Swimwear (for Moms)

It’s that time of year….swimsuit shopping.

For most women, I don’t think swimsuit shopping falls in their top 10 list of things to do. We are so darn hard on ourselves, especially when it comes to our imperfections. No matter what size or shape, we all find them.

I’m going to put it all out there in what may be the hardest thing to post for all of the internet to see (or at least the ones that stumble upon this page). I’m not one of those fortunate women who bounces right back after having a baby (or four). I’m still battling 10 extra pounds and some belly bulge from having Brynn last summer, so I knew that was an area I wanted to conceal as I selected suits. My instinct was to reach for a basic one piece, but I found that those were actually the least flattering style as the bulge and rolls were pretty obvious, which is exactly what I’m trying to avoid.

I wanted to share a few different styles of swimsuits that I found that are really flattering for women of all shapes and sizes. So, here is it….the scariest photos I’ll ever post online.

Rey Swimwear

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What I love:

This suit is so comfortable and I think the most flattering of the bunch. I worried that the peplum top would draw attention to my midsection, but instead it gives me more of a waistline. I also have no concerns about picking wedgies or my top falling down, so it’s great for when I’m on mom duty a the pool (which is 95% of the time).

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I also love the Rey Swimwear sources and manufactures ethically in California. Their motto is “who says it has to be itsy bitsy?” The two-piece suits are mix and match with different styles of each and fun prints and colors so you can create a suit that is perfect for you. The top (Celia in Hello Sunshine) and bottom (High Waist in Crimson) are both a size large, but I think I could have comfortably sized down to a medium in the bottoms (for reference I’m 5’2″ and 140 lbs and typically a size 8). They also carry kid and teen suits and adorable one-pieces.

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What I don’t love:

The only real downfall I see is that this top isn’t breastfeeding friendly, so I wouldn’t be able to cover up with a towel and easily nurse. I don’t think that will be too much of an issue this summer now that Brynn is older, but if she were younger and eating more often it may be a problem. Also, the higher neckline might create some funky tan lines, but I usually rotate suits, so I think I’ll survive 😉

Rad Swimwear

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What I love: 

This suit (designed by one of my favorite IGers @ivorykate for Rad Swim) is so fun to wear. I love that it’s unique and makes a statement, but is so simple at the same time. The loose top is flattering around the belly and I don’t feel like I need to try to suck it in. The top is fully lined but I plan to do a shower test to see how it looks wet – I’ll update this post when I do.

rad swim kate 2 The owner of Rad Swimwear, Michelle, is the cutest mom of four (another reason I love her!). Her goal is to create “swimsuits that are high quality, flattering, modest, classy, fun, and affordable.” I’d say mission accomplished! The have a full line of one and two piece suits that are perfect for moms and even better…there are matching suits for teens and kids!

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What I don’t love:

Same as above, this suit is not easy to nurse in and I’ll get some crazy tan lines if I’m not careful with sunscreen. But again, neither is a deal breaker for me. It does also run pretty small in the bottom area, which is states on the website. I am wearing the largest size (L) and it rides up ever so slightly in the booty when I bend down or sit. I don’t think this suit would work for anyone above a size 8/10.

Old Navy

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What I love:

I really like the ruffle style of this top and decided to pair it with a more modest high-waisted bottom to try to make the two piece work for me. I think the top draws attention upward, so my trouble zones aren’t the center of attention. I like the thinner straps and that there are no ties that I need to worry about coming undone if small, grabby hands get ahold of them. The price point is good for a trendy suit and there are a few color and print options available for mixing and matching and creating different looks. (for reference: I am wearing a size large in both top and bottom)old navy ruffle bikini 3

What I don’t love: 

I think of the three suits, this one is the least flattering. The bottom doesn’t fit as well as the high-waisted bottom from Rey Swimwear, so it accents my saddlebags more. From the front I think the black bottom hides my pouchy mom belly, but from the side it’s still obvious.

I also notice a difference in the quality and thickness of the fabric, which makes sense give the different price points. It’s more obvious when the suits are tried on back to back to back and this material is not as comfortable as the other two suits.

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Overall, I am so excited about these different options for summer swimwear. Our family joined a local swim club and I know there are a lot of my students and other families I’ll know there. I am so relieved to have found some suits I feel comfortable and confident in, when I’m feeling less than great about my figure.

And I’m totally pretending to be all brave posting swimsuit pics here, but if I’m totally honest…I’m freaking out. So, I’m just going to hit post before I second-guess it all! 🙂

What is your favorite swimwear style and trend this summer?
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A special thank you to Rey Swimwear and Rad Swim for sending these suits for me to try out and share with you!

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17 Comments

    1. Thank you so much for this post! You look great in these suits and it is so nice to see real swimsuits on a real person to help me figure out what to look for. I am also post baby number four and have not bought a suit in I don’t know how long but will need one as we picked up a family pass to our newly relished neighborhood pool…and I really want to be able to enjoy the pool and watch the kids without worrying about my suit. 🙂

      1. Norah,
        Thank you for the confidence boost! 🙂 I love that all of these suits feel “secure” enough that I don’t have to worry about being in and out and up and down all day with the kids. How old are your 4 kids? These more retro styles that are popular right now are perfect for moms, I think!
        I appreciate your comment. Thanks again,
        Paige

    1. Thank you so much! You look amazing in your swimsuits! You have made me very excited to begin my swimsuit search. I love each of your picks. Go little momma!

      1. Thanks so much, B! Swimsuit shopping can be a bit of an emotional roller coaster. It can be so disheartening when you have a hard time finding something that fits, is flattering, and comfortable (and cute) all at once. But, at the same time, it’s such a great feeling when it all comes together and you find a suit that makes you feel great! What style are you going for this summer?!
        xo,
        Paige

        1. I agree with you completely!! I have an adventurous toddler, so I think I’ll stick with a one piece, easier to chase after him in! I’m loving your middle pick, especially in cocoa. It’s fun and it would even make a great top, like Andrea said!

    1. BRAVO!!!! What a courageous post! I am a 41 yr. old mom of two and wouldn’t be brave enough to post pics of myself even in shorts, let alone swimsuits. I love your honesty and realness with your entire blog and this post. I am tired of feeling “less than” because I don’t look like preteens or fit into their clothes. I am a grown woman with lumps, bumps and curves, deal with it world! Thank you for showing the world that real women with regular figures are beautiful!

      1. Heidie,
        Thanks so much for the vote of confidence. I think we have a lot to be proud of when you think of all our bodies have been through. It’s so hard to be kind to ourselves and stop comparing ourselves to one another (especially those that are thinner, younger, more fit, less wrinkled, etc.). I’m pretty hard on myself, but at the same time I don’t want other women to be, so I thought I’d share all my imperfections. I appreciate your kind words, more than you know!
        xo,
        Paige

    1. I like look two – the one shoulder white one. It’s very flattering on you! It could even double with shorts or a little skirt if you go directly from beach to lunch, which is a winner in my book! I have several suits, a white and black stripe reversible suit from Kate Spade I bought last year, an old paisley print tankini from Athletica that reminds me of a spice cabinet because of the colors, and a blue and white polka dot bikini from J Crew I bought last year for a trip to Hawaii. I spent both days I wore the bikini keeping it covered under a rash guard because I chickened out showing off my stomach. For some reason I have this hang up that showing my belly when I’m a parent (especially a parent of a 14 yr old) is a no-no. I don’t know where I get that from.

      We are renting a lake house this summer with my parents and I’m sure I’ll bring the bikini and it will stay hidden on that trip as well. My last hope is our family trip to Galaga, Spain in October. It’s bikini or bust!

      1. Andrea,
        Show off that tummy! I prefer bikinis to tankinis, which is why I wanted to try the high-waisted bottom as kind of a “mom compromise”. Do you think a different style like that would make you feel more comfortable?

        I love the idea of adding shorts or a sarong to the one-shoulder suit – that would be perfect for quick errands after the pool!

        Thanks for following along! Keep me posted on operation bikini wearing 🙂
        xo,
        Paige

    1. This is a great post. I’m definitely trying to figure out cute swimwear with this mom bod… I really like the third one, actually! I do wonder how the second one would do wet. I feel like it’d be all clingy.

      1. Thank you, Becky! I love that the more retro styles are in right now, because I think they’re much more mom-bod friendly. I thought the same thing about the white suit, so I’m going to wear it in the shower before I jump in the pool just to check. It may be more a mom’s day out at the pool type suit!

    1. I like the one shoulder swimsuit. The top is indeed very flattering. Your blog is inspirational by the way. I’m used to reading blogs with size 0 bloggers (nothing wrong with a size 0 but I’m sure you get my point) and professional photoshoots and apart from their sense of style, It’s hard for me to relate to them. So keep it up!

      1. Thanks so much, Jessica! I had the same feelings about a lot of bloggers, which is why I want to be as “real” here as possible. I don’t have a photographer, photoshop, a perfect body, endless sponsorships or budget for clothing. I really want this to be a place where women can see examples of looks on an average, regular person and hopefully find some inspiration for new ways to wear what they already own instead of feeling like they need to run out for the latest pieces.

        I appreciate the compliment – it means a lot!
        Paige

    1. Let me just say that you are awesome! It’s nice to see a women, with a similar body type as mine, modeling swimsuits so that I can get a better idea of what I’d like to try. I was thinking that I would like a one piece but now I see that I should give the two piece a try also. This is a very helpful post. Thank you.

      1. Chelci,
        Thanks so much for your kind, supportive words! I have not typically been a fan of tankinis, but I like the different look the peplum two piece and more retro bottoms are much easier to wear! Let me know what you try – I love to see what works for other women!
        Paige

    1. Great post! Thank you so much for sharing an honest review of swimwear. You look great! The peplum and red bottoms are adorable.

      1. I think that’s my favorite too, Sarah! It was the easiest to wear and feel comfortable in.

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