Dread the pool or beach? Here’s five easy ways to totally hack swimwear confidence and feel great on the sand thanks to Honeybell Cover Ups.
Fake it until you make it, right?
Plus, read on to enter to win your very own Honeybell Coverup, perfect for the beach or poolside – choose your style!
Summer’s almost over and you might be lamenting that you haven’t yet taken the kids to the beach! If you’re anything like us you might be a little bit un-motivated by a few extra kgs of stubborn baby weight – and the thought of stripping down is pretty scary!
Firstly, the most important thing mum is that you are beautiful just as you are! That body has carried your babies and holds you up every single day. That’s truly amazing. But we totally get the dread of being on the beach and feeling very, very naked to the world.
So, here’s how to fake beach-side confidence and find yourself on the sand in no time!
1. Get a Killer Cover-Up - We Love This One From Honeybell!
For us, we can’t go past the Honeybell UPF 50+ Beach Coverup. It’s like rash-wear made cool. It’s cut to flatter, the fabric has brilliant sun-protecting properties and it’s available in stylish black or royal blue. With a waist tie to nip in and accent your curves, up-market gold button details and clean minimalist lines, this is the best you’ll ever feel by the pool!
You can actually wear this in the water, the fabric is quick drying, so it’s perfect for wading in the shallows while the kids frollick (as much as its made for reclining on a sun lounge with a pina colada!) but trust us, either way, you’ll look and feel fabulous!
2. Get a UV Friendly Tan - ie a Fake One!
It’s common knowledge that there’s nothing healthy about a tan but a little bit of colour on the bod can certainly add to your confidence! The only healthy tan is a faked one so if you’re headed to the beach, try some DIY at home (we like Rimmel!) the night before or if you’re lucky enough to be off on an extended holiday, try a spray tan.
3. Get a Glam Hat
Okay so a hat is a totally sun-safe decision but there’s a few sneaky, fashion tricks that can be achieved with a hat. Firstly, a glamorous or on-trend choice will elevate your look to stylish and sophisticated. A light coloured hat with a dark band is perfect because it throws natural light around your face (as opposed to shadows) and a white hat atop a dark coloured beach dress naturally draws everyone’s eyes up! Yep, that cool hat you just chose means people are admiring your warm, pretty face and not even looking at your legs. Similar hat from Sussan or Kmart.
4. Invest in Some Oversized Sunnies
Think of every iconic beachside movie ever and gorgeous shades is part of the heroine’s look, right? Sunglasses are now more a fashion statement than ever and there’s thousands of looks to choose from. Avoid the mega cheapies as you still want to have UV protection for your eyes so make sure they meet Australian standards and you’re set.
With your stylish cover up, your hat and your sunglasses you’ll soon be channelling your own movie-star-glam in no time. This season over-sized is still ‘the look’ so think bigger is better if you’re out for new shades! Style shown is KOKO Head by Maui Jim.
5. Buy a Mega Beach Bag
Okay this might seem a weird one but schlepping 20 tonne of gear from the car to the beach makes me feel totally worn out before the day even begins. If you’ve got 11 plastic bags, a beach tent, picnic basket and all the kids towels, spades, buckets and goodness-knows-what-else, no wonder you feel more like family-pack-horse than stylish-beach-goddess.
One enormous bag that fits everything means moving onto the sand with ease and not hating the day before you’ve even placed your towel on the sand. The Project Ten Tote is ideal for the job. And by the basic laws of size comparison and wishful thinking, surely carrying a huge bag makes you appear smaller, right? Gosh, maybe I’ll get two!
Stand Tall & Be Proud
Nothing conveys that you are uncomfortable like bad posture. Someone who looks like they’d rather disappear altogether than be ‘anywhere but here’ will attract more attention than anyone else! Sure you’re not 20 anymore but look around you – neither are any of the other mums here. Now look at your gorgeous kids laughing by the water, you’re totally missing out on a fun moment worrying that you’re not perfect. Get over it. Go be proud and enjoy those amazing little people you created. And you know what? That cover up, that hat, those sunnies – you actually look amazing!
(If you’d like five more bonus hacks you’ll find them at the bottom!)
Honeybell Cover Ups: Rashwear That's Stylish, Flattering & Safe!
If you hate the traditional, hideous fit of a rash vest you’re not alone. Owner of Honeybell, Annaliese saw a gap in the market and realised sun safe wear can actually be flattering, stylish and UV protective! It’s the beachwear trifecta!
Her range includes:
- our favourite shirt-dress inspired coverup
- a cap sleeve sun dress
- an uber flattering tunic which is a super-stylish take on a rashie with a v-neck and mid sleeve, and
- the ultra comfortable, relaxed fit swim tee.
Here’s what you need to know about all the Honeybell products!
BONUS: Five More Beach Confidence Hacks for Mums!
- Nothing says summer luxe than exotic inspired jewelled sandals – add some bling to your resort wear and feel amazing! Plus you’ll wear them non-stop with your jeans, capris, maxis and shorts. They’ll literally pay for themselves!
- If you’ve got gorgeous sandals don’t forget a pedicure! Well groomed is never out of style and a lick of polish on those toes in a bold colour will always add to your overall look.
- Now a full face of makeup for the beach or pool is ridiculous – ain’t nobody got time for that! But a little waterproof mascara is a great confidence booster and won’t see you emerge from the water like you’re wearing a Halloween mask!
- Buy good quality swimmers. Even if you’re wearing a Honeybell rash vest you still need swimwear bottoms or a one-piece to put underneath. Look for swimwear with some ‘engineering’ there’s plenty of affordable chainstore pieces with tummy-flattening mesh or built in bras. Your Honeybell pieces bring all the style you need but much like good underwear under a favourite dress you’ll feel better with great, flattering swimmers.
- Shave / wax / laser the lady-bits if you want to! Remember that scene from the Sex and the City movie where Miranda was a bit too muff-tastic in her swimmers? If you know you’ll feel better with smooth rather than furry legs, bikini or underarms make sure you sort it before you find yourself on the sand!
Mum Central tries the Honeybell Cover Up Shirt Dress for themselves!
As you know at Mum Central we’ll never recommend a product that we haven’t tried ourselves!
Our Editor Victoria was charged with reviewing the Honeybell Shirt Dress and after she got over the panic of being photographed in swimwear on the interwebs here’s what she had to say;
“Being outdoors is a big part of my life – mostly as I have a backyard pool and my children are five and seven. As a result I spend almost every afternoon and a large part of my weekend supervising them swimming!
The struggle for me is that the pool is not shady and sitting there for long periods of time is major UV exposure.
The minute I saw the Honeybell Shirt dress I knew what is was perfect for. Comfy to watch the kids in, perfect for pulling over my own swimmers and confidence that I wasn’t frying myself in the sun.
The fabric is ultra-soft and comfortable to wear. The fit is true to size and the detailing elevates it to look sleek and stylish. It’s also perfect for beach days or family holidays.
We’ve just been on a cruise in January and this would have been the ideal cover up for moving between the pool and our room. I’d feel totally confident to be wearing this anywhere!”
Get Your Own Honeybell Waterwear Right Now!
So I’m pretty sure you must want your own Honeybell Waterwear right now don’t you? Well it’s super easy to get some on your newly beach confident bod this week! Head on over to the website and choose your favourite piece (or two, go on, you know you want to!) and simply order online with a few easy clicks! There’s a comprehensive size guide and even better Honeybell offers free shipping Australia-wide! You’ll thank us when you’re rocking some pool side cool. We promise you, you’ll never have felt hotter… Happy shopping!
Thanks to the amazing team at Honeybell Waterwear, we’ve got 2 gorgeous pieces to give away to two lucky readers ready to feel great beachside or poolside!
Whether you want the shirt dress like our Editor Victoria, the flattering tunic or the timeless rash top you’ll feel rocking by the pool with your new selection!
Simply complete the entry form below, choose the piece you’d like to win (check out the full range here) and you’re in the draw! Remember, the more you share the more chances you have to win so be sure to spread the word far and wide!