Mummy Style: The Swimsuit


There’s nothing quite like the realisation you will be in a swimsuit in a week’s time to get you motivated. This week I have been mostly HIIT-ing the gym mat hot, sweaty and out of breath in an attempt to lose my mummy tummy in time for our first family holiday next week. While I am very much looking forward to getting away and taking Daisy abroad, the idea of getting my post-baby body into a swimsuit has not thrilled me – to be fair it never much enamoured me pre-baby either. Added to which the reason for our holiday is my brother’s wedding so the whole family will be there – there will be no where to hide.

Luckily for all of us, like myself, who do not favour their tummies help is at hand. Hanging up my bikini for now it would seem I’m not alone. Recent summers have seen the swimsuit gain huge popularity over the two-piece as the swimwear of choice – huzzah! Which means as always our great British High Street has endless options on offer for all budgets.

Naturally I have opted for black because I love it for it’s minimalising abilities. But this summer I’m bringing out the big guns with a cossie from Figleaves. Chosen for it’s firm support and underwired cups, I am leaving nothing to chance – especially as I shall be running after my now-walking-toddler. For obvious reasons I shall not be sharing an image of myself in it for this post pre-holiday (it is not pretty) but I am more than satisfied with this one piece when on and the cunning ruching on the tummy also helps distract from any lumps and bumps that manage to defy the control panel. The halter strap is also great for giving my bust some much-need oomph and is detachable so I can avoid dodgy tan lines (if I manage to see the sun that is).

Doing more than just it’s name would suggest, swimwear has come such a long way, the technology especially. In my years as a Fashion Editor compiling endless swimwear pages I’ve witnessed the bikini, tankini and swimsuit shape evolve significantly as have the prices – extra support no longer means extra cost. Nor does it have to be uncomfortable – no one wants to feel like they are trussed up in a corset on the beach – you should be hot enough as it is in the sun! Whatever your woe, these days there is a swimsuit for you.

To lend a helping hand as there are so many out there I have put together some of my favourites available now that are perfect if you find yourself in the same situation as me. Don’t shy away from colour or prints, believe it or not but a cleverly placed pattern, dart or seam can actually work wonders to your figure.


1. Debenhams

2. Next – Top Tip: create curves or accentuate your waist subtly with a belt in the same colour

3. Topshop (sold out but similar here)

4. La Redoute  

5. Marks & Spencer 

6. H&M (spotted in-store) – Top Tip: this vertical pattern will lengthen your body while the slight diagonal will create curves.

7. River Island

8. George at Asda 

9. Seaspray

10. Swimwear 365

11.Figleaves – Top Tip: a lighter colour on your top half will draw the eye upwards while the darker shade on the bottom will minimalise.

12. New Look


Happy Shopping


This post was not sponsored, all thoughts and opinions are my own.