Cross back bralette and tab bottoms; Mesh Inset one piece; Mesh high neck suit; Crochet halter one piece and lace kimono cover up (can’t find online, in store only.)
I posted some of these #unedited and #unfiltered photos of myself in a bathing suit on my Instagram and Facebook feeds last week as part of a campaign for Target, and man was I scared! I don’t care who you are or what shape you are in, having to put yourself out there in a bathing suit on the internet is CRAZY. I had originally wanted to do a very staged, very edited photo of myself, showing only the best parts and hopefully editing out the bad. It’s amazing what you can do with a little creative photo editing, am I right? And then I thought, when I am at the beach or at a water park with my kids you get the real me. There are no creative angles and editing, it’s just me and all my 35 year old glory. I have cellulite and my belly pooches over my bottoms when I sit. (Those two babies I carried left their mark!) In these photos I am in the unflattering light of a dressing room in February, where my skin has turned practically translucent. (Yikes.) This is the real me. I’m not ashamed of how I look, but every gal has her hang ups no matter who we are.
The point was for us women to not let insecurities or our inhibitions keep us from having fun. I want bathing suit options that I am not afraid to be seen in, darn it! I typically like a two piece suit the best if I’m at the beach, because that is what I feel the most confident in. Yet I need a different size top and bottom that I can adjust myself. I wear a size large top, but need to be able to tie the back because my circumference around is smaller. I need bottoms that can be adjusted on the sides in a small, but other bottoms are a size medium. I need options! Target always does this best, in my opinion. They typically have a lot to choose from and I can mix and match what I need. I go to the beach or pool a lot with my kids all summer long and I like to have a bunch of different suits that fit me well.
Flutter top, in store only; Crochet top, in store only and tie bottoms; Ikat tab bottoms; Twist front bandeau top and tab bottoms
I also like to have a couple of one piece options for when I am at a water park and need to sit in an inner tube at a water slide, and I don’t want to worry about my belly rolling over my bottoms. It makes me feel self conscious when I know that it’s just a reality that my stomach does that after two kids. I work out hard and try to eat well and I am happy with my body for the most part, but I’d rather wear a suit that makes me feel like a million bucks. I DON’T want to look like a total mom, though. (HA, I am a mom;) I like a one piece with some strategic cut outs and fun details. (Like this fringe one piece or strappy side one piece!) I’m not a huge fan of the cut out monokini, but I like a pretty mesh inset or crochet details.
Here’s the deal when it comes to suits: You need to try on A LOT. I tried on about 40 the morning I went and left with two. I will probably go back and try on more in the next month or so ( as well as order some online now that I know my size better in each type I like…hello free shipping and returns!) I feel like I know what type of suit that works for me and I get a couple that are similar. I like a black suit more than any other color, and always grab a couple of new cover ups and a bright beach bag to go with them.
Here’s to a #NOFOMO Summer with Target, and finding the perfect suit to be yourself in;)
Tell me, what would you not miss out on if you had the perfect fitting suit?
This post is not sponsored, but my Instagram and Facebook posts on this subject were. I just really love Target and their bathing suits;)