If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen some pictures from my recent trip to the Bahamas. It was amazing; hot sun, warm ocean, cold drinks. The scenery was so beautiful, it was better than anything I could have imagined. I couldn’t resist snapping a few (hundred) photos. And I thought it was a good opportunity to do a tomboy beach lookbook. Sorry, in advance, for the amount of photos.
The beach is somewhere I have always, always, always felt comfortable. I love swimming, sunbathing, playing in the sea, playing in the sand, etc, etc. A swimsuit is another story. I do not, by any stretch of the imagination, have a perfect body. I’m short, soft and my neck is too small. And that’s fine! I like my body, it gets me places, it’s almost never sick, it tans easy, it’s flexible, and it can handle a drink with only minor complaints the next day. So I hide my little insecurities without a second thought in my normal clothes, but in a bathing suit it’s all out there.
And I know that on AVEC LUI I pride myself in wearing men’s clothes, but a man’s bathing suit is where I draw the line. I like them on other girls. It can look very cute, athletic or lesbian (nothing wrong with that!) or all three. Think Cara Delevingne with round sunnies and a snapback: cute, athletic, and lesbian, right? However, Cara Delevingne in a pair of men’s swim trunks with her perfectly flat stomach and hip bones is one thing. I would feel like a chubby bunny that was trying to hide behind a pair of shorts who was too uncomfortable to wear a normal bikini. And I have nothing to hide. So, that’s why I actually feel more confident showing more skin. The reason I don’t wear men’s bathing suits is, because while it might physically hide my insecurities slightly better than a woman’s, I know I would feel them even more.
So, while I might not wear swim trunks, I love throwing on a man’s dress shirt over a suit. It can pretty much add a touch of masculinity to any swimsuit. My general rules for beach wear are: no make-up, always sunblock, stripes over polka dots, men’s shirts are the ultimate beach cover up, shoes are optional and, if it feels right, disregard all other rules. Always remember the best beach accessories are a tan and towel.
– Dress to tan, swim like a fish – KL