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July 21, 2016

Places to Buy a Swimsuit Online That Will Flatter a Post-Partum Bod

gold swimsuit top for easy summer styleI have finally come to the conclusion that, when it comes to swimsuits, I can’t wear the cheapies anymore. I used to be able to get by with a Target Juniors’ special where it’s basically a bit of fabric; since kids, I need all the accoutrement to hold me in (and up) if I want to smooth out the bumps and not be constantly pulling my suit back into place.

One of the best purchases I have EVER made (and that is saying something because I am, ahem, a fairly amazing shopper) was this swimsuit by ModCloth. I’m trying to figure out exactly what was so great about it and what keeps coming to mind is I never minded wearing it, which is saying something when it comes to swimsuits. It gave me an hourglass figure without being obvious about it, it looked stylish but not trendy, and it had plenty of coverage (I like that it hit my thighs a bit lower) without covering me up.

It was such a great swimsuit that at Bennett’s birthday party one of my friends showed up in the exact same one and all we could do was squeal and keep repeating, “It’s the best suit ever, right?” (You know you wish you were there).

women-pool-swim-coverupsIn fact, THAT is it’s biggest selling point. I wore it in public in front of people I know, which is all I need to say. It’s one thing to parade around in togs in front of strangers, but a whole different beast to do it in front of people you have to look in the eye at the next birthday party. (I don’t have a photo of us in our suits, but here we are in our hats and cover-ups, essentially dressed as twins, so you get the idea).

In the past year I’ve worn that suit so much I literally wore the backside out, which I didn’t realize until my four-year old helpfully pointed out it was essentially see-through. In front of the entire pool. Very loudly.

I thought about simply buying the same one because it’s worked so well, but figured I can always come back to it; now that I know that a little more cash can buy me a suit that flatters my curves, I figured I’d play the field a bit. So, I tried on a lot of suits from a lot of different places and ended up with these five online shops that have a consistent selection of adorable, flattering suits that work on a post-partum bod.

So, without further ado, here are my 5 Fave Online Shops for Swimsuits for Gals with Real Bodies:

Albion Fit swimsuits perfect for moms2
1. Albion Fit: Will you look at these suits?!?! Albion Fit gets my top position because all their suits offer a ton of coverage, but ARE STILL FRIGGIN’ ADORABLE. They’re on trend but not trendy and I’m obsessed. After all my shopping and trying on, I ended up buying the pink palm tree suit to the left, and I honestly love it. The top holds me up and gives me a waist, the bottoms are really high and cover up my belly and it’s easy to swim around in with the kids. Plus, several moms at the pool asked me where it was from so it’s pretty much buying me popularity, which I think we all know is the point of this whole thing.

palm tree suit // black one piece with fuller shoulders //coral crop top with striped bottom // black peplum swimsuit // orange one piece with ruffle

Anthropologie swimsuits perfect for moms2
2. Anthropologie: When I was buying my suit all of Anthropologie’s were back-ordered except one that is now out of stock, so I couldn’t try any on for you, but it looks like they have absolutely nailed it this season. The fabric choices are delightful, the cuts are generous but cool, and I have faith (an entire wardrobe’s worth of faith, thank you very much) that they know how to dress a woman’s body (I especially love the floral one with the tie waist – it screams Italian ease, which is exactly what I’m looking for while lounging in our plastic pool).

blue and white // floral swimsuit with tie waist // black one piece with scalloping // navy peplum suit // black, boy short one piece

Modcloth swimsuits perfect for moms2
3. Modcloth: Remember that suit I wouldn’t shut up about in the first fourteen paragraphs? (Just in case you missed it: Flattering. Curvy. Wore at birthday party. Didn’t die.) It was from Modcloth and you should probably just go buy it because every wardrobe should have one. Or you could check out their seeingly endless supply of suits in adorable patterns (love the flamingoes!) and flattering cuts (I swear their Esther Williams suits look good on everyone).

Bright Blossoms floral swimsuit // flamingo Bettie Page swimsuit // Paradise swimsuit with blue piping // Bathing Beauty in black // Know an Eccentric purple bikini // polka dot peplum

Shabby Apple swimsuits perfect for moms2
4. Shabby Apple: Shabby Apple is another site where I feel like I could wear every suit on it and feel cute. My stomach is typically my problem area and any of these peplums would let me drink the 47 piña coladas I’m currently dreaming about and still feel comfortable, while the ruffles on the one-shouldered suit and bikini are fresh without being overly young.

mint peplum suit // black ruffled top with palm bottoms // floral one piece with large ruffle // floral peplum suit with wide shoulders // pink floral suit with skirt bottom Unique Vintage swimsuits perfect for moms
5. Unique Vintage: One of the things I kept running into when I was looking for a suit was I’d find cute tops, but the bottoms were always really skimpy. So I ended up buying these bottoms from Unique Vintage, which I LOVE, and then pairing them with a longer bikini top so I get to wear a bikini without showing my stomach (actually the first top I bought was an actual shirt that I thought was a bikini top until my sister pointed out it was designed for clubbing not pools, which didn’t matter until I got in the water and learned chlorine is not good for actual clothes).

The point is Unique Vintage has a bunch of cute suits that cover you up but still make you look sexy. Sexy enough to wear on the dance floor from what I hear…

black, one piece halter top swimsuit // color blocked bikini // halter top with ruffled bottom

Honorable Mentions:

Miracle Suit, which I’ve never actually tried, but one of my friends swears is a “miracle suit”, mwahahaha!

Kingdom and State, which has excellent high-waisted bottoms and cute longer bikini tops (the top gold suit is from there and I really like it, but it looks like it’s sold out!).

Did I miss anything else? Let me know if you end up buying one from one of these stores and happy swimsuit shopping (not something you hear every day…)!

Top photo by the lovely Milou and Olin Photography.
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No, you’re not seeing double. This post was updated from the original to keep it current and on-trend so you don’t accidentally leave the house thinking mom jeans are uncool. Because they are cool if you wear them not like a mom even though you are a mom, which seems counter-intuitive, but trust me, they’re cool again, and, holy crap, who knew fashion could be so confusing.
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One thought on “Places to Buy a Swimsuit Online That Will Flatter a Post-Partum Bod

  1. Miraclesuit! I know they don’t sound very sexy, but it’s what I wore on my honeymoon:

    They’re kind of pricey, but they hold me in in all the right places and I consider them the Little Black Dress of swimwear – classic, flattering, no closet is complete without one.

    Kathryn on July 17, 2014 at 10:08 pm

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