June 10, 2016

Our Swimsuit Edit (Involving Seriously Supportive Tops…)

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Hello mamas! Summer break is almost upon us. Yay and yikes, right? I’d venture to say most of us love summer, but also…I know my mama friends with school aged kiddos have mixed feelings about summer ‘vacation.’ My friend Posy and her pals always do a back-to-school cocktails/soak at our favorite relaxing spot each fall to celebrate school starting. This year we decided to do a pre-summer break version of that, complete with pretty towels, cool suits and Bloody Mary’s…heck yeah. Check out one of my favorite spots in Portland (a fun stop if you’re visiting!) and let’s talk supportive swimwear, shall we?


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Let’s Talk Supportive Suits

Without really discussing what swimsuits we were going to wear for this, we all chose underwire, supportive suit tops! Yes. It makes sense. These three mamas know what works for our ‘girls.’

You can’t really go wrong with a suit that has underwire and is offered in bra sizes to get good lift, support and stability. In the past, during our days of sun bathing casually by the pool, pre-kiddos, sure maybe bandeau tops and triangle bikinis did the trick. These days the girls need all the help they can get (I’m speaking mostly for myself here). Good thing there are plenty of bustier and underwire bikinis and one-pieces to provide this physical (and emotional) support.

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Below, you’ll see I asked Posy and Andrea to tell me why they love their suits (spoiler…support!), but first…

The soaking pool…I mean…this place is so gorgeous and right by Sienna’s preschool…I am tempted to go 3x week, y’all. It’s at McMenamin’s Kennedy School and it’s divine. Definitely check out any of the McMenamins establishments if you’re out this way. They take old buildings and make them into fun places, all over the state. This one used to be an elementary school and is now a hotel complete with a soaking pool, movie theater, bars and a restaurant. I love that they have an Honors Bar and a Detention Bar. I’ve never been in the Detention Bar…I haven’t!

More Swimsuit Talk and Outfit Details

On Andrea:

My number one criteria for a swimsuit these days is “Everything stays in place.” I have an active 3.5 year old boy, so avoiding wardrobe malfunctions while I chase after him is key. (Goodbye, string bikinis.) I wear one-pieces a lot now, but when I saw these ruched high-waisted bikini bottoms from J Crew, I knew I wanted to try them. I’ve found some high-waisted briefs can actually accentuate the “mom tummy,” but the ruching on these is incredibly slimming. I also love the structure of the top. The “girls” are secure, but the style is still feminine and retro. Definitely my new favorite suit.

 

Top: J Crew Underwire Bikini Top

Bottoms: J Crew High-waisted Bikini Brief

Sunglasses: (similar) Tom Ford Solange Sunglasses

Towel: (similar) Jean Blue Turkish Towel


On Posy:

I have been “well-endowed” for nearly all of my swimsuit-buying life. Even back in high school, I had to buy bikinis with small bottoms and xl tops to hold my ’em up. Anyway, it’s been even tougher since having my daughter; finding a swimsuit I’m comfortable wearing in front of others, that is also supportive enough to play with her in the pools and at the beach…well, that’s been an 8-year-long trek that finally ended when I read about Panache and their swimwear with built in bras that you can order in your actual bra size. Mind blown, you guys. It is so comfortable, supportive, and flattering enough that I am willingly sharing a photo of myself in a swimsuit on the internet – I realize ya’ll don’t know me, but this is not something I would have ever imaged I would do. I can’t say enough good things about this suit.

 

One-Piece: Panache Silhouette Shaping Swimsuit

Cover-up: Marimekko for Target Terry Cover-up

Sunglasses: Toms Chelsea Sunglasses  – Posy loves their lenses and the one-for-one project Toms is known for.

Sandals: Birkenstock Charlize – Dying. I want these now, too. A beautiful new modern Birk in silver? Ok.

Towel: The Beach People Paloma Towel – LOVE this circular towel. They’re terry cloth, but in a circle perfect for lounging and picnic-ing.  Santorini deep blue version and the Majorelle blue and white version, too.

On Laura:

I really love the new midi style underwire bikini tops. The one I’m wearing has lace-up style back straps, too. It does take a bit of patience and flexibility to put it on yourself (apply at home, then go to pool), but once you get it on it’s an amazing fit and support combo that makes me feel quite secure. The bra sizing is also my favorite feature for swimwear and makes a lot of sense. Here’s to staying supported


Top
: Shade & Shore Longline Underwire – Only a few sizes left, sadly. Love this top, especially the back ties that make it fit well. (similar) Midi Bandeau Bikini – Not a bandeau, not sure why it’s called that. It’s very similar to mine.

Bottoms: (similar) Becca Side-Tap Hipster Bikini – These are really similar to mine. The ruching on the sides makes them not dig into skin and is flattering around your hips.

Cover-up (shirtdress): H&M Long Denim Shirt – I LOVE a denim shirt as a coverup and a denim shirtdress? Even better. Longer and this one is soft and comfy.

Sandals: Birkenstock Mayari in Antique Lace – I got these last summer and LOVE the fit of them. The white is a bit ivory and a bit pearlescent. They come in a gorgeous taupe, too, that I want. These are a lovely updated Birk for those of you who might be skeptics!

Cuff: (similar) Anthropologie Vervelle Cuff – I really like a cuff bracelet in general, but it’s a nice little bling with a swimsuit, too. Easy and stays put.

Towel: (similar) Ruby Mint Vanderbilt Beach Towel

Shop These and More Supportive Swimsuits

Any favorite supportive suits of yours? Do share! And happy almost weekend. I’m off to that 20 year reunion I spoke about! Traveling solo with 3 year old…wish me luck. Gorgeous photos again by the fabulous Posy Quarterman
xo,
L
10 Comments
  • Emmaly Knecht
    June 10, 2016

    Supportive tops are key especially with a child or if your going to brave the ocean waves. Seeing these photos makes me miss Oregon so much, being in Cali its all dry, dead, and brown. I miss green.

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  • Amanda Rogers
    June 10, 2016

    I want to go there! You all look smashing. xo

  • ruth
    June 10, 2016

    Support is so key! That looks like the most relaxing fun girl time ever!

  • Kari
    June 10, 2016

    such a good post! I just had to return a bikini bustier top because it was so unflattering. Love seeing all these options.

  • amanda
    June 18, 2016

    I just received that j crew high waisted bikini bottom, it really does wonders for the poochy tummy!! Thanks so much for the suggestion.

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  • Amy
    February 26, 2017

    Thanks for this post. I found it while searching for supportive, well-covering swim tops. The black Athleta with the mesh at the top and straight down the back straps is exactly what I’ve been combing the web for. I’m so sad it was last year’s and it’s out of stock in my size. Any suggestions?

    • Laura
      February 26, 2017

      Dang it! That was a good top. This one is sort of similar and has mesh insets. http://rstyle.me/~cz-9GhKo the former top was called Palm Cove Bralette and there seem to be a few overstock on eBay. Hope that helps! If I find anymore similar I’ll post!

      • Amy
        February 26, 2017

        Thank you! So sweet. Fun to find helpful sweet people on the internet. 🙂

        • Laura Jansen
          February 26, 2017

          No problem! It’s what we’re here for 🙂 Hope you find a good one!

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