Fashion Trend:Big Bikini Bottoms

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Big pants. They were a key character in Bridget Jones, and we don’t think there can be many women among us who haven’t, at one time or another, been seduced by the sheer comfort of these bad boys. That, and the fact that they hold your belly in like nothing else.

But the thing is, big pants have never exactly been considered "sexy", have they? Or even stylish. Not since the 1950s, obviously, when many a bathing beauty was snapped in a bikini not unlike the one shown above, which comes from Victoria’s Secret, big bottoms and all.

Yes, folks, the big pants have come out of the closet and they’re heading to the beach, with waist-high pants being spotted on shorelines around the world. Now, we’re not suggesting you ‘do a Uma’ with this trend. By hiking her waistline up to just underneath her bust, Ms Thurman incurred the wrath of The Fashion Police, and managed to look like she was wearing some kind of surgical swimsuit.

No, what we’re saying is that, worn the right way, the high-waisted, "big pant" of the bikini world can have a retro, pin-up girl appeal. And it’ll also be comfortable as all hell. Of course, we’ll never give up our hipsters, which we think are much more flattering to the belly, but a change is as good as a rest, they say…

What do you think, Fashion Force? Will you be giving big pants an outing on the beach this year, or do you think low is the way to go?   

6 Comments

  • July 16, 2008

    Amanda

    I am loving the trend in retro bathing suits, and I really like this one. To me, a day at the beach just screams for retro: big floppy hat, polka dot bikini, coleslaw from a picnic basket… good times.

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  • July 16, 2008

    Steph

    I love retro clothing, and like Amanda I also covet retro swimsuits. Especially polka-dotted lovelies. I think the high-waist is acceptable if you’re deliberately trying to look vinatge.

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  • July 16, 2008

    Am

    yeah. I like the vintage look for the beach.

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  • July 16, 2008

    Danielle

    No. You are not getting me to wear granny panties or high-waisted anything. Retro for the sake of retro is fine. Retro to the beach means funny tan lines.

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  • July 17, 2008

    Christina

    Why does it have to be high or low?
    What happened to the traditional bikini bottom?
    This is my personal choice for the beach for this summer (and every summer until the thing falls apart). I got it in blue.
    http://www2.victoriassecret.com/commerce/application/prodDisplay/?namespace=productDisplay&origin=onlineProductDisplay.jsp&event=display&prnbr=9B-217884&page=1&cgname=OSSWMBIKZZZ&rfnbr=1232′ defer

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  • July 17, 2008

    The Fashion Police

    Very nice, Christina… by “low” though, I really meant “lower than waist high”.
    I have to admit, I love this look on the model, but I tend to shy away from anything high waisted in real life (except pencil skirts, oddly. Love high waists on pencil skirts) because they tend to make my belly look bigger. Love all things retro, though.

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