Bikinis & Bathers

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Looks like summer is finally here, so it’s time for us to start thinking about beach wear.

You can wear a biniki and look fabulous when pregnant. Fact. I mean check out how Nicole Richie rocked her bump whilst at the beach. Yes I know she’s a celeb and they all live in that ‘always fabulous’ place we all wish we could access but she’s still rocking that bump. And the secret? Keep it simple. Keep it styled.

Pregnant Nicole Richie
Pregnant Nicole Richie - Keeping it Simple & Styled

Now the great thing about bikinis is that if you’re embracing your bump (and any stretchmarks) enough to wear one, you can probably make do with what you already have … but ladies, so not end up with bulging boobs or back fat hanging over too tight straps. It’s not a good look.

If you’re not ready to do the bikini thing there are options. The one piece, the tankini and, new to me, the pregkini.

THE ONE PIECE

You can get these everywhere. They’re comfortable and forgiving, and you can get some fabulous ones now. Look for those with built in bust support and ruching at the sides and across the stomach that not only gives you space to grow but also looks stylish. Halternecks are great to minimise the boobs but they will draw attention to your clevage. Keep the bottom vut low too as your new body shape will pull the swimsuit up. Nicole’s bottoms have the perfect cut, they are incredibly flattering. Isabella Oliver have a great ruched swimsuit that will be incredibly flattering.

THE TANKINI

Perhaps the best of both worlds? A tankini consist of a long, vest top and bikini shorts. Styles with built in bust support, hipster bottoms and side ruching are best. Empire style tankinis are really stylish and are a life saver if you don’t like to show off the shape of your body, or just prefer something that allows a little more air to circulate around your bump. Personally I am not a fan of the bump slightly showing – I am an all or nothing kind of girl. The top riding up your belly looks like an ill fit – I say rock that bump in full with a bikini, or grab one of the stylish maternity one pieces out there. We’re loving the vintage styled one from Figleaves (who have a great range of swimwear).

THE PREGKINI

Now this whole pregkini thing is new to me, and I’m not liking it. I think it looks like you’re out in your babydoll … but I’ve also not tired one, so would welcome your thoughts on that! So what are they? From what I can gather they are a bikini with an ‘apron’ which clicks on and off so it can double as a regular bikini. Like I said, Im not convinced but that may be because I have not seen one which I would consider wearing, but I think this retro spotted one is possibly the best I’ve seen.

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