Most swimwear guides take a decidedly negative tone – they are all about hiding your flaws. This isn’t that kind of article. Instead, we’re going to focus on showing off your favorite assets, whether it is a tiny waistline or an enviable athletic frame.
Dangerous Curves: Retro-style bathing suits are made for you, so consider channeling your inner pin-up girl with something forties style, like this amazingly flattering one piece by Norma Kamali. Or go straight-up siren in a plunging red halter, such as this one from La Blanca by Rod Beattie. Dangerous curves indeed.
Long and Lean: If you have a long torso, you are probably more than familiar with the perils of finding a one piece that fits comfortably. Our solution? Don’t bother, and go with a tankini if you want more coverage, like this one from Lauren by Ralph Lauren. An added bonus – the bright blue shade highlights a (hopefully faux) tan perfectly, but it also comes in classic black.
Perfectly Petite: You are in the ideal position to take advantage of the two major trends – drawstring bandeau tops (we like this one by Tibi) and monokinis (such as this one by Tooshie). Although it might seem like these styles could lead to some interesting tan lines, those can likely be fixed by self tanner, and besides, you should be preserving your beautiful skin with sunscreen (perhaps these suits can be a creative sunscreen reminder).
Athletic: Want a suit that’s perfect for more serious swimming, beach volleyball, and other outdoor activities that still has some style? This Lisa Marie Fernandez bikini has a sporty vibe but it’s a lot more chic than the typical Speedo racerback.
Cover It Up: Sometimes you need to cover up even the most stylish swimwear, and this summer we recommend going with a breezy sundress – something that could go from the beach to a casual dinner just by adding a pair of sandals and a fabulous piece of jewelry, like this one by Vix Swimwear. We suggest going with either a statement necklace or a pair of bold earrings like these from Kenneth Jay Lane. The tropical hues of the turquoise and coral are a seaside (or poolside) girl’s best friend!
1. Norma Kamali Bill Swim Suit $350
2. La Blanca by Rod Beattie â€˜Roman Holiday’ Plunge Halter One-Piece $117
3. Lauren by Ralph Lauren Keyhole Tankini Top and Bottoms Top $90, Bottom $41
4. Tibi Pyramid Ikat Bandeau Bikini $198
5. Tooshie Ole Ole Cutout Swimsuit $405
6. Lisa Marie Fernandez Jasmine Crop Tank Bikini $355
7. Vix Swimwear Sunset Twisted Long Dress $198
8. Currant Hoop Earrings by Kenneth Jay Lane $45
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