As mothers, finding the right swimsuit can be a difficult and daunting task. These days, it seems that all of the supportive and figure-flattering swimsuits look exactly the same; they’re always featured in dark solid colors and have little to no detail or embellishment. As a swimsuit industry insider, I’m here to say that you no longer have to settle and choose between fashion and function, support and style. Read on to learn how…
With our busy schedules, many of us don’t always have time to hit the gym in preparation for swimsuit season, and for many of us, the tummy is a major problem area. One of the easiest ways to create the illusion of a slimmer torso is to choose swimsuit styles with tummy control. As a rule of thumb, the higher the Lycra Spandex count, the better the support. But if you hate the tight, fitted feeling of body control swimsuits, you can get a similarly slimming effect by choosing a swimsuit with certain design details; for example, swimsuit styles with ruching, smocking and shirred fabric along the torso will instantly slim your tummy.
Let’s face it—our “girls” sometimes need some extra support and many swimsuit styles just don’t cut it. Underwire tops are by far the most supportive swimsuit tops around. Like a bra, underwire swimsuit tops help boost your bosom. But although they’re the most supportive, you shouldn’t feel limited to wearing only underwire tops. Halter tops, especially those with thicker underbands, are also very supportive for your bust. Unlike triangle tops and traditional bandeaus, the thicker straps found on halter swimsuit styles offer amazing support. But if you hate the tan lines on your chest, don’t dismiss those bandeaus altogether. If they have underwire and/or removable straps, bandeau swimsuit styles can be surprisingly supportive. Feel free to remove the straps while sunbathing, but don’t forget to put them back on before you go running after your little ones!
One-Piece or Two-Piece?
Many women debate between wearing one-pieces or two-pieces, but you should never feel limited to wearing the same old swimsuit styles. Both one-pieces and two-pieces come in a variety of styles that can work for all different body types. One-pieces can have very different necklines, back cuts and more. On the other hand, a two-piece swimsuit doesn’t always have to mean skimpy bikini. Two-pieces can also include tankinis, which vary greatly in style. Some tankini tops fit snugly against your body while others feature a chic loose-fitting A-line shape. But for those who want the best of both worlds, try a cut-out one-piece, also known as a monokini swimsuit. Although they differ in design, style and coverage, many monokini swimsuit styles feature amazing front coverage and support, perfect for hiding a not-so-toned tummy.
This season, throw out the rule books and try out some new swimsuit styles. Who knows—you may just find your new go-to style!
Susan is a blogger at Beauty and the Beach, a swimwear blog by InStyleSwimwear.com. For more expert tips and the latest in swimwear news, subscribe to the blogs today!