How to find the swimsuit that makes you confident and comfortable on the beach


Feeling comfortable and confident while wearing a swimsuit isn’t an easy thing to accomplish. I mean, women who can stroll out onto the beach after age 30 with a devil-may-care attitude are my idols. Once I had my third child, I thought it would be impossible to regain my waterside swagger.

Maybe you can relate. I need that level of confidence back. I want it. Mainly because I need a new swimsuit. Our summers are very active in my family and I don’t want to miss out on any of those fun, adventurous family memories. I need a swimsuit that is functional and flattering.

I need a swimsuit for kayaking, boating, making sandcastles with my kids, for summer poolside celebrations … I need an actual swim wardrobe made up of several different types of swimwear. So ladies, I’m diving in. Come along with me as I help all of us regain a little swimsuit confidence without losing a hint of comfort.


The trick to finding swimsuits that flatter your body type is to cast your critical tendencies aside and start looking at what you like. Great shoulders? Opt for a halter tankini top. Large chest? Try a square neckline. Straight shape? Try a patterned swimsuit with ruching or pleating at the waist, in a modified wrap-front design.

There are so many styles that can turn you into a believer. For me, I tried on a square neck tankini in a sweet polka dot print and paired it with a swim skirt. I felt really good in it! Then I changed up the bottoms – board shorts for kayaking, bikini bottoms for major swimming. I couldn’t wait to get back to the pool or beach.

Found myself actually planning swim days. Even invested in a new stand-up paddle board. I’ve even worn a bikini top with my board shorts. During high-sunshine hours, I just throw on a swim tee and I’m covered. Literally. UPF 50 is no joke, and swim tees work wet or dry. Big skin saver.


The easiest way to really feel confident and comfortable in a swimsuit is to nail the fit. Opt for swim separates – one size on top, one on bottom. Tankini tops are magical, especially if you opt for light tummy control, an underwire bra, some well-placed gathers for emphasis where you want, wide adjustable straps – you get the picture. Then, try different style bottoms.

I don’t know where I’d be without my flirty swimmini swim skirt. It’s super cute, covers what I want, doesn’t weigh me down in the water and has a little built-in control. It’s super easy for bathroom breaks, too. I ordered an underwire tankini top with a D-cup bra and felt transformed. My bottoms aren’t riding up or digging in.

The neckline is just sexy enough to make me feel great and it stays in place, even when I’m climbing the ladder to the boat after a quick dip. This body has done amazing things for me. Summer is too short to stay on the sand.

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