My Bikini Body

A few weeks ago I shared a couple 'throwback' pictures of myself; a time when I didn't appreciate the body I had and didn't think twice about fitting into a swimsuit or bikini. As time has gone on, I've become more body-conscious but also have realised that a lot of the pressure to have a 'perfect body' comes from my own perception of what is printed in the media. It is also something I picked apart in a blog post a couple of years ago - 'This Isn't The Body I Want But It's The Body I've Got' where I sort of conclude with the thought that I wish I was as fat as I was when I first though I was fat... but it doesn't really matter because it's only really me and the Daily Mail that cares, isn't it?

me in swimsuits through the ages

Fast forward to this year and we managed to book a little break in Majorca at the beginning of the season. It was going to be hot enough to get a little colour on my skin but I fancied some new 'sitting out in the sun and looking like a supermodel' type swimwear.  I read loads of articles about how to find the right style of swimsuit for your body (or draw attention away from the most disliked parts of my body which has changed drastically over the years) and I tried to work out how many different coloured bikinis I would need to have just the right amount of 'mix and match' outfits but then I gave myself a bit of a shake.

swimwear from UK SwimwearWith new found determination, I chose a couple of styles from the swimwear section and the bikini section of UK Swimwear that I wouldn't normally go for but were a huge success. I reminded myself that I going away to relax and didn't need to comply to a 'type' or a 'trend'.  I had to not look at the size on the label and find something that would be comfortable enough to sit on a sun lounger whilst sipping a cold drink and reading my Kindle for a few hours a day. I had to take my own advice about not conforming to a particular size or shape, especially when age and lifestyle has a lot to answer for in the way my body looks at the moment.

And no-one is really looking at me anyway - and I'm OK with that. 


This blog post was written in collaboration with UK Swimwear. 
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