I’ve never loved swimsuit shopping in a store, but it’s a little bit more bearable when I’m able to do it in the comfort of my own home. This—coupled with the fact that I’m in serious need of a bathing suit refresh for summer—is why I recently ordered seven swimsuits to try on, in the name of finding the absolute best swimsuit for moms this season.
Swimsuit shopping as a mom includes quite a few considerations that differ from life pre-kids. Pre-kids: Does it look cute when I’m laying on a lounge chair or taking a quick dip? Post-kids: Does it support and/or cover my postpartum mid-section, chest, and butt while I’m carrying, throwing, or chasing one or more of my children? For breastfeeding moms, there are additional considerations. Does the swimsuit have easy access so I don’t need two hands to unfasten it and/or potentially flash a crowd of pool or beachgoers?
Enter the ruched one-piece from J.Crew. This suit was the far and above winner from my try-on session. When I shared my findings with our editorial team, nearly everyone chimed in about the suit. “I live in the J.Crew ruched,” said Alaina Kaz, our CEO and cofounder. The array of colors and styles, the ruching, the support, the full-coverage bum, and the versatility make this swimsuit an official favorite of The Everymom team.
What makes the J.Crew ruched one-piece the best swimsuit for moms?
This versatile bandeau one-piece suit features a removable halter strap, a full-coverage bottom, and a shelf bra with removable padding. In addition to the editor-favorite bandeau silhouette, J.Crew also offers one-shoulder, ruffle, V-neck, and spaghetti strap styles—and it even comes in two swim dress options. While some of these necklines are less ideal than the bandeau for breastfeeding, they are all perfect for swimming around with littles.
Each suit has built-in UPF 50 sun protection, is fully lined, and is machine washable. As an added bonus, the suits are made with more than 60% recycled materials in an effort to keep waste out of oceans and landfills. Every style comes in sizes 00-24, and is available in both classic and long torso lengths. There are tons of colors and patterns to choose from, so you’re sure to find one that matches your personal style. And no matter which silhouette you go with, you can count on the ruching to provide a universally flattering fit.