The search for a supportive, sexy, and slimming swimsuit is over! After chasing toddlers through splash parks, pools, and lakes last summer it was very evident that my BC (before children) swimsuit was not cutting it. I was constantly tugging on my bottoms while simultaneously keeping one hand on my chest so nothing slipped out, over, or up. As reluctant as I was, I decided to invest time, energy, and money into a new mom-appropriate swim suit for this summer.
Swimsuit shopping is daunting and overwhelming. Before beginning my swimsuit search I decided to create a short list to help guide me in this online search
- I wasn’t going to look at the price. In the past year I would often talk myself out of quality items because I just couldn’t fathom spending money on myself.
- I wanted support in all the right places (bonus if I could alter or adjust the straps depending on my activity level).
- It was also very important for me to look and feel my age. Yes I am now into my 30s and a mother; however, I didn’t want to give up all of my youth and spunk when buying a swimsuit.
- Lastly, I was going to rely heavily on reviews and purchase size and style based on those who spent the time to offer feedback. Feedback is something I always have but rarely share for others to utilize. (See my previous post: on writing reviews) I figure if someone had the time to write a review–good or bad–they deserved my attention.
I began (and ended) my search at Lands’ End, a recommendation from a trusted friend. After an hour’s search and $179 later I had settled on two suits, with all intention of returning one. When they arrived I waited until the boys were napping and the hubs was out for a run before I tried them on.
The first, the classic slimming one piece, was a bit of a snug fit to shimmy up my thighs, and I began to doubt my choice. Once it was on, I felt like a million bucks! It was the Cadillac of suits. I opted for a burnt red color and was very impressed, it was youthful yet maternal. After reading reviews I was glad I went with the long torso. I am only 5’7 but the long torso and the size up was great advice since it was a slimming fit, and the long torso will keep the bottom in place-for sure.
With such great luck on the first suit, I didn’t have the highest expectations for suit two. Boy was I wrong, it too was awesome! Suit two was a scoop neck tummy control, long torso-tankini. It has under wire cups and adjustable strong metal straps that allow me to cinch them up for added support.
I kept them both and am more than excited to run around this summer with the boys feeling fully supported and sexy at the same time.
I crowd sourced my mom friends and among the various department stores and sports stores they gave me a few online recommendations. I thought I’d share those below.
- Swimsuits for All: I loved the trendy choices and the real-sized models. The diversity in style options was unmatched.
- Cupshe: A newer trend in the swimsuit world. Amazing prices and so many fabrics, patterns and designs.
- Miraclesuit: Talk about slimming! These suits tuck and trim in all the right places.
From one mom to another: I give you permission to spend money on a good swimsuit. I encourage you to find a suit that makes you feel both sexy and comfortable. Lastly, embrace the tummy control, underwire, or skirts. Think of them as options that enhance your already gorgeous mom bod!