Since When?!

Since when was it acceptable for {the majority of} swimsuits to look like no different from your bra and underwear?
Now.  Just not my cup of tea.

...and then.  Not only were these more modest, but to me, they are so much more flattering as well.  Okay, now I'm sure I sound like a prude.

Not a huge difference between Jessica Biel in her swimsuit versus her bra and underwear, am I right?  Am I the only one who thinks it's kind of odd for us to go out onto a beach or to the pool and essentially walk around in our underpants??
 {Nothing against these gorgeous and fearless women - I am absolutely not trying to cut down any women down for what they choose to wear!  However, I am just sad that this is considered completely normal in our society.  I am not comfortable putting my body out there in this capacity for everyone to see.  When I reflect back, I've always had anxiety about getting in a swimsuit in front of others and I wondered what was wrong with me?  Why was I so anxious and not confident enough?  Now I realize that NOTHING is wrong with me.  The two options at most retail stores are:  tiny and stylish or modest and ugly, am I right?  I know the "old Hollywood" swimsuits are making a comeback and you can usually find some very stylish options online, but am I the only one who has noticed those are mostly a great deal more expensive and harder to find?  I cannot wait until modesty is much more mainstream...}

Since when did being a well-known child star go from looking like this...
The always adorable Shirley Temple. this?
The colorful Honey Boo Boo Child.

Since when were McDonald's drink sizes so HUGE?
The Japanese sizes are smaller and more akin to the McDonald's drink sizes in the 90s that I remember!  Almost every time I swing through the McDonald's drive-thru for a drink, the "large" I picture in my head is much smaller than the drink size I'm handed.  The cups have definitely gotten bigger over the years and I'd be interested to know when the  largest changes actually took place.

I don't know... maybe this stuff makes me sound judgmental, and if so then so be it.  While there are so many redeeming qualities of the current and up-and-coming generations, there are just as many things that just make me shake my head!  Some days I just wonder in what direction we (as a society) are heading.  Perhaps that's a common sentiment, no matter what generation you grew up in.  (For example, people in the 50s couldn't understand the change in dance styles - thanks to people like Elvis Presley.)  Maybe a few decades from now, it'll all make more sense than it does now.


  1. Oh my gosh, I think this is my favorite post ever! You an I, really, the same person. I was nodding my head with every single sentence. I'm all for women who are comfortable in their own skin, but I like modesty too. Things in America used to be quality, like the idols and icons: Shirley Temple, Elvis, Marlyn Monroe... Now every "celebrity" is pure crap.

  2. I so agree with you!!! I was talking to my friend the other day and I was telling her how I hated bikinis, and she didn't understand why. She kept telling me that I had a really good body post-pregnancy so I should flaunt it. The thing was, I didn't want to! I used to wear bikini swimsuits, yes, and even when I did; I still felt like I was put on the spotlight for all people to look at me. I hated that. I preferred modest yet stunning retro swimsuits (they're slowly coming back, YES).

    Our society has sexualized women's bodies way too much and wearing skimpy swimsuits doesn't help! And we wonder why breastfeeding can be so hard in the public..... :P

  3. i like vintage swimwear all the way


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