The long winter has finally subsided and we’ve breezed right through spring into the heat and humidity of summer. Whether you’re on vacation or stopping by the local poolside with the kids, you’ll want swimwear that’s not only attractive, but comfortable and functional; chasing children around the pool or beach does not leave you time to fidget with your bathing suit! So here are some do’s and don’ts while shopping for the perfect summer suit.
- A prominent area of the body with great risk of unwanted exposure, are our beloved bosoms. The first DO on this list, is to find a suit that supports and covers your chest; especially if you’re nursing or have recently weaned.
- If you’ve recently given birth or are still working on smoothing that tummy, don’t stress over getting that bikini-bod. Summer with the kids is about comfort and function: wear a one-piece suit with ruching or a bold pattern to conceal any unwanted attention on your abdomen. You don’t want to waste a moment being self-conscious.
- No matter how far from postpartum you may be, we all have different areas we prefer to show-off, and others we’d rather conceal. If you want to divert attention from your hips, butt, or thighs, look for a suit, one-piece or two, with a skirted bottom.
- Our final DO is to feel great about yourself. You’ve brought life into this world, and it’s just as important to love yourself as it is to love your children. Wear what you love and what you’re comfortable in. When it comes down to it, dress for you.
- Don’t pull out that yellow polka-dot bikini too soon. Shop for the size you are, not the size you want to be or will be post-nursing. Keep the girls in check so you can chase the kids, not your itty-bitty bikini top.
- Don’t wear suits that are secured only with tied strings. Both the water and the children are experts at un-doing that which ought to remain done. Looks for suits that are completely sewn at the sides, or that have strong clasps.
- Don’t wear white or light, solid-colored suits. Though light colors may help your skin look darker, they also tend to highlight whats underneath, especially when wet. Nipping is a calculated risk of thin fabric and water, but a dark color or print will likely avert unwanted gazes, or the thirst of your infant.
- And lastly, don’t over think it. Hopefully these tips will guide your next swimsuit purchase, but the majority of the time, you know what’s best for you and your body.