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Nikki’s Inbox: A Confident Summer Before University

Hi Nikki! I have been scrolling through these posts for ages now and I was wondering for a bit of a nudge in a better direction?

Background: I’m in my last year of school before entering university. I have been neglecting my figure I guess? I am hour-glass shaped (just about at this stage), around 64kg and 168 cm in height. I daresay I ballooned a bit from 57 kg to 64 kg in a matter of three months. As such, I have developed love handles and some back fat, cellulite on my thighs and a bit of a tummy which I’d like to hide as the summer season approaches. Anything from swimwear to shorts or dresses while I am on holidays abroad this summer.

Also, any tips on how to make a tiny (but not overly obvious) impression amongst your peers when you start uni? Sorry for asking for two separate favours.

I hope you have a wonderful day!

Kirsten, 18/Ireland


A big and hearty “Congratulations” to you, Kirsten, on your moving onward to university!

Don’t worry about your body size or cellulite. Everyone gets cellulite — even men! Having cellulite doesn’t make you less of a person. I hope that going to university builds your self-confidence and empowers you to embrace all your flaws. They’re what make you unique, after all!

Now, let’s see if my style suggestions can help make your summer holidays more enjoyable!

Swimwear: Cut Above the Rest

I suggest getting a maillot or tankini for your swimwear, Kirsten. Choose a maillot with a high-cut leg opening to make your legs look longer. For both styles, anything with ruching around the tummy can help minimize any bulging in that area. Tankinis still show a little bit of skin but not as much as bikinis. I find that a swimsuit with wired or shaped cups can also help balance your figure. Pair your tankini top with high-cut bottoms, like the retro styles similar to those worn in the 50s. They’ll look great with cat’s-eye or oversized sunglasses even when you’re just lounging by the pool! Don’t forget cute cover-ups and even swim skirts. They can be floaty and gauzy with a tropical print or in lace or chiffon.

Playsuits: A Complete Outfit

Since it’s summer, it’s a given that you want to feel comfortable in the hot and humid weather, especially if you’re doing a lot of walking. With all that, you definitely want to still look cute and put together. Playsuits are the answer! They’re designed just for this purpose, and come in short-sleeved and sleeveless styles. Just slip them on, add your accessories and shoes, and you’re good to go. Look for versions with stretchy waistlines, and even tie-sashes to help smarten up your look. Wear with sneakers, sandals or flats.

Pick Seasonal Prints and Fabrics

Summer means tropical prints, crisp whites, stripes and plenty of vivid colors like orange, yellow, hot pink, sky blue and more. Wearing these keeps you on trend with the season. I like the refreshing vibes of leaf prints, as well as the cuteness of eyelet lace tops and dresses. A white eyelet lace dress is a versatile day-to-night piece — just cinch a woven belt at the waist and don’t forget the matching straw hat!

Trick the Eyes

A basic rule of thumb is to wear darker bottoms if you’re more conscious about your lower half. But since you feel uncomfortable about both your upper and lower body, look for details on tops and bottoms to help you camouflage those problem areas whenever possible. Some examples are ruching around the tummy area for your swimsuits, as previously mentioned, and a tie sash at the waist to show that you still have a waistline. Of course you shouldn’t go without a flared, A-line silhouette for skirts and dresses, and a high-waist cut for your shorts and skirts. I also recommend wide-leg pants in a lightweight linen-blend or any breezy fabrication. You can wear a tank top or even a plain T-shirt with those, and still look chic!

Practice Kindness

I know you’ve probably heard a lot of good and bad stories about university life but please don’t let that stop you from making the best out of yours. My only advice is for you to always practice kindness and respect everyone regardless of their status. Kindness and respect won’t cost you a penny, but it makes a big difference.

I wish you the best of luck for your university life, Kirsten.

P.S. If you’re sending a question, please don’t forget to include any helpful information about your body type or shape, your tastes or personality. You can include a selfie (link only please) or a photo of your clothes (which I will never publish without pre-approval). Thank you!

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