3 Ways to Feel Confident in Swimwear

So basically, this post was supposed to go up yesterday, and I totally got cold feet. It’s a very scary thing putting yourself in a swimsuit on the internet. But then I thought, it’s a totally scary thing to put yourself in a swimsuit anywhere – unless you’re a VS model or something. At that point, my post topic completely changed from what it was going to originally be. Instead of it being a normal swimwear post, I decided to touch on how I’m feeling comfortable in swim this season. It starts with a little thing called the high-waist bottom like the floral beauty from Orchid Boutique in today’s post.

See the rest of the photos + more on swimwear security in the full post!

Shop the post:

Orchid Boutique Emma Black Wrap Top c/o

Orchid Boutique Lulu Petal High Waist Bottoms c/o

PilyQ Dakota Lauren coverup

Marley Lilly Patterned Jute Tote c/o

bracelets: c/o Gold & Gray / c/o Dotted Tusk

Kendra Scott Aussie Open ring c/o

Kendra Scott Skylen ring c/o

Flash tattoos

similar sunglasses

Urban Lilac necklace c/o

photos by Valorie Darling

location is the Surf and Sand Resort Laguna Beach
(see all of our photos on IG with hashtag #surfsandstyle)

By far one of the most stressful things I’ve photographed for this blog, and now it’s up for everyone to see. Cue a freakout and schedule a workout. Chances are there are a few of you reading this that are also slightly or majorly freaking out about the upcoming swimwear season. And is it just me or are the bikini bottoms getting smaller and cheekier? NO one wants to see my cheeks not even me! So here are three ways I’m feeling more confident in swimwear:

1. Find a quality swimwear brand that you trust. Orchid Boutique is an ideal option because they carry a large variety of designer swimwear. I can locate favorite brands of mine all in one place. It is super helpful for me to shop one site that also allows me to buy swim pieces separately. My top and bottom are not the same size, so being able to shop different sizes in each piece is very important!

2. I have recently discovered that the high-waist bottom is a very forgiving option. If you are uncomfortable while seated in a swimsuit or with your tummy area in general, this is a great swimwear piece. Sitting in smaller bottoms can be super unflattering. (I posted me sitting in this high-waist bottom, so you can see the advantages of sitting in this particular style!)

3. Coverups are your BFF, so find one that works best for your body. In this case, I wanted to show off my cute suit, but I hate my hips. Wearing a kimono style coverup allows me to hide the sides of my body especially hips and thighs. Jackpot. This PilyQ kimono is super cute with fringe detailing – plus, white will practically go with any swimsuit making it a versatile piece.

Okay, are we feeling slightly better about swimsuit season? If you have any swimwear concerns you’d like me to tackle in a future post or any questions about high-waist bottoms, shoot me an email – [email protected]!

I’ll also have a full post dedicated to high-waist swim options, so stay tuned for that too!

ps. More coverup action is happening in my Calypso St. Barth resort wear post!

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  • Reply Jacy

    You have nothing to worry about… You look stunning in this swimsuit (and probably any swimsuit)! I seriously love it on you. I definitely get panic-y about them now and get self conscious that I have no boobs (seriously, none) but do have hips, a butt and muscular thighs. So those tiny cheeky bottoms you mentioned are often ridiculous on me! haha. But I love the coverup idea and am proud of you for posting this!


    March 13, 2015 at 8:13 pm
  • Reply Kathleen Harper

    Great tips and I love your swimsuit! Those floral high-waisted bottoms are so flattering and cute!

    March 14, 2015 at 10:07 pm
  • Reply Swimsuits Direct

    Swimsuits Direct :
    Great shoots! So like the swimsuits cover up, it really match with the swimsuit as well as the accessories. Love it.

    April 7, 2015 at 2:54 am
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