Skip the Dressing Room: 3 Great Online Swimsuit Resources for Moms

Splendid Marcel Stripe Bustier Swim Top Lifestyle

Pictured: Splendid Marcel Stripe Bustier Swim Top,

The two things I least like trying on are blue jeans and bathing suits. Our bodies change, and there seems to be so little time for personal things, such as bathing suit shopping. If you are one of those who avoids the mall at all costs, check out these online resources.


A bikini that stays put.
Many of us moms like to wear bikinis, but the days of casually lounging in the sun with a magazine are largely long gone. If you’ve got little ones to chase around the pool, a suit that stays in place is mandatory. Supportive and sassy, the Splendid Marcel Stripe Bustier Swim Top (pictured left) offers molded soft cups and underwire and is equipped with a detachable swim strap for even more support. The fold-over bikini bottoms provide a flattering fit with extra coverage around the waistline.

Stylish support. After two babies (and all the work that goes into feeding them), the one thing I want in a bathing suit is support. Bathing suits by Nautica are some of the most supportive I have ever owned.  Two other brands I recommend, also known for their support and high quality material, are Athena and Next. All three available at

Pathway Shirred Tankini Top, $65, and Good Karma Roll Top Swim Skort, $57, by Next.

Extra coverage. Based on my experience, I think these suits are best for smaller frames. If this is you, then this summer’s J. Crew swim collection is one not to miss. Rash guards and wetsuits are having a major moment right now. Great for offering extra coverage in the sun, J. Crew’s got some of the coolest I’ve seen.

Hibiscus floral sculpted halter top, $52, and Hibiscus floral shrunken lowrider, $44, by Jcrew.

Fashionable plus-size options. I am completely head over heels for Hapari’s Sunstripe V-Neck One-Piece. This fun new suit with its eye-catching color-block print and full-coverage fit make for a stunning silhouette. Also check out Hapari’s new TummyTuk bottoms. They rest at your natural waist, helping you maintain your shape without uncomfortable binding or pinching.

TummyTuk Retro Fashion SOS underwire tankini, $59, and regular bikini bottom, $29, by Hapari.

Whitley Adkins Hamlin is a local stylist and mom to two boys under age 5. Read her Mother of Style blog.