swimwear for a modest mama.

In a large box under my bed lives my mix and match collection of bikinis from the last ten or so years. I pull it out nearly every weekend to throw on a suit for the beach, but I’ve been having mixed feelings about them lately. I just feel so exposed! I will be forever amazed at the human body and the changes it goes through during pregnancy and after, but it’s not like it all goes right back to normal even once you’re back to your pre-baby weight. Speaking of – I’m back to my pre-pregnancy weight (woot woot!), and I’m feeling really good about it, but I feel a little different in a bikini these days. I’m proud of my body and the way it looks, but I think it’s also ok to cover up a little bit more if that’s what feels right. I don’t know if I’m putting up my bikinis forever, but I’m loving the look and feel of one-pieces right now.

Well, the other day I came home from the store with a one-piece swimsuit. And Mikey was not a huge fan. “What’s wrong with your bikinis? You look so good!” Sweetest man alive. He’s always been amused with my modesty, or “mom-style” when it comes to clothes. (I have one dress that he calls my Mennonite dress, and he thinks my love of overalls is hilarious, which is fair.) But now my mom-style has carried over to the beach and it’s been a discussion lately. I’ve been hunting around for swimwear that maybe will strike a happier medium and I found a few that I love.

A basic one piece with a strappy back.

Hot pink number in a classic scoop style.

Romantic blue flowers with the sweetest scallop detail and a halter top.

My favorite of the bunch with real embroidery and adjustable straps.

Definitely a splurge item, but I love the shape and the slim back strap detail.

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