The Most Flattering Swimsuits for Every Mom

- Beauty & Style, Reviews

Swimsuit season.  Right or wrong, those two words usually induce a frantic mental inventory of workouts vs. calories consumed since October (for us, that’s about a 0:1 billion ratio), followed by panic about the idea of exposing untoned, untanned and unshaven body parts to the world. Add to that the effects of age and pregnancy on our bodies, and trying on swimsuits sounds about as appealing as a root canal or a Disney Junior marathon.

Before you beat yourself up over that extra slice of cake or missed workout, there’s one important thing to remind yourself: your kids don’t care what you look like in a swimsuit. They care about the time you spend with them in that swimsuit, whether it’s learning how to swim or do a cannonball, finding shark teeth along the shore or a good ‘ol splash fight.

And if you’re worried about what your husband or significant other might say, just remember: men are simple. They love all boobs, all butts and any show of skin – especially when they think they have the chance to actually get some of it.

So with this in mind, six Mamanistas went shopping to find swimsuits that inspire confidence and the courage to ditch the cover up and have fun in the sun with our kids – regardless of our size or shape.

Mom-Reviewed, Mom-Approved Swimsuits

Mom: Aimee

Body Type: Tall & Curvy/Mom of Three

What do I look for in a swimsuit?

I need a suit that can support “the twins” and keep them in place, while also providing ample coverage for my Kardashian-esque booty.

I’ve got curves for DAYS. I need a suit that can support “the twins” and keep them in place, while also providing ample coverage for my Kardashian-esque booty. I’m sick of not getting in the pool to play with my kids because I don’t like how I look in a swimsuit, and I vow that this is the summer that I get over myself and get in the pool. I currently own two swimsuits right now: a six-6 year -old Spanx suit from Target and a maternity bathing suit. It’s probably time to throw both away and look for a new one, and I also want a cute cover-up, because I think they’re chic. And a matching wine glass because WINE.

What I loved.

Sun Lab Strappy Back One Piece, $39.99

Sun Lab Strappy Back One Piece

I’m going to be honest – there wasn’t a lot I loved. The girls were a real nightmare to fit, but this story has a happy ending. I ended up with this beauty of a suit from Target, which was the exact opposite of what I thought I wanted. But the all black combined with the strappy back is sexy as hell, and the suit is cut just low enough for me to be in danger of baby #4 with the hubs. I have a long torso, but the suit keeps everything safely and securely tucked away. The price tag is a cool $39.99, making it worth finally throwing away my old and nasty maternity suit. The Spanx one, I’m still hanging on to. Marco? POLO!

Mom: Sarah

Body Type: Athletic/Boy Mom

What do I look for in a swimsuit?

I need a suit that can provide support and coverage up top, keep up with my active lifestyle and be a little chicer than a full-body wetsuit.

I need a suit that can provide support and coverage up top, keep up with my active lifestyle and be a little chicer than a full-body wetsuit. And I want something trendy and fun with details that make me feel like I’m wearing more than a “mom suit.” So, I’m on the hunt for a two-piece that I can also pair with a coordinating tankini top to keep the girls in place and avoid the pain of a one-piece riding up with each step.

What I loved.

Xhiliration Cut Out One Piece, $29.99

Target Xhiliration Cut Out One Piece

I came across this gem at Target and instantly fell in love. The crochet gives it a boho edge and gives the suit a subtle sexiness while still providing good coverage. The sides are completely closed for mamas who want a two-piece but may be a bit self-conscious of post-baby love handles. The back is open and the bottoms come up high in the front to help elongate your legs and still cover your backside. This suit is a juniors cut so be sure to size up at least one size.

Athleta Laguna Criss Cross Bikini – Criss-Cross Top ($64) and Bottom ($58)

Athleta Laguna Criss Cross Bikini

I discovered Athleta swimsuits a few years ago when I purchased one for a sprint triathlon and have been in love ever since. I’ve always considered myself a bargain shopper, but for me, nothing beats the quality and fit of an Athleta suit. Their suits hug in just the right places, come in a variety of styles and prints, and let me adjust sizing and fit where I need to as separates. Plus, they don’t wear out after one season like my cheaper suits. 

I love the coverage of this two-piece. The lacing on the top and at the sides of the bottoms give it a subtle sexiness with more modest coverage. Everything felt safe, secure and well within my comfort zone. It comes in bra size options and is sold as separates for versatility. I sized up to the D/DD cup and down on the band for a perfect fit.

Athleta Molokai – High Neck Bikini Top ($54), Reversible Bikini Bottoms ($49), Sleeveless Rashguard ($69)

thleta Molokai – High Neck Bikini Top ($54), Reversible Bikini Bottoms ($49), Sleeveless Rashguard ($69)

Since a one piece is a bit of a mystical unicorn for me, I was on the hunt for a two-piece with a bit more coverage on top with the option to make it into a tankini for water activities. The Molokai Bikini fit the bill. I love the pattern, and the high neck prevents me from feeling self-conscious that the girls might fall out in one direction or another, and the lace-up back gives it an edgier vibe. I sized up on the bottoms to get a bit more coverage across the rear and added a coordinating rashguard to give it a tankini feel. The bikini bottoms are reversible, so with the addition of the rashguard, I can create four different looks!

Xhiliration High Neck Tropical Two Piece, High Neck Top ($19.99) and Bottoms ($14.99)

Xhiliration High Neck Tropical Two Piece, High Neck Top ($19.99) and Bottoms ($14.99)

I saw this swimsuit in an ad for Target and knew I had to try it on. I was pleasantly surprised by the lining and to see that it comes in a variety of sizes – including plus size and tops up to a D/DD for more coverage. The suit is really comfortable on and kept everything in place, so I didn’t feel like it would fall off chasing kids or doing water sports. Plus, it’s a great deal at under $40!

Mom: Katie

Body Type: Petite Pear-Shaped/Mom of Two

What do I look for in a swimsuit?

What kind of bikini can stay in place while chasing a two-year-old around the pool?

I am at this weird place in life where I feel like I’m 26 and super sexy, but really, I’m a 33-year-old mother of two, standing tall at 5’1” and fighting against my pear-shaped mom bod. I don’t necessarily have a problem “area” as much as I just jiggle all over. And I’m just too tired to work out or care. I’m doing the best with what I’ve got

What kind of bikini can stay in place while chasing a two-year-old around the pool? How do I get the coverage of a mom-suit without losing my cool? And why does my WHOLE BODY now move when I run or jump?

What I loved.

Blugibedramsh Triangle Bikini, $15.99

Blugibedramsh Triangle Bikini

I wanted a better version of a classic triangle bikini. This one was lightly padded (nothing like a sheer white bathing suit, right ladies?) and seemed to be cut for women – not girls. It had a slightly cheeky bottom but just enough to be sexy and cool, not weird or embarrassing. At least I hope not. For a classic triangle bikini, I really liked this one, so I’m keeping it. Time will tell if it stays on during a cannon ball though.

Cupshe Calico High-Neck Halter Two-Piece, $23.99

Cupshe Calico High-Neck Halter Two-Piece

I was looking for something a little sportier for outdoor activities. I am small-chested so I don’t need that much support for the girls, and I like the high halter top style. Although I am not a big “color person” in that I mostly wear black, grey and navy, I love the colors in this and how it feels a little boho-chic. Like, I might go paddle boarding.

Athleta Cross Strap Bikini Top, $49 and  Smocked Medium Tide Bottom, $46

Athleta Cross Strap Bikini Top, $49 and Smocked Medium Tide Bottom, $46Of all the swimsuits I tried on, this one topped many lists for me, including most expensive at just under $100, best quality (thick material, nice padding) and most likely to be worn by a mom. I was reaching again with the color and picked a really pretty, solid blue/purple. It has coverage in all the right places and also errs on the sporty side. I would feel completely comfortable chasing after my two-year-old in this bikini, but I likely wouldn’t wear it on a romantic getaway to spice things up (if ya know what I mean… *wink-wink*). Overall, a good quality bathing suit that I hope lasts well into the years when I’m actually meant to wear “mom-suits”.

Mom: Liz

Body Type: Straight/Toddler Mom

What do I look for in a swimsuit?

My strategy for swimsuit shopping is to buy swim separates in similar colors (i.e. black) so I can easily mix-and-match.

Unlike Aimee, my bra size is a 32 AA (essentially a training bra), making me the official, un-opposed president of the Itty-Bitty Titty Committee. And since I have a white girl booty to match, I struggle to find a swimsuit that doesn’t sag when wet and a top that lays flush against my chest – wet or dry. My strategy for swimsuit shopping is to buy swim separates in similar colors (i.e. black) so I can easily mix-and-match. I also look for cheeky bottoms to give more of an appearance of having curves. This year, in addition to a swimsuit that allows me to safely swim and play with my two-year-old (there were a few X-rated incidents last summer), I am going to try to add some more color to my selection.

What I loved.

Athleta Kata Swim Short ($44) and Molokai Reversible Wrap Bikini Top ($54)

Athleta Kata Swim Short ($44) and Molokai Reversible Wrap Bikini Top ($54)First of all, shout out to Star at Athleta phone support! I was a little bummed after hearing Sarah rave and rave about Athleta swimwear only to find that their smallest top size is a 32B. So, I got on the phone with Star who walked me through some “cool mom” options.

I say I want color, but I somehow always manage to buy black. Because I spend more time climbing in and out of the pool and chasing my toddler around the pool, I really wanted a pair of swim shorts. The Kata shorts are fantastic – they have a bikini lining that fits to your body, and the shorts are just loose enough to allow movement but will still be comfortable to wear in the water. I chose this bikini top as an alternative to triangle tops – the tie-back allows me to get the ideal fit, but the cut stays firmly in place (no more nip slips!).

Cupshe Fresh Leaves Bikini ($26.99)

Cupshe Fresh Leaves Bikini

Again, trying to keep the kiddie pool scene G-rated, I opted for another wrap top. I love the simple design, and the white helps my pale skin look a little less bright. There is just enough padding in the top to keep everything smooth, and since the cups aren’t molded, the top lays flat and stays put. The bottoms are cheeky enough to give me a little curve action and not sag.

Cupshe Floral Crochet Bikini ($19.99)

Cupshe Floral Crochet Bikini

Of all the suits I tried on, this was my favorite with one big “but” – actually, it’s more of a “little butt.” The description of the suit and the reviews indicate that this is a cheekier cheeky cut. However, as it appears in the photo, the back is not much wider than a thong. So, I may wear them for my husband if he cleaned the house, made dinner and folded the laundry (hint, hint)…

On its own, the top is probably the best-fitting piece of swimwear I’ve ever worn. Because $19.99 is practically a steal for a top that makes me feel comfortable and confident, and the one swimsuit bottom I own that isn’t black is this same peach color, I kept it. If you want more coverage on the bottom (no judgement if you don’t!), mix and match the top with an existing bikini bottom or these ruched bottoms from Old Navy.

Mom: Lisa

Body Type: Mama-to-Be/New Mama

What do I look for in a swimsuit?

I am overcoming insecurities of wearing a swimsuit during my third trimester and postpartum, and I also need to be able to stay active in the water with my toddler. I want something that is mom-friendly but also has a flare of sexy to catch my husband’s eye. Because let’s be honest, it’s a challenge balancing motherhood, pregnancy and keeping your husband on his toes. I’m typically small-chested, so I like to show off the girls a little more when I’m pregnant and breastfeeding (and my husband doesn’t complain about that). I’ve always felt most comfortable with a sweetheart-cut top, so that’s high on my search list.

What I loved.

Athleta Aqualuxe Tankini – Molded Cup Top ($89) and Shirred Bikini Bottoms ($46)

Athleta Aqualuxe Tankini – Molded Cup Top ($89) and Shirred Bikini Bottoms ($46)

With dreams of life after pregnancy, I purchased this swimsuit. Black is always my go-to color to feel confident. I love how the strappy back of this top gives it a sexy edge, but the side-ruching on the top and bottoms are a little more forgiving for the extra baby weight I’ll be carrying. The top also has great support and some padding to help with shape (an area where any and all help is appreciated while nursing). The sweetheart-like neckline will allow me to nurse at the pool, if needed, while the bottoms are perfect for running after my toddler and keeping me covered at the same time. I will definitely get a lot of wear out of this suit and be able to mix match the top and bottoms with other pieces.

Liz Lange Maternity Flyaway Bandeau Tankini, $24.99

Liz Lange Maternity Flyaway Bandeau Tankini

I did find the perfect maternity swim suit – at Target – for this busy toddler mom in her third trimester. It has a loose-fitting top with a sweetheart tie and optional straps. Its loose fit allows it to fall without hugging any of the wrong places AND it covers most of my butt. I can even wear this suit post-pregnancy for a while and still feel comfortable and confident at the pool! I plan to wear with black swimsuit bottoms, but you could totally wear with a bright color for a surprising pop (see what I did there?). 

Mom: Veronica

Body Type: Tall & Curvy/New Mama

What do I look for in a swimsuit?

With a 6-month-old and a 6-year-old at home, I want something I can move in. And even though I’ve been working hard in the gym and eating well, I’d love something that is a little more forgiving on the sides, hips and tummy area post-baby and that gives me something a little extra in the boob department. Overall, I want a swimsuit that shows off all my hard work and makes me feel great, that gives me confidence, that lets me “mom” with the kids and that my husband will think is sexy.

What I loved.

Prima Donna Puerto Rico Bikini – Top ($96) and Bottoms ($49)

Prima Donna Puerto Rico Bikini – Top ($96) and Bottoms ($49)

I recently went on a girls trip to New York City for a long weekend. Maybe it was the opportunity to shop child-free or the free-flowing wine all weekend, but we decided to pop into Rigby & Peller Lingerie Shop to try on a few swimsuits. This is definitely a luxury shop with lovely swimsuits at a luxury price tag, but when in New York…

I love the color of this suit (it’s called mermaid, y’all), the fabric and the fit, and I am still surprised at how confident and pretty I felt in it (again, maybe it was the wine at lunch that day…). I appreciate the underwire and ruching in the top that makes the girls look bigger than they are – always a plus for me. And this one happens to be on sale right now through an online retailer, so I just may be able to get it.

Athleta Tara Halter Bikini in Electric Fuschia, Top ($56) and Bottoms ($46)

Athleta Tara Halter Bikini in Electric Fuschia, Top ($56) and Bottoms ($46)

When I saw this color, I knew I had to try it on! I absolutely love how the tie sides of this suit distract from my not-so-smooth hip and waist area. I also love how supportive, yet sexy, the halter top is (which, let’s face it, is tough when you feel like you’re constantly covered in formula or some sort of baby mess!). The top lifts where it needs to post-baby, and I feel like I’ll still be able to be an active mom without feeling uncomfortable about how I look. It was important I picked a two-piece since I’m a two-piece girl, and I’ve been working hard to embrace my mom body as well as to improve it. The color and fit of this swimsuit makes me feel closer to that goal. I just might have to go back and get a few more colors.

Athleta Aqualuxe Bikini – Molded Cup Top ($69) and Side-Scrunch Swim Skirt ($59)

Athleta Aqualuxe Bikini – Molded Cup Top ($69) and Side-Scrunch Swim Skirt ($59)

I love the gorgeous criss-cross straps on the bikini top, which feels so pretty on. I wish this created better cleavage for me as that’s something I need to feel good about when wearing a swimsuit, especially just a few months after baby #2. The skirt is great.  I will feel comfortable doing anything in it (you know, like picking up my baby or lifting the mountain of supplies I need for a 45-minute trip to the pool). Another perk is that the skirt can be shortened if I want to go sunin’.

OUR TOP PICKS FOR SEXY, MOM-FRIENDLY SWIMSUITS

Sun Labb Strappy One Piece
$39.99
$27.95
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Xhiliration Crochet Cut-Out
$29.99
$27.95
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Athleta Criss Cross Bikini
$122.00
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Blugibedramsh Triangle Bikini
$15.99
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Cupshe Calico Bikini
$23.99
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Molokai Reversible
Wrap Bikini
$103.00
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Cupshe Fresh Leaves Bikini
$26.99
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The Most Flattering Swimsuits for Moms

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