April 3, 2017

Supportive Swimwear for Larger Busts: Our 2017 Picks

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Hey all! We’ve been getting tons of questions from you ladies about swim styles that offer a bit more support up top, especially for larger busts. It can be really disappointing when you love a certain style, only to try it on and feel like the designers forgot about that silly thing called gravity? Or if you’ve nursed a few babes and now find you need more than stretchy fabric to keep things where they should be, we’ve got you covered.

When you’re looking for supportive swim tops, it helps to skim the description for these key words: underwire, hidden or otherwise; side boning (your hubby will probably find that amusing if his sense of humor hasn’t evolved much since junior high, like mine’s); and 3-row 2-column (or some combination) hook & eye closure like regular bras & sports bras have for extra security.

I found so many good choices this year, even more so than in years past. I noticed a happy and inclusive trend this year that stylish and on-trend swim brands are making the same style in regular, larger cup sizes and plus sizes. Yay for finally recognizing bodies come in more sizes than small, medium and large! I grouped swim styles by tankini/bikini and one-pieces, so everyone can find their comfortable level of coverage.

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July 13, 2016

These Moms Found Their Favorite Swimsuit

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See that smug little grin?  It’s the grin of a Mama who has found the perfect swimsuit.  And Abigail really did – wait until you see it.  Even better?  Reader Elizabeth also wrote in with three seriously good options.  Let’s do this!

Abigail’s Find

I received this sweet note from Abigail – I found her perspective and words so uplifting, I hope you do too:

Hi Shana (and ladies!),
I can’t believe I am even doing this, but Scotti’s last swimsuit post inspired me. I love one of the comments saying that if your beautiful friends were quick to find fault with their pictures, (and here we all are commending them for their bravery and beauty) then maybe, just maybe we (I) look better than we give ourselves credit for. It is hard to look at myself objectively when all I am confronted with are photoshopped pictures showing perfectly tan, dimple free, toned bodies.
I commend you for taking REAL photographs, for letting us see REAL bodies-bodies you have worked hard for, bodies that have worked hard for you, bodies that have given birth, bodies that go to work everyday- and for letting us see that REALNESS.
Nicole-one of your commenters- recommended this swimsuit and on a whim I ordered it, skeptically (as I have a hate/tolerate relationship with swimsuits). Lo and behold when it arrives it’s…perfect. I feel fantastic in it and I don’t think that has ever happened before. I feel sexy for my husband, appropriate to chase around my Littles at the community pool, and comfortable in my own skin in this suit. Not an easy combination to find!!
So thank you Mom Edit team, for this community of support you have created and that you continue to nourish.
(So without further ado..and wishing I had a bit of liquid courage and a tan- ha!- here is me in the suit)

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July 6, 2016

Reader Edit: Supportive Swim Bra + Rashguard Combo

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After Scotti and her friends posted about their favorite swimsuits, I received this email from Heidi:

I thought I’d share some photos of me in the swimsuit that works for me as another example of a different body type in a swimsuit. Feel free to use it or not. I do not claim to be anything close to a fashionista. I’m a 35 year old mother of three, ages 6, 4, and 2. I have an apple shaped figure, so basically I look always look postpartum as my extra weight lands around my middle. Further complicating matters, I am very busty (bigger than a DDD), have a long torso and I am not comfortable in bikini. Long torso one pieces/tankinis don’t fit my boobs and bra sized one pieces/tankinis don’t fit my torso. I think I’ve finally found a swimsuit combination that works for me this year though. It’s a bra sized bikini with a tunic style rash guard over it. The bikini top I am wearing as a swim bra. My boobs require support and the bra sized bikini top is great for that. The tunic style rash guard provides the coverage and the length that I want plus the ruching and pattern helps camouflage my middle. Underneath are tankini bottoms that I’ve had for years. I wish I had figured this out while I was still nursing as it would’ve been easier to nurse in this than a one piece as I could have simply switched to a lightweight nursing bra under the rash guard instead of the bikini top.

 

Heidi, first of all, I LOVE that you can see your 6 year old taking these photos!  Best. Photobomer. Ever.  What a good sport.

But secondly, fashionista or no, you’ve come up with a seriously good solution for a very tricky problem.  The swim bra lifts and separates (while offering more support) and the rashguard covers up any problem areas and protects from the sun.  Even better, you can completely change this look by swapping out rashguards.

Heidi, you mentioned that you like your rashguards to be tunic length.  Lands’ End (like the one you are wearing) does this pretty well, but if you are ever in the market for another, you should also check out the ones from Cabana Life.  The prints look a tad more modern, and the cut of the rashguard is a little sexier – the front is cut a bit lower, which would also be flattering for a large bust.

Additionally, I’ve rounded up a few other tunic-style rashguard options to better highlight the wide range of looks that this genius combo supports.

Well done, Heidi!!  A huge thank you to you (and your 6 year old, haha) for taking the time to send in pics!!!  Mamas around the world applaud you.  🙂

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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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May 14, 2016

Editor Picks From The 2016 Swim Guide

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Hey, hey, HEY,  The Mom Edit’s 2016 Swim Guide is here!!!   We started with one-pieces, but per reader requests, two-pieces will be coming out next week (and don’t forget my personal favs – wetsuits).

So keep on reading for our top one-piece picks from the Swim Guide – each member of The Mom Edit team has picked their favorites.  These are the suits that make our hearts beat fast, the ones we can’t stop thinking about, the one-pieces we would be absolutely thrilled to wear.  And just like last year, we’d love to hear about your favorites.  (And, for the brave, some swim-selfies would be amazing – my favorite from last year was this one.  Hands down.)  Enjoy!

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May 10, 2016

Athleta Swim (#DressingRoomSelfies…At Home)

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Hey hey…I got brave for y’all…swim suits!

I recently received Athleta’s catalog in the mail and LOVED some of their new swimwear. Many of the styles that I wanted to try were only available online, so I ordered some for home. I’ve been excited to check out their suits since many of you have said you love them. I agree! All of the suits seem well made. The fabric (Lycra Xtra Life) is supposed to last 5-10x longer than other swimwear fabrics and it does feel very sturdy, especially compared to the less expensive swimwear I generally go for. I tried bikinis, tankinis and rash guards – all mixed with a few different bottoms. Here’s what I found.

Bikinis

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Palm Cove Bralette Bralette Bikini | Palm Cove Dolphin Short

I like this combo above a lot and these were the two pieces that made me want to try Athleta swimwear. Love this pairing for sports, beach walks/runs, and playing in the water with kiddos. I think the Palm Cove Bralette is a tiny bit long on me (it bunches a bit) but on mamas with a longer torso it would be perfect. It fits nice and securely but with lightly molded cups and underwires in it it doesn’t flatten your chest like a sports bra. Good. It’s hard to see here, but there are mesh stripes on the bottom part that are super cute, too. (Wearing size Small in both, for reference)

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May 9, 2016

For Mamas Who Play Hard: WETSUITS

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At the end of last summer, I bought a wetsuit.  It wasn’t a particularly cold summer, the water temp was…pleasant.  So there was no good reason that I had spent the majority of my time on the hot sand, watching (and cheering) my boys on as they body-boarded, did some stand-up paddleboarding and played in the water.

Yay, Boys!!  You go and do that Boy Thing!

Ugh.  What has happened to me?

Pre-kids, I was always the one on the stand-up paddleboard, the surf board, the wind-surfer.  My Dad was a big believer in taking risks, in trying everything once, and my childhood summers were filled with all kinds of adventure:  that time I took my tiny sailboat out alone and got stuck across the lake (I learned how to tack after that).  The time my friends and I took off with Uncle Jim’s jetskiis and almost ran out of gas (hmmmm…he still doesn’t know about that one).  That insanely frustrating day I tried to one-ski and fell 20 times in a row.  THIS was summer.

So when, exactly, did I turn into the Mum on The Towel?  My downward spiral into spectator-only-mode was, most likely, an effect of years of sleep deprivation and general exhaustion but ultimately….WHO CARES?  It was, quite simply, time.  It was time to take myself back, to show my boys that This Girl Plays Hard, and when I’m 85+ years old sitting on the beach watching my grandkids play (assuming I’ll be so lucky)….hopefully I’ll have a sense of peace, knowing that my days were richly spent.

So.  It was time to tackle my biggest hurdle to ocean play:  Cold water.  I hate (hatehatehate) being cold.  I HATE it.  But I had been resisting the urge to buy a wetsuit because I felt like some kind of poser.  Surfing?  OK.  I get it.  But general frolicking and body-boarding with four year olds?  Uh….seriously?  A wetsuit?

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Yes.  Seriously a wetsuit.  Once I got over myself, this wetsuit business completely changed my Mom-at-the-Beach game.  We’re talking hours of playing in the ocean, where my pre-wetsuit-self would only have lasted 20 min tops.

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July 20, 2015

Our Favorite Rashguard/ Bikini Combos!

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is going on right now blah blah blah, over it yet?

But yeah, as much as we’re genuinely LOVING this sneak peek into fall fashion, we’re not quite ready to let go of summer over here on The Mom Edit.

So, I interrupt this epic fall fashion sale to bring you: Rashguards.

And not just rashguards but some really great mix-and-match bikinis to go along with them. Now, I am not a bikini girl (and am insanely jealous of you sexy mama’s who are) but these rash guards give you the option to have the same sexy / flirty / surfer vibe without all that showing-your-skin business. And, they’re the perfect addition to play hard with the kids and protect yourself from the sun — two summer essentials in my book!

So, we’ve picked our top three rashguards, three bikini bottoms, and three bikini tops that all coordinate perfectly with each other. Pick any combination you want! It’s basically garanimals for grown-ups! Mix n’ match if you’re feeling adventurous or stick with our favorite pairings!  If you’re like us, you’re already seeing summer slip through your fingers.

Let’s start with our editor-in-chief…

 

Shana’s Picks

The Best Rash Guards For Moms

  1. O’Neill Skins LS Crew Rashguard
  2. Billabong Peeky Jacket
  3. Land’s End Swim Tee Rash Guard in Classic Stripe
  4. J.Crew T-Back String Bikinin Top
  5. J.Crew Metallic Colorblock French Bikini Top
  6. J.Crew Gathered French Bikini Top
  7. Anthropologie Seea Vintage Rose Bottoms
  8. J.Crew Metallic Colorblock Hipster Bikini Bottom
  9. J.Crew Jungle Print Surf Bikini Bottom

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June 14, 2015

LOFT Swim Review (We’ve Got #Dressingroomselfies and Reader Pics….)

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Hey gang!  After SWOONING over a few swimsuits at LOFT, I ordered a couple to try on.  Just to see if they lived up to the hype.  (At least the hype I created IN MY MIND.)  It took me a bit to get these pics taken (the whole nipple reconstruction thing put a damper on things for a week or two), but as I was waiting for my poor boobs to heal, reader pics started pouring in (thanks, you guys!!).

So here we go.

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