After pregnancy, the body changes. And you know what? This is perfectly normal! Buying the first swimsuit after having a child is not always easy.
We put a ton of pressure on our shoulders to find our body before and in no time. However, today's swimsuits have something to please all women, regardless of their morphology. We've gathered expert tips for choosing the right swimwear and strutting around the pool without embarrassment this summer!
The swimwear industry has evolved for the better for several years. Technological advances and manufacturing processes have greatly improved the offer on the market. "Today's swimsuits are designed like bras to provide the best possible fit," says Emma Dunn, founder and owner of Emma's lingerie and swimwear boutique for 15 years. This is not the case with all companies, which is why the investment in a good jersey from a specialized company is worth it, she advises.
Trends to focus on
Swimwear trends from the past seasons are really beneficial for all typesof silhouettes and for women with beautiful curves.
The one-piece swimsuit has made a strong comeback and will remain trendy for several seasons to come. “They redefine the silhouette. It’s a great choice to show off! comments Emma. “A one-piece swimsuit with an ultra open back is as sexy as a bikini in my opinion,” she adds.
High briefs, inspired by the 70s, are also very popular and ideal for flattering the figure and camouflaging the small post-partum belly.
Emphasizing your cleavage is also a great way to feel confident and sexy. If you are breastfeeding, your chest will probably never look as good as it did during this time in your life. So dare the plunging neckline!
Prints and colours
Black remains a great timeless. You can have fun with textures and finishes (the glossy finish is very fashionable) if you opt for the classic black jersey. Navy is also the new black in terms of trends.
Floral prints. The flowers increase the impression of volume. They must therefore be used sparingly and placed in the right places on the jersey. To be avoided in a complete look!
The tie-dye print (faded and faded) is also an interesting trend if you opt for pale shades in the top of the jersey and darker shades in the bottom.
Avoid white. Firstly, a white jersey never stays beautiful for long (even less so with children!) and you have tohave a knife cut figure to wear it.
The stripes. The nautical look has become a classic. "It's not true that the horizontal stripes widen that much," says Emma. Depending on whether they are thin, wide, spaced out or close together, we can wear them if we are well advised in our choice. Vertical stripes are also very present in trends and they lengthen the silhouette. Wonderful!
Avoid: the tankini
“This is one of the models that I hate the most to highlight the silhouette! exclaims Emma. “It cuts the figure and makes the woman look bigger than she really is,” she adds. However, many women mistakenly believe that it is the preferred option between the bikini and the one-piece swimsuit. According to Emma, it's best to choose a beautiful, well-designed bikini with high-waisted panties. There are great panties with a built-in belly control panel.
Which materials to choose?
A jersey made of 80% lycra and 20% elastane is a guarantee of good quality. It is the ideal ratio between the firmness of the fabric and the elasticity of the fibres. The higher the amount of lycra in the composition of the jersey, the more the fabric will be dense and flattering for the silhouette. Jerseys made of 100% polyester are to be avoided. They lack tone and provide no support.
In the dressing room
Very often the lighting in the cabins can leave something to be desired. Emma Dunn advises taking a picture of yourselfin the miror. This way you will better see the real effect of the shirt on you!
Feel free to try all kinds of patterns. "So often I see women walk away with a swimsuit design that she didn't even want to try on in the first place," exclaims Emma. Trust the flair and experience of advisers in specialist shops.