By Lauren Paolini and Caeley Whalen
We’ll never claim to be math majors, but there is one equation we never get wrong: your body + a bikini = bikini body.
That’s right. Summer is upon us and for many, that means showing a little more skin. We all have insecurities, and it’s hard for a lot of people to throw on a swim suit and head to the Cape.
Yes, it’s really hard not to feel self conscious at the beach or by the pool, but we’re here to remind you you’re stunning and you got this. You deserve to enjoy your summer just as much as the next person, so wear whatever makes you happiest.
Not a bikini kind of gal? No worries – one pieces are totally in style. They can even double as bodysuits with your favorite pair of jeans. It’s a win-win!
Take the time to treat yourself and find something that makes you feel like the sun-kissed queen you are. Some good quality suits are an investment. They may cost you as much as your tuition, but they should last you for a couple of summers.
If you don’t mind the higher price tag, try shopping at a store like Athleta. Here, you’ll find every kind of style – one-pieces, bikinis, and tankinis (yes, they still make those).
The average bikini top from Athleta will cost you anywhere from $49 to $69, and don’t get us wrong – we know that’s not cheap. But when suits like the ones sold at Athleta are sustainably made, you’re paying for a cute top and an even cuter small carbon footprint.
Athleta is a certified B Corporation, meaning it is legally required to consider the impact of their production methods on the environment, their workers, and customers.
Just think about all the baby turtles.
If your summer job doesn’t pay your desired salary, you can find trendy options at Target or Aerie. We all know you walk into Target just to get toothpaste, then leave with half the store, so next time you’re running a “quick errand,” browse their swim section to find some stylish options.
If you’re looking online, you’ll see Aerie features models of all sizes in their swimwear section as a part of their “Aerie Real” campaign. Starting in 2014, “Aerie Real” was launched to promote a positive self-image, and the brand stopped digitally retouching photos altogether.
Aerie always has a sale going on. In fact, as we were writing this column, Lauren ordered a new swim top for $13.
Can’t beat that.
Regardless of the style, price, or brand of the bathing suit, just know that confidence is the best accessory.
Whether it be a bikini, denim shorts, or any other type of summer attire, try not to be intimidated by society’s ridiculous beauty standards.
We know that’s easier said than done, but just remember: people are more concerned about a seagull attack than what you’re wearing.