It’s not uncommon to want to feel confident in your bathing suit, but sometimes it can be tough. This is especially true if you’re not used to wearing a bathing suit often.
The best thing you can do for yourself is to wear your suit proudly and enjoy swimming, sunbathing and everything else you do in it, and the following are some tips that can help boost your confidence.
Choose the Right Suit
One of the most important things to do for boosted confidence is choosing the right suit. Not all suits are going to work well for all body-types. Whether you’re looking for a one-piece, a bikini, a tankini, or plus-sized swimwear, experiment until you find a fit and style that works well for you.
This doesn’t mean you follow so-called fashion or fit rules—it’s about how you feel about the fit.
If you have a large bust, you’ll want to consider this when you choose the style of bathing suit so that you don’t feel like you’re spilling out of your suit.
You want a suit that doesn’t ride up in the wrong areas and allows you to move freely without worrying about your suit taking on a mind of its own.
You may have to try a variety of silhouettes and styles before you find what works for you, so give yourself time to do that.
While finding a suit that fits you well is important, you don’t have to fall into conventional wisdom about what you should or shouldn’t wear. If you feel comfortable, you’re going to feel confident.
Get Over the Idea of Being Bathing-Suit Ready
Often as women, we can fall into the trap that we need to be bathing-suit or bikini-ready before wearing one. That’s just not true because there’s no such thing as being bathing-suit ready. If you’re wearing a bathing suit, then you’re ready.
No one has the perfect body and there’s not one particular point following diet or exercise where you’re going to be any more ready to wear a swimsuit than you are right now.
Have Fun With Accessories
Just like you might accessorize your favorite outfit, you can do the same to your bathing suit.
Maybe you pair your bathing suit with the perfect set of gold hoops and platform sandals.
Maybe your accessories are about wearing a chic sarong, or perhaps your beach hat makes a fashion statement.
Let your imagination run wild and choose what makes you feel good and happy.
Take Care of Your Skin
Your skin is so important and if you have healthy, glowing skin, you’re going to feel more confident in general.
You should always have a good skin routine, but before you put on your bathing suit, it might become even more important.
Exfoliate every part of your body so that you don’t have any rough, dead skin lingering. Once you’ve exfoliated, you might want to apply sunless tanner to get a beautiful, beach-ready glow. You can also moisturize, and of course, don’t forget the SPF. A sunburn can destroy your bathing suit confidence quickly.
Spend Time Wearing Your Bathing Suit Around the House
It may sound silly, but before you wear your bathing suit in public, give yourself a few practice runs when you’re around the house.
Sometimes the lack of confidence we might feel about wearing a bathing suit can come from the fact that it’s something we aren’t used to, and we might not be used to seeing ourselves in one.
If you wear your suit around the house for a few days, you’re going to feel less nervous about doing it in public.
Be Around Positive People
If you’re heading somewhere that you’ll be wearing a bikini and you’re worried about feeling embarrassed or uncomfortable, you might want to consider how the company you keep plays into that. Surround yourself with positive, loving people who want to enjoy life and share experiences with you.
Finally, remember when you’re feeling self-conscious that no one is thinking about you as much as you think they are.
Everyone is worried about what’s happening in their own life at that moment, and they’re probably not judging you in a swimsuit.
If you let low confidence get the best of you, you’ll miss out on amazing experiences, whether that includes spending time with friends, playing with your kids or just enjoying the sunshine.
Don’t be hard on yourself and remember that the old saying holds true—you are your own worst critic. Stop criticizing yourself, and you’ll likely feel more confident in the process.
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