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Mom Style: Look Cute While Showing Less

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It’s every woman’s favorite time of year – swimsuit season.  Do you guys struggle with this one as much as I do?  Of course there’s the usual body issues that a bathing suit can bring out in even the most secure lady, but post-kids there’s even more fun stuff to deal with (tummy pouch, vericose veins, saggy breasts… what have you).

As a result, I always find that I’m willing to spend a little more on a quality swim suit that will last me through the summer season and have me feeling my best.  And ever since I was about 16, I always tend to turn to the same place for said suit – J.Crew.

So imagine my delight when I popped over there today and found that this year they have a whole slue of offerings that go beyond the basic bikini and actually help to cover a mother up! Plus, they’re having a sale!!

I was so excited by the selection, and the discount, that I decided to skip today’s scheduled post and share my favorite finds.  Ready?  Here we go…

  1. (top left) My absolute favorite thing this season is the popularity of rash guards.  The one pictured above is ridiculously expensive (even with the 25% off sale), but they have a ton of them ranging from long sleeve to tank in some suprisingly hip and funky patterns.  The look is very surfer cool.
  2. (top right) The sleeveless style and modern print of this bandeau one-piece suit makes it a rare breed: a one-piece that isn’t matronly.
  3. (middle left) Tankinis have always been somewhat of a Godsend to mamas dealing with post-baby pouches.  The retro polka dot print and feminine cut of this one makes it extra special.
  4. (middle right) This Italian is no boring one-piece.  According to J. Crew, “It’s crafted of a revolutionary high-performance fabric from Jersey Lomellina®, a top Italian mill known the world over for its luxe technical fabrics. Featuring incredible freedom of movement and stretch retention.”  Because there’s nothing worse than a saggy suit!
  5. (bottom left) Of course, all women know that one of the best ways to feel confident on the beach or next to the pool is to always have a cute cover-up on hand.  I like the light and airy feel of this one.
  6. (bottom right) Last, but not least, these days a swimsuit has to have a good underwire to make it into my beach bag.

So what do you think guys – which one should I pick?  Also, don’t forget to use the code SUMMER and get 25% off if you go shopping for yourself!

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georgine June 5, 2013 at 9:24 am

Ninety percent of my bathing suits (yes, I have a lot) are from J. Crew (the other 10% are from Target, that could be higher, but they never have my size). While I have had quality issues with other items from J. Crew, the bathing suits are great. I wear two pieces and I like that you buy the top and bottom as separates. And as someone who has breastfed for six years, I love their underwire tops. And J. Crew has great prints. The only problem is they do’t carry the suits in stores, but have free shipping and returns. So one might have to order a couple of different sizes to try.

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Steph (MPMK Founder) June 5, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Totally agree with you on the quality Georgine. Thanks for the tip on ordering – I kind of hate shopping so I always order online, didn’t realize they don’t have the suits in stores.

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julia-lifeonchurchill June 5, 2013 at 9:56 am

j crew has the best selection of 1-pieces ! I purchased a cute one from gap last year but have always admired j crews. going to check out the sale :)

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Angel June 5, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Love this post! Although, I can’t seem to find the bandeau one like you show?! :( Did I just overlook it?

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Angel June 5, 2013 at 4:31 pm

False alarm! I found it…. Thanks again! :)

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Carolyn Jones June 5, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Thank you for sharing the info about J Crew! I never would’ve thought to look for a swimsuit there but I just checked their site out and purchased an underwire tankini and bikini bottom. Yay! The discount code definitely helped.

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Stephanie June 8, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Great list! I’m always looking for modest swimwear. If you’re looking for more options check out http://www.thepinkdesert.com. My dear friend runs Pink Desert, she has the cutest modest swimsuits! Lots of trendy styles and colors, lots of choices for different body types. It’s worth checking out.

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