(Jessica Rey Swimwear, "Eliza").
It's summertime, and when heading to the beach or local pool, it's no newsflash that bikinis are the norm. For goodness sake, the two-piece has been around for over 80 years--by now, it should be easy to assume that we're unaffected at the sight of skin, right? However, a Princeton University study found that when men were shown images of women dressed in bikinis, the region of the brain associated with analyzing a person's thoughts and feelings was deactivated, and the part associated with objects of use (like "tool") lit up. In the minds of these test subjects, the women were quite literally objectified and dehumanized.
Regardless of how you feel in a bikini, the realization that men might not be totally desensitized may make you think twice before suiting up. Many women may respond, “Wearing a two piece screams confidence!” But is it possible that it takes more self-assurance to wear a one-piece? Won't you stand out in the beach crowd? You may… and that's a good thing!
From my personal experience, a great suit that highlights my figure and allows me to comfortably hit the waves or catch some rays is the most freeing feeling. I end up focusing more on having fun and less on how I look. Wearing a one-piece invites others to notice all of you, not just one body part. It’s not about covering up out of shame or embarrassment, but quite the opposite--it’s about revealing the best of you to others.
Here are some of our favorite, truly revealing, swimsuit options. Why not try one on and let us know how you feel!
1. Madewell, $90.00 / 2. J.Crew, $84.00 / 3. Old Navy, 27$.00 / 4. Seafolly at ASOS, $157.42 / 5. Anthropologie, $148.00 / 6. Target, $27.00 / 7. Joe Fresh $34.00