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This year has been all about women embracing their bodies: Whether you are tall and curvy or short and bony, you deserve to feel comfortable in your skin. Yet, mothers around the world still tend to feel awkward and embarrassed by their post-baby bodies. Worse, the media seems to shame moms who dare to look good – and feel good – in sexy outfits and styles. As a result, whenever swim season rolls around, you might be tempted to cover up in an oversized T-shirt and layers upon layers of sarongs.
This year should be different. Moms are people, too, and we hardly deserve the shame and anxiety others foist on our bodies. You can be as sexy as you want to be – and the following sexy swim styles will help you achieve your perfect summer look.
1. Mesh and Cutouts
Cutouts have been a hot swim trend for a few years now, and it is one that moms tend to gravitate toward for obvious reasons. While cutouts do reveal more skin, they usually do so in flattering shapes and regions – avoiding typical mom trouble zones like the lower belly – so they create a sexy look without actually revealing more than moms want. This year, mesh-covered cutouts provide even more coverage while allowing some skin to peak out. Cutouts are more common in one-pieces – also see: the monokini – but mesh have been incorporated into nearly every swim cut and style.
2. Slits and Deep Cuts
Thanks largely to the Kardashians, swim styles from the ‘90s are back, which means you can wear plunging V-necks and high-cut legs tastefully. These styles are exceedingly sexy, highlighting the chest and legs – but because they are most common on one-pieces, they still allow you to keep much of your body covered, if that’s what makes you feel comfortable. Alternatively, you can find a suit that has deep cuts and cutouts, so you can reveal as much of your banging post-baby bod as possible.
3. High Waist
If you prefer bikini styles, you might be interested in obtaining high-waisted bottoms, which are no longer retro but rather simply on-trend. By cutting the body at the natural waist rather than the hips, these bottoms tend to create the illusion of an hourglass figure, making your waist look itty-bitty while your hips are gorgeously full. Plus, the tight material over your belly will smooth and slim your skin, helping you feel taught and toned. You can even find high-waisted bikini bottoms with built-in tummy control panels, which provide even more support to your lower abs – a boon for brand-new moms.
4. High Neck
Another bikini style option ideal for moms – especially those still benefiting from motherhood’s bust-boosting effects – is the high neck. The very opposite of the deep V-neck, high necks cover the entire chest area, though sometimes only with cords, straps, or mesh. For some reason, covering the chest is just as sexy as revealing it; plus, the extra fabric provides greater support, and when you’re a mom, you need all the support you can get. Unlike cutouts and high waists, high necks are the newest swim trend this year, so if you want to be cool and hot on the beach, this style is for you.
5. Dresses and Skirts
For years, the only swim dresses you’d see at the pool would be on little girls. However, women have begun embracing swim skirts, which add a modest amount of coverage to another insecurity-laden area: the crotch and upper thighs. Now, rather than wrapping yourself in an opaque sarong and never leaving the comfort of your beach towel, you can run around with your kids while keeping carefully covered. Even better, designers have found a way to make swim dresses look mature, so you can feel sexy and confident while covering as much skin as you like.
6. Colors and Patterns
The beauty of swimwear is that you can wear almost any color or pattern – highlighter yellow, garish paisley – and few people will bat an eye. Still a few hues are more on-trend than others. Neutrals, including nudes and whites, are perhaps the most stylish this season. However, petite florals are also rather chic, and patterns can work like ruching to disguise bumps, rolls, and other skin imperfections you would rather keep hidden.
This summer, your goal shouldn’t be to keep your body hidden – but you also shouldn’t necessarily aim to be the sexiest mom on the beach. Instead, you should find a suit that makes you feel comfortable in your skin. That’s the sexiest look there is.