I was so excited to pack my bags for Raro. I struggled to find an outfit to wear to my brothers wedding on Valentine’s Day, but when it came to my swimwear, I was set and so looking forward to wearing my new pieces.
The weather in Rarotonga at this time of year is typically rainy so I was absolutely expecting some drizzle while we were there. I was not however expecting the full on winds and mostly overcast skies that came courtesy of Cyclone Winston. We had a couple of beautiful days on the island but we weren’t able to swim every single day just because of the conditions of the water being quite rough and choppy for the kids. On some of the less beach-suitable days we took to the resort pools and enjoyed swimming in relative comfort.
While away, I wore three of the four suits I had bought for the trip and am going to share them with you here. I had hoped for incredible weather on the stunning island of Aitutaki to showcase all of my suits for you but alas, it was not to be. But I’ll share that story with you soon.
As I expressed in my search for the perfect swimwear for a post-baby(s) body, I wanted to buy suits that were as flattering as possible to my current figure. I wanted to buy colour so that I felt bright and vibrant when wearing next to nothing and I tried to choose items that worked with where I’m at right now – that meant allll the ruching, paneling and hidden support mechanisms in my one pieces and tankini to keep that region I am most concerned about well covered … ye old Mum Tum!
Thankfully and bless him, my husband sweetly complemented me every time I was in my swimwear on this holiday and that was all the reassurance and confidence boosting I needed to feel like I’d chosen well for my figure and for my personality. He’s seen me in teeny weeny bikinis and even though I used to wear them, I never felt 100% confident in them. Oh how I wish I could have that body back. Instead I was confident in these swimsuits and I felt comfortable playing in the ocean with my kids, snorkelling in the lagoon with the most incredible fish and wiling away the time on deserted Aitutaki with my man. These costumes suited every occasion and every day I was able to wear them while we were in Raro. This mesh cover up was so perfect and I wore it almost every day. Super light and breathable and not like kaftan style I see everywhere, this little overshirt was so nice to throw on over my togs and dried so quick.
I am never going to make it as a Sports Illustrated model and my husband will not make it as a Sports Illustrated photographer which I bet he’s super bummed about! But I wanted to show you my suits in a real life setting on a real life body. Having the hubs play photographer is one thing but trying to capture photos discreetly with extended family and strangers located not far away and pestering children wondering why on earth I’m prancing down the beach trying to look casual was something I hadn’t really considered as being a challenge until these pics were taken. All in good fun!
These swimsuits are from Farmers & Ezibuy and you can shop their websites or stores now. And if you’re lucky because it’s now Autumn you’ll likely find some great deals on swimwear.
Zest Resort Blue & White Spot Print Tankini $59.99
Zest Resort Coral Swimsuit $79.99
Nancy Ganz Blue Shaping Mesh Swimsuit $40.00 onsale today
Quayside Rouched Animal Print Suit $49.99 (not pictured here)