When you find that bikini you like, never try it on in the fitting room of a store. This setting — the harsh overhead lighting, the distorted mirror, the tight space — actually encourages you to criticize how you look. Instead, take it home or order swimsuits online and try them on in the comfort of your own mirror. Stand in front of your mirror and say “Yes.” You don’t have to scream, “I love my butt” or “My body looks amazing.” But, whatever you do, don’t berate yourself for how you look.
Then, wear the bikini to the pool, to the beach, to the park. Take off your cover up. Stand up. Stretch. Feel the sun on your bare skin. Look around and realize that no one is judging you or telling you to cover up. The only comment you may get is from someone asking where you got your cute swimsuit.
You see, the trick to wearing a two-piece, or anything really, is confidence. Nothing else matters. You are your biggest critic and the only one examining your body with a microscope. Being a certain size, having small hips or a flat stomach, erasing your cellulite or stretch marks — none of this will make you happy. You have to start by letting go of all the negative self-talk and comparison. The girl with the body you “wish” you had also has insecurities — and, believe it or not, might even envy you!
Stop evaluating every inch of your body and start focusing on what makes you feel good. I took this to heart when collaborating with Bruna Malucelli, my favorite swimwear designer, on swimsuits exclusively for CoEdition. Available in sizes 0 to 20, the suits are not only comfortable and supportive but also fun, colorful, and reminiscent of some of my favorite vacations. Most importantly, though, they are all designed to be worn with confidence.
Don’t let your body hold you back from living life to the fullest.