It’s that time of year again – time to hit the pool and the beach, and for that you need a swimsuit. Now, many women cringe in horror at the thought of trying on bikinis in the unforgiving glow of the fluorescent lights, but thanks to the wonders of shopping online, you can order a bunch of suits, try them in the comforts of your own home, and return whatever doesn’t work. Due the sheer variety of choices out there, however, it’s best to narrow your selection down to a few favorite styles.
Halter tops are ultra-flattering on almost every body type – women with boyish figures can use them to create some curves, and they can provide support for those who don’t really need the boost. A lot depends on the thickness of the straps; spaghetti straps (we’re talking string bikinis here) are very sexy, but wider straps tend to be more comfortable and a little more secure. This turquoise and white Diane Von Furstenberg two-piece is stylish and summery example of a halter bikini that would work for many different women.
Bandeaus are a bit more difficult to wear than halters, but they do have the payoff of being breezy and comfortable. Plus, no weird tan lines (although you should be wearing SPF anyway). These are perfect for petite girls, but consider yourself warned: bandeaus and other strapless styles are not the best choice if you plan on doing anything more active than a casual stroll down the beach. If a bandeau is indeed for you, this little polka dot bikini by Lisa Curran is absolutely adorable.
Thanks to the number of mix and match suits on the market, your bikini bottom options are just as varied as your choice of tops. The traditional brief silhouette remains popular, but boy shorts are cute and sporty, and a sexy low-rise cut could be perfect for that tropical vacation (if you’re worried about too much exposure, self-tanner can slim your figure and do wonders for your self-confidence). Swimsuit specialty stores like Everything But Water have a huge selection of cute separates on hand. For example, check out these Becca pieces that come in several silhouettes.
Tankinis are a godsend to women with long torsos who don’t want to go the bikini route, as well as those of us who want the look of a one piece but wear different sizes on the top and bottom. This sleek Calvin Klein tankini is a classic look, and the wide square neck and princess seams will create the illusion of a narrower waist, which is always a good thing.
One piece swimsuits can be just as sexy as the teeniest bikini, as well as evoking a certain old Hollywood glamour. Think forties pin-up girl and you’ll be on the right track here, or just try this white Michael Kors maillot with a dramatic plunging neckline.
There’s no need to torture yourself in a frigid dressing room in order to find the perfect suit. Shop online and you’ll be sure to find the perfect suit in the most painless manner possible. Just one more piece of advice: no matter what style you chose, don’t forget the sunscreen!
Diane Von Furstenberg Blue Watercolor ‘Snow Leopard’ Halter Tie Bikini bluefly.com
Lisa Curran Dot Bandeau & Shirred Hipster Brief Bikini shopbop.com
Becca Swim Separates Pleated front tankini set everythingbutwater.com
Calvin Klein Pleated front tankini set victoriassecret.com
Michael Kors Plunge Halter Mio One-Piece Swimsuit shopbop.com