It’s been so hot here in the UK recently that I’ve been wearing my beachwear around the house and garden! Now, I’ve got to admit that I’ve always struggled to feel truly confident in beachwear; I’m particularly self-conscious about my legs. We all have that particular body part that takes longer to respond to diet and exercise, and for me it’s the thighs. For others it’s the tummy area, but whatever part you like the least, it can make finding beachwear that you feel good in a tiresome and disheartening process.
You might think it odd then that I chose this playsuit, given my thighs are not my favourite part of my body. But, the fact is, unless you want to sit in the shade totally covered up – either at home or on holiday – you have to find a way to bolster your confidence. If you live in a generally cool country, it can come as a shock when you suddenly need to throw off the layers and expose some flesh – but I have some quick and easy tips for feeling body confident in beachwear that won’t break the bank!
When choosing a bikini, buy as separates. I only buy bikini tops in my bra size, because a set in a size 10 or 12 wouldn’t fit me properly. If you’re big-busted an underwired style will give you the support you need and create a more flattering shape.
Choose stylish cover ups that can take you from beach to bar. This playsuit from Hunkemoller is made from a lightweight fabric, and the flared, airy sleeves make it perfect for popping on over a bikini or swimsuit. If you want to cover your legs up you could layer a wrap skirt over it as it isn’t at all bulky. I’m also a fan of wearing jumpsuits, tunics and maxi dresses over swimwear, as long as they are flattering and compliment the rest of my holiday wardrobe.
Accessories really up the glamour stakes; a big floppy sun hat, oversized sunglasses and a pair of statement earrings will instantly transform your beach outfit. I was recently shopping in the not-so-glamourous B&M Bargains wearing a straw hat and simple striped dress and the cashier said I looked like I should be in the South of France! Well that would certainly have been preferable to shopping for bird seed and loo roll! But joking aside, it’s simple accessories that can really make the difference to an outfit. Nude wedge sandals are great for creating a leg-lengthening effect, plus they go with everything.
It’s amazing what a bit of fake tan can do; whether you do it yourself or go to a salon, having bronzed limbs will make you feel so much better about getting your legs out. Mine are usually deathly pale, but I’ve actually got a real tan just from sitting in the garden…and that was with SPF 50! I’ve added a little top up with Rosie for Autograph Amazing Radiance Body Glow, which has a subtle shimmer. If I go away in Winter I always have a spray tan first. Just remember to defuzz and exfoliate beforehand…
…which brings me onto personal grooming. I can’t bear having stubbly legs. I use an epilator, which is a bit time-consuming, but lasts much longer than shaving. The only other downside is it does result in a few ingrowing hairs, so exfoliating is essential. I don’t find it uncomfortable, but if you have fast-growing hairs (like me) then it can smart a bit if you don’t do it regularly. A word of warning though: don’t be tempted to use an epilator anywhere other than the legs – trust me, I know from experience!
One other thing that makes me feel more confident is having freshly painted nails. I’m loving pastel shades at the moment – powder blue, lilac and mint in particular. Wearing sandals all the time means feet get a lot of exposure, so having pretty toes is essential for me. I do my own with quick dry polish because I would smudge them otherwise!
SHOP THE LOOK
Playsuit c/o Hunkemoller (currently on sale) | Topshop bag (sold out, similar) | Amevie sunglasses c/o (first seen here) | Moda in Pelle sandals (old, similar) | Asos earrings (similar) | Freya bikini (old, similar)
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