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Hey, hey, HEY!!  It’s 2017, and time for a seriously cool suit.  Swimsuit, that is.  There’s been a resurgence of one-piece suits in the last few years, and this new crop is not just for Mama (or Grandmama).  These one-pieces have been completely reinvented, and many 20-somethings are rocking the one-piece over a bikini.

This is good news for us Mamas.  Not because we’re all going to be sporting cheeky bottom suits and monokinis the size of dental floss (although if you can I vote YES), but because there is just So. Much. To. Choose. From.  Choices, people!  We have lots and lots of choices.

To help wade through the vast amount of swimsuit options, we’ve come up with this handy little guide.  Many of these recommendations are based on the emails and rave reviews of our readers over the years – so thanks to those of you who have written in, left comments, etc.  For now, we have an early look at the best one-pieces, but stay tuned:  bikinis are coming….

(All of our past swim guides can be found here.)

The Shopping Guide – Post-Partum

After Pax was born, I tested out a ton of swimsuits to figure out which styles work best for Post-Partum.  The results are here:  Postpartum Swim:  10 Tips To Hide The Post-Baby Belly (you might be surprised).

If you don’t want to click through, the top strategies for hiding a post-partum pooch in a swimsuit are:

1. Ruching

2. Blouson or Peplum

3. A Plunge Neckline

4. Color-blocking

5.  Distracting with pattern

And the best post-partum swimwear employs more than one of these tricks at a time.

Ruched One-Piece Swimsuits

The King (or Queen as the case may be) of post-partum pooch hiding (and body-flattering in general) is the ruched suit.  Personally, I would stay away from plain black (unless there’s something snazzy involved) simply because a plain black ruched tank is the suit of choice for Grandmas everywhere.


 

Blouson, Peplum and Tankinis

No promises once these suits get wet, but if you’re looking to really camouflage post-partum flab, a little extra blouson doesn’t hurt. And we had SO many readers raving about Athleta’s tankinis (even the tight-fitting ones) last year, that we’ve mentally entered them into TME’s swim hall of fame.


 

Color-Blocked Suits

Color-blocking is a genius trick.  Look for contrasting lines on the side to whittle a good approximation of a waist, or do the dark bottom – light top thing to make your pooch look smaller (the lighter color draws the eye up).  The key here is that the darker color should cover the pooch completely – so highwaisted is best.


Plunge Suits

Like color-blocking, suits with a deep plunge help draw the eye up, and completely distract from tummy issues.  Plus, they’re easy to nurse in!  [snort]  But in all seriousness, while they might not be for the faint of heart, there’s many a mama who was surprised by how flattering these suits actually are.  (See proof in our Postpartum Swim:  10 Tips To Hide The Post-Baby Belly)


The Shopping Guide – One-Pieces For All

Not-So-Basic Tank Suits

There’s nothing basic about these amazing suits.  One-pieces have never felt so fresh, so sexy.


 

Jaw-Dropping Prints

These stunners made me gasp.


 

Cut-Out One-Piece Suits

Are you surprised to see this category?  Yeah OK – hear me out:  A few years back, I had a reader leave a comment that she swore by monokinis.  She was one of the lucky ones who had managed to get rid of her post-baby belly…but that her extra tummy skin hadn’t gotten the memo.  Her solution?  Monokini.  Immediately, several other readers jumped in saying they swore by monokinis for the same reason.  And now the monokini (or more accurately, cut-out suits) are seriously on-trend, so there’s a ton to choose from.  (In jaw-dropping prints, no?)


 

Stripes

Can there be anything more flushed-cheeks, girl-next-door sexy than a striped suit?  I think not.  (And stripes can sometimes help distract from a pooch.  Strange but true.)


 

Surf Suits

Surfing, waterskiing, playing in the waves without fear….I find that I’m more inclined to play when I’m dressed for it.  Since I’m always cold, my preferred method is to don a Spring Suit (aka a lightweight wetsuit with shorts) over my bikini.  You can see the original article here.