Becoming a new mum is easily the most exciting and most stressful time in any woman’s life. It’s a time of new beginnings and excitement with your new bundle of joy. At the same time, life as a new mum can be tricky when it comes to fashion. You’ve lost some of the baby weight, but your body just isn’t the same as it was before pregnancy. Finding clothing that fits properly and comfortably can be somewhat of a chore.
One of the most trying areas for new mums can be bathing suit shopping. There’s a good chance you’re not ready to slip into that pre-pregnancy string bikini and at the same time you want to find a bathing suit that allows you to move around freely as new mums need to be able to do. So, what’s a new mum to do? Before you go writing off swimsuit season and deciding it’s not for you this year, you may want to take a look at these fabulous bathing suit styles and tips that are ideal for new mums.
Get Familiar with the Tankini
New mums everywhere have Anne Cole to thank for one of the most practical, comfortable, and stylish options out there. The Anne Cole tankini was the first of its kind and was the answer for women of all ages, shapes, and sizes. The two-piece swimsuit features a tank top and a bikini bottom. It provides coverage and comfort while still being stylish. Nowadays you can find tankinis in all colours, prints, fabrics, and styles.
For new mums, this gives you the ability to wear a two-piece suit that doesn’t feel too revealing. For those who are feeling a little self-conscious of their tummy region, the suit covers the area skillfully. Because it can be paired with any style of bottoms, you can also customise just how much coverage you have. You can opt for a board short or boy short, a high cut brief, or even a low cut bikini bottom.
What’s great about these tankinis is that even after your body returns back to its pre-pregnancy shape and size, this style of bathing suit is still great and extremely stylish.
Dress in Your Current Size
One mistake that many new mums make is to purchase clothing that they want to fit into rather than what fits right now. When you are buying a swimsuit that is too small and in your pre-pregnancy weight, you will feel uncomfortable and the suit just won’t be flattering. Try not to get too wrapped up in what size you are; instead, embrace it and dress to your current shape and size. By doing this you’re sure to look great.
Ruching can be any new mum’s absolute best friend and most brilliant fashion trick. Ruching is perfect for camouflaging various areas, whether that be your hips or tummy. Ruching is ruffles, or pleats. What this means is that the swimsuit isn’t lying flat against your body, which also means it won’t be showing off everything you’ve got going on. Ruching is very common on one-piece swimsuits and on tankini tops.
Make Use of Colour Blocking
Colour blocking is another great trick that can be used in swimsuits. Colour blocking uses a dark colour on the bottom of the swimsuit and then a bright/light colour on the top. What this does is draw a line across the smallest region of your waist. It helps to take attention away from the tummy area and accentuate a tiny waist.
Go for a Bold Print
Often, people reach for the typical black bathing suit thinking it will do the best job of camouflaging and creating a slimmer look. In reality, bold prints can be just as effective, if not more. So, go ahead and get colourful and bold with your swimsuit.
Don’t Forget the Cover-Up
While much attention is paid to the swimsuit itself, there is also the cover-up to use to your advantage. Today you can find fabulous options such as lightweight sundresses, jewelled caftans, oversized linen shirts, sheer pants, jumpsuits, and the traditional wraps. If you want to purchase just one that works with all your bathing suits, be sure to go for a solid neutral color so it will match your various bathing suits.
There’s No Need to Skip Swim Season
Thanks to these tips and style notes, there is absolutely no reason that as a new mum you have to skip swim season.
*This is a collaborative post.