So I said it was coming and here it is! The SWIMWEAR post. I knew at some point I wanted to do a post about swimwear but was surprised when the opportunity came up so quickly. To say I was nervous of these shots would be an understatement. But I feel like the message of this blog is body love not body-hide. And I can hardly preach what I don't do myself. So I got all my courage together and had my friend (her fingerprint in the second photo!) take this photos when on holiday. And I was pleasantly surprised! In fact I regret not doing a shot without the sheer dress.
Dress: Seraphim Clothing
Bathers: BIB for Myer
Sarong: Jets by Jessika Allen
The past year or so has been crazy for plus-size swimwear. Everyone is embracing swimwear and being proud of every inch of their plus-size bodies. Even (shock horror!) their STOMACHS! Believe it or not but you're actually allowed to show some stomach without it looking like Miranda Kerr's. So I felt inspired to take the plunge myself and go two-piece. Here was the dilemma. Australia is yet to realise plus-size girls might want bikinis. I couldn't find ANY! Now I'm a big believer in online shopping don't get me wrong. But when it comes to anything that even resembles a bra I NEED to try it on or there is a high chance I will have a back-fat/side-boob/spillage situation. The only ones I thought I could risk were the GORGEOUS ones from Monif C. But unfortunately I think my boyfriend might kill me if I spent that amount of money on so little material!
I was about to give up when I saw this aztec-print tankini set. And I decided to take inspiration from all the thrifty fatshion bloggers I've been following over the years and do a little DIY. Ok I've cheated because I've only folded the the bottom up under the bust but it'll do until I can get the mother-in-law to do some permanent alteration. I love the feeling of wearing a two-piece but with the high-waist bottoms and thick band of the top I still feel completely supported. I kept the sarong on at the beach but I think I'm one step closer to going completely cover-free. And next time I'm off to the beach I'll post a dress-free post too! Wow... it feels so amazing to let go of all the body-baggage I've been lugging around for 15 years and just enjoy bathers again!
I think a lot of people would say they don't want to see people's "fat" on display but, c'mon, I don't exist to look attractive to other people.
How do you feel about plus-size bikinis?