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The Cost of a Bikini: How Much Are You Willing to Spend?

It was over the holidays my husband gave me fifty dollar  gift certificate to splurge at a local swimwear shop for our upcoming vacation. What he did not realize was that one bikini bottom costs close to a hundred dollars in this shop. One very tiny bikini bottom.

carry on full of bikinis

I  just smiled at his kind gesture and said, “Thank you!”

Over the weekend he asked, “Honey! When are you going to use your gift certificate?”

I took that as a cue to buy myself a new bikini.

I walked into the shop over-whelmed at the prices and trying to find anything in my size on sale.

I settled for a two piece number which cost close to two hundred dollars. I thought to myself this better have special butt lifting powers…

It did not.

So in the end after trying on several costly bikini’s I settled for one flimsy cover-up that was on sale for sixty-nine dollars. I only had to spend nineteen which still felt like an extravagant splurge.

I came home to a very enthusiastic husband, “What did you get?”

“Umm. I got this.”

“That is all you got for fifty dollars.”

“Actually is was sixty-nine dollars.The gift certificate was a wonderful idea but next time pick a cheaper shop.”

He was slightly surprised by the cost and exasperated “Why are women’s swimsuits so expensive?”

” I do not know. However, that is  a very good question.”

How much are you willing to spend on a bathing suit or bikini?

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Darcie Cameron is a RYT 200 who believes Yoga is a gift that is accessible to everyone with proper modifications, a patient smile and just taking the time to breathe. One of the greatest presents you will ever unwrap is when you connect your mind, body and spirit in perfect sync with your own breath. Connect with Darcie on Facebook

37 replies

  1. he asks a very good question… i don’t like to spend more than $80 on a bikini…. And If I can find one on sale, I am all for it… I love victoria secret sales!

  2. I still bet you will rock Mexico in that, Darcie.

    I have three different swimsuits. I bought them all on the sale page at J Crew. I did not pay more than $50 for any of them, and I’ve had them all for several years. They hold up well. They don’t ride up. They don’t fade. They flatter. If you still have a budget, try their sale page online.

  3. Many men, including myself, remain blissfully unaware of the cost of ladies clothing. Even a brief glance at the price tags can lead to chest pains only reduced by a controlled overdose of malt whisky.

  4. I’m always surprised at how much they cost, there’s so little material it can’t cost that much surely? Since I don’t go swimming unless I’m on holiday, which is about once a year, the most I’d pay is about £30.

  5. You’re not going to show us what this bikini looked like, eh? Dare to dream, Petruska. 😉

    I can’t imagine spending more than, I don’t know, twenty bucks or so for a pair of swimming trunks. I definitely don’t envy you women!

  6. Ugh. I hate swimsuit shopping. Hate. I probably spend about $75 on a one-piece training suit, but that’s only because the cheaper ones just don’t hold up to frequent use and washing. For a two-piece, I’d probably spend $100, but only because I have less than my fair share of boobs and more than my fair share of butt. More information than you need, I’m sure, but I found I have to pay more to buy separates. In summary: Booo to swimsuit shopping!

  7. The last bikini I bought I picked up in Croatia for basically $15 US. It’s a “for show” bikini really suitable only for sun bathing or being seen (it’s covered in sequins). Now, a swim suit that I can actually USE for swimming or kayaking? I’d be willing to spend around $100, however, it has to be high-quality, functional and offer coverage in the right places and ability to move (like swimming and paddling a kayak) in the other places. Title Nine has some awesome suits that I keep looking at for when I need to make my next swimsuit purchase.

  8. You’re right, swimsuits are outrageously expensive, considering how often you wear them, how little material there is and what you do with them. When I need a new bathing suit, which isn’t often, thank goodness, I prowl the discount racks. I don’t think I’ve ever paid more than $25.

  9. Yes, why the heck ARE they so expensive?! Some of those boob-lifting and butt-slimming suits can be upwards of $100! Good grief! Unless they come complete with a new set of boobs and an entirely different set of ass cheeks, I can’t imagine how a tiny piece of fabric is worth that much!

  10. Hey thanks for dropping by. I think men want to show off their ladies in something revealing or semi-revealing. We want other men to appreciate the beauty, with soft silky curly pubic hair, round curves and beautiful body who willingly chose to share her life with them. We secretly cannot believe that we were so lucky as to have a lady like that in our lives. The bottom line is that men are basically stoooopid. i wrote about it in 2008 … Really enjoyed your take on it.


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