Gabi of Gabifresh via Clutch Magazine (gotta love her moxie!)
1. Many 12+ and above women think they look awful in swimsuits because of their self-body image, and that's largely because of media bombardment. Societal imagery brainwashes us into thinking celebrities, models, etc. and the bodies they have are what's the rest of us are supposed to look like.
We don't get to see bodies like ours celebrated everyday, let alone during swimsuit season. But we can change that.
Today is the day you can be confident enough to show everybody what the real you looks like.
If you hate your thighs, remember, they are the largest muscles on our bodies and carry us everywhere we want to go.
If you hate your gut/menopot/thick waist, remember it is the core of your body that gives us strength to pick up nieces/nephews/your own baby to give kisses and get hugs.
See my point? Love yourself. Love your body. If you need more encouragement, get some from Gabi who started a movement by showing what a plus-sized, confident woman looks like in a swimsuit. Gabi is seriously sexy!
Begin to let go of negative body image and begin to focus on what's sexy, badassery and fabulous about your body.
2. Go up a size if you need to get the perfect fit. If you find a swimsuit that fits, flatters and makes you happy, BUY IT! Do not wait, thinking if you leave it, it will be there when you return. Do not wait for your 'girlfriends' approval! Do not hesitate to purchase it if really works for you.
3. Beyond body image, I think the main reason women size 12 and above feel uncomfortable in swimsuits is that they buy the wrong suit.
Stop buying cheap swimsuits that don't support you the way you are used to being supported, like in your fully clothed outfits. Feeling better in a swimsuit begins at the top.
If you are D and above size, you most likely know an underwire bra is a workhorse. A great-fitting bra improves posture, and slims your torso.
You need the support underneath your daily outfits, why would you skip it in a swimsuit?
You are accustomed to a certain "look" and support if you wear an underwire bra in your daily life, so you should probably seek out swimwear that has a similar structure.
Most of the suits pictured below go all the way up to a K cup. All can be found at Bare Necessities.