8 Bathing Suit Styles to Celebrate Your Body (No Gym Membership Required)


Yesterday I went swimsuit shopping with my six-year-old daughter Noelle. She bought her first two-piece, a fun little hot pink number from Gap Kids. Exhilarated and confident, she put on the suit, dancing in front of the mirror and posing. Watching her joy made me think of one word: celebration. Her bikini-clad dance signified a celebration of her beautiful body and all it can do.

As a 35-year-old mom of two, I am well versed in the messages society has given us about how we “should” look and in the feeling of not always measuring up. You know what? It’s exhausting to think I must “do something” to wear a bathing suit, such as exercising more, eating less, or self-tanning.

The reality is that a summer body is the body you have when summer starts. And by the way, all you need to have a bikini body is a bikini and a body!

So I’m committing to a summer of bathing suit celebration, and I encourage you to do the same! I’m going to celebrate the parts of my body that I’m proud of by wearing a bathing suit that highlights what’s awesome about me. While most summer bathing suit articles focus on hiding your flaws, this post is about celebrating what you love.

I’ve rounded up a list of potential suits from some amazing retailers that will help you have the most confident summer ever!   

Toned Arms

Want to celebrate your toned arms? Then the Sidestroke one-piece bathing suit from Summersalt is perfect for you! The one-shoulder detail brings the eye up to your arms and chest, showing off those toned arms! The Sidestroke also won top honors from stylish minds at Elle magazine for the #1 most wildly flattering one shoulder style!


Want to celebrate your beautiful décolletage? Look no further than this La Blanca Moroccan print off the shoulder midkini (top with coverage between a bikini and a tankini) bandeau top and bikini bottom. The richly detailed bohemian print frames your décolletage. Bonus, this swim top would look chic with some high waist pants.


Long Legs

Want to celebrate your long legs? Try this high leg cut out “Honey bow knot” suit from online retailer Cupshe. The high cut and dark color up to your natural waist highlight your legs and the smallest part of your waist. Plus, the cutout suit gives you the feel of a bikini with more coverage.  At $23.80, you can buy one for each day of the week!




Want to celebrate your stomach? This super strong part of your body created children and deserves to see the sun! This classic bikini top by Ted Baker London in vibrant pink has a plunging neckline and contrasting color band. This simple stunner is sure to make you feel gorgeous at the beach or the pool.




Hourglass Figure

Want to celebrate your hourglass shape? This High Neck Illusion Crochet one-piece swimsuit by Becca is a perfect choice. The strategic sheer crochet cutouts are a sexy and comfortable way to show off your shape.






Want to celebrate your chest? Try this Alacati cup size bikini top and bikini shorts by Boden. The built-in underwire and boning combined with the adjustable straps make this suit a great choice for C+ cups. The fun polka dot print is on trend and retro.






Ready to celebrate all your curves? Rock it out at the beach in this Madame Everglade Underwire bikini by Swimsuits for All. This leading online plus size swimsuit retailer carries a variety of swim styles ranging from sizes 4-32. This particular suit makes you the bombshell of the beach with a botanical print and flattering seams!





Simple & Easy

Want a suit that celebrates simplicity and ease while highlighting an hourglass shape? This one-piece bandeau by Profile by Gottex will have you looking great while playing in the sand with your kids. The sophisticated sweetheart neckline is a nod to old Hollywood. Bring on the glam!




Cover Up

To top it all off, throw on this effortless chic cover-up maxi dress with a deep v back. Add a bag, some metallic sandals to go straight from beach to dinner!




Whatever suit you choose, remember you don’t need to “do” anything to wear it. Find what you love, put it on, and get to the important work of enjoying your summer, your kids, and your life!


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Laura is the founder of Merry Styling, a mom of two, and a former teacher who lives in San Francisco. She grew up in Columbus, Ohio and relished the changing of seasons because it meant revamping her wardrobe! After completing graduate school at The Ohio State University, Laura relocated to San Francisco, where she taught elementary school for nine years before having her two children Noelle (6) and Lucas (2). When her youngest was six months old, Laura started working as a stylist with jewelry and accessories company Stella and Dot. Since then, she has earned a Fashion Merchandising degree from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, styled with nonprofit Dress for Success, and done various merchandising projects for different retail organizations. Laura knows that style is more than clothing and accessories. She has found it to be an amazing confidence booster. Finding the perfect outfit on a bad day can turn it into a great one. She is especially passionate about working with moms Laura started Merry Styling because she wants to help other moms and anyone else who feels "left behind by fashion" to feel confident, empowered, and beautiful through personal styling, closet detox, and personal shopping sessions. Follow her at @merrystylingsf on Facebook, @merrystyling on Instagram and check out www.merrystyling.com for more!


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