Goodbye Bikini, Hello One Piece


After I became a quadriplegic, the one thing that feared me the most was becoming ugly. Fat, unattractive, out of style…I was worried that somehow my wheelchair would magically make me a troll.

I know, I know shallow vanity at its finest, but I was 14 and this line of thought was inevitable. After a couple rough years, I finally found a style groove, realized it was possible to still work it sitting down, which boosted my confidence. And by the time I was 19 I had amassed a collection of swimsuits.

See, when you live in a state where you suffer 9 months of cold for three brilliant months of summer, it’s easy to go overboard when you finally get the chance to buy summertime stuff. It’s just so darn fun. It’s like being 8 years old again and your dad just gave you a $10 bill to blow in the candy aisle.

Ever winter I would dream of all the aquatic scenarios emy swimsuits would get into- laying in the sun on my balcony, out at my mom’s patch of beach on a lake they live by, on the pontoon trying to hold on for dear life, even in the hot tub in my building. I couldn’t walk anymore, but these swimsuits gave me a sense of reclaiming of my AB life. I was still holding that torch of my personality tall and high.

But now, as I’ve gotten older, I’m beginning to look at my swimsuit collection a little differently. I have about 15 bikinis, 2 monokinis and 2 one-pieces, and most of those bikinis haven’t been worn in years. Are my 30+ years finally changing me clothing preferences?? Hrm. I thought I was immune to that.

After putting on bikinis in the past years, my body is starting to bug me. I see bones here and there, a quad guts that’s not bad, but bugs me nonetheless. I want perfection, but I know it’s not possible, so now I’ve decided to amp up my collection of one-piece swimsuits; the retro look that is making a comeback. And the good news – they’re not for older ladies anymore. One-pieces are super sexy now days.

Finally, a clothing trend works in my favor. The last time that happened was the long tank top trend and before that, tear-away athletic pants. Oh my PCA’s loved those. So now I’m having fun shopping around for one-pieces. Victoria’s Secret has a few great options, such as this RuchedHalter One-Piece. Still sexy in the important places, but a bit more coverage. I would even wear a pareo or flowy skirt with this too since I absolutely hate my thighs.

Otherwise, you can even buy a one-piece now that has a mini-short built into it, like this Romy Romper from Victoria’s Secret as well. And avoid strapless if you have a hard time pulling your tops back up.

And remember to always put on your sunscreen when going out in the sun this summer. The sun is getting stronger each year, and skin cancer is growing sadly. We all want to look cute, and skin cancer is so not cute. One of my favorite styles of sunscreen is the aerosol style, which is SUPER easy to put on if you have limited hand movement. My favorite is Neutrogena CoolingSpray with Sunblock. A great way to cool off if you have problems in that area too.

Where do you shop for swimsuits? What style do you think works best in a seated position?

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