Have you ever typed “flattering-bathing-suit” into your Google search bar? Maybe “bikini-tops-for-big-boobs,” “one-piece-swimsuit-to-hide-tummy,” or “cute-maternity-swimsuit”? Yep, we have too. The truth is, the Google gods still haven't found a secret formula for you to type that’ll get that magic tucking-covering-flaunting-styling combo of a suit onto your doorstep.
Swimsuit season is happening soon; there’s no way around it. It’s too damn hot to avoid pools and honey, so are you.
The amazing news: To start, all you need to rock that bikini body is a bikini--and a body! You are amazing, just the way you are (thank you Bruno Mars, we love you, too.) So if you're ready to work what your mama (and your baby, let's be real) gave ya, we've selected some swim suits flaunt your favorite features, and minimize that-which-shall-remain hidden.
Here's a few of our favorite bathing suits for summer 2015, based on your body type:
Lacking in the curves department? No one will know it these swimsuits! Look for suits with printed or bold color panels along the side, which gives the effect of an hourglass figure. Go for bright patterns and colors, and leave the bandeaus and boy shorts at home.
If swimsuits have always scared you because you don’t think you can fill them out; think again. Look for bathing suits with pretty details along the chest, like ruffles or fringe, both of which are really in this summer. And don’t shy away from padded tops that’ll give you an extra boost if that’s what you’re looking for.
Busty mamas--breastfeeding mamas--you're in luck! So many gorgeous suits this season feature thick straps, and underwire, so you'll be lifted and tucked in comfort and style. We love that you can play with your kids and jump in the waves without worrying about your ‘girls’ popping out for an unexpected visit.
Conceal Back Fat
Some mamas worry about how things look from behind. If you’re trying to conceal back fat, the last thing you want are skinny straps digging into your skin. Look for thick straps and higher backs to smooth everything out. We love this one with gorgeous zipper detailing from Kate Spade. [We’ve got your back, mama.]
If your tummy is your ‘no show’ zone, that’s totally fine. We’ve had a love-hate relationship with our postpartum stomachs, and on the ‘no show’ days, we have many options to choose from. Try peplum styles to hide your stomach, or retro high-waisted bikini bottoms [thanks for coming back in style!] to keep everything where you want it; love handles included.
If you've got a tummy to show off (maternity)
Maternity wear has come a long way. So just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you have to hide under a tent this summer. Embrace that awesome baby bump! From form fitting one pieces, to letting the belly free in a bikini – there are tons of options in great colors and fun prints.
There are a TON of amazing plus-size options out there. Forget what was offered back in the day – dowdy and shapeless, without fun colors or prints. Now, we have flattering cuts that accentuate our curves in stylish, eye-catching patterns. Curves are beautiful, and so are these suits.
We all have body parts that we’re self conscious about. If your thighs are yours, and you rather flaunt your sexy curves up top versus below, then check out these adorable skirted options. Skirts are not for ‘old ladies’ —not when they’re this stylish anyway.
Like the great Cindy Crawford once said, “I have cellulite. I admit it. But sometimes I just say, ‘Screw it, I am going to wear a bikini.’” We may not be a supermodel, we may not be 100% happy with our bodies every day, and we may not ever feel like putting on a swimsuit – but we only live once, ladies. Think about the amazing accomplishments your body has achieved. Maybe it has birthed babies, or ran half marathons, and we’re sure it has chased kids around all day – your fabulous body is something to celebrate!
The most important thing to remember on your swimsuit journey is to have fun and get something you’re comfortable in. With this formula, you'll be prepared for your most confident and sexy summer yet.