The 2019 Swim Shop

Hey, hey, HEY!! It’s 2019, 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 they’re more fresh and exciting than ever.

featured above: black suit | towel

To help wade through the vast amount of swimsuit options, we’ve come up with this handy little guide. We have a whole section dedicated to black one-piece suits that are anything but boring, girl-next-door stripes, the prettiest florals, chic white swimsuits, and our top recommendations for postpartum. New for 2019? Personally, I’m really excited about lingerie-inspired swimsuits, animal print (very Jane of the Jungle, but in a good way) and…brown (which is way beachier and much more gorgeous than it sounds!).

A note about plus-size swim: You’ll find plus size options in almost every category below…or just go here if you’d like to see them all at-a-glance.

As always, many of our swimsuit recommendations are based on the emails and rave reviews of our readers over the years — so a huge thank you to those of you who have written in, left comments, or sent in pics.

The Mom Edit’s 2019 Swimsuit Guide

Shop by color…  BLACK | BROWN | RAINBOW | BRIGHTS | WHITE

Shop by pattern….ANIMAL PRINT | TROPICAL PRINT | STRIPES | GINGHAM | FLORAL | DARK FLORAL | MIXED PRINT | PAISLEY | COLOR-BLOCKED

Shop by embellishment…LINGERIE | CROCHET | BELTED | RUFFLED

Shop by shape….SURF SUITS | POST-PARTUM | PLUS-SIZE

The Best Black One-Piece Suits

Year after year, we’ve noticed that many of you choose a black one-piece as your default, go-to swimsuit. But there’s nothing basic about these suits. The latest ones have been elevated with cool details, sexy cut-outs, interesting shapes…all with creative backs (think:lacing) so they really stay put, too. Here are our hands-down favs….

 

Back to top

Lingerie-Inspired Swimsuits

New for 2019…lingerie-inspired swim. We’re talking strategically-placed mesh panels, daring necklines and lace. There’s a certain sort of Bond-Girl vibe here, but I’ve actually found that they’re surprisingly wearable.  (I have — and love — this Becca one.)

 

Back to top

Animal Print Swimsuits

The key to wearing animal print swim is to keep the vibe playful and fun. You want a cut that’s a bit revealing (steer clear from old-lady-classic), but not so bare that it looks too Jane of The Jungle. (Betty Rubble, maybe? Haha just kidding.) Retailers seem to be having trouble keeping these in stock, so if you’re tempted…don’t hesitate!

 

Back to top

Bronzed, Tan and Brown: The Surprisingly Sexy Suit

In the spirit of full disclosure…I’ve been waiting for brown to make a comeback. I have a brown string bikini that is at least eight years old, and it’s still one of my favorite colors to wear to the beach. Nothing makes me feel like some sort of 70’s beach babe more than a swimsuit in shades of tan.

 

Back to top

Tropical Print Swimsuits

Looking for that vacation vibe? Here ya go.

 

Back to top

Wear a Rainbow

These suits are just playful, fun, and….happy.

 

Back to top

Striped Swimmers

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.)

 

Back to top

Girl-Next-Door Gingham

Pair with cut-offs and and old-school flip flops….or go for a retro vibe with red lips. Both work.

 

Back to top

Pretty Floral Swimsuits

Romantic and pretty and still a little bit sexy. It’s hard to beat a good floral.

 

Back to top

Dark Floral Swimsuits

Every bit as romantic and pretty…but with an edgier vibe.

 

Back to top

Mixed Print Swimsuits

These are just tons of fun. (And the Maaji ones will always stay put, no matter how active you are.)

 

Back to top

Pretty Paisleys, Tie Dye, And Other Fun Prints

These prints were too good not to include.

 

Back to top

Color-Blocked Swimsuits

Color-blocking is a genius trick. The darker bottom camouflages a softer stomach, and a high-rise dark bottom will make your legs look miles long.

 

Back to top

Bright and Bold Swimsuits

Orange, yellow and red are having a serious moment.

 

Back to top

White Hot Swimsuits

The funny thing about white suits is that they look good on all skin tones…even the really pale ones.

 

Back to top

Boho Babe Swimsuits (Think: Crochet)

These suits only look daring. They’re actually really easy to wear (yet super sexy).

 

Back to top

Belted Swimsuits

This trend is completely blowing up. A close cousin of the wrap suit, this one is giving off some serious 70’s vibes.

 

Back to top

Ruffled Swimsuits

These suits are both sexy and sweet.

 

Back to top

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 – something like this. But if you don’t need all of that insulation (it is summer, after all), one of these will let you play — hard — without a wardrobe malfunction.

 

Back to top

The Best Swimsuits for Postpartum

The best suits for postpartum tend to have tummy control or ruching, a color-block situation (with the darker color over the tummy), and/or a front zip. Those sporty front-zip swimsuits are shockingly good postpartum! If you want to see a few different types of suits on a postpartum body, I covered this years ago….and then Julieta bravely re-created it, and added a few suggestions of her own (it’s awesome).

There are plenty of suits featured above that would, in fact, work great for stylish postpartum Mamas. So please don’t feel limited to this list below. If, however, you want a go-to suit that will just….suck it all in, then try one of these tried-and-true reader and TME team favorites.

 

Back to top

Our Favorite Plus-Size Swim

Most of these suits have been included in the roundups above, but for ease of shopping, I’ve grouped them all together, here. (And added a few more….)

 

Back to top