This coming swim season won’t be the same as any that have come before, at least in the traditional sense. But there will still be plenty of fun in the sun—and in the pool—to be had, and that means now is the time to start searching out the most flattering swimsuits to wear this summer. We know it can be tricky finding a bathing suit that feels comfy, looks cute, and fits securely enough to allow you to focus on mom duties: That’s why we’ve taken it upon ourselves to help out.
When you’re a mom, bathing suit shopping isn’t just about hunting down the most flattering swimsuit for your bod (or about finding the cheapest swimsuit). Whether you’re pregnant or have a baby on your hip, are bent over/chasing a toddler, or diving into the pool with your big kids, having a suit that’s supportive and stays put is just as important as style—perhaps even more so.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t have it all when it comes to a swimsuit: There are plenty of options available that meld fashion, function, and figure flattery. Matronly “mom bathing suits?” Not here. We scoured the internet—you might say we did a “deep dive”— to come up with the best, most flattering swimsuits for every mama whether she needs maternity swim or plus size. From a chic one-shoulder suit that looks good on everyone to a bikini that’s perfect for big boobs, there’s a swim style (or several) to suit you.
Best Rash Guard
We don’t know who needs to hear this but don’t forget to lather on the SPF. If you burn to a crisp after only a few minutes out in the sun, then a trusty rash guard will be your BFF. It’s not too late to snatch up this insanely cute magnolia print tee rash guard from Draper James’ collab with Lands’ End. (Psssst: You can even make it a co-ord with their matching bottoms.) Picture this: You, a designated pool day, and this moisture-wicking suit front and center. Bid adieu to summer in style… and without breaking the bank. 😉 We love that this mom-approved rash guard is made from a quick-dry fabric—beyond the pool, you’ll be able to run errands in it, make an appearance at a socially distanced BBQ, or play mini golf.
Best One-Piece Swimsuit
When life gives you lemons, buy the freaking limoncello swimsuit. From the panache-packed print to the playful cutouts and customizable knot, this personality-filled one-piece is ready for a day at the beach or lounging by the pool. With removable bust cups and adjustable straps, you’ll be able to tailor it to fit you justttt right. (If for some reason, you don’t like the lemon/stripe pattern, it also comes in a floral or colorblock style). We love that it provides full-coverage for your bum, so there’s no worry about overexposure and having to tug at it constantly. It shows off cleavage but it’s still modest enough for the kiddie pool. Simply put, “This swimsuit is beautiful! It’s the best of a one-piece with the cuteness of a two-piece!” Get ready to cha-cha-cha with your favorite sunnies front and center, mama!
Best Reversible Swimsuit
We pretty much live by the shopping adage of “If you love it, get it in multiple colors,” and with a reversible swimsuit, you can literally do exactly that–without having to buy multiple items. This stylish one-piece bathing suit does double duty with a dark navy bohemian print on one side and a white/blue floral on the reverse. It offers an adjustable fit thanks to the lace-up tie back, which is ideal for those who are smaller up top, though reviewers note that it offers decent support for bigger busts, as well (with pads for coverage and shaping). “This bathing suit is amaaaazing,” wrote one reviewer, “So much cuter than I even thought it would be. The material is nice and comfy as well. Very much true to size and I am thinking about getting another one because I love mine so much!” There are few things we enjoy more than getting major bang for our buck and at under $30, well, this pick delivers.
Best Swimsuit for Big Boobs
Panache offers some of the most supportive–and most flattering–swimsuits for women with big boobs. Case in point: This twisted bandeau bikini top is offered in cup sizes D through G. It comes with detachable, adjustable straps that convert to criss-cross and halter, so whether you feel like your ladies need a little extra support, you’ve got options. So said one reviewer, “Strapless top for a large chested girl? You better believe it! I own several of these tops and can wear them all day at the beach without worrying about the girls falling out.” Speaking of support, the cups are foam lined and feature both underwire and side boning. What to wear with? Since Panache bathing suits are all bra-sized, two pieces are sold as separates for the perfect fit on top and bottom. Pair this striped bikini top with its matching folded bikini bottom or with your favorite solid black style.
Best Holiday Weekend Swimsuit
Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day are all on the horizon, so let’s celebrate with a new (color appropriate) suit. As if we need an excuse for something so flattering and colorful. This is a one piece swimsuit that let’s you chase the kids, do a deep-dive and even get a teeny tan during nap time (let down that halter tie). And although the red, white and blue color combo is bold and beautiful, we may need a second one in the way of the berry or yellow color-block. The targeted waist definition and darker color placement down the sides is a slimming trick we all need now. Whether you’re a size 2-22, in regular torso or long, get ready to look V cute by the pool stat.
Best Slimming Swimsuit
If there’s ever a time in our lives when we want to feel just a little bit trimmer, it’s while we’re in our swimsuits. While not nearly as bad as the actual in-dressing-room try-on experience, wearing a suit can leave you feeling a little reminiscent of your pre-kids body. Well, Miraclesuit shapes you and drapes you just where you need, and the Network Jena style does it with mesh inserts and flattering jewel tone colors. The luxurious fabric feels good (not sucked in) so you can wear this lounging on the kids sprinkle-donut floatie now, and definitely again later when you and the girls finally escape to the spa weekend planned for post #quarantine season.
Best Maternity Swimsuit
This maternity swimsuit is a fan favorite on Amazon; it comes in over a dozen colors from rich solids to tropical floral prints so there’s something for every mama-to-be. Padded cups, adjustable shoulder straps, and ruched sides help keep preggos comfy and accommodate growing bods, and the fabric features UPF 50+ for safe sunning. Expectant reviewers have praised its comfort and coverage, including one who noted “There is good support for the ladies and great coverage all around. I went with a large and it fit perfectly. Covered my butt completely, and never felt self conscious. A must have for pregnant women at the beach!” Available in sizes S through XXL, this is a one-piece swimsuit you can rely on to stay put: As another reviewer told it, “the suit stayed in place and didn’t roll or bunch up on me as I was bending and chasing my toddler around the pool. Would def recommend this as cute maternity suit option.”
Best Stay-Put Swimsuit
A flattering swimsuit that’s stylish and stays put? Yep, it can be done–and Athleta’s done it. If you’re an active mama who doesn’t want to worry about flashing your boobs or having your butt cheeks spill out when you’re chasing the kids in your bathing suit, this brand offers sporty styles with plenty of coverage. Their high-neck bikini top gives bra-sized support and coverage with underwires for B through DD cups–and scores nearly 200 perfect ratings online. As per one reviewer, “This is the second Maldives High neck Bikini top I’ve purchased. I can use for kayaking, snorkeling and swimming. I like the cut and my girls stay inside with no adjustment.” (Okay, we see you, Sporty Spice.) For extra coverage on your lower half, try pairing it with the cinchable Sand Sprint Short that’s perfect for water sports and even hot yoga!
Best One-Shoulder Swimsuit
Summersalt’s best-selling Sidestroke one-piece is truly one of the most flattering swimsuits out there–just ask one of the 900+ customers who gave this suit a perfect rating score on the brand’s site. So what exactly is it about the Sidestroke that has women going wild? It could be the compression fabric that keeps everything exactly where it’s supposed to be, providing support for all bust sizes without cups or pads. Or perhaps it’s the full-coverage bottom–or the fact that this one-shoulder bathing suit is offered in 11 color-blocked colorways (always with the darker color strategically placed at the bottom), in sizes 0 to 24, as well as a long torso option. Most likely, it’s all of the above. As for those happy customers, they consistently rave about the quality, support, and overall look of this swimsuit. As one put it, “I have gotten so many compliments on this suit. It’s very flattering. I haven’t had a suit look this cute since before my kids.” And there you have it.
Best Under $50 Swimsuit
For some of the most flattering swimsuits out there that won’t offend your wallet, just head on over to Walmart (online, of course). Among the selection, you’ll find gems like this chic polka dot one-piece from Ashley Graham’s collection that’s as on trend as it is affordable. From the playful print to the classic tank shape, this bathing suit hits all the right style notes–without sacrificing function for fashion. Soft, removable bra cups offer shape and modesty, and wide straps give full support up top. Available in sizes 4 through 24, it’s easy to see why this suit is an instant classic with customers–some even mention wearing it as a bodysuit, too. As one happy shopper bluntly put it, “This suit is simple but very cute. Nothing bad to say about it so far.” Another wrote, “I have tried endlessly to find suits that flatter and at 34 years old have FINALLY found one I love! Can’t wait until the warm weather to hit the pool with my little girl!”
Best Post-Partum Swimsuit
Calling all new moms! You shouldn’t be shy about showing off your bod at the beach, but we 100% understand if you’re not quite ready for an itty-bitty bikini yet. Instead, make a bangin’ entrance with the cutest post-partum swim dress (okay, technically it’s a two-piece) featuring slimming tummy control. We love that it’s subtly sexy—it complements the curves of your body without showing off too much skin. Says one Amazon customer, “Recently took a trip to Barbados. It’s been a while since I’ve purchased or worn a bathing suit so I was a little self-conscious. I ordered it not really expecting much but I was pleasantly surprised! I ordered a large, which is about 12-14 size. I loved the boy shorts instead of the regular bottom that typically comes with a swimsuit. This two-piece was perfect for me.”
Best Minimalist Swimsuit
Come for the chic styling, stay for the figure flattery! Lively’s color-blocked black one piece swimsuit is thoughtfully designed to look modern and sexy, featuring a cutout back, high-cut leg, and minimalist-friendly hues. It’s one of the most flattering swimsuits for women who are looking to draw the eye up and away from the tummy area, whether you’re post-baby or post-bagel (Do you, girl). Either way, the reviews section is filled with comments from women who say this style has renewed their confidence–that includes one that noted, “I love this suit so much! I’m 6 months postpartum and feel confident and comfortable, without sacrificing style.” Another wrote, “Bought to hide my stomach…I have a 7 month old. Super flattering. Very supportive.” The overall verdict on this swimsuit: Flattering and mom-friendly without being matronly. Or as one reviewer put it, “Every time I wear this I get compliments. I am a mom, but this is cooler than a mom bathing suit.” Done and done.
Best Swimsuit Back
Why choose between coverage and cuteness when you can have both? This Eco Beach one piece swimsuit gives you the unrivaled coverage of a square neck (no spillover) and full back (no wedgie) while delivering on a really stylish back. The back hook and adjustable straps make it so much easier to get on and off. (Remember last year trying to pull off that wet bathing suit top?) We love the fun, graphic striped print in the dark blue/light blue combo or the black/white option with the stripes that run vertically for slimming appeal just where we all need it most (tummy and tush).
PS-Eco Beach makes their suits from 80% recycled fibers and they specifically create silhouettes for active lifestyles. Yes, running after the LO’s does count as active in our book.
Best Swimsuits on Sale
Work it, mama! If this emerald polka dot suit doesn’t make you feel like a HMIC (Head Mom in Charge), then we don’t know what will. Seriously ladies! That silo is the definition of flattering. From the wrap neckline and ruched fabric around the tummy to the body-sculpting lining, what’s there not to love?? Plus, you won’t have to worry about showing off too much skin or pulling and tugging to keep everything in place. There’s even thicker straps in place in case you want to do a backward dive into the swimming pool. For a designated beach day, just add a sunhat and a beach cover-up for one last hurrah before the reality of fall (ugh, so soon?!?) starts to sink in. Did we mention that you can currently snag this suit for just $54? Oh yes, buy it now, wear it for Labor Day weekend, and then pull it out next summer for round two.
Don’t sleep on it, ladies… this suit is currently on sale for less than $100! There’s still time yet to squeeze in a last-minute beach getaway. (Remember, summer isn’t officially over until September 22.) This color-splashed suit from Slovenia-based illustrator Alja Horvat will have you channeling OOO vibes at first splash. With an adjustable back tie and back fringe detail, this exotic one-piece is one that you can rock around the kiddie pool or in a private cabana with a piña colada in hand (hey, a mom can dream). It would look super adorable with an oversized menswear-inspired button-down and Birkies. The flattering silhouette is a match for a ton of different body shapes. Our advice: If you’ve got it, flaunt it.
One Anthro shopper raves, “This one-piece is so fun! I like the coverage it gives (I just had a baby in the spring-not ready to show off too much just yet hehe) compared to some other one pieces that go up super high around the pelvic/thigh/hip bone area. This swim suit DOES come with a padded built in bra which I was SO excited to find out about upon delivery. I didn’t see any info for that on the website. It seems more pink in person and isn’t sheer at all.”
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