Life’s a beach in Australia, and we want proud owners of bods after bubs to feel confident when they hit the sand. Ladies, we’re here to tell you that you’re amazing, and your body is a work of art. It’s carried beautiful babies, and even though it may no longer be the body you had pre-children, it’s the only one you have! So, don’t let your insecurities keep you from enjoying summer – take a look at our tips for feeling fierce in a swimsuit.
Summer has well and truly arrived in Australia, and so has swimwear stress. Take a breath Babyologists, and embrace your shape – whether it’s a baby bump, or a body after bub. You’re fierce and fabulous, so here’s how to look and feel amazing when you hit the sand this summer.
Take a good, hard look at yourself. And smile.
Yes, there are stretch marks. And bumps. Larger or smaller lady lumps. Most women find their bodies after babies have taken a little detour, and what you’re left with is your very own mummy-shape. It’s ok, we’ve all been there. But you do need to get to know your body again. Learn your new shape. Embrace it, and learn to dress it however makes you feel great.
Get your spray tan on!
I cannot stress how amazing you will feel after a spray-on tan. Either buy your own, or treat yourself to a professional spray tan – it will make you look like you’ve spent a week in the Bahamas, and you’ll feel slimmer. It’s scientifically proven. (Ok, it isn’t, but just take my word for it – it’s like an instant body makeover!)
Find a swimsuit to suit!
Once you’ve had children, more than ever you need to learn to shop for your shape. Because there’s nowhere to hide in a swimsuit. Or is there?
Swimsuits, bathers, bikinis, they’ve all come a long way, and if there’s a particular part of your body that you want to hide, or enhance, there’s a swimsuit that can do it for you.
Small busted women know too well that breastfeeding giveth and breastfeeding taketh away. And losing a fair bit of bustiness isn’t just the realm of breastfeeding mums – pregnancy can do funny things to your boobs. But if you’re left with a chest that could do with a little boost, try something with a little decoration – some frills or embellishments, to add a bit of va va voom! Moulded cups with some discreet padding will also give a fuller look.
If, like me, four years post-breastfeeding your breasts are still entering the room well before you, go for the big guns – I’m talking boning, gripper tape and underwire! Two piece or tankini, you’ll feel like everything is in its place nice and secure – so sand strutting is totally doable!
Tummy a little less toned than you’d like? There’s no shame in covering it up, if that’s what puts a smile on your dial. Remember that ruching, tankinis, low necklines and frills are your friends.
Those with more petite figures, halter style is perfect for enhancing what your mumma gave you.
Curvylicious? Don’t think that you can only pull off black – just invest in a great powermesh swimsuit, and you can go for gold. Or floral. Or animal print.
Finally, if you’re lucky enough to be packing some awesome junk in your trunk, an open-backed one piece will draw all attention right where it should be.
Sporting a baby bump? Grab yourself a stunning maternity tankini or one piece with plenty of support. There’s also the bikini option if your baby belly is just too darn cute to hide away!
Confidence is key
We all have parts of our bodies we don’t like. Everyone. I’m sure even Miranda Kerr has a toenail that she just can’t stand. But the thing is, we’re the only person hung up on these insecurities. So we can let life pass us by, or we can pop on an incredible swimsuit, flash a smile, throw our shoulders back and enjoy a day with our families. There’s nothing more attractive than a woman who is happy, as timeless beauty Audrey Hepburn proclaimed, “Happy girls are the prettiest”.
Have fun in the sun Babyologists – and let us know, what do you think the key to swimsuit confidence is?
(This is a sponsored post for Swimwear Galore)