Mixing and matching bikinis

The last summers I can count on all my fingers, I’ve always found a great one piece bathing suit to rock the whole summer. I tend to stick to something a little retro or actual vintage. In finding my own confidence this summer, I’ve done something that I haven’t had the courage to do in a very long time – wear a bikini. Not only that, finding the courage to share it here too.

This is the first and last time I will probably have a picture of myself here in a bathing suit. I even debated not putting it on the internet for the world to see. But I’ve realized that part of my new self discovery and acceptance also means breaking free of the fear of never feeling cute or skinny enough to be in a bikini. It doesn’t matter what size I am or will be in the future – all that matters is that I’m happy and comfortable. And in that thought, is what I find peace about my own body.

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Bikini top: Rachel Pally but this polka dotty one is cute too. Bikini bottoms: Liberty of London for Target from a few years back, but this Liberty for Jcrew one is pretty similar and made in the USA!

My sister has been saving me lots of different bikini tops and bottoms that are all mis-matched but matching in their own special and quirky way (hoping that I’d find the courage to wear them). But I love the idea of finding complementary colors or patterns to go together (in this case, a polka dot and floral print).

Do you lean towards bikinis or one pieces? Are you the person who wont wear one at all? We all have our preferences, each of which is absolutely up to no one but you.

  • I think you look great! and i love that you are actually swimming/floating. it’s a cool shot.

    I’m a one piece girl myself. aside from belly issues, it’s a struggle to find tops that keep everything in, and one pieces usually offer better support.

    As for me in swimwear on the internet? I’ve done it. I was really hesitant at first, but eventually thought, why not?

    • Eli

      Thank you!! 🙂 Those were my exact issues with bikinis. I once tried to wear a bikini top that was a bandeau style, and it almost flew off in the water. I went and switched to a full one immediately after. Glad to hear you’ve felt confident enough to post yourself in swimwear too!

  • Hooray for you! Though I think you look fab, it’s really not about me, so I’ll leave it at that. 🙂 I have a few two-piece suits but I only ever seem to reach for one-piece suits. I want to feel free and comfy to swim, eat food, sit. And two-piece suits just don’t make me feel that way. But I did just buy a cute bathing suit top that I’d like to find a high-waisted bottom for. I’m not afraid of showing my skin, I just don’t want to feel extra seams in the places I feel them in most two-pieces.

    • Eli

      Well, I must agree, you can’t compare the comfiness of a one piece! I think it was more about breaking out of my own shell? So I appreciate your kind words 🙂

  • Kristian Satterlee

    I live in a very landlockd state, so didn’t have a swimming suit forever. I got a job in Italy by the coast though last year, so decided to get one- a vintage-inspired one piece a la Monroe. Now, a year later, nothing physically has changed much, but I’d want bikini now. There’s a feeling of “who cares what others think” that is very liberating. Plus, much easier to get one and off once wet, lol- and I can give myself insulin shots easier with a bikini.

    So proud and excited to see you in your swimming suit. It is very inspiring that you did try to share. Also, love the matching-but-not top and bottoms.

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