Hate shopping for a new swimsuit? You're probably doing it wrong.
Shopping for a new swimming costume doesn't have to be (and shouldn't be) painful.
Here is my guide to finding a swimsuit that is right for you.
1. Buy the size that fits. Not the size you wish you were.
A swimsuit that is too small will dig or cut into you. You won't feel comfortable. You'll constantly be readjusting. It won't motivate you to lose weight. But it will ruin your mood (which can lead to emotional eating).
But don't take my word for it. Australian swimsuit designer and model Natasha Oakley agrees:
"One of my main tips, when you're shopping for bikinis, is not to stick to the size that you normally think you are. I am honestly everything from a size x-small to an x-large in swimwear, so don't be scared to go up to whatever size you need to, or even down," says Oakley.
Tash recommends you buy the size that fits. Not the size you think you 'should' be.
Don't assume a size larger will give you more coverage. Many women purchase swimwear that’s too large and as a result, the fabrics gapes and won’t support you properly.
2. Wear a g-string
Or the similar style of underwear when you go shopping. That way, when you try on the swimsuit, you can see how it's going to look without panties sticking out the sides.
3. Get a bikini body (mindset)
I've weighed a lot less and because I wasn't secure in my body, felt a whole lot more self-conscious (and fidgety!) in a bikini.
A bikini body is a mindset, not a size.
You don't need to get a bikini body. You do need to work on loving your body, the way it is. It may not be perfect but it doesn't need to be.
Don't wait until you have the perfect body to put on a bikini or a swimsuit.
If you do not see women who are comfortable in their body, it’s hard to know how to do it yourself. That’s because... you cannot be what you cannot see. So I thought I’d share this photo with you. ✨ Our society has created a body ideal that is unattainable by 95% of the population. Have you ever stopped to realise how ridiculous and unfair that is? ✨ Let’s stop pretending restrictions are part of ‘getting healthy’. Let’s stop listening to that voice that says, you could weigh less, you could exercise more, you’re not as pretty as she is... ✨ Let’s be healthy. Let’s be happy in our bodies - instead of wasting any more years at war with ourselves. ✨ If you’ve been trying to lose weight your whole life (and gotten no where), why not try being healthy instead and see where it gets you.💕
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4. Get them delivered
Try on a swimsuit at home, always in natural light (that's the light you'll be wearing it in) rather than the awkward, unflattering downlighting. Order several swimsuits (in a range of styles and sizes) online.
Check you can return if they don't fit. Here is a list of awesome swimsuit retailers, for all shapes and sizes.
5. Take a friend
...if you are your own harshest critic. A supportive friend, mum, sister or partner may help bolster confidence and prevent the negative self-talk cycles from taking over.
Never, EVER go shopping with anyone judgemental who will point out your insecurities.
6. Honour your shape
Is there a set of underwear that you feel really comfortable in? Use them as a guide as it's probably a shape that works for you. Not all trends are flattering for non-models.
Accept your shape and work with it - not against it.
7. Make time - in the morning
Throughout the day, most people get bloated. You eat food, your tummy fills up and it just happens (it doesn't mean there is something wrong with you).
Schedule time in the morning to shop for a swimsuit and it may help you feel more comfortable. Don't go at peak times. Give yourself enough time so you don't feel stressed that you haven't found something after 10 minutes. It can take time...
8. Embrace different cuts and designs.
I'm so grateful that full piece swimsuits are in fashion. I feel so good in a full piece. Why did I waste so many years trying to fit into a bikini that I kept tugging at?
Wear what makes you feel good. Here's a red one piece I found on ASOS.
Yup. I love my body the way it is. This wasn't always the case. A few years ago, I would never have felt confident in swimmers. There's a few things I did to help me love my body, and I've shared these practical tips in a blog post. Click the link in my profile called 'Unhappy with your body and weight? Read this' for some of my favourite body positive tips. P.s. Swimmers are from ASOS ;) x
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