Gosh, thanks to all the great advice. I will definitely check out the ideas mentioned. the last swimsuit I purchased, was cup-sized, and it came from a swim catalog...I can't remember the name, but it was extremely well made. It was about $100 (which was difficult to justify since I grew up pinching pennies), but after several years of not finding anything comfortable at TJ Maxx, Ross, or dept store sales, I went for it. My suit was "funded" by a combination fo birthday money and a work bonus! The swimsuit has enough poolside glamour to feel comfortable but held up really well to waterskiing. Of course, I won't be waterskiing this summer!
Wendy1221, I have struggled buying clothes over the years (haven't we all?) b/c my shoulders are a bit narrow for my chest, and my waist is a bit high. Unless the top is somewhat fitted, the cloth gathers around my waist and looks plain frumpy. Great for pjs but not for everyday. I have found tailored clothing with princess seams works well. Petite tops, esp. jackets, work much better on me than regualr missy sizes. Also, I try to stick with necklines that look good on me. For ex, a boat neckline really opens up my shoulders while square ones accentuate my bust too much. Everyone is a little different.
For nursing, I am planning on purchasing a few Motherwear nursing tops in basic colors. Hopefully, by the time baby #2 arrives, I will have figured out what works and what doesn't.
Thanks again for the swim advice. After I turn in my final grad school paper on Monday I will hit the stroes!