Summer Essentials - Swimwear

Greetings Fashion Pad Readers,

Welcome back from the weekend. Okay guys, tonight my final project is due in my Clothing Construction class! Yippie!!! As soon as it's completed I'm going to post the finished product for you guys to see. I'm so absolutely excited and although I'm not interested in product design, I'm not too shabby people :-) Wish me luck.

Now, let's wrap up our summer essential coverage with none other than........swimwear! Swimwear really is a week's post all by itself because it includes swim suits, cover-ups, beach bags, sunglasses, etc. However, we're going to keep the focus strictly on swim suits.
1. Dresses
2. Sandals
3. Shorts
4. Sunglasses
5. Handbags
6. Swimwear

I really like these bikinis on Christina, Mel B (insane body), and Fergie

For this addition, I am going to share some great swimwear tips from designer and swimwear guru, Shoshanna Gruss, that no girl should shop without this summer. Check out her advice below.

What are the key swim trends to look for this summer?
Look for bright pop colors like neon pink, orange and green. Tribal prints are popular as well as ditsy floral prints, big bohemian florals and graphic black and white.

How revealing should a swimsuit actually be?
Bust Coverage Test
Three-fourths of the bust should be covered, leaving only a swath of cleavage. The thicker the strap that attaches the bust to the rest of the suit, the more likely it'll stay in place as the day goes on. If you opt for a bandeau top, which is often strapless, nothing should be squeezing out the top or the bottom. Boy shorts offer great coverage on the bottom if you're active, but they're far from being a universally flattering style.

What are the best colors for every skin tone?
Navy and black are universally good for every skin tone. Both colors are flattering and look good against the lightest skin tones and the darkest.

How do you find a swimsuit that flatters your shape?
Big Busted
Look for halters which offer the most support. Also look for boning and underwire which will act like a bra and securely hold you in place.
Look for one pieces with ruching to slim your middle. When shopping for bikini's stick to bottoms with tie string so they are easily adjustable.
Flat Chested
Strings are most flattering. If you want to enhance your chest, look for ruffles or ruching which will create the illusion of a bigger chest.

How do you take your beach look from day-to-night?
Find a versatile cover up that can take your bikini beach look to a casual dinner. A crochet cover with ¾ sleeves is great because you can throw it over a bikini with cute shorts or jeans and be ready for a night out.

What are some general tips for purchasing swimwear?
Cotton bathing suits are more for show. They will take a long time to dry compared to a polyester/Spandex blend. Accept that sizes will vary, even from the same label.

What is the best way to care for swimwear?
Don't put bathing suits in the washing machine, this will weaken the elastic. Instead, wash in cold water with a delicate cleanser such as Woolite.

Now that you're armed with expert tips on what works for you, let's get to shopping for the summer style that suits you!

Left: Flamingo Sands Splatter Skirted Bikini
Right: Juicy Couture Bikini Swimsuit

Left: City Style Print One Piece Halter Swimsuit
Right: Tie-Front Bandeau

Left: Regal paisley wide-band halter top $46.00,
bottom $44.00
Right: Pastel Paisley Swimsuit from Shoshanna
$92.00 (on sale)

Left: Tyler Rose Swimwear Top $42.00,
Bottom $42.00
Right: Milly Cabana 'Floral Barbados' Bikini Top $105.00,
Bottom $110.00
Left: Figleaves Swim Grecian One Shoulder Swimsuit
Right: L Space One Love Stardust Fringed Swimsuit


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Lisa said…
It really sounds great that Piperlime started selling apparel. Well, Its one of my favorite stores to buy beautiful shoes at affordable prices.