Summertime means vacation, grilling, parades, fireworks, beach days, lemonade stands and block parties! This season is chock full of fun activities we've been waiting all year for. That is, except for one glaring item.
It's also the time that we mamas will have to put on a bathing suit. After a long winter of wearing high-waisted jeans and slouchy sweaters, this can a daunting prospect.
And if you're like us and don't have a glorious private pool in your backyard, you're going to have to cool off in public, which means wearing a bathing suit to your town beach, lake or pool. While you're bent over helping a toddler learn to walk or dripping wet after going down a water slide 15 times.
Fear not, gals, Motherly to the rescue. Because summer is about having FUN—jumping in that pool with your babies, diving headfirst into that wave with your middle schoolers—we've scoured the market for the best, most flattering bathing suits moms can actually "mom" in. We want you spending way less time fretting about your appearance and way more time having a blast with your families.
Give any of these stable, flattering suits a try and you'll be the most confident, beautiful and worry-free mama out there.
In the world of flattering swimwear, Summersalt did not come to play. The brand took 1.5 million body measurements from 10,000 women to inform their suits' fits and it shows. The one-shoulder Sidestroke is expertly cut, just grazing the underarms but not pinching (no armpit chub bubbles!).
Why we love it: One, the compression. This suit is double layered and sucks you in big time. Two, the color blocking pattern is not only pretty, but also deflecting, taking the focus away for your midsection and on the fun, summery colors.
Fit tip: Go one size up if you're a D-cup or larger.
This swimsuit is proof that flattering swimwear doesn't only come in black. We're loving—nay, we're obsessed with—the "highland green/geo" pattern that mixes Kelly greens with navy and white. The result is a crisp, Bardot-esque suit that has a retro vibe thanks to chaste cuts and a thick halter strap (which, FYI, doesn't dig into your skin!).
Why we love it: The color blocked panels that are incredibly flattering—and, bonus, they provide an optical illusion that make all torsors seem flatter than they actually are. Fun hack: Pull the halter down, tie it behind your back and you've got yourself a strapless suit, too!
Fit tip: This one is true to size and provides the most amount of coverage of any suit on our list, with ample fabric on your rear.
When an intimates brand comes out with a swimwear line, you know it's going to be good and Knix's new collection does not disappoint. Why? Its silhouettes graze your body in a way that is more seamless and less bulky than other swimsuits. That said, the fabric is made of dual-layered fabric that sucks in your tummy. Definitely the sexiest suit on our list. News alert: Moms are allowed to wear sexy swimwear! The Peekaboo cut-out shows just the a tad of under-boob, while hiding a sturdy built-in bra that keeps your chest exactly where it should be (inside the suit).
Why we love it: If you're in the #bigboobs club, this is your suit. The largest size can wrangle 40 E/F/G cups. And as a bonus, this suit will look GREAT worn as a body suit with high-waisted jeans or a full skirt this summer.
Fit tip: The swimsuit has a higher cut leg than is standard, so you may run into a tan line issue if all your other bathing suits are lower cut. The good news? Your legs look longer!
We know, we know, when you think of Land's End you might think of camping gear or kid backpacks or thick wool socks… and not swimwear. But the brand is a major player in the flattering bathing suits category, with so many options it was hard to choose which one would actually make our list! Ultimately, we decided on this v-neck cutie, with its sweet scallop-trimmed neckline and flattering cut.
Why we love it: The criss-cross straps in the back provide extra support for your chest, and the vertical piping seemingly elongates your torso. It totally sucks you in and has modest cuts around the leg lines.
Fit tip: If you're firmly in the #smallboobs club, this is your suit, as the neckline (and removable cups) will enhance what you've already got.
Sizes: 4-16 in both regular and long
Looking for a suit that sucks you in and flatters you in all the right placeS, but doesn't feel or look like a scuba suit? This is it. With an easy-breezy wrap top and a double-lined, ruched torso, the one-piece provides a sculpting effect that seemingly shaves pounds off your body. The wide, adjustable straps don't dig into your skin and provide loads of support for larger chest sizes, but they don't have the industrial look of an ancient bra. As for the color options, we're HERE for the red hue, because, um, why not?!
Why we love it: At under $50, the price is right. So right, in fact, that you should buy two.
Fit tip: Don't let the wrap top fool you, this suit has built-in cups that—with the extra sturdy straps—will keep your chest firmly in place, even when you're at a water park.
Sizes: 12-22 (for sizes 0-18, go here)
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