Summer—aka bathing suit season—equals lower confidence for many women. It can be hard to comfortably transition from protective oversized sweaters to a tiny bikini that showcases your entire midsection to the world. It’s almost impossible to hide in swimwear. Even more modest one-piece styles are likely much more revealing than the pieces in your everyday wardrobe.
Don’t let a lack of body confidence ruin your mood — or your beach plans — this summer. These three tips can help you feel more confident showcasing your sexy figure on the beach or by the pool once the upcoming bathing suit season is in full swing.
1. Prioritize Support
If your swimwear doesn’t offer enough support for your curves, it’s impossible to feel comfortable—let alone confident—while you’re wearing it.
Prioritize support in your swimwear above all else. If you have a full bust, make sure the top you choose is designed with support features that keep your chest secure all day. Think about what you plan to do while wearing your bathing suit, too. If you’re going to swim or splash deep in the waves instead of just laying out to tan, make sure your swimwear is secure—avoid string bikinis with ties that can easily be undone and go for pieces with stronger hook-and-eye closures instead.
2. Show More Skin
This might seem counterintuitive, but choosing skimpier swimwear rather than more modest pieces can actually help you feel more confident about how your body looks in a bathing suit. Revealing more instead of covering up can help you accept and embrace your real body without trying to conceal all of its flaws and imperfections.
If you want to go all-out in skimpy swimwear this summer, thong bikinis are a flattering, daring option that showcase the curves of your backside. It’s natural to feel uncomfortable in skimpier pieces at first, but you will most likely feel more confident overall once you get used to showing a little more skin.
3. Know Your Options
If you tend to feel under-confident in your swimwear, try casting your net a little farther than the department stores and boutiques in your local mall.
There are many more swimwear styles on the market than you probably think. Explore all your options before you make a decision so you don’t end up settling for a style that you don’t love or that doesn’t make you feel good about yourself.