Summer is on!
And to celebrate its arrival we spent the day at the pool –not the packed-to-the-max-no-floaties-allowed public pool, we trekked out to the burbs to swim with all the fixins. Think super slides, rotating sprinklers and a lap lane to boot!
Of course the kids were ready to jump right in, but I always have a moment of hesitation when it’s time to undress. Taking off my top (or whatever my cover-up is) always brings a bit of a flutter, and this day was no different. There I stood, about to reveal my body (in a bathing suit) and the big Uh-Oh crossed my mind.
Most women suffer from some sort of body image negativity. I’m not exactly sure when mine began, but at some point after this…
I became hyper-aware of how I looked in a swimsuit. The neurosis has calmed down over the years thanks to a steady yoga practice and regular exercise routine which are always working to balance my mind body connection. Nonetheless, there’s still a tiny pang of dread that hits as my cover up comes off.
Which is why I consider all my options when choosing a bathing suit because the right one does make a difference in how comfortable I’ll feel in my skin.
After having kids it was all about the one-piece for me. I found a chic one with side ruching (so flattering) at a sample sale, and relied on it for years. Eventually the one-piece felt too complicated for my numerous bathroom trips, and I didn’t really like the way the wet material felt on my tummy. Though if I were to revisit a one-piece, I’d choose a printed version, like this.
I’m back in a bikini, but now I prefer a high-waist. It’s more forgiving when I sit, and just feels more comfortable for my current state of affairs. I bought mine last year. When it’s time for an update, I’ll probably go for one like this.
At the pool there were a bunch of women wearing skirt-suits which seems like a great option for those who want to add some flair to their tush. This style doesn’t really appeal to me, but I found this one which could be fun.
I also saw a few ladies wandering about in board shorts. If I were to go the shorts route, I’d choose something like this.
What style suit do you feel best in?