Image courtesy of Nettle's Tale
It's almost that time of year that we all dread; swimsuit shopping season.
While my journey with loving and accepting my body has gone through its fair share of trials and tribulations one thing has always remained constant for me. I always want to be thoughtful and ethical about my fashion purchases, including swimwear. While it may be tempting to buy something cheap and chic from (eyeroll) Fashion Nova or one of thousands of Instagram brands that seem to bombard your feed with swimsuit ads on the daily a couple of reminders that have helped me be a more conscious consumer when it comes to swimsuit shopping are:
Also when I first started working on this post my aim was to find ten brands to feature and I was worried that I would have a hard time finding that many. After lots of research I managed to find twenty! I know there are a lot more brands that I could feature so perhaps I do a part two?
I know I promised this post a weeks ago but when I started trying to research where everything was produced, what sizes were available and costs it became clear to me that I bit off more than I could chew. Surprise, surprise, once again I take ages to produce content. Can I live?
All prices in Canadian dollars unless otherwise stated.
There was a very raw moment for me about a year ago when I was invited to a fancy dinner party and less than 15 minutes before I had to leave I realized that the dress I picked out to wear no longer fit me. It was one of those dresses I hung on to for years due to sentimental value however never had an occasion to wear it to until I did and I could not fit into it to save my life. I couldn't help it - I started crying immediately. Here is a dress that used to fit that I couldn't even pretend to get on. There was no if, ands, or buts about it. This dress just did not fit. It wasn't so much that the dress that didn't fit that broke my heart (trust me, stuff doesn't fit me all the time) but the fact that this was a dress that used to fit that didn't fit anymore.
It was also too late for me to cancel going to this event so I had to borrow something from a friend and the entire time I was at this event I felt horrible, I felt insecure, I felt betrayed by my clothes and my own body. The majority of the evening was me feeling like an unattractive gloop of a human (for lack of a better word.) I think about that evening a lot because that lead to the idea of how I needed to be kinder to myself and my body. The idea that I should stop hanging on to clothes because "maybe" they'll fit again one day because who cares if they don't fit anymore? The only person who felt negatively about me not being a size 4 anymore was me and I needed to be a better friend to myself.
When I saw that one of my favourite swimwear brands, Nettle's Tale, was launching a clothing line I was intrigued because the swimwear brand had always aligned with my core values when it comes to garment shopping; ethical, sustainable, body positive and inclusive.
I thought about doing this post as a holiday gift guide, but honestly I would be happy getting jewelry all year round. I also wanted to take this opportunity to feature brands with a smaller following because Instagram famous brands like Mejuri don't need influencers to promote them. Brands like theirs do fine marketing on their own and are an easy option if you're looking for something to gift if you want to pick out something easily recognizable and sure to impress.
However, if you're anything like me you want to be able to give gifts that the recipiant will not only love, but perhaps not think of purchasing for themselves. I also love a gift with a fun fact so if you decide to pick up any jewellery from the following brands you can also share that the piece is ethically produced, locally designed and handmade in the Vancouver area.
An Eco Fashion Week favourite, Sarah Couture (yes, that is her real last name) has recently open a pop-up store in the heart of Gastown just in time to refresh your summer wardrobe. Designed with right here in Vancouver, House of Couture is focused on the belief that ethical and sustainable womenswear can also be fashionable and affordable.
This reoccurring category features me trying new things. Whether it's something outside my comfort zone, trying something I've always wanted to do or trying out something I think is super gimmicky.
"You're so brave" people sometimes say when I tell them I'm going to the beach. I think it meant to be a compliment but in reality it's not. It implies that someone with my body type would need to have a substantial amount of courage to exist in a public place in a swim suit.
Well fuck that.