Summer has officially arrived which means bathing suit season is in full swing. My days at the beach or pool look very different than they did 5 years ago. Gone are the days of reading magazines and adjusting my teeny bikini to prevent tan lines. Instead, I am chasing after a toddler and holding an infant. With Isabella being almost four she wants to spend all of her time swimming and riding on floats. Summer provides an additional challenge when selecting swimwear because she grabs and pulls on anything within her reach. While, I would love to wear a string bikini its just not practical when I am with the girls. So I set out to investigate brands and cuts that suit the active lifestyle of moms with little kids. The following criteria helped me narrow down my search for mom friendly swimwear:
After doing plenty of research I realized my favorite athletic brands also make swimwear so why not test them out first?! lululemon is one of my go-to athletic brands so its only natural that I would turn to them for athletic swimwear. When I found out that my all time favorite sports bra was also a swim top I was ecstatic. I have never really been a fan of shorts before but after purchasing these running shorts from lululemon and absolutely loving them I figured I should try out their swim shorts. Not going to lie – I’m obsessed – there might be no turning back. Initially, I was concerned that they would feel too covered up but they provide everything I am looking for in an active swimwear bottom. This line is a definite yes for any mom seeking active swimwear. Just a tip – size up one size as I did with both the bottom and top.
When the one-piece trend gained momentum I have to say I was not initially on board. But knowing that you my readers and my friends are all so chic I figured I owed it to you to try it out. This one by Zella was by far my favorite. Instead of being just your basic black one-piece there are details to this suit that make it subtly sexy.
The open back lacing is surprisingly uncomplicated and it also helps you adjust the fit of the suit. A mesh panel in the front of the suit provides breathability and that subtle hint of sexiness. In addition, the lining and light padding in the top is a huge plus. Coverage in the back is not an issue and I didn’t have to adjust this suit, once, when I wore it. The style of the suit is also super flattering for an athletic build. The higher cut on the thigh elongates your leg while the halter neckline puts well defined arms on display.
You have most likely seen this suit before in this post or this one and its no surprise it popped up again because I love it! Helen Jon caters to an athletic and luxurious lifestyle, making it easy to find a mom approved swimsuit. The halter top neckline has become a favorite of mine because it ensures nothing can fall out. With a tie detail in the back you can easily adjust the tension on this striped style and make sure you stay covered. The bikini bottom provides full coverage in the front and back and hits at the perfect place on your stomach to prevent the dreaded muffin top.
This summer I will most likely be selecting my swimwear from one of the three lines that cater to the athletic mom, lululemon, Zella or Helen Jon.
This summer I will most likely be selecting my swimwear from one of the three lines that cater to the athletic mom, lululemon, Zella or Helen Jon. I can confidently say that all three brands offer some options that meet all of my active mom swimwear checklist. While I’ll be covered on the swimsuit styles I want to also make sure that I am protected from the sun. Don’t forget your sunscreen. If you missed my post on Supergoop! make sure you check it out otherwise drop these three essentials into your cart to keep you covered during those super sunny days.