Spring Break: Shopping For That Perfect Swimsuit

Spring Break: Shopping For That Perfect Swimsuit | Twin Cities Moms Blog

March is here and that means it’s Spring Break time!!  Our family tries to escape the Minnesota winter and enjoy a little beach vacation each year.  I love everything about spring break such as the planning, the packing, enjoying the warm fresh air, and the amazing memories our family makes with family and friends… but the one thing I don’t love?  Shopping for that perfect swimsuit before we leave!

This year I decided to up my game.  This was NOT going to be the year that I went store to store aimlessly looking for a swimsuit only to get frustrated and leave empty handed.  Let’s face it, after having kids, sometimes our bodies are not the same as what they used to be.  But that doesn’t mean that we still can’t rock (and be comfortable) in a swimsuit on the beach, right?!  Here are some of my tips that I used while shopping for a swimsuit this year:

  1. Find a time that you can go shopping WITHOUT the kids.  Shopping with my kids usually isn’t too bad, but the last thing I want to hear in the dressing room (and everyone in the dressing rooms around us) is, “Mom, I see your butt!” “Mom, why do your boobies hang so low?” “Are we done yet?” The list can go on and on of all the lovely things that can come out of a kid’s mouth while watching you try on a swimsuit…
  2. Get a spray tan or lather on some sunless tanner before you hit the stores to try on swimsuits. I don’t know about you, but I feel 100 times more confident when I have a nice glowy tan vs my Minnesota winter white skin. 
  3. Shop online. Ok, so if you don’t want to brave going to the stores, order a bunch of suits online and try them on at home!  I purchased quite a few swimsuits online this year and I loved being able to try them on and walk around in them to make sure they fit just the way I wanted.  Sizing is always hard so I typically order a couple of sizes and then just return the ones that don’t fit.
  4. Know your best features and pick a suit that shows it off! Do you have amazing abs?  Grab that bikini!  Need a little more coverage in the midsection?  Check out the tankini section.  I personally feel like my shoulders and arms are my best feature so I love to go with a bandeau top to show them off.
  5. Don’t overlook the one piece section.  There are so many gorgeous options for all ages.  I feel like the designers have really upped their game when it comes to the one piece with beautiful prints, slimming panels, and sexy cutouts.  Sometimes us moms don’t want to have to worry about flashing our lady parts while running after the little ones and a one piece does a great job of keeping everything in place. 
  6. Treat your purchase as an investment.  I spent years only wearing cheap suites that didn’t quite fit right.  I would buy two or three different ill-fitting suites and rotate between them.  A few years ago I decided to invest a little more and buy a better quality suit, and you guys, it was life changing!  The thicker material, support in all the right places, and the overall feel of the swimsuit gave me so much more confidence while wearing it. 
  7. All ready to go shopping but don’t know where to go? Here are a few of my favorite places to shop for suits:
    1. Athleta
    2. Nordstrom
    3. Macy’s
    4. Lord & Taylor
    5. J.Crew
    6. Tommy Bahama
    7. ModCloth
    8. Amazon
    9. T.J. Maxx
    10. Target
    11. Lands’ End

Ok girls, time to head out and do some shopping!  So tell us, do you have any tips for swimsuit shopping or any favorite stores that we should add to our list?

Hello Everyone! I’m Jen and together with my husband Dean, we have two adorable little girls, Avery (4) and Addison (almost 2). I grew up in a small town in northern Minnesota and although I never imagined myself as a city girl, I moved to the Twin Cities 12 years ago now and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else! As a family we enjoy being active and have a passion for the outdoors. In the evenings or weekends you’ll often find us playing at the park, camping, spending time at the cabin, ice fishing, snowmobiling, or relaxing on our pontoon (with a tasty beverage in hand of course). But don’t let my outdoorsy side fool you, I also have a girly side and love all things fashion, throwing fabulous theme parties, browsing Pinterest, Bravo TV, and getting my DIY on! I am excited to be a part of this amazing group of moms and look forward to sharing not only what I have learned as a mom, but encouraging other moms as well! You can follow me and my family’s life on Instagram @jenpajerski


  1. Oh no! You missed the best place to buy a swimsuit in the Twin Cities!! It’s called Nani Nalu at 50th and France. You make an appointment and they have amazing, helpful customer service and know they product whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or will be splashing around with kids. They have beautiful suits for all shapes and sizes, even the toughest to fit. Their suits are in the “investment” category but worth it in spades.


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