Let's talk about Body Confidence

Sustainable Style

Sun’s out bum’s out is the saying right?

Summer is here, which means less layers and more skin showing, holidays in bikini’s and lots of ice cream!

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about body confidence and thought it’d be a good idea to share my thoughts and experiences here on the blog. When I was younger I had a real problem with my weight, I always thought everyone was so much skinner than me and that it was something to idolise. I lost a lot weight in my late teens and still struggle with my body weight now, no matter how many times close friends and family tell me not too! My main issue was when I was growing people weren’t as aware as they are now about how every body is different and that we all have different metabolisms etc. So when I was a teenager with slim friends that could eat unhealthily most of the time and not put on weight I thought that there must be something wrong with me. I used to find it so hard wearing less clothes and I still have things about my body that I wish were different like we all do, but I have become so much more accepting of my body and become so much more confident. I think two things have majorly helped me do this. Firstly my friends and family, my boyfriend is like my rock and he will always make me feel better when I suddenly have a wave ‘god I hate my body’ confidence knock, he’ll be there supporting me. The second thing has been blogging and social media. I know that a lot people blame social media for the part it plays in showing young girls an unrealistic body image and stereotypical body, but for me there is also a community of bloggers that show you can be any body type and look beautiful and that is the most uplifting thing possible. Also blogging myself has helped me become more confident in the things I love and have my own personal style because I think the clothes you wear do have an impact on the way you feel.

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So that is why today I am sharing with you some photos that we shot whilst away in Marseille, hip dips and all. This is my body and the world would be a better place if we all stopped comparing ourselves and started loving our own body’s cliché as it may be!

Finally, I couldn’t finish this post without discussing the bikinis! The stripe one is an oldie that I have had forever, but is such a classic shape and pattern that it never goes out of style. The red bikini is a new purchase from the brand Weekday and is made from recycled materials. I’ve wanted a high waisted bikini for a while and this one does not disappoint. I love the colour of it and the shape and ribbed pattern of it, it’s so bold and definitely a statement but I love it!

RED BIKINI: WEEKDAY