Clearly I’ve been procrastinating… It’s June and the fact that I live in chilly San Francisco and have selective amnesia when it comes to the necessity that is the bathing suit, means that I’ve been putting off this piece. As if suddenly a beach or pool day will rear its ugly head when I hit publish and I’ll actually have to put a bathing suit on.
Last year’s Bathing Suit Season post primarily focused on finding the right bathing suit for your body type, something that every fashion magazine tries to walk us through while showing the same model as an example of each body type… As if there weren’t enough frustrations when it comes to this topic!
So for swim suit season 2012 I’d like to share some of the fun and interesting articles I’ve found over the last few months on new styles of suits, tips for preparing yourself mentally for the bathing suit shopping & wearing experiences, and of course, some healthy eating and exercising ideas to make sure you stay in bikini shape all summer long.
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Refinery 29’s 9 Swimsuit Styles For Every Shape & Size includes fun, flattering trends like high-waisted bottoms, triangle tops, fashionable one-pieces, retro-inspired maillots, and even bandeaus.
FabSugar editors chose their favorite suits for the 2012 season including everything from too cute stripes, vintage-inspired floral prints & risqué cut-outs to what celebrities are wearing & how to find similar styles – Our Ultimate Swimsuit Guide — Get the Best Fit For Your Body. You can also check out Lauren Conrad’s picks on her blog – Tuesday Ten: Swimsuit Guide.
Everyone has a different figure and different parts of their bodies that they love or want to cover up. So why not get some advice from someone who spends her daily life helping women find the most flattering undergarments for their shape? Linda “the Bra Lady” Becker is a bona-fide expert when it comes to choosing a bra and now she’s using her knowledge & know-how to help us choose the best swim suits. So check out Linda The Bra Lady’s:
Making sure that you approach your next trip to the pool, river, lake, or beach with the appropriate mentality is incredibly important. Feeling secure and confident can make you look better than the most expensive swimsuit that money can buy. So let’s hear from some of the self-love experts out there and see what they have to say!
- The no-nonsense Holly from Holly Would If She Could includes gems like “Don’t hand over your power to a skimpy piece of spandex!” and “No one is worried about what YOUR thighs look like, and if they are — well that’s their problem” in her post Real Life Style: Look Foxy In A Bathing Suit – No Starving or Exercise Required.
- Empowered women speak out for Shape Magazine – Curvy Girls Reveal: What I Love About My Body – 10 women who empower us to feel great about the skin we’re in.
- Prevention Magazine’s Healthy Body Image: It’s never too early to start building one includes some great tips like learning to ignore the media and learning the art of acceptance.
- You hear all about bikini bootcamps this time of year but I propose that we all tackle a different kind of bootcamp this season and really whip ourselves into shape – Radical Self Love Bootcamp:
Health & Fitness:
As I stated in my Healthy Mentality post in mid-April my goal for this Spring & Summer was to change my habits and mental approach to getting in shape. Rather than feeling stress when it’s time to get ready for bathing suit season each Spring, planning detoxes & cleanses, or going on crash diets, I want to stay healthy, in shape, and in control of my body, my exercise regime, and my eating habits year around.
Sound like a winning plan to you too? Check out the post, it’s divided into Workouts, Food, Motivation, and Extras, and is filled with inspirational sayings galore.
And just in case you’re like me and a little inspiration is what you need, then check out these pictures over at Modelinia – Supermodel Approved Swimwear for Beach Season!
Curious what I toss into my beach tote when I’m planning a water day? Below are a couple of my current favorites from my swimsuits and cover-ups collection.
So what do you think? Are you ready to throw on your favorite suit and head out for a day of sun & fun without the stress and worry?