I started buying one-piece swimsuits….and so are all my friends. We’re telling each other in hushed whispers because we feel like we’re giving up on our bikinis (which are so tied up with our youth too). All the reasons range from boobs that are hanging low, post-pregnancy stretch marks that are too visible or middles that won’t shrink in those two weeks before a beach vacay anymore. Having to buy a one-piece kinda feels like a downer. ( I know, I know. Modern problems).
Then recently I saw photos of Stella McCartney (a mom to four littles) in St. Bart’s and she gave me hope that my friends and I could look womanly and chic without having it all hang out. What struck me was her swimsuit—not her body or no-makeup face or messy hair. The suit was just the right cut: Low enough in the front and not too high in the back and it covered up her butt without flattening it or cutting it in half. It occurred to me that to get the look right—without looking mumsy—it simply is a matter of finding a design with a conscious; one that flatters and fits in all the right places and dips and dives only where it’s best to.
You can buy what she wore here, and just in time for my jaunt to Mexico in a few weeks, I bought a similar look from J. Crew for less (note: there’s no padding in this one so if you have a serious set of girls, this suit’s not for you). I’m livin’ for the sash that covers up my tummy that I can’t get rid of without giving up on all the things I love (like my PMS cravings and having wine on the weekends).
And it turns out there are lots of one-piece wonders that serve up the kind of coverage I’m starting to appreciate while still showing off the curves (keep scrolling to the end for the serious deals)…