It’s swimsuit season!
Did you roll your eyes or groan aloud? I bet you did. Know you are not alone in your disdain in the time to wear a swimsuit. It’s absolutely amazing how such a small piece of fabric can cause so much inner turmoil. If you’re anything like me, you are no stranger to your mortal enemies being named Lycra or spandex.
I vividly remember heading to the pool when I was a tween and feeling myself in my neon-colored one-piece suit (with jelly shoes to match, thank you very much). But as I met my friends, I realized that I was the one thing not like the others. I quickly threw on an over-sized t-shirt and jumped in the pool because that way no one could see me.
I don’t believe in regrets, but I wish I could go back in time and tell that little girl to rock that candy-coated swimwear proudly! I’d tell her that her curves and lumps and rolls all add to her value and that no one could take away her worth.
I’d make her realize that she had worth.
If only she knew all those things, I wouldn’t be such an expert on swimwear. If it covered me up and still allowed me to enjoy the water, I tried it. Little did I know that each time I wore one of the things that covered me up more and more that I was continuing to let that little girl down by proving her right. I was proving that she wasn’t like the others and so she wasn’t worthy to wear a swimsuit.
The truth is, you can try on every swimsuit in Target. But until you realize that you deserve to be in that swimsuit as much as the models in the advertising, you may allow the swimsuit to wear you. But you will not wear the swimsuit.
Wearing the swimsuit is truly a state of mind.
It’s about being comfortable in the skin you’re in and living in the moment regardless of how you look. It’s about splashing at a splash pad with your kid and not worrying what anyone else thinks. It’s about spending a day at the beach catching some rays and making some memories along the way. It’s about hitting up a water park and going down all the slides not caring about anything except the smiles found at the bottom.
Wearing the swimsuit has become a bit of a revelation revolution on Instagram for me. Each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I feature different women of all sizes and shapes who unapologetically wear the swimsuit and inspire others along the way.
I could tell you what types of suits are recommended for each body type. But it’s a recommendation. Nothing more. If you have curves and want to rock a bikini, do the thing! If you’re thinner and feel more comfortable in a swim dress, wear the heck out of that skirt. Mama, you do you.
Tank suit, bandeau, tankini, burqini…there’s a swimsuit out there for everyone. One-piece, two-piece…swimsuits aren’t a one size fits all kind of thing. Swimsuits are, however, an all sizes fit one kind of thing. If you’ve got a body, you’ve got a body for a swimsuit.
There are no rules to wearing the swimsuit. Just get out there and wear the thing unapologetically. At the end of the day, it’s a piece of fabric…nothing more and nothing less. It doesn’t represent your worth because you are so very worthy.