We had an amazing time in Cape May this past weekend. It was just warm enough to run around in a swimsuit (and get a little sunburned). I think summer may actually be coming. Which means….swimsuits!
Nothing dampens new-baby excitement like the realization that you'll need to wear a swimsuit. But there are a few swimwear strategies I made my post-partum self test out. In a nutshell (if you don't want to go read the old article) the top strategies for post-partum pooch hiding in a swimsuit are:
1. Ruching (also see it action here)
2. Blouson or Peplum
3. Plunge Neckline
5. Distract with pattern
And the best post-partum swimwear employs more than one of these tricks at a time.
1. Seafolly Summer Garden Boyleg Maillot, $148 at Anthropologie
Nice ruching across the stomach, and a crazy-distractable pattern. Good support for 'the girls' as well.
2. J.Crew Lomellina Blouson Tank, $118 at J.Crew
Serious pooch-hiding as long as it doesn't get wet (then all bets are off – the downfall of blouson tank suits). L*Space makes a strapless blouson tank suit which is especially good for nursing mamas…..
3. Kushcush Kiki One-Piece Swimsuit, $165 at Shopbop
The color-blocking helps the problem area recede, the plunging neckline distracts the eye up. Plus, I love the girly-tuxedo vibe. (Too expensive? I found a cheaper color-blocked swimsuit at LOFT)
4. Suddenly Slim Catalina Slimming Halter, $32 at Walmart
This suit has been declared *magic* by several of our readers. You can see our review of Suddenly Slim Catalina for post-partum mamas here.
5. Sirens Swimwear The Lizzie, $190 AUD
Normally, stripes + post-partum pooch = disaster, but the clever vertical stripes on the sides of this suit combined with the serious tummy ruching will help post-partum mamas spoof a waist.
6. Marysia Peplum Maillot, $347 at Anthropologie
A plunge neckline and peplum skirt moves this suit to the top of the pooch-hiding list.
This is actually a tankini, but when bought in the same pattern, they combo looks like a seriously cool one-piece.
I was chatting with my friend Lane, who recently had another baby. She told me that her post-partum swimwear strategy was to go white. Why? Because all of the dowdy, old-lady swimsuits are always black. White, in comparison, feels so…fresh. Post-partum or no, this tip is genius. GENIUS I SAY!
1. Vitamin A Isis One-Piece Plunge Halter, $185 at Everything But Water
It's like a bikini for those of us not really wanting to wear a bikini. It's bikini-ish.
2. Seafolly Net Effect Maillot, $168 at the Orchid Boutique
The sporty vibe and mesh detail are really on-trend.
This suit has serious ruching and padded cups. SO perfect for post-partum, nursing mamas! (See a similar suit on Esther here, weeks after delivering her fourth.)
This has a 70's sporty vibe that I'm digging.
Ok, this is my last plug for plunge suits, then I'll move on.
1. Dani Blossom Monokini, $95 at the Orchid Boutique
Yeah….nothing old-lady about this bright suit.
2. Trina Turk Venice Beach Swimsuit, $135 at Nordstrom
Such a cool boho print with a very pretty back.
3. Nanette Lepore Etienne Swimsuit, $144 at Zappos
It's a plunge suit for the fearful.
4. Ruffled Halter Maillot, $98 at Anthropologie
Feminine and flattering – this suit comes in a ton of colors/patterns, and has rave reviews at Anthro.
5. Milly Maillot, $187 at Shopbop
I always love what Milly does with prints. So freaking cool.
6. Karla Colletto One Piece Plunge Halter, $207 at Everything But Water
So sexy, and that knot will camouflage a soft belly.
Love the fun, fresh-faced vibe of a striped suit – so nonchalantly cool! (Smooth stripes, however, are tough to pull off if you are post-partum. Consider yourself warned.)
1. Boden Hoop Detail Swimsuit, $88
3. Shoshanna Seven Lakes Striped Suit, $165
4. Norma Kamali Mio One Piece, $150
5. Splendid Malibu Stripe One-Piece, $108
1. Merona Halter Suit, $35 at Target
The surprisingly sophisticated color makes this suit look more expensive than it is.
The bright white edging makes this suit feel so fresh. This suit also comes in a strapless version which feels awfully glamorous, too.
4. L*Space Monokini, $139 at Everything But Water
Ok, the tan-line situation would be disaster, and the bum area is a little light on fabric…but this is easily the sexiest one-piece I've ever seen. I couldn't not include it. If you can rock this, Mama, DO IT. DO IT BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE.
5. L*Space Lila One Piece Plunge Halter, $147
The most unassuming little suit with gold-thread accents and a seriously perfect cut. This might be my favorite suit of the bunch. Also in shell. Oooooo…..
6. Zinke One-Piece Swimsuit, $121 at Shopbop
I love this romantic take on a tank suit. So pretty!
Gosh, this flirty little suit makes me happy.
Easily the most beautiful pattern I've seen in a while. The contrast edging keeps it sophisticated.
3. LOFT One-Piece Swimsuit, $79
The whole LOFT swim line is actually pretty good! This one is my fav.
4. Maaji Swimwear Blue Box One-Piece, $148 at the Orchid Boutique
The beautiful mixed-prints make this a really unique and pretty suit.
Surprised that this suit is Old Navy? I sure was.
6. Merona Polka-Dot One Piece Swimsuit, $30 at Target
Polka-dots: always a classic.
7. Nanette Lepore Tiled Waters Swimsuit, $144 at Anthropologie
Now the tough part: Which to choose?
Personally, I was thrilled to run around all weekend in Lime Ricki's Princess Rose One-Piece suit. The mix of patterns, the contrast straps and the belt made me feel all Old-Hollywood glamorous. Best of all? A one-piece suit meant that I could just throw on a pair of cut-offs and go grab a drink (something I'd never do in a bikini these days).
bracelet: Chan Luu
shorts: A&F but I refuse to shop there anymore. Free People makes a cool denim cut-off.
Yup. We spent Mother's Day back at the Rusty Nail. Our reigning fav beach bar in Cape May.
So. What suits are you wearing this summer, Mamas? Help us all out and send in pics! Lane and her friends shared their swimsuit scores a couple of years ago, so did Esther….we'd all love to see some real-Mama swimsuit inspiration….