Every day, women are subject to a barrage of images telling us how we should look ["The troubleshooters," Style, June 29]. Summer can be a trying time for those who fall outside the skinny ideal. While living a healthy lifestyle is important, the reality is that everyone's version of healthy looks completely different, and the only true qualification to have a beach body is to bring your body to the beach.

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I'm disappointed to see women continually told that we're flawed and should cover up our less-than-perfect bods. There are much better ways to approach the summer shopping season. In the future, I hope women can read summer guides that emphasize style and confidence, rather than "solutions" for misplaced shame.

Molly Prep, Huntington