Growing up, I was never comfortable in my skin. I was 5’10 in 5th grade, towered over everyone, and felt awkward and embarrassed of my body. I’m sure many of you out there have felt the exact same way. Now that I’m older, many of my insecurities have gone away, but until recently I wouldn’t be caught dead in a bikini. Swimsuit shopping has always included me trying desperately to squeeze into the last size 14 one-piece that didn’t have some hideous Hawaiian pattern, or a skirt meant to camouflage my cellulite. Of course, this usually ended in heartbreak and too much emotional eating.
This year however, I am happy to announce that there are more options for the fuller figure than ever before!! Not only did Gabi Gregg of Gabifresh create a line of “Fatkinis” for plus size fashionistas (found here), but a slew of other designers and stores are carrying fashion forward options for us bigger gals. Some of my favorite ones can be found online at Monif C, Rue 107, Forever 21+, and Modcloth.
With all the cute new styles out this year, I decided to bite the bullet and jump into my own bikini (I’ve NEVER in my life worn one). I was nervous to put it on, but now that I have I’m never looking back. Swim season is too much fun to miss out on just because of body-shame or not having the right swimwear. I’m in love with this one that I found at Land’s End. What do you guys think?
| Bikini-Land’s End | Sunglasses-Ray-Ban |
All photos copyright Joy Lengel Photography