Like it or not, swimsuit season is upon us! I know, I know—is there anything more demoralizing that shopping for bathing suits? For the past few years I’ve ordered online, hoping to avoid a dressing room breakdown. I prefer to do my sobbing over swimsuits in the privacy of my own home, thank you very much. Along with plenty of personal experience (thanks to 3 pregnancies in 5 years) I’ve done some research into which styles flatter us gals who aren’t looking in the string bikini section. Here are 9 swimsuit styles that make the most of those mom curves!
3 important shopping tips:
1. It’s a swimsuit, not shapewear
Not even a Spanx swimsuit is going to make you drop two dress sizes – so don’t expect a miracle! Accept your current size and shape (yes, I know this is hard) and move on. Don’t spend all day in a swimsuit that feels like a vise or worrying that something will spill out.
2. Stay open minded
A boring black bathing suit is not always the best option. Yes, the color may be slimming but it just might make you look old (the horror!) Experiment with different colors, patterns, styles. Stay positive, you never know how things will look when you try them on.
3. Know the best silhouettes
I just discovered the miracle of ruching – we’re now BFFs. As for necklines, V-necks and halter tops work well for moms since the goal is to draw attention up.
9 mom-friendly suit picks:
1. Adidas by Stella McCartney sporty suit. The side panels are slimming, and the high neckline keeps everything in place. Perfect for swimming!
2. Bleu Rod Beattie ruched one piece. Offers good support and highlights the bust. The ruched central panel covers tummy imperfections.
3. Rachel Comey bikini. The high waist covers the tummy, but you still get all the benefits of a two piece. The print is subtle and the color versatile.
4. Gap striped one piece. The horizontal lines are elongating, and the straps are detachable for more variety. However, it does have a supportive shelf bra and underwire.
5. Asos maternity swimsuit. Will fit all pregnancy stages because of the draped front. Comfortable, with removable straps so you can catch an even tan.
6. J Crew belted one piece. The belt creates the impression of a defined waist, while the V-neck is flattering and draws attention to the upper body.
7. Hurley strapless swimsuit. The striped panel at the middle combined with the full color lateral ones creates a tiny waist. Full support with or without the straps.
8. Victoria’s Secret halter one piece. The cleavage is the focus point, with push up pads and metallic details. The front and sides are ruched for smart coverage.
9. Spanx braided one piece. The central braid creates flattering symmetry, while also concealing and shaping your body. Love the jewel tone color.
10. Esther Williams one piece. This flatters every shape, with its halter neck, low cut leg, ruched front and adorable polka dot print. Perfect for vintage lovers!
Where do you buy your swimsuits? Let me know if you have any tips!4