I’m on another maternity wear quest, not that the last five months have gone particularly well, but this time I’m after something specific. A swimsuit. Urgh.
I have two spa weekends coming up before baby arrives (hopefully a little ad hoc pampering and definitely some pedicures before then too) and so I need a swimsuit of sorts to see me through. The first one is a spa day with overnight stay with the hubbie at a place called the Kinmel Hotel in Abergele, Wales, so will be a nice relaxed affair. The second one is my best friends hen do at Rookery Hall, Cheshire, which will be less of a relaxed affair and at 7 months pregnant by that point I might not be feeling tip top, so I at least want to look the part.
Despite it being the start of summer, the shops are being naturally annoying and filling their shelves and online stores with transitional Autumn clothing – personally my favourite time of year but not when I need to buy swimwear. And I work for a fashion brand so am guilty of being a part of the problem, so who am I to complain.
So, it’s slim pickings for maternity swimwear as much of it is in the dregs of the sale (i.e. it’s shit) or there are very limited new lines to choose from. So, I’ve rounded up a few of my current favourites available for us mammas-to-be on the high street right now.
For me, the top three things I’m looking for – and won’t really know if these options have nailed it until I try them on – is; 1) support for the girls / Mitchell Brothers / boobs, 2) Coverage of the ever-expanding bum, an average swimsuit is now providing thong coverage, so the additional surface area needs to be catered for, and 3) I want to look nice. Simple.
So starting with this pretty whimsical number from Asos (it’s actually called the Asos Maternity Whimsical Print Swimsuit). It makes a pleasant change from black or stripes – a common theme across the board in maternity wear – and a nicely designed open back looks like it will give the support needed. Maybe a little to pastel for my pasty English skin and dark hair, but a winner all the same for it’s break-away from the norm style.
Love the style of number one, but not the print? Stick with Asos and go bolder with this monochrome stripe number. Diagonal stripes have to be the most flattering direction of stripe, no?
Or if you love a classic stripe, go all out nautical with a narrow blue and white stripe and red rope detail. You can’t get more cruise-ready than this Mama.licious halter swimsuit. Mama.licious is also available at a number of department stores such as John Lewis and Mothercare, but credit to Asos for this image, I’m much more comfortable using an image which doesn’t cut off the model’s head.
It wouldn’t be a swim post without some classic black in there, and this Emma Jane number with cross back is a simple beauty. Again, high five to Asos for the image, so much nicer than anywhere else, but if you hurry you might also be able to snap this one up in the Figleaves sale.
Of course if you’re not used to wearing a one piece and prefer something a little more flexible, but equally can’t face a bikini (if you can, then you go for it, be proud of that bump!) then you can’t beat a good old tankini. Perfect for mixing and matching, just make sure that if you do want good coverage get a top which fits well and is long enough to cover the bump and meet your bikini bottoms. This Blooming Marvellous tankini from Mothercare is bright and bold, the red will look amazing next to a tan!
And finally I’ve returned to Asos for a slightly different style tankini, actually quite a different style for maternity wear in general as it’s a strapless design. Obviously not suited or comfortable for a few of the larger chested mums-to-be, but if you’ve got a smaller bust, or are more of an ‘if you’ve got it, flaunt it’ type, then this beautiful magenta top with a loose fitting peplum and matching bottoms is a good one to try and break away from the maternity swim norm.
Either way, while you might not hit your normal style on the head with this, there are enough options out there for you to find a good balance between comfort and style. Now I just need to choose one for myself!