5 Beach Outfits for the Body-Conscious
Being confident in your body is great, but if you're not quite there yet, that's okay! These beach outfits will keep you comfortable and confident without revealing too much.
Summer can be an intimidating time for someone who is body-conscious. The mere task of packing beach outfits can turn into an existential crisis. What do I wear? Does this look cute? What is the meaning of life?
Even in this age of influencers and size-inclusive brands, many Filipinas still feel self-conscious about their bodies – and that’s okay. Being comfortable in your own skin is not a switch you can turn on after watching a celebrity embrace theirs.
Thankfully, you have options. Going on a seaside trip doesn’t have to be a source of stress. Here are some comfortable and stylish beach outfits you can have fun and feel confident in.
One-Piece Swimsuit and Wraparound Skirt
Who says you have to wear a two-piece to the beach? You can still look #fire in a one-piece swimsuit with the right cut and fit. If you feel self-conscious about your tummy, pick a suit with ruching around the waist. Prioritize comfort and support, so you don’t have to worry about wardrobe malfunctions along the shore. Finally, use a wrap-around skirt or a large bandana as a cover-up for a classic look that will accentuate your curves without revealing too much.
A Breezy Maxi Dress
Not a fan of swimming? If you prefer lounging by the pool while looking fabulous, try wearing a breezy maxi dress paired with flat sandals and an oversized hat. Just look to the characters in White Lotus (Daphne in particular) for inspiration. For something even more forgiving, try a kaftan. Choose bright, for a playful and approachable vibe. Fake it till you make it, right?
A Loose Shirt and High-Waisted Bikini Bottom
If you can’t bear to part with your coverups, why not use them as beach outfits? Pair a loose shirt with a high-waisted, full-coverage bikini bottom for a look that’s flattering on any size. When you’re feeling more daring, try switching to a cheekier bottom (or a smaller shirt!). Check your comfort level and do what feels right.
Bandana Top and Shorts
Consider this your poolside clubbing attire. You can use a real oversized bandana or a bandana top with straps. If you’re wearing the former, secure the ends with a safety pin before knotting them together so you don’t end up flashing the whole island’s Gen Z population. Throw on denim or linen shorts for a beachier vibe. Dust some shimmer powder on your collarbone, and you’re ready to go.
A Button-Down Shirt and Shorts
This ultra laidback look may also be the most comfortable for someone who is body-conscious. The key to pulling this off and is in the fabric and cut. Keep your shorts structured, avoid gartered waists, and choose a matching set for a trendy look. Leave the shirt open with your bikini top peeking through and accessorize with layered necklaces. You can check out street-style stars Laureen Uy and Peggy Gou for more inspo.
Prep your skin for your beach outfits with a product that gives you an effortless glow. Try Dove Gentle Exfoliating Body Wash. It gently removes dull, dead skin with exfoliating beads and moisturizes it with natural ingredients, revealing smooth and radiant skin. And don’t forget to pack your LIFEBUOY Antibacterial Soap Lemon Fresh in your carry-on, so you’re protected from germs while on vacation.
If you’re body-conscious, pack beach outfits that won’t compromise comfort. The goal is to have fun – and clothes shouldn’t get in the way. So go ahead and wear what you want. You can be a another day.