We’re in the middle of summer and we love the outdoors, especially the beach. It’s hot and sunny, but you may feel a wee bit uncomfortable shedding clothing and bearing all. No worries; here are plenty of tips for how to boost confidence and retain positive body image during swimsuit season.
- Just because you’re at the beach doesn’t mean you have to wear a bathing suit. Don’t feel forced to undress if you aren’t comfortable in a swimsuit. There’s no rule that says you can’t wear shorts and a T shirt, or a cute sun dress or coulots. Wear what you’re going to be comfortable sitting and walking in for lounging and beach walks.
- Wear colors and shapes that flatter you, not anybody else. V necklines are universally the most flattering, but if you are big-busted, you might opt for a straight or crew neck on your swimsuit.
- Black isn’t always the most flattering dark color, especially in summertime. Look for navy, cobalt blue, and deep forest green for pretty colors that are still slimming.
- A loose, tunic-length, linen blouse, or knee-length wrap skirt make great cover-ups that can look chic and stylish. I wear an Eileen Fisher navy, knee-length gauze number over my tankini. It’s easy, breezy, comfy and folds up to fit in any beach bag.
- When outside, always wear sunglasses and a sunhat or visor to balance the volume of clothing on your head and body, and to protect you from harmful rays that can damage your beautiful skin on your face, neck, and décolletage.
- Avoid being negatively impacted by media and advertising messages about “perfect” bodies. There is no such thing. Everyone has some issue or another and no one is perfect…no one.
Marian Rothschild is a certified personal image consultant, personal branding expert, and executive coach. Her best-selling book, Look Good Now and Always, has won multiple awards. Rothschild works with clients in Boulder and the Denver metro area in person, and nationwide via Skype. Call for a free 30 minute phone consultation: 720-933-9247.