As you are probably aware by now, this week I am dedicating 3 posts to the Aussie Curves Swimwear challenge. Today is the final post and I want to talk to you about how I style a bikini.
Bikinis are the complete opposite of what society says a plus size woman should wear. According to high fashion magazines we should all be kept inside during summer so as not to detract from the beautiful people sunning themselves. But too frikkin bad. I look damn fine in a bikini and I intend to flaunt it all summer long.
Once you break out of the ‘conditions’ that are supposed to apply to clothing (don’t wear horizontal stripes, don’t wear tight clothing, don’t let people see your flabby arms… and all that crap) you start to actually enjoy clothing. It turns putting on a swimsuit into a liberating experience. It becomes another way for you to express your creativity or sexiness. For me, a bikini did all those things. It taught me a lot about my body & encouraged me to be bold. The fact that high waisted/retro swimmers came back in fashion really works in the plus size woman’s favour – if like me you are self-conscious about your tummy, these will keep it all in plus hide any lower tummy stretch marks.
This bikini is a combo of mismatched separates. A purple bikini top (which is essentially a bra made out of swimsuit material) and high waisted black bottoms. I’ve had good experiences with buying swimwear bottoms from most stores, however I have to buy my bikini tops from bra stores or specialty online stores as I am a G cup.
Ok, let’s go through my styling choices for this week:
1. Black see-through kaftan with bronze/gold sequin detail along the neck line - bought from Target on sale for $8. They no longer sell this item, but I am loving this white kaftan at the moment. As you can tell, a see through cover up provides a good amount of body cover whilst still being sexy & flaunting your hot bod. I'm not a huge fan of opaque cover-ups because it seems very heavy for summer & hides your gorgeous swimsuit. But if you burn quickly, you may need to consider that option.
2. Shorts from Target ($29) and light coral jacket from Kmart ($15). I like to tie my jacked just under my bust as I find it gives my body a great line. I also have so few opportunities to show off my midriff that I enjoy the few chances I get immensely! This outfit provides cover without seeming like you are trying to ‘cover up’. Like I said in Part 2 – confidence is sexy! People respond differently to you when you act confident, and if you don’t feel especially confident today – fake it till you make it. You’ll be surprised how quickly it can change your mood!
Top tips for bikini’s:
- Find a bikini you feel comfortable in. One that doesn't stab or cut anywhere & you can imagine walking around in all day.
- If you are still worried about your jiggly bits (we all have them) some statement jewellery really distracts the eye.
- To make yourself feel super confident – get a bikini wax (or use whatever means you prefer to clean up your downstairs hair situation), shave your legs, apply some tinted moisturiser and waterproof mascara & grab a great smelling sunscreen (I love Le Tan Coconut Sunscreen). Pack your favourite magazine or book & enjoy your day soaking up the vitamin D!
Remember – it’s more important to enjoy yourself with your family or friends than it is to worry about your size. Look yourself in the mirror before you leave the house & say “Go damn you look delicious!”