Things are heating up here in the UK! Summer has arrived! School is nearly out and BBQ’s everywhere are responsible for atrocities made towards sausages, Ah British summer! So of course, the swimwear comes out, the dresses, the short shorts, etc. Many flock to the shops buying up their wardrobe in preparation for beach parties and holidays; finding it a joyous occasion! Who doesn’t love to shop right? Well there are some out there who find the whole idea of summer clothes dreadful. Body consciousness is still a major issue in the world today and even with self-love movements, there are those who struggle with the confidence to put on the swimsuit. As a curvy lady myself, I can sympathise completely these feelings. I remember the thought of jeans made my stomach turn. I wouldn’t be caught anywhere near a swimming pool without a t-shirt over the top and dress? No thanks! Unless it’s Maxi, black and the next size up!
For me I felt losing weight and getting fitter where the best option for overall health and confidence. Loosing 3 stone does improve your love of shopping and you feel braver to try new things! But it doesn’t always help with the confidence side of things.
Personally, there have been a few bits with weight loss that I struggle with. The bits you rarely hear about are the skin troubles you’re left with. A small price to pay for a healthy body, right? Well even though I trust in time with exercise and hydration, it will tighten up or at least minimize, It’s not a nice sight. After so much hard work you expect to be rewarded with the body you imagined! When this doesn’t happen, it can cause a confidence delay. You look in the mirror and you don’t see the number on the scales or the achievement you’ve made. You see what you’re not happy with still.
Body image is something I’ve touched on before so this is familiar ground for us. I have seen in recent weeks the influx of summer ads, mainly swimwear. We’ve all seen them so I don’t have to go further. I have been pleasantly surprised by the amazing bout of curvy models being used and applaud the decision to finally make summer fashion about every BODY.
I want to feel good about everything even my wobbly bits and having the surge of confident woman embracing themselves regardless, is empowering! Our children’s generation need idols like this, women who aren’t afraid to turn fashion on its head and own style! Women, and men, who don’t have celebrity status but are raising up, not ashamed of other opinions and just living life! Body confidence comes in all shapes, sizes, and colours.
Moving forward, will I strut a bikini at the beach this summer? Honest answer is no but I will wear a swimsuit without a t-shirt and that’s progress! I have a way to go until I can bare my cellulite clad thighs to the world but what I can say is thanks to this positive push, I will get loads of practice in my garden paddling pool!
DeAnna’s (Blue Chameleon blog series) Focuses on rebuilding self-confidence after suffering through difficult times. DeAnna lives in Cambridge, England with her family, cats and dog. She credits a portion of happiness to her partner, Pete, punctuation manager, chief tea maker, and bringer of toast.