Bodycons, Crop Tops and Bikinis- Oh My!

Happy Thursday all! Today’s guest post is from the lovely Dionna of Body Conscious Beauty!   I hope you enjoy her post!

Have a wonderful evening!

Oh yes! Plus size fashion isn’t what it used to be years ago. Gone are the shapeless, colorless frocks aimed at draping our bodies in drab designs and in are the body-hugging, body-loving styles that give us the freedom to express ours elves through the art of fashion. This celebration of curves is a beautiful thing. It may sound cliché, but I’m a firm believer that when you look good, you feel good. And when you feel good, honey, you look damn good. Loving your body is a battle every one of us has faced at one time or another. But it’s one worth waging because the pay off is beyond rewarding. Investing in some body-loving pieces can help you get there. I’m going to suggest three wardrobe additions to try on your journey to loving yourself.

1: Buy a bodycon dress. There is not a thing you can hide when you slip into a garment that is meant to hug every curve. And you know what, that’s how it should be. Women are beautiful, each and every one of us. Why not celebrate our bodies instead of hiding them! I own quite a few bodycon dresses, but one of my absolute favorites is my white panel bodycon from OneOneThree. A brand out of the UK, co-designer Najma Ali does not shy away from a fit that skims your body in all the right places.

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2: Buy a crop top. Show a little skin! I love seeing so many plus size fashion bloggers and designers embracing this trend. It’s fun and sexy and what I like most of all is, because you can style a crop top in so many ways, it allows you to dip your toe in the crop top pool without diving right into the deep end. Jibri’s bold bustier tops are the perfect crop to style. You can wear them with a high waist pant or skirt, and if you want to cover up a bit more, throw on a blazer.

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3: Buy (and wear!) a two-piece bathing suit. I won’t lie; the first time I tried on a twopiece, I felt very nervous. Would everyone stare at me? Would they snigger behind myback? Are my back lumps showing?? But a funny thing happened when I stopped the body shaming. And I decided that love me or laugh at me, I didn’t need to ask those questions. Because the only person I need to be accountable to is me. My lumps probably are showing. And maybe somebody might look at me and think I shouldn’t be wearing it. But I say eff your beauty standards. The secret to looking good in a two-piece is to put one on. And believe it or not, the choices are endless! My favorite two-piece comes from Forever21 (sold out online). I was skeptical not because of the cut, but because I wondered if the quality was going to be up to snuff. The minute I put it on I put my worries to rest because it held up the girls, fit perfectly and the color was bold and beautiful. I’m not afraid to stand out in my bathing suit and you shouldn’t either.

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I’m also loving Monif C’s San Paulo two-piece, although if you didn’t snatch it up early on you’re going to have to wait until next year because all the tops are SOLD OUT. A clear sign that lots of ladies are loving their bodies. And that’s a beautiful thing.

monifcsuitI love myself. I love who I’ve become and who I am. And yes, I love my body. It took me a long time to come to that place, but now that I’m here it feels amazing! Feeling good about your body, no matter what your size, is a very liberating feeling. You become less beholden to the idea that certain styles, colors, etc. are off the table, and instead learn to love everything you wear.

Love your body ladies, every lump, bump and imperfection. It’s the only one you have.



  1. August 9, 2013 / 1:48 am

    Cool – but the pictures didn’t load. 🙁

    • August 14, 2013 / 7:01 pm

      Sorry for the snafu! The images are now available so you can see the lovely Dionna!

  2. August 9, 2013 / 6:57 am

    I love what you wrote, but I couldn’t see the pics :((sad face), but I agree, beauty is how you feel, the people who take my breath away are those who stride confidently, happy, they are like sunshine x

    • August 14, 2013 / 7:01 pm

      So sorry hon! Ive corrected my mistake & the images are now available!

  3. jen
    August 10, 2013 / 2:36 am

    I wish I could be like you. I hate my ghetto booty. Thanks for sharing how you’ve come to love your body-maybe one day I can do the same.

  4. August 11, 2013 / 9:59 pm

    Thanks ladies, I’m sorry the pics didn’t load, it’s my first ever pic on the Interwebs of me in a two piece! At least there won’t be trolls! Jen, don’t hate your booty! A lot of girls would kill for a badonk:-) We all have things we don’t like about our bodies but the key is to play up what you love and eventually it will overpower anything you aren’t fond of. Thanks for reading my guest post!

    • August 14, 2013 / 7:00 pm

      Sorry for the glitch! The images are now available! Yay!!!
      Thank you SO much for an awesome guest post!

  5. August 15, 2013 / 12:23 am

    Love the crop top look – and the color combination! Fantastic looks!!