Let’s face it: Bathing suit shopping sucks. I don’t care how taut you are, how tall, thin, small-chested, big breasted, curvy, overweight or whatever you are—it sucks.
But you know something; we bring it on ourselves.
We head to the store and pick up a few little numbers that we think are cute. Maybe we like the color, the cut or the fabric. And then we, as women, get the tiniest size that we can possibly imagine squeezing into. Why? Because for some reason it’s more important to squeeze into something with a tiny number than it is to cover our bodies with enough material.
Then we saunter into the room and prepare for the inevitable.
We pull. We push. We jump and we do that crazy little dressing room shimmy that we hope to heavens that no one ever sees us do trying to squeeze into this beast. Because it’s a 4 or a 6 or an 18 or whatever number we hope to be. (By the way, if you’re struggling with this idea check out this post.)
And then when we look in the mirror, this piece of skin is hanging out there and that little love handle is flopping to one side and we’re upset that our thighs jiggle or that our boobs are too saggy or that we don’t have enough boobs or that if we could just look like a supermodel we wouldn’t have these problems.
Then you do it again and again until we just settle for one that we’re confident will look good when we loose the next five, 10 or 15 pounds or when we get a boob job or liposuction or when we go on the next five day fast.
Ladies, if you can relate to this, you’re setting yourself up for failure.
You’re setting yourself up with unrealistic expectations.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret: bathing suit shopping sucks. It sucks for the girls who have boob jobs and the ones whose bodies you covet. It sucks for skinny girls, curvier girls, taller girls and shorter girls. It just sucks.
Don’t believe me? Read In the Water They Can’t See You Cry. It’s a memoir by Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard, and she talks about her struggles with bulimia and the pressure from magazines to not only look thin but also muscular for photo shoots. This smart, accomplished woman who lives her life in a bathing suit struggles with her body, too and she’s not alone, which means you’re not alone either in your body insecurities.
Here’s the best way to go shopping for bathing suits. Know your body type. Know what areas you’d like to accentuate and which areas you’d like to camouflage. Then buy suits with enough fabric to cover your body—regardless of the size—and find suits that hug you in all the right places.
Check out these suits to learn to whittle your middle.
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