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8+ Swimsuit Fails That Are So Painful To Look At

As the weather is starting to get warmer and thoughts of summer are on our mind there's one fashion item we need to explore. I'm talking about swimsuits, ladies.

Swimsuit shopping can be a challenge, to say the least. So make sure you avoid these swimwear fails and learn a valuable lesson.

1. The Girl Who Ripped Her Swimsuit Bottoms

Instagram | @eatenergizeevolve

Welp, this is less than ideal.

Ripping the seam of my pants is one of my worst fears, and now it's worse because I never thought it could happen to a swimsuit!

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2. Did She Order A Bikini Top Or A Bikini Top Necklace?

Instagram | @gooser2001

Online shopping is already horrible enough as is. To think you're ordering the right size, only to get something that's at least 10 sizes too small? I would be done online shopping forever.

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3. Tan Lines, Am I Right?

Instagram | @lamycakeslouise

This is a tan line that is sure to last the rest of the summer. Lucky her!

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4. When You Question The Model

Instagram | @juliannecondia

I know that pregnancy looks different on everybody, but something is definitely fishy about this "maternity" swimsuit.

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5. When The Size Isn't Even Close To Right

Instagram | @lamycakeslouise

We've all received the wrong size in the mail at some point or another, but this is just a little excessive.

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6. When You Run Out Of Material

Instagram | @melissablayton

This is what happens when you opt for that itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny bikini only to realize you really need more coverage.

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7. Ripped Pants

Instagram | @joelclimbsthings

I always look at these type of swimsuits and think, "How cute is this?" only to realize the tan lines from it would be absolutely hideous.

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8. Another Online Shopping Lesson Learned

Instagram | @biker_girl_bobbie

It sucks trying swimsuits on in-store, but this is a reason why making a trip to the store is worth it.

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9. A Little Sheer

Swimsuit material really doesn't last. I've had this problem at the gym many times.

But in a swimsuit, there is no barrier between you and the swimsuit.

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10. So true

Instagram | @ollivander.co

Seriously. Every time I wear a bikini and even make one small movement in water, there goes my top.

What is this sorcery and witchcraft?!

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11. Going Strapless


This is proof that not everyone can go strapless when it comes to bathing suits. When in doubt, please for our sake get some straps. Case closed.

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12. When You're Trying For Cute


Okay so not only women can make swimwear mistakes. Clearly, men need some serious help in this department as well. Not cute at all.

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13. Awkward Tan Lines

Instagram | @francisstallings

This will be quite the tan to sport for the rest of the year!

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14. How Is Anyone Supposed To Wear This?

Instagram | @confidentiallykatie

This swimsuit doesn't leave much to the imagination, does it? This poor woman just wanted a nice one-piece and got this instead.

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15. When You Reflect The Sun

Instagram | @onthedarksidetanningsalons

During bathing suit season, you either need to stick to a two-piece or a one-piece, or you could end up with some wild tan lines that can be mistaken as part of the swimsuit itself.

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16. When You Try To Reason With Your Swimsuit

Ha ha ha, when all fails just try this. Maybe your swimsuit will listen this year. It's worth a try.

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17. When You End Up Channeling A Piggy

"When you are going for 'cool pink leopard one piece and scouse bun combo' but your fella tells you that you remind him of a little pig with your bun as the tail....." this Instagram user said in their caption.

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18. A Design Oversight

This sunrise-inspired design actually looks pretty cool, but did they have to put the pink horizon right on the crotch? It looks like "Aunt Flo" came for a visit.

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19. When The Top Needs Instructions

I get that the strappy look is very in right now for swimsuits, but you seriously need a manual to put them on.

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20. Try Before You Buy

It's become impossible to just wing it with swimsuits these days. Try it or else you could have a total fail on your hands.

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21. What's With These Sizes??

Does anyone else feel like every store has the weirdest sizes when it comes to swimsuits? Are you sure these weren't made for kids??

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22. Sorry To Anyone With A Long Torso

While there are more swimsuit sizing options than ever before, for whatever reason, no one has designed a suit for women with long torsos. C'mon, already!

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23. Don't Even Get Me Started On Maternity Swimsuits

The swimsuit options when you're expecting are even more limited, although they do make for funny pics like this one.

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24. Even The Ad Gave Up

You know it's going to be bad when they don't even show the actual suit in the ad. I can see right through this terrible photoshop.

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Just when I thought shopping for a new swimsuit was stressful enough now I have these images engraved in my mind.

Giphy | Target

I definitely have to think this through more carefully.

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