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I generally don’t take pictures of myself in a swimsuit and then post them on the Internet.
And when I say “I don’t generally” I mean “It has literally never happened before this summer.”
Let’s be honest here: I’m pretty happy with the way I look, but usually the better I feel about myself is directly related to the amount of clothes I have on. Pregnancy + the natural effects of getting older do unkind things to skin and muscle tone, and the fact that I went through 5 pregnancies, each resulting in an 8-10 pound baby – and am now almost officially into ZOMG my late 30s – well. If you’ve been pregnant, you probably know what I’m talking about.
I’ve bought countless tankinis and skirted suits, thinking that that could be the solution to an, umm, soft belly and faded-but-never-going-completely-away stretch marks, but to be honest, they were the worst thing I could have done. The tankini tops always showed an inch of skin in the one place I absolutely did NOT want to show skin, and those skirts? Ladies, we may think we’re getting away with something, but truthfully we’re just drawing attention to the fact that there’s something we’d like to hide.
This year I decided I was done making do with “mom” suits. No making do with a cheap suit and cover-up. No unflattering tankinis or skirts that scream “I’M A MOM, DON’T BOTHER LOOKING OVER HERE.” No cramming myself into a painful “slimming” suits that feel like some kind of torture involving latex sausage casing.
I’d been eyeballing a yellow polka-dotted high-waisted bikini – a style I was pretty sure I could get away with since it would show skin while covering my “trouble” spot – on ModCloth for over a year, and decided it was time to go for it.
Only once I clicked over to the swimwear section, I couldn’t make up my mind. Yes, the two-piece was cute, but they have such a great selection of vintage-inspired one-pieces as well – suits that offer gentle slimming and shaping and a lower leg cutout that flatters without making it look like you’re hiding under as much fabric as possible. Plus, the sassy retro styles made the suits’ modest lines seem deliberate, not desperate. Ultimately, I went with the Esther Williams Snack Bar Beauty Suit, and when it arrived on my doorstep in June, I could not have been happier. I have not felt this cute and confident in a swimsuit, like, ever – hence the very unusual swimsuit-clad Instagram I posted during a trip to the beach last month. (and this one, which has gone unpublished until now. Turns out it’s kind of hard to take a good full-body selfie while lying on the beach.)
So when I found out that ModCloth was having a big swimwear sale – swimsuits are 30% off or more – I knew I had to share it here. If you’re ready to toss out your unflattering skirted suit or are tired of hiding your tankini under a cover-up, check out their suits! They come in a huge range of patterns and styles as well as plus sizes, and their return process is really easy in case you want to order a few and do a try-on session at home.
I also love ModCloth because the buyer reviews tend to be very detailed and specific, and often include photos of “real women” wearing the suits. (Want to know exactly what a particular suit looks like on a size-12 body? You’ll probably be able to see it in action on another customer and read her thoughts about what works and what doesn’t.)
The Snack Bar Beauty suit is almost sold out, so hurry – but all of the Esther Williams suits offer similar styling, get great ratings and they come in dozens of colors and prints, so you’re sure to find something you love.
The suits are going fast, and the sale will only last for a limited time, so don’t wait! Which is your favorite style?
Note: after buying and loving ModCloth clothes for over a year, I decided to become a ModCloth affiliate. That means if you click a link in this post and make a purchase, I’ll receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I’ve been talking them up all over the place for free, though, so believe me: I really love this company!