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A few people have requested I do a post on Swimming costumes - so here it is! A lot of women's bodies change after they have children and as they get older and along with that so can their choice of swimwear.

Personally my breasts aren't as 'perky' as they used to be so swimsuits without support in this area can make them look a bit 'flat' (nice!). I also prefer to cover up/ get some help holding in my tummy (which i can't blame entirely on having kids) so I have started to prefer to wear swimming costumes as opposed to flimsy bikinis - although saying that there are some cool high waisted bikini bottoms around at the moment that show off the most flattering part of the tummy  - the ribs!

Things to look for are - support around the boobs, avoid weird cut outs or straps, pale or nude shades are never good,  low V necks aren't the most flattering on a flat cleavage and swimming costumes with no support or shape to them will not look good.

Swimming costumes are things that you really need to try on to see how they fit - so if you are shopping online order a few styles and sizes and don't be afraid to go for fun bold prints or patterns. From personal experience when i have spent a bit more on a swimwear i have not regretted it as it lasts longer and holds it shape better.

Good news is that one piece swimsuits are in at the moment so there are a lot to choose from. Here are a few i've seen that tick all the boxes:

TOPSHOP £36 / Laura Ashley £31.50 (was £45) / Ted Baker £55.30 / John Lewis £39 / Phase Eight £55.20 / & Other Stories £39


Off the shoulder tops and dresses are in at the moment.  You can wear the tops with pretty much anything, there are a lot of cool looser styles around as well as tighter ones that could work under dungarees.   To breast feed the neck can be easily pulled down (dress) or a top can be pulled up (worn with lycra boob tube underneath).  

I recently posted a photo of me wearing The Honey dress from the AG Jeans Alexa Chung collection.  Its a really cool dress, loose fitting and flattering.  I wore it with trainers but i expect i will wear it with sandals and wooden heels to.

Showing your shoulders off can be a nice and flattering way of exposing a bit of skin and feeling summery without feeling to naked/ exposed. 

ASOS £20 / Zara £25.99 / ASOS £30 / H&M £29.99 / Glamorous £22 / Glamorous £22


I was in no hurry to race back into a bikini after having my kids (obviously) so i invested in fun swimsuit.

If you don't fancy wearing a bikini - get a cool, fun, flattering swimsuit like one of these: