Fall is near, and it seems everyone excited about the change of season. Halloween is coming, pumpkin everything is coming, and “sweater season” is coming. Every summer we hear jokes about longing for the autumn/winter “sweater season,” as if it is the long-awaited antithesis to the dreaded “bikini season.” But why can’t we embrace fashion, and our bodies, every time of the year?
It seems there is a common idea of dreading bikini season. The thought of getting in a bathing suit makes many women feel the desire to hide their bodies, change their bodies, or all of the above. We compare ourselves to swimsuit models or friends whose bodies we grow to envy.
Sweater season, on the other hand, is a time we wait for. It’s as if we are dying for the opportunity to hide our bodies under our clothing, as if that is our free pass to finally stop stressing about the size and shape of our bodies for a few months.
News flash, you NEVER need a reason to stop stressing about weight or the way your body looks. You are always allowed to love and accept your body unapologetically. If you like bikinis, wear one, no matter what your size is, or how tan you are, or how tall you are, or how much cellulite you have. If you like suits with more coverage, go for those. If you like big sweaters, rock them. If you like tighter winter tops that hug your body, go for them. Do not rely on clothes that hide your body to make you feel good about your body. Do not let the clothing of the season dictate how you treat your body in terms of food, exercise, or even the way you think about your body. Love yourself all year round. And not just this year, every year.