowded that day.

Morgan on

I went down a water slide in a two piece and my bottoms SO flew off. Luckily I noticed and grabbed them before anyone else noticed and put them back on in the water.. but that could have been BAD!

Mary on

I was vacationing in Greece, and was swimming in the Aegean Sea with my boyfriend, when he coyly untied my string bikini top. Luckily, in Greece, lots of women go swimming or sunbathe topless, so the women nearby looked at me like I was nuts as I yelled at my boyfriend. But I was still mortified.

Mia on

I was at a water park and decided to brave the huge slide that comes down at nearly a 90 degree angle. The force of the slide was so fierce and shove my one-piece suit bottom so far up my rear that it tore open between the legs and the next thing I knew, I was flashing everything, including boobs, to the world! I was mortified, not to mention banned from that water park.

Busylizzie on

Well, it was the last class event of grade 8. We were all going swimming before we split up for the summer. I had been padding my AA bra all year, as I was miles behind my classmates in that area. But how to pad a swimsuit that was still a single, flat piece of fabric? Baggies, of course! I stuffed a couple with nylons, tied off the baggies and pinned the leftover baggie plastic to the seams. Only problem: I was an impossible show-off, and decided to make my entrance by diving in. Oops. There I was on the bottom of the pool, with my baggies floating on the surface. Good thing we moved away that summer…

Anna R. on

One time I was at a river in Mississippi and we were playing frisbee in the water when I dove for an especially long throw. The impact of the water knocked my top off and worse yet, my stone-washed jean shorts came unbuttoned and my underwear quickly became see-thru. To this day boyfriend’s buddies always ask if I want to play fridbee whenever they see me.

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