I am no stranger to wearing a bikini out in public, heck, I have even worn one on national TV once. However, I have always dreaded swimsuit shopping, and a little tinge of anxiety comes over me as I debut my body in a bikini for the first time every year—minus the New Year’s weight loss resolution success story and six-month strict diet that I’m still sticking to, because I never do those things. I have always been confident when it comes to showing off my curvy body, but even for the most confident of girls, there are insecurities that still follow.
It can be difficult to take the first major jump of body confidence during the spring or summer months, but I’m not alone. One out of three women would miss out on a beach vacation just to avoid wearing a swimsuit. If Justin Timberlake invited them to a party, almost 40% of women would turn him down flat because they don’t feel like their bodies are “swimsuit ready.” The fear of missing out (FOMO) is real for so many women, according to these statistics, and I can relate.
But for the first time, I am throwing a one piece into my swimsuit rotation, posing in a two piece bikini on my blog, and trying different styles of swimwear because I want to show women that they can push their own limits when it comes to their swimwear choice as well as their fears and body insecurities, too!
Although I prefer to wear two-piece bikinis—no matter what anyone thinks—this Mossimo mesh inset one-piece changed my mind. The mesh allows my skin to peak through, making me feel sexy and confident.
Wearing a bikini makes me feel like I am conquering my insecurities and helping to inspire other women to do the same. I love taking styles that are colorful and flattering and making them my own. For a fun and playful look, I mixed and matched this Mossimo foldover hipster bikini bottom with a mint-colored Mossimo crochet flounce bandeau bikini top.
Since I am on a streak for trying something new and pushing my comfort zones, I decided to pair this Ava &Viv plus size high waist swim bottom with a Mossimocrochet high neck halter bikini top. I have never tried a look like this out of pure fear of wacky tan lines, but I have totally fallen for this look and I’m making this my go-to look for beach days.
With the endless swimwear possibilities and styles, Target makes it easy and fun to shake off our inhibitions and body insecurities, put on our swimsuits, and dive in to have the best season ever. I am taking the #NOFOMO pledge this year to encourage myself and others to soak up the sun and never miss out on hitting the beach with my friends. This is the year where body confidence replaces my insecurities, starting with this post.
Inspire others and take the #NOFOMO pledge with me! Grab your dream swimsuit from Target.com/swim, where you will find the cutest plus size selection as well as other trendy swimwear pieces. Show off your look on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtags: #NOFOMO and #TargetStyle! Be sure to tag me @NataliexCraig as well as @TargetStyle! What will you do this season with #NOFOMO? Find your style @Targetstyle.
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