How I’m Getting Ready, to Get Ready, for Bikini Season
The other day a friend posted this on Facebook:
“How to Get a Bikini Body: Put a bikini on your body.” Simple, and very true. If you want to wear a bikini, you can. Anyone can, actually. No need to agonize, scrutinize, or even fantasize…. You want to wear a bikini, DO IT. No one will stop you.
However, HOWEVER, as a woman who over-analyzes (and over agonizes) about 2-piece garments that should be covering vitals and most often, (unless I go up two sizes) do not, I have to say, getting READY to GET said bikini body is probably more crucial that just getting the “bikini body” that we’re all talking about these days (ie, exercising to get a tight tush, toned arms, and ripped abs, etc).
The other day, I went bikini shopping. Here in Los Angeles, it can turn into a beach day weather-wise on a moments’ notice and you need to be prepared. Knowing that the suits I have in my drawer have seen their day and could use a major upgrade, I decided to preempt the “shit, we’re invited to swim, what should I wear” drama and head to Nordstrom for some good ol’ fashioned dressing room torture.
Knowing that I hardly “got” nor will have time to “get” the body that we’re supposed to have come May, I realized that there are, at the very least, things I can do to prepare for the “getting” season.
Here’s what I mean :
1) Get a Tan. Whether it’s in the form of a spray, some natural sun (gasp), or a “glow” that also gives the look of firmness (hello, Jergen’s). Before you can even think about going out in public in your bikini, you should think about how HORRID the lights are in a dressing room and what a difference it will make to your psyche (and wallet) when you have a little bit of color on your (not ready for the beach quite yet) body. Trust me. I found this out the hard way and next time I shop, I will be a shade darker.
2) Get Rid of Rough Feet. Thankfully, feet are the one things on our body that are naturally defined and toned. However, nothing in my opinion looks or feels worse come “bare it all” season than rough, cracked feet. Before you put the spotlight on those crunched out abs and squatted up behinds, get yourself a good pedicure and repeat every two weeks. Seriously! Your fabulous new sandals will thank you and you’ll slowly begin to look “ready.”
3) Get Your Hair Did. From head to toe… from top to bottom… and inside and out. Know what’s worse than horrible light in a dressing room on your pale skin? Horrible light in a dressing room on a bikini line from 1975. Ladies, trim, please. Actually, do more than trim. Before the beach, before party, before the before, make sure strays are GONE. This goes for the hair on your head too. You will feel so much better about yourself if you are rocking a fresh do.