I’m not exactly the best candidate for a bathing suit outfit shoot. But I hope you bear with me a little bit for this one.
There’s something about bathing suits that make my stomach drop a little bit. I’ve never had the best body confidence. For whatever reason, I had a bigger chest than all my friends but the body of an eight year old. No curves! Except for my chest. So between trying to hide the fact that I had a childish body and very womanly breasts, I was always feeling less than confident. It took years for my body to sort itself out and I finally, at 26, feel pretty good about it all.
I hesitate to even touch on body image and body confidence. It’s become such a buzzword and every day I scroll through Facebook and see ten different articles with ten different morals. I don’t think anyone is wrong– I just think it’s personal. For me, I don’t even think it’s accepting my flaws so much as just looking in the mirror and realizing that the person I see is in the reflection is me. It’s not looking in the mirror and thinking about ten things I like or ten things I want to change, it’s just knowing that no matter what the reflection looks like, it’s always going to be me.
I wish I could go back in time and tell my sixteen year old self to not be embarrassed by what I looked like. Now when I look at pictures, I don’t see the straight hips or a large chest, I see myself as a teenager. That’s just what I happened to look like at that time. What I look like now isn’t what I’ll look like in ten years. Definitely not in twenty years. But I’ll always be me no matter what.
Now, with all that said… finding a bathing suit that I feel comfortable
in makes me feel a whole lot more confident
while wearing it. I’ve never been someone who likes having a lot of cleavage (more power to you if you do though!). This crop top bikini
is exactly exactly exactlyyyyy what I’ve been looking for. I’m so glad they’re gaining popularity. I hope they stay in style for a long time.
Also, I’m going to be posting more about my trip to Florida, but we only had one good pool weather day. I should have packed more sweaters and fewer bathing suits. It was too chilly (relatively speaking!). Of course, that was my last day and I didn’t even have a full afternoon because I had to catch my flight!
Scalloped Bikini Crop Top // Scalloped Bikini Bottoms // Straw Hat
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