Well, I did it. I took pictures in my bathing suit, and I'm sharing some of the best bathing suits for a pear shaped body ……because, I'm sick of all of us hiding behind a cover up! Well you guys, I did it. If you follow me on instagram, then you know I've been talking about this for awhile. Here's the deal, before taking these pictures…..I'd worn a bathing suit TWICE since Lydia was born. She's three and a half. Why? Because I felt uncomfortable in a bathing suit. If we're being honest, I've pretty much ALWAYS felt uncomfortable in a bathing suit. They don't leave a whole lot to the imagination.
SHOP MY OUTFIT:
/ bathing suit (for reference, I'm wearing a Large) / similar suit in black (for a total STEAL) / hat (similar) / shoes /
pictures by Mily Cooper Photography
So a couple months ago, I started talking to you guys about it. About how I felt like I was missing out on the fun of the beach and the pool, about how I felt like I was sending my own daughter the wrong message, and about how I was treating myself poorly with these negative internal thoughts about how “bad I looked in a bathing suit.” So honestly, this post is a little self serving. I felt like I needed to step out of my comfort zone. If I put pictures on the INTERNET in a bathing suit, I was pretty sure I could wear one to the pool. I searched far and wide for a suit or type of suit that I felt great in. And that helped a LOT!
The crazy thing about these pictures? After taking them I do feel more confident in a swim suit. Like, a lot more comfortable. I feel better about myself, and I realized…..no one ACTUALLY cares but me. I'm writing this post in the midst of one of our longest family vacations….and guess what we've done a lot of? Pool days. And guess who actually wore a bathing suit? This girl. And I had a blast. So my point ladies? Just do it. Wear the bathing suit, drop the cover up, and jump into the pool.
The Best Bathing Suits for a Pear Shaped Body
A couple tips for picking out a suit that will make you feel your best:
- Think Balance: For more pear shapes, you want to draw attention UP. A cute ruffle, off the shoulder styles, or suits that have detailing on top…..will do just that.
- Color, Color, Color: Don't hide, celebrate. A great colored suit that flatters your skintone is WAY better than the darkest color to try to hide everything (don't get me wrong, I love a great black suit….but consider color too)!
- Smooth: Hiding your thighs isn't the answer. A great fitting suit is. Those skirted bathing suits? NOT flattering. Instead look for a suit that fits your hips and thigh smoothly.
A few of my favorite bathing suits for a pear shaped body:
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