When ultra hot insta-celebs are sporting one-piece swimsuits aboard yachts and downtown park benches alike you know the reign of the bikini is over. This is good news for us mamas because with kids to chase (and stretch marks to hide) you couldn’t find a more practical option than the one piece. And now there are more flattering and stylish options to try than ever before! But like every article of clothing in your wardrobe it still needs to be styled up. Here I bring you a few of my fave one pieces on the market as well as how to pair them to perfection no matter what sort of holiday or staycation awaits you.
The Resort Mama
There is something to be said for keeping things simple. You can bend over and scoop up those little waterlogged tots with ease knowing that this black J. Crew suit covers all the bits and bobs. But even for a more full coverage option it still adds great visual interest with the scalloped halter neckline drawing attention up to those toned arms of yours. Lifting a toddler is a great form of exercise by the way! When it’s time to grab a cocktail poolside simply throw on this elegant strapless Marie France Van Damme dress and some luxe Chanel espadrilles for a fabulous yet relaxed look. The Skagen watch and Celine glasses are the only accessories you need but I do suggest stashing this Laura Mercier Bronze Glow face stick in your tote to enhance nature’s glow. Now you are set to go straight from the pool to a sunset sipper with the one you love!
The Sporty Mama
When it’s time to ride the waves wear this red Perfect Moment rash suit and you will surely catch attention for more than just your moves. Accessory wise it’s best to keep it spartan. Strap a go pro on along with your Fitbit to catch all the action. And since those legs will be mad toned from all your surfing/kitesurfing/kayaking/paddle boarding adventures than skip the cover up and just toss on a pair of Adidas kicks. Add a pair of Calvin Klein aviators and a sporty black backpack and you can hit the road for another wild adventure…. even if it is just picking the kids up from surf camp.
The Social Mama
For those mamas that prefer to watch your kids play as you hang with your girls on the sidelines than this look is for you. The deep halter neck and waist sash of this pink J. Crew suit add a sexy but ladylike vibe to your summer ensemble. Top it off with an on-trend floral fringe kimono and this large straw visor by Nine West and you can relax and let all the action unfold before you. Slip off your slides and add some sunshine to your tootsies with this mandarin hued YSL nail polish. Now pour yourself a fruity drink and let the day slip away as you listen to your kids laughing and squealing with their new flamingo friend.
The Nomadic Mama
Your beach travels abroad await and what better suit to bring than this cut out tribal Mara Hoffman one piece!? Shut out the world with an oversize hat that tells everyone what you are or aren’t up to. Lie back on this round The Beach People towel while letting the ocean waves lull you into a trance or you can bring your own mood music with this portable waterproof speaker. While you sleep why not coat your hair with this leave in conditioner from Living Proof so that when you wake both your mind and mane are restored. When it is finally time to move add only a pair of simple gold Havaianas to get you where you need to go. Don’t forget to commemorate your travels with Jet Set Candy charms so you can remember all the airports you passed through.
No matter what your summer plans hold for you and yours you can conquer them with confidence in these great looks. Know that you look fabulous and then set your attention on those little loves around you and get busy making memories that last a lifetime. Summer is calling and now you are set to answer in style.
Lead Image of Charlize Theron for W Magazine by Mert Alas.