It started with our trip to Vieques, but lately I have been obsessing about swimsuits. I find it challenging to find swimsuits that I feel confident in – it can feel so vulnerable to show skin. Like most women, I can be my own worst critic.
While I try to be fit and healthy, I am also a curvy girl and have felt empowered by the “Honor My Curves” and “Eff Your Beauty Standards” movements, as well as plus-size models like Tess Munster, who celebrate bodies in all shapes and sizes. I think these women are stunning and their confidence makes them sexy no matter their weight. I have been up and down in my lbs, but I can identify with the pressures of an unrealistic ideal that not only is put on us, but honestly that I can put on myself too.
At times, I am more comfortable in plus-size stores where the bodies look closer to mine, but I can shop at standard shops as well. I like to think that this gives me twice as many options, but I am in the double-digit sizes and would like to have more confidence in my body. I definitely feel better about myself when I am eating right and exercising, but even in my best disciplined self, that comes from within. Another huge thing that I did for myself was get a breast reduction surgery a few years ago.
I did this for a few reasons, mainly that it was affecting my back and neck significantly, and when I lost weight it did not affect my size as much as I hoped. In addition it was difficult for clothes to fit — clothing is made for the average and not the ample most times. To be honest, it was one of the best things that I have done for myself and it has opened up fun clothing options for me that were not available to me before. However, I love these refreshing movements that have also produced more clothing options for curvy ladies. And even with the reduction, I still need extra support and coverage.
I have been pinning some of my favorite swimsuits on Pinterest lately and am sharing them below. As I am looking at these suits, I realize that I am attracted to a diversity of styles but tend to favor suits that seem to hold in all this deliciousness with a little bit of sexy thrown in too. Then again, I also like the more active suits for both gym swims and water sports too. Take a look and let me know if you have a favorite brand or suit that you love.