#AerieREAL Love From Iskra: Feel Fab In Your Swim

Hi Aerie Girls, I’m excited to start blogging and sharing topics that mean a lot to me with you all. In this post I wanted to remind you that you deserve to love your body and appreciate it for what it does for you. I believe changing how you view yourself and deciding to practice self-care will help you to feel more confident in your swim.

 
With summer and swim season approaching it can start to feel quite intimidating because we are bombarded with messages saying we need to get ‘beach body ready.’ What the fudge is a ‘beach body?’ And why are we conditioned to believe if we don’t have one we can’t feel confident?

Because the concept of a ‘beach body’ has literally been created by society and the media to make us feel insecure so that we are a motivated consumer. Striving to look like the perfected images of unrealistic bodies that are apparently what we all need to look like on the beach. SO NOT TRUE, the airbrushed images aren’t even real and it’s not possible to look like that. And we shouldn’t because we are all meant to be imperfectly perfect – that’s what makes you YOU!

#AerieREAL Love From Iskra: Feel Fab In Your Swim

So here are my top 5 tips to help you feel fab in your swim:

  1. Give up the pursuit of perfection. Perfect does not exist, nearly everyone has cellulite, stretch marks, scars, who decided that these are flaws? Well they’re not, they are the beautiful unique markings that make your body completely unique. Your body does not define your beauty, you are so much more than that. Instead start dedicating time to looking after you from the inside out. Because health starts from the inside and when we start respecting our body and looking after it we become happy and full of positive energy.
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  3. Stop comparing yourself to others. Sometimes we do it without even knowing, not just celebs or models we may look up to but even our friends and sisters can sometimes have us feeling jealous and insecure. I used to look at others and think why do they have: perfect skin, slim legs and a thigh gap and I don’t? I had to train myself to think ok well they have x,y,z but that’s them and I can never be them I can only ever be me and also have wonderful qualities. By seeing the beauty in others we can’t diminish our own beauty.
     
    #AerieREAL Love From Iskra: Feel Fab In Your Swim
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  5. Be more bodyposi with your girlfriends. I’d love you to share this post with your girlfriends and all start to look out for each other. If you see your girl tearing herself down don’t join in ‘Ah I can’t wear this bikini look at my thighs’ ‘Ugh I know I hate the way I look in my swimsuit’ you can be the one to stop this cycle. Build her back up, tell her how much you love her and how beautiful she is because she’s her.
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  7. Stop body shaming others. We can accidentally say something that could be hurtful so always be careful and online too think before you write your comment – would I like someone to say this to me? If the answer is no then stop yourself. Also make sure you protect yourself online, unfollow accounts that make you feel bad and fill your timeline with inspirational ones that make you feel happy or inspire you.
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  9. Start celebrating your body for its abilities not its imperfections. For me this is how we change the way we look at ourselves. Instead of looking in the mirror and seeing your imperfections commit to practicing self-care by retraining what you focus on. Try my mirror challenge by looking at yourself and picking out 5 things you love about yourself (I go into more detail on my TEDx talk) these should be personality traits, your accomplishments, morals and values. Then pick out 5 things you love about your body not just for what it looks like but actually what it enables you to do in life. Because we have a lot to be grateful for by having these unique homes that have incredible abilities. So when you hit that beach you’re now thinking wow I’m the bee’s knees, this body is all mine and it’s powerful. I’m so grateful to be here enjoying each day and I will not let the artificial fear of not having a ‘beach body’ ever make me feel insecure and hold me back from living life to the fullest.
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xoxo,

Iskra

 

 
 

 
 

 

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Spring Break Swim Style!

Ready… set… getaway! We talked to Assistant Swim Buyer Trish Scott about our newest swim fits to get you set for spring break.

ONE PIECE, LOVE & HAPPINESS!

One pieces are THE silhouette of the season.” From Super Scoop One Pieces in 10+ colors (and 2 lengths!) to extra-special crochet styles, this spring break is all about the one piece.

Spring Break Swim Style!

Shop Victoria’s Look: One Piece Tassel Ties Swimsuit

SHOW SOME LEG

Our Super Scoop One Piece has a high leg, cheeky fit to flatter ALL booties. Trish adds: “The low cut back, sides and cheeky bottom make this suit the best piece to show off your curves!”

Spring Break Swim Style!

Shop Iskra’s Look: Super Scoop One Piece Swimsuit | Striped Fray Hem Shirt

MAKE YOUR BOOTY HAPPY

Cheeky bottoms can be scary for some girls, but we promise, you will love it once you try it!” If you have a smaller booty, a cheeky fit will enhance your curves, and if you have a bigger booty, a cheeky fit will help define your shape. Check out our bikini bottoms fit guide to see fits in YOUR size.

Spring Break Swim Style!

Shop Katty’s Look: Triangle Bikini Top | Cheeky Bikini Bottom + Poms

TRY A TRIANGLE

For less coverage and easy support, try a triangle. “Our Wanderlust Dreams Triangles have hand-made trims and come in beautiful prints. Tassels on the ties make these even more unique!”

Spring Break Swim Style!

Shop Iskra’s Look: Triangle Bikini Top | Hipster Bikini Bottom

ROCK A CROP

Opt for extra support or cover up a sunburnt chest with a crop: “We have so many options in this silhouette! We have styles with and without pads, for added modesty if needed! Crochet, prints, solids and embellishment — we’ve got your crops covered.” 

Spring Break Swim Style!

Shop Katty’s Look: Real Obsessed™ Crop Bikini Top | Bikini Bottom | Crinkle Top

GET LOW

“We have two styles we’re loving this season: our tie-front scoop and our beaded scoop. It ties at the neck for adjustability and support, while the details add a fun fashion element to a basic favorite!”

Spring Break Swim Style!

Shop Julie’s Look: Super Scoop Fringe Bikini Top | Tiered Maxi Skirt

LOVE THE SWIM YOU’RE IN.

The easiest way to find your best fit? Love what you’re wearing! EVERY body is a perfect beach body.

Spring Break Swim Style!

Shop Dana’s Look: Super Scoop One Piece Swimsuit

 

 

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Retro Swim with Lush to Blush

Whether you have a beach trip in the works (Spring Break anyone?) or you’ve been dreaming of soaking up some sun, it’s officially time for Aerie Swim. Bikini or One Piece, Classic or Retro, we’ve got you covered! Undecided? You can Mix & Match until you’ve found the perfect combo.

Megan from Lush to Blush took her favorite #AerieSWIM to Hawaii for a romantic getaway and it’s safe to say we’re in love.

Meet Megan:
Megan Elliott is the creator and blogger behind Lush to Blush. She is an avid lover of the earth and everything on it, especially flowers, and has been a vegetarian for seven years. On her blog, she explores fashion, lifestyle, and all things lovely.

Retro Swim with Lush to Blush

Retro Swim with Lush to Blush

What Inspired Megan’s Look:
“These photos were taken at the beach at the Koa Kea resort we stayed at for a couple nights. The whole place was so nice and absolutely perfect for our romantic getaway to Kauai. I wore my retro style aerie bathing suit and as I ran into the water, I totally felt like Allie from the Notebook! I really really love the flattering style of the top and the high rise bottoms. I felt totally happy and comfortable with my body, which is not common for me when I’m in a bikini. But this style fit my body perfectly and I had so much fun running around on the beach and enjoying the beautiful sunshine. After a day full of beach fun in this bathing suit, I think the retro style has become my favorite.”
Retro Swim with Lush to Blush

Get Megan’s Look: Retro Halter Bikini Top | Hi-Rise Bikini Bottom

Retro Swim with Lush to Blush

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