8 years ago, I was engaged to be married. My fiance did not tell me where we were going for our honeymoon, but he did inform me that I'd need a swimsuit.
I felt I needed a good one. Previously, I'd only ever bought $15 jobbies from wallyworld or other such places. They were . . . suits. But nothing I really enjoyed wearing in public. And they died really fast too.
A neighbor brought over a catalog for lands end. I'd never heard of it. But back then, they had this AWESOME website where you put in your measurements and they created a virtual you. You could then "try" them online. I LOVED it!
Everything was way too much money. But I found one that actually covered me, and looked decent. So I bit the bullet, and splurged $60 for a suit.
That swimsuit has been the best splurge ever.
After much searching, here's me on my honeymoon.
Ok, so you can't see much of the suit. But I looked good. I loved this suit. It covered what needed to be covered, but left me shapely and awesome.
The only other picture I can find is from two years later:
(how cute is Girly-Lou!!! I know it looks like it's crazy deep here, but we were about 12 inches away from dry land,
and the water was only about 3 inches here. She was just really little!)
By this picture, I was 20 pounds heaver. And it still fit me just fine! While it wasn't the same beautiful silhouette I had before, I still felt good in it.
I just finished trying it on for this summer. I currently weigh a disgusting 40 pounds more than that awesome Caribbean cruise. And the suit is 8 years old. But it still fits me. The seams are strong, with no straining. I feel modestly covered, and not as whale-ish as I thought I would.
Figured out per year, I've spent about 7 bucks a year for this suit.
Now that's a bargain!