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Years ago when I walked into a clothing store at the end of winter/beginning of spring and would sigh. Swimsuits? Get out of here! Living in New England spring can be sprung, but it can still snow the next day. The weather was never really an issue for me, but it was the fact when I was overweight I never wanted to be caught dead in a swimsuit. I never wanted to go ANYWHERE near the water (and not just because I cant swim) because I never wanted to face the reality that I was extremely overweight. I didnt want people to look at me and whisper things I just didnt want to be uncomfortable. So for years, I wore big baggy stretch waist shorts and big ole t-shirts. I was covered up as much as possible so I could hide myself.
As I started to lose weight I began to develop self confidence. I started to love myself and best of all I started to not care what other people thought about me. Ive put in a lot of work to feel and physically look the way I do today so Im gonna do whatever it takes to make me feel happy/proud. Last year I bought myself my first 2-piece bathing suit. It was a tankini with a pair of matching black shorts.
About a week or so ago, I was walking through Target and noticed these striped blue and white tankini tops and I was instantly attracted to it. Unfortunately they didnt have my size in the blue and white so I opted for the red and white. Its very sailor-ish and I absolutely LOVE it. I found a pair of matching bottoms which are very tight blue shorts. Definitely something last year I probably wouldve shied away from even looking at. But this year it went right into my cart, with me to checkout and home with me to tuck away for summer or perhaps for my trip to Florida at the end of the month!