Mamas, I literally gasped in delight when my friend Daisy* texted me this pic:
*My name is not really Daisy
I mean for one: gorgeous. And? Even better? Daisy is only seven months post-partum. SEVEN. Go ahead – take another loooong look. Amazing, no?
And it gets better. Daisy wrote:
Okay, I might have found a magical mom suit. Husband loves it, it’s insanely comfy, and it holds in both T&A during playtime at the pool. Also…extra sturdy to haul up the nursing girls.
I also love how the bottom nails, just nails the perfect vintage vibe. So often leg openings are cut too low, or they don’t go low enough, but this? This suit – the Catalina Suddenly Slim Suit from Walmart (for Pete’s sake!), gets it just right.
UPDATE FOR 2015: Another reader, let’s call her, um, Buttercup also swears by this suit. Buttercup wrote:
Thank you for a stellar blog. It keeps me feeling hip and somewhat in the know, even though my reality mostly looks like dealing with poop and drool and tween angst. The swimsuit posts have been inspiring, and I’m daring to send these pictures in in case they would help other moms.
This was my first time taking a picture of what I’m wearing; it was tricky to find an angle that didn’t show the dirty diapers from the middle of the night feedings and the piles of laundry. So excuse the bad quality, please! I’m 5 weeks postpartum with my 5th baby; my firstborn turns 10 this weekend. I’m still carrying 177 lbs on my 5′ 7″ frame, and since I birth babies of 9.5 to 10.5 lbs, the pooch and elephant wrinkly skin are very much at play no matter where in the postpartum process I find myself. In fact, my 3 year old keeps asking me if I have another baby in my tummy. Thanks for that, sweetie. My nursing size is a generous 36 DD. Also, the reality of feeding 5 kids means I often try to find the fabulous looks on your blog at Target prices. Or thrift stores and hand me downs…they’re not just for kids.
I loved the modcloth suit you featured recently and its rich green, and found this Catalina suit at Walmart that gave me a similar feeling for less. It may not hold up as well, but hopefully my sizing will be changing, too. And this way I can still be fabulous at the pool, and not be a sad mom in a tshirt and exercise shorts (been there). And I can nurse! And it’s not black!
Thanks again for an amusingly clever approach to mom fashion. Oh, and your Style Hour podcast is fabulous!!
GORGEOUS. Gorgeous suit, gorgeous color, gorgeous on Mama.
And reader Lisa sent in a pic of herself rocking this suit with a chic hat and a beer (talk about a girl after my own heart):
Love this, Daisy, Buttercup and Lisa. Thank you ALL for baring it all for the good of moms everywhere!