When I was six months pregnant with Taylor, we went on holiday for a week to Watergate Bay in Cornwall. For the first time in my adult life I wore a swimming costume and to be honest, it was a bit of a revelation! I’d never really thought about buying a costume before, but I realised that they can actually be really flattering. I much prefer them now to feeling self-consious about my post-baby tummy in a two-piece teeny weeny bikini.
Swimming costumes have come a long way since the conservative Speedo cosie I wore for school swimming lessons and there really is nothing ‘mumsy’ about them (not that there’s anything wrong with looking mumsy – if you like that look…). From peek-a-boo panels to sexy straps and flattering lines, there’s a huge range available to buy in the shops and online at the moment. And with the sale season fully underway, there’s never been a better time to grab yourself a bargain.
I was recently contacted by Love the Sales – a site featuring all of the best sales from our favourite brands. They basically collate all of the sales from 500 of the UK’s biggest retailers and put them all in one place. I can’t quite believe that I’ve never come across the site before, but what a brilliant idea! With brands including Ralph Lauren, Ted Baker, Reiss, Joules and House of Fraser, there really is something for everyone, and it’s definitely one for you to check out if you’re still looking to add to your summer wardrobe.
There’s a rumour going around in our house at the moment (I may have started it) that we’re going abroad next January. Our summer staycations on the boat have been fun so far, but I admit that I’m yearning for a bit of guaranteed sunshine. The rumour appears to have stuck, so I need to stock up on some holiday essentials as I doubt I’ll find any decent summer clothes in the January sales! Plus my wardrobe is looking pretty uninspiring right now…
First item on the list? A (somewhat sexy) swimming costume!
Here are some of my favourite beach picks currently available to buy online…
Sexy swimwear picks for modest (but not mumsy) mums
Ted Baker Shadow Floral Swimsuit – £41.40 (reduced from £69), Ted Baker sale
Contrast Binding Strappy Swimsuit by Rare – £38, Topshop
Ted Baker Talvisa Cover Up- £34.50 (reduced from £69), Ted Baker Sale
Dickens and Jones Tribal Print Swimsuit £28 (reduced from £40), House of Fraser sale
Denim Tummy Control Swimsuit – £22.95 (reduced from £29.95) Joules sale
Dickens and Jones Floral Kaftan – £28 (reduced from £40), House of Fraser sale
Gathered deep plunge swimsuit – £20, ASOS
What do you think? Do you dare to bare on the beach or do you prefer to cover up? Have you had your summer holiday yet?
Disclosure: Post written in collaboration with Love the Sales