How to Dress Yourself to Feel Comfortable at the Beach
With summer quickly approaching, it means days of relaxing at the beach, laying out and tanning. Right? Wrong! While that perfect summer day may be realistic for some women, it is not for most of us. Instead, the thought of taking our kids to the beach bring up horrific images of stuffing ourselves into last year’s bathing suit that has mysteriously shrunk, and giving up and wearing jeans instead. A day to the beach doesn’t have to give you nightmares, with these suggestions on dressing yourself to feel comfortable at the beach.
Plus Size Bathing Suits
The first thing that any woman with curves should know is that there are many lines of plus size swimwear available. These bathing suits come in various styles, shapes and sizes from size eight up to 34. You can choose a bikini, tankini, or a one-piece to bring out your best features, while hiding the ones you prefer to keep to yourself.
When shopping for bathing suits, pick features that work for your body type, such as:
- Underwire cups that help ladies with larger bosoms keep their girls from sagging.
- Adjustable straps that prevent your skin from burning from straps that are too tight.
- Specific colors, such as black, brown and plum are slimming, which will help you look and feel thinner.
- Boy shorts or bottoms with built-in skirts that will provide full coverage to hide problematic lower thighs.
- High-waisted bottoms that can flatten your tummy line, creating a sleek midriff section.
For those ladies that want a bit more coverage, a swim dress may be just the thing. Don’t compare it to a boring housedress; swim dresses are sexy, short, strappy dresses with built-in bathing suits that are water-ready. Some options provide adjustable straps, mesh tummy-control panels, and built-in underwire cups.
If you want to be comfortable in your bathing suit while in the water, but do want to cover yourself up when out of the water, purchase a cover up. These can include dresses, rompers, tunics, as well as top and bottom sets. Whether you choose lace, sheer or regular cotton material, you will feel beautiful in your beach attire. Some even offer SPF coverage to provide sun protection when you’re out and about.
Although a rash guard is typically designed for surfers who don’t want a rash due to abrasion, it’s also a great option for covering up at the beach. Its tight spandex, nylon or polyester material make it a perfect beach staple to make you feel more covered, sucking in your problem areas for you. Since most rash guards also provide SPF protection, you can throw a Frisbee, fly a kite, or simply jog along the beach without the fear of getting a sunburn or tripping in your swim dress.
The most important thing to bring with you to the beach to feel comfortable is your positive self attitude. It’s not about what you wear, but how you feel wearing it! Whether you want to show off or hide your curves, remember that you are beautiful, either way.