It’s snowing as I type this so let’s talk swimwear.

My days of lying on a beach chair for endless uninterrupted hours are a thing of a past. With two kids in tow there is no relaxing or even sitting still. Instead, I can expect to be buried alive and spend my entire days stopping Isla (and probably Theo) from eating sand and washing away in the ocean due to her fearlessness in the face of any body of water. This means I’m constantly keeping an eye out for flattering jiggle-free, chasing-kid-friendly swimwear. Even before I had kids I was ready to retire the bikinis and move on to one-piece suits, but just the thought made me feel old. Not anymore. My hunt for swimwear that doesn’t make me feel like a nearly naked twenty-something has been pretty successful so far.

One of my favorite suits is from Albion Fit (seen on me here). The black ruched bottom half has a slimming effect on my lingering baby belly (from my first pregnancy), and the sweet Eiffel towers on the white top draw your eyes up, which sounds bad now that I’m typing this but you know what I’m getting at here. This season, I’m eyeing a few of their tankini suits. I know what you’re thinking. A tankini? These are not the tankinis of the early 2000s, I swear. The high-waisted bottoms and peplum tops are not only adorable, but I’m thinking they’ll hide all the right post-baby spots I never want the world to see again. That is, until my next pregnancy because that is the only time I’ll ever wear another bikini. Weird, right? Anyway. I also love that you can mix and match these. A pair of black high-waisted bottoms will go with just about anything (including tops I already own if I’m feeling brave enough bare a little extra skin).

During my hunt for swimsuits this year I’m looking for a few specific features I’ve found to be the most flattering: ruched mid-sections, vertical stripes, busy prints, color-blocks (dark bottoms, light tops), high-waisted two-pieces, black on black on black and slimming side details. Here are a few options, for all budgets:

Flattering one-piece swimwear for 2016top: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
middle: 1 | 2 | 3* | 4
bottom: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
{*see this suit on my gorgeous friend Liz}

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