This New Draper James and Lands' End Swim Collab Will Have You Dreaming of Sunnier Days
While you might not exactly have swimsuits on the brain right now, a refreshing new swim collaboration between Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James and Lands’ End has us fantasizing about a post-social distancing world full of poolside piña coladas and afternoons in the sand.
The size-inclusive collection features embroidered eyelet one-pieces with ruffled necklines replete with Southern charm (Reese did have a hand in them, after all), high-waisted bikinis covered in sweet daisies, gingham galore, and breezy coverups. Plus, a percentage of proceeds will be donated to Girls Inc, an organization that, like Lands’ End and Draper James, believes in empowering future generations of women to be body positive and bold.
In an exclusive interview with OprahMag.com, Reese Witherspoon explains to us why this message is so vital.
“Body positivity stems from inclusivity, which is why it was so important for us to offer a range of sizes, from XS-3X, in the Draper James x Lands’ End collection. This is something that is extremely close to my heart, and something I’m extremely proud that we have accomplished.”
When asked how she, herself, models that confidence for her 20-year-old daughter, Ava (who is practically her mini-me) and fans, she says, “In my daily life, I try to do something every day that helps me appreciate the function of my body—whether that’s yoga or running outside—rather than solely its appearance. It’s a mindset I strive to keep and I encourage my daughter, and all young women, to work toward.”
Of course, that’s easier said than done when you find yourself in the wholly un-fun predicament of actually having to try on bathing suits. Wriggling into spandex in tiny changing rooms with the judgmental glare of fluorescent lights is enough to make even the most self-assured woman feel less than. But Witherspoon has a tip for that, too.
“If you’re anything like me, bathing suit shopping is not always a favorite activity. So when Lands’ End approached Draper James about making a line of bathing suits that fit and flatter real bodies, we immediately said yes. Swimwear can be tricky for everyone, but I’ve found trying multiple sizes (and styles) is helpful when finding the suit that works for you. And when I’m trying on swimsuits, I like to picture where I’ll wear it. Every year, my family and I spend some quality time at the beach, so I’ll envision the perfect beach day, rather than the dressing room or closet I’m currently in. It’s not a cure-all, but I’ve found it helps!”
And remember, she adds: “Swimwear is really about having fun and showing your own style. So if a swimsuit makes you feel like your best self, then I say that’s stylish on its own!”
While these suits (and cute canvas totes!) do have us wanting to stock up for summer, of course in these uncertain times, it can be a bit difficult to picture that family getaway Witherspoon described—or taste the fantasy piña coladas. (Though, pro social distancing tip: there’s nothing stopping you from having a tropical theme night!) But the Little Fires Everywhere star shares what’s keeping her hopeful.
“My support system is everything. From my husband, to my mom, to my close girlfriends, these are the people I go to when times get tough. I’m so lucky to be surrounded by people who are always there for me with a word of encouragement, a laugh…or a glass of wine after a long day at work. They keep me grounded and remind me of the important things in life. I also try to focus on how I can help others.”
Witherspoon, who recently demonstrated her own social distancing technique with her Big Little Lies co-star Laura Dern, adds, “Like the rest of the world, I’m taking things day by day and trying to do all I can to help those around me, while making sure I’m staying safe and healthy. I think it’s important to remember that there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel, and we have some amazing, intelligent people working toward a solution.”