Hey there, Mama! Dreading swim season? I hope not. There’s nothing more bonding and connecting and amazing than spending long summer days at the beach (or pool) with your kiddos. There’s just something about a little water, a little sand….add in kids (and bubbles) and you’ve got a pretty magical combination. The last thing anyone wants to do is miss out on the fun by stressing over how we look.
One approach is to – unapologetically – let it all hang out. We’ve earned these bodies, Mamas. They have done amazing, miraculous things. There is no doubt that our soft bellies and c-section scars and well-used breasts should be celebrated. And if you are in this camp, I APPLAUD YOU. Go, Mama.
But if you’d like a tiny bit of help in this department, if you’re all I Am Mother Hear Me Roar (But Also Yes To Strategically Ruched Swimsuits)….then this article is for you.
Post-partum bodies come in all shapes and sizes and I define “post-partum” verrrrrrry broadly. Like….years, even. Or heck – EVER. I think if you’ve ever had a baby you can claim post-partum.
So. The best way to disguise a post-partum pooch in a swimsuit (whether 10 weeks out or 10 years) is to try one of these tricks:
1. Ruching (also see it action here)
2. Blouson or Peplum
3. Plunge Neckline
5. Distract with pattern
You can see all of these strategies at work in our old article, Postpartum Swim: 10 Tips To Hide The Post-Baby Belly.
2015 Favorite One-Piece Swimsuits For Post-Partum Mamas
1. Sirens Swimwear in French Navy Polka-Dot, $189 AU
This Australian brand makes some of the sexiest vintage-inspired swimwear I’ve ever seen. Their entire line is fantastic, and their real-sized models are gorgeous and a refreshing change from the norm. My fav is this navy polka-dot suit, but there are a ton of gorgeous options. The only issue is that Australia is heading into winter, so stock is a bit low in some suits.
2. Gottex One-Piece Bandeau in Azalea, $118
There’s no reason that a post-partum Mama has to stick to black (and in fact, I think a bright color is a more youthful choice). This suit has both tummy control panels and ruching, as well as sewn-in cups in the bust. It’s been endorsed by larger-busted reviewers, and also comes in a slightly longer swimdress version.
I LOVE the glamourous one-shoulder neckline. This modern cut, combined with a pretty floral print and strategic ruching make this stunner perfect for post-partum.
LOFT is KILLING IT in swim this year. And this seriously cool, sophisticated print conjures up images of Havana nights rather than dowdy old mums – wear with a fedora and big shades. Seriously OMG.
5. Ondademar One-Piece Printed Plunge, $228
This suit won’t be for everyone, but it’s nothing short of AMAZING how well a deep plunge distracts from a post-partum pooch. Add in the tie-waist belt and pattern? Solid gold, baby. (Or, uh, grayish/black/white. Whatever.)
6. Eberjay Midnight Maillot, $159
Yay! It’s navy! Here’s why this works: the plunge distracts, the navy slims just like black (but feels fresher for summer) and the little string under the bust helps to support the girls. I know it’s crazy, but my dear friend M (longtime readers remember M) wore a suit like this to Mexico when she was VERY post-partum and rocked it. Try it! You never know…..
7. Seafolly Field Trip Maillot, $158
This suit gets RAVE reviews from post-partum Mamas. I love how this romantic floral suit still manages to exude a tomboyish, playful vibe. One of my favs.
This suit comes in a zillion colors and prints, and has seriously glowing reviews from post-partum mamas and busty gals alike. My favorites are the gingham (a nod to the vintage style), or the red-and-white stripes. So pin-up girl good.
A reader gave me a head’s up about this seriously cool boutique brand. You can pick from a wide range of tops and high-waisted bottoms to create your perfect suit. I love all of the different models used (you can really see what the suits will look like on), and the combo of a peplum top AND bottom would be seriously great post-partum.
Now these are just my favs. There’s a TON of other options, picked specifically for post-partum Mamas (or anyone with a softer tum) in The Mom Edit’s Swim Shop.
And let us know if you’ve found a perfect post-partum suit! We’d LOVE to hear (or see if you want to send a pic).