J. Crew life love hustle

Can we talk about swimsuits for a sec?

Since having kids, I’ve had the hardest time finding the ‘right’ swimsuit – one that’s on trend and flattering but also modest. It’s even harder to find one that’s all of that and easy to move in without worrying it will shift or fall down when playing with the boys.

On a recent trip to Nordstrom in search of a new summer suit, I prepared myself for frustration. The lighting in those dressing rooms is just not ok. I go in there thinking I look pretty good and come out needing a full on counseling session. 🙄

My plan was to try as many suits and styles as possible to increase the possibility of finding something I liked.

The one pieces were out pretty quickly. They were either way too low cut, ultra ”mom suitish’ complete with strategically placed gathering (that, let’s be honest, fools no one) or looked like I was competing in the Olympics. Most of the bikinis were just too little, so they were out too. My last hope were a few high waisted mix and match suits from J. Crew.

To my surprise, I immediately fell in love with the cut and style of this suit.☝🏻☝🏻

The modern styling is balanced by a modest but really flattering cut. I love that the high waist hits just above the belly button to show a slimmed waist, but is cut in the back to flatter the bum and doesn’t give the ‘long booty’ look you can get with some high waisted styles (the ultimate mom booty).

It’s sold as two separate pieces, so you can buy the top and bottom as a set or mix and match with other styles and patterns. The top also comes with an optional halter strap, which is convenient if your kids like to hang all over you like mine do.

My hat (above, which is sold out online) is from a charming little boutique that recently opened in the Lower Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle called Lika Love.

The Perfect ‘Mom Suit’

1. Floral Beach Cover Up
2. Bead & Raffia Earrings
3. Talk to the Sand Floppy Hat Also, check out this DIY Script Sun Hat from Little Blue Egg. So cute!
4. Double Strap Sandals
5. Bandeau Bikini Top
6. High Waist Gingham Bikini Bottom
7. Warby Parker Raider Wide Sunnies
8. Muga Straw Clutch

Would love to know what brands you like for suits. Have you tried the high waisted trend?