Packing for a vacation can be exhausting. Packing for a beach vacation nearly five months after having a baby can be both exhausting and nerve wracking.
I’ve told you about my struggles with my postpartum body image and while I’m still trying to find peace with it, there are times when it will almost get the best of me.
I wasn’t looking forward to wearing a bathing suit at the beach due to my extreme self consciousness, but I tried to have fun with it and make the best out of the situation.
I went shopping for a new swimsuit and new dresses to wear while on vacation. Turns out that shopping can cure nearly anything. I picked out outfits that accentuatd the areas of my body that I’m happy with and hid the others that I want to work on.
I felt more confident in myself than I have in a long time and it was a feeling I would like to welcome more often.
Check out my postpartum beach style after the jump!
Swimsuit Tunic Cover Up 1 of 10If you are spending any time by the beach or the pool this summer a swimsuit cover up is a must. I love this tunic from Vix because it is full of color and covers just the right areas. It is a sheer fabric so it shows a little bit of my swimsuit, which I absolutely loved.
Get a similar look here.
One Piece Swimsuit 2 of 10I have never bought a one piece swimsuit in my life, but because I still have a little bit of baby weight to lose, I knew I would want to wear one this summer. I love the fact that one pieces are in style because I had so much fun wearing it on the beach. This polka dot swimsuit from J.Crew was feminine, stylish and accentuated all of the right areas. I am considering buying the same one in a different color I love it so much.
Get the look from J.Crew.
Strapless Maxi Dress 3 of 10Maxi dresses are my go to outfit this summer. They are perfect for a beach vacation. I was headed out for a girls night and this was the perfect dress. I love that it can be dressed up or down so that I can wear it during the day or at night. I paired it with wedges and a chunky necklace to dress it up a bit.
Get the look from J.Crew.
Fun Jewelry 4 of 10A fun necklace or some great bangles can make any outfit. I love how this chunky necklace dressed up this outfit. It was perfect for girl's night out.
Necklace: Laila Rowe
Striped Maxi Dress 5 of 10I told you maxi dresses are my summer staple. They are so comfortable and look flattering on everyone. I wore this for our trip to the lighthouse. Many women tend to stay away from horizontal stripes, but I love to embrace them. This navy striped maxi dress has a bit of a nautical feel to it and is perfect for summer.
Striped Maxi from 3 years ago at Old Navy. Get a similar look here.
Accessorize 6 of 10This is one of my favorite pictures from our trip to the lighthouse. Partly because my 2 year-old took it. This shows the accessories I had with the dress. Although it was a casual day, I loved to add a couple gold pieces of jewelry to spice it up a bit.
Gold Necklace: Banana Republic (4 years ago), Bangles: NYC Street Vendor
Panama Hat 7 of 10My absolute favorite hat for the summer. I wore this hat almost everyday on vacation. It goes with nearly everything and is so fun to wear.
Get it from J.Crew.
Bright Colors 8 of 10I am obsessed with this dress. Camila Franks designs the most amazing kaftans. I wore a similar dress when I was pregnant with Avery and I love that I can wear it again after. It can be worn over a swimsuit or for date night, which I wore. This is the perfect summer dress. I love all of the fun and vibrant colors and her attention to detail.
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Go Casual 9 of 10It rained a couple of days while we were out at the beach, which gave us plenty of time to dress down and explore the town. It was a bit chilly the days it rained so I am so glad that I packed an outfit for cooler weather. I always love to add a pop of color to my outfit. Color blocking is huge trend right now and it's always fun to do it in subtle ways. I paired these mint colored jeans with an orange nursing top from Bravado Designs. I covered up the tank with a gray summer sweater from J. Crew. I completed the outfit with a bright necklace to pull more of the orange color together.
Jeans: Zara, Sweater: J.Crew (2 years ago), Necklace: Laila Rowe, Nursing Tank: c/o Bravado! Designs
Espadrilles 10 of 10The summer isn't complete without a great pair of summer shoes. These espadrilles are the way to go. They are extremely comfortable and look great with nearly everything.
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