I went bathing suit shopping Sunday afternoon and for the first time in several years I didn’t cry through the experience. (I didn’t have any little people with me which helped!)
I tried on probably 20 suits and didn’t hate any of them. Some looked better than others but none were horrifying as in years past.
I couldn’t decide if I had actually lost weight or if it is just a particularly flattering crop of swimsuits this year?
I’ve decided it’s a little bit of both. I have lost six pounds lately, but I also think swimwear manufacturers have finally figured out what helps disguise a woman’s figure flaws without shoving them into a granny suit.
For example, I love ruching on the fronts of suits. It helps disguise my tummy poking out. I also love a twisted top on the suit and a sweetheart neck. They are very flattering and draw the eye up. I like the little ’40s style skirts that barely cover your butt. It gives a little more coverage without looking old lady.
I am not a fan of the Miracle Suit-type suits because they just feel sooo tight. But I do like name-brand suits with some quality lycra that holds you in.
I really wanted to go with a color this year. I have several black suits because black is slimming, but it’s also boring for every suit. I wanted to get red but when I tried on a bright blue I decided I liked it better.
I think after 10 years of being a mother, I have figured out what styles are flattering on me now. I remember the first summer after I had Rose I was just appalled. Nothing I used to wear looked good, and I couldn’t figure out how to fix it.
Here are my mom tips for buying a swim suit:
I think you have to go alone, be patient and try on a lot of different suits.
I think one-pieces actually make you look longer and slimmer than tankinis, which cut you right at your tummy and bring attention to it poking out.
Black is always slimming.
Ruching on the stomach cover up bulges.
High legs slim the middle and draws attention away from your tummy.
Sweetheart necks draws the eye to the boobs and again away from my stomach.
Cleavage is not a bad thing and is generally something mothers have in abundance. Use your assets.
What are you favorite styles and brands for bathing suits? Have you looked this year at all? Do you think they are a particular kind crop to moms? What are your favorite tricks to hide figure flaws?
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