In this era of democratic fashion, no one needs to settle for mom jeans or sensible shoes and, for the record, the same holds true for swimsuits for moms. Just because someone calls you “Mommy” doesn’t mean you have to banish “bikini” from your vocabulary. Brooke here, editor of Bare it All, and I speak from personal experience. Let me assure you, it’s possible to look like the cool mom you are, even in a swimsuit.
Whether your baby is 4 or 44, being a mother has implications for…well, everything, but not least of which is how you feel about your figure. Physically, pregnancy does a number on even the tautest tummy. I also used to have a booty but, inexplicably, it got redistributed postpartum and somehow managed to erase my waist. Your boobs after nursing? That’s a whooole other blog post. And even if eventually you look 99 percent the way you did before, you’ll still probably be your toughest critic by a nautical mile.
In retrospect, my pre-bébé abs were as close to a washboard as they were ever going to get. Now, with a 3-year-old, I’d say my stomach looks like it’s perpetually in the first trimester. (Side note: THIS is why you never ask a woman when she’s due unless you know beyond a shadow of a doubt she’s pregnant.) And I’m actually okay with that because a) crunches are less fun than playing with my daughter and b) this is the 21st century, and I know full well I can count on stomach-slimming bathing suits to do a bit of the heavy lifting on my behalf, squashing everything back to where it once belonged. Money can’t buy you love, but it can buy you one heck of a bathing suit for moms.
Becoming a parent by any means—adoption, remarriage, whatever it may be—also shifts the way you perceive yourself. A switch flips. Whether you look slammin’ in a swimsuit is no longer your main objective when you head to the beach or pool, but does your kid have enough sunscreen, and a hat, and sunglasses, and water and, oh! Where did I put my wallet again and…? Well, there you have it. Major priority realignment.
Believe it or not, you aren’t the first person to walk this particular gangplank. There do exist cute one piece swimsuits! There are two-piece cute swimsuits for moms! The likes of Miraclesuit and Magicsuit craft tummy slimming bathing suits that look as good as they make you feel. We know this because it’s our job to find them for you. Some of our most beloved cool mom swimsuit looks, right this way…
These days, the confident way to wear a bikini is to start by choosing one with support. This new arrival is such a hot print—can you feel the breeze coming off the Ionian Sea or what?—over such a smart package. The full-coverage, over the shoulder style underwire Calabria swim top has side boning to shore up your chest and adjustable straps and a secure clip in back to keep it locked and loaded. The fuller-cut swimsuit bottom has sweet shirring for all-around smoothing, and the sheer matching caftan is impossibly glam, with an on-trend and waist-whittling tassel tie.
A flowy, forgiving tankini with a built-in bra from the front, a sporty racerback sturdily anchored from behind, and vibrant, flattering color (it also comes in a tropical blue) any way you look at it. Whether you find yourself at the kiddie pool or a beachfront resort, you can throw it on with these adorably scrunched, extra-firm control jersey brief swim bottoms, then add a pair of these Sunsets Island shorts trimmed in adorable little pompoms. And—hallelujah—they have pockets!
In black with a gold zipper (see top of post) or gray with a black zipper (near left), this extra-firm control one-piece with ruching down your center axis looks chic as can be. The zipper is inspired: It allows new moms to nurse easily and affords everyone as much or as little modesty as they want. Pull on the Sunsets Summer Crush cover-up, with its corset-inspired tie in back, and you’re set for a run to the snack bar or even out to dinner (that is, if you’re at the point where you can have a hot meal sitting down again).
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