If you’re jetting off for a late summer holiday, you may be worrying about what to pack. But, looking good in the sun shouldn’t stress you out – no matter what shape or size you are, there’s something to suit everyone out there.
Embracing the skin you’re in and forgetting about having the ‘dream’ bikini body is the key to holiday happiness. In a recent body confidence survey conducted by M&Co, most women agreed that there are more important things in life to worry about than having the perfect bikini body – and I couldn’t agree more.
Looking good and feeling great on holiday is all about knowing what suits your shape. Whether you’re a juicy pear-shape or an ample apple, wearing something flattering for your figure is the secret to body confidence. Surprisingly, the survey revealed that over half (56%) of 18-24-year-olds want to hide their problem areas by the poolside with cover-ups. If you’re self-conscious in your swimwear, a cover-up can provide the perfect confidence boost.
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Gone are the days of the simple sarong – now you can choose from an array of options to go from the beach to the bar. But, with so many choices out there, it can be hard to know which cover-up to go for. A kaftan or kimono is great for covering the top of your arms and thighs, while still keeping cool in the heat. If you’re looking for a day-to-night look, you can’t go wrong with a maxi dress slipped over your swimwear. For a more laidback look, pair beach trousers with your bikini top – perfect for a stroll around town.
The survey also proved that women prefer natural-looking bodies with Halle Berry and Marilyn Monroe coming out on top of the most desirable celeb bodies. Stacey Solomon recently shared a video on Instagram celebrating her natural body, showcasing her so-called ‘imperfections’ and declaring she loves every inch of her body, from stretch marks to muffin top. These are things we all share and the more we embrace them, the less stigma there will be.
Body confidence is something that we can work on throughout our lives, learning to accept ourselves just the way we are. In fact, M&Co’s survey unveiled that the most confident women in their swimwear are 65-74-year-olds who have been there and done that! However, only 23% of women would snap a selfie in their swimwear. We should all take a page out of Stacey’s book and embrace our unfiltered lumps and bumps for the world to see. Be bold, be brave, be beautiful, no matter what your label says!