Summer is here and hanging out by the beach all day requires proper attire. Mermaids need fins, beach babes need bikinis.
Finding a new suit might not be at the top of your summer shopping list. We all have parts of our bodies we feel self-conscious about, and I think most of us are apprehensive about stripping down in public. The main goal should be finding something you feel comfortable in, and allows you to partake in all the wonderful sun-soaked activities summer lends itself to. Sun-bathers and wave-jumpers alike, there is a swimsuit for you.
Since swimwear is notoriously tricky, a flattering color and the right cut are keys to a pleasing silhouette. With this in mind, here are a few tips on finding that perfect swimsuit for any seaside occasion.
First, narrow down your favorite profile. One-piece, high-waist, bikini, boyshort. The list goes on. There are lots of options out there, not just four pieces of triangle. Brave the fitting room and try out multiple cuts and styles. Just like a good fitting pair of jeans, it takes time to find that perfect fitting swimsuit. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Sporty, retro, ruffled, scalloped, bring ‘em all into the fitting room (because yes, you do have to try them on.)
Once you find the perfect cut, decide on solids or prints. I find soft stripes and oh-so-lovely lace bring an effortless elegance to any summer style. It’s always fun to mix and match. Black is slimming and shades of white make a tan pop.
White is one of those magical hues that flatters most skin tones. It’s instantly chic, and the quintessential summer hue. It provides a stark contrast, making skin look brighter, tanner and more radiant without the damaging effects of the sun. We yearn all year for that golden glow, so step out of your comfort zone and maybe try a crisp white suit. White sound too risky? Go black. You can never go wrong with black.
This probably seems obvious but flaunt your best features. Long legs? Opt for a high leggy-cuts. Ample bosom? Look for lots of support on top. Nice arms? Shoulder baring silhouettes are for you. Whether you like classic and sophisticated, boho and strappy, or full-coverage, accentuate those gorgeous feminine curves.
As far as brands go, Aerie, Target and Forever 21 are great options for a trendy suit that might last a season or two. Anthropologie is a goldmine of well-made swimwear, with a garden variety of styles. A specialty swim shop, like Everything But Water supplies suits with high quality long lasting fabrics. Invest in something if it makes you feel good, that’s the whole point. Price tag aside. Different brands run small and big. Don’t be hard on yourself with size. Tearing yourself apart for not fitting into a tiny suit that barely covers your bum is a waste of time. The last thing you want is a suit with too tight elastic causing unwanted lumps.
As far as ordering online, it’s really a crapshoot. I have had success and major failure. If you know how the brand’s sizes run, take a chance, but the best way to narrow down fit would be ordering two different sizes, keep the best fit and send the other packing. That way you don’t have the hassle or re-ordering and waiting on the next shipment to arrive. (Be sure to know the shop’s return policy, as some places will not accept returns on swimwear, specifically bottoms.)
Even though swimwear is minimal in coverage, you can still pull a look together. A floppy sun hat, big shades, a knotted tee or printed bandana are all stun-in-the-sun ways to accessorize (and protect your skin.) A bright colored scarf can double as a sarong. These are all effortless was to look relaxed and put-together.
Now that you found the perfect suit, lay out your beach blanket, take a sandy stroll along the waters edge, and celebrate in the sun. (Just remember your sunscreen!)