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These Swimsuits Prove That Stacy’s Mom Isn’t the Only One Who’s Got It Goin’ On

Best swimsuit advice for mothers from local female designers.



From left to right: Lanikai One-Piece, $175, issademar.com; Kate One-Piece, $168, Mori by Art + Flea, South Shore Market, (808) 593-8958; Costa Del Sol, $295, estuariesswimwear.com.
Photos: Aaron K. Yoshino


I’m at that “fun” age when people start telling me ** is the new 20. Yeah, right. And, I kinda just wanna smack the girls who are telling me these lies (bless their hearts) ’cause they’re younger than me and eating french fries—all the time. My body definitely doesn’t look like a tummy-showing, metabolism-on-crack college student, no matter how many crunches I do.


So, with swimsuit season here, I decided to dip my toe in the one-piece pond and cover up some new lumps and bumps I’ve acquired over the years. To help me out, I asked a few super-talented female swimsuit designers for their recommendations, and here are their picks (pictured above) for any mom who keeps her thongs on her feet, but still has some goods to flaunt. 


“I suggest Issa de’ Mar’s Lanikai style for moms who surf. There’s a tie corset back that can be adjusted to tighten the shoulder straps and secure the suit, built-in padding and underwire cups offer great support, a little higher French cut sides make legs look longer, and the color-blocking pattern is a nice slimming detail,” says Marissa Eveland, owner of Issa de’ Mar and North Shore wave rider.


“The S.I.E SWIM Kate one-piece suit is amazing for the woman who is super on trend with the lace-up front, which can be adjusted to show as much or as little cleavage as desired. The low back also gives you the ability to fully tan your back, which is great for moms to show off the sexiest part of the body without showing too much. You’re able to move around with your kids and still look great in our pieces,” says Chelsie Kadota, owner and designer of S.I.E SWIM. 


“A must-have for moms who lounge poolside is the Estuaries Costa Del Sol, which was designed with the essence of a wrap dress, making it both flattering and comfortable. It’s especially great because it provides great coverage around your tummy area, but is still very sexy with an elongated V neckline and a peek-a-boo back opening. Created with luxe Italian fabrics, the Costa can transition easily from the beach to a sunset dinner by throwing on a skirt or sarong,” says Layla Chen, owner and designer of Estuaries.


Fighting Eel swimsuits


“We just released our first swimwear line (pictured above) and partnered with Brooke Hauguel, owner and designer of Peace of Paradise swimwear, because she’s a master at making swimsuits for “real” women,” says Rona Bennett, co-owner and designer of Fighting Eel. “Our collection is perfect for moms because the sizes are actual sizes, the medium is actually a medium, and offers a bit more coverage all around. Both the Bird of Paradise print and the Urban Jungle print are Fighting Eel original prints, and the fabric is made here in Hawai‘i out of recyclable materials. And, all suits are reversible so it’s almost getting two suits for the price of one! I’m sure everyone, especially moms, will appreciate that.”




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