Thursday, April 19, 2012

a very stylish swimsuit season

With summer quickly approaching, girls everywhere (myself included) are getting themselves beach ready before they head out for some fun in the sun. But honestly, what's the point to going to the beach without getting to make a fashion statement while you do it? Work that beach like a runway and step out into the sun in a statement-making swimsuit while loaded up with tons of accessories!

My beach-time must-haves:

The tankini
The tankini is a must-have for a girl like me who doesn't like bikinis but wants to show off a little skin and have the fun of mixing-and-matching that bikinis allow. I always buy tankinis online so that I can try out all the fun colors and net a bargain at the same time! Gals who are conscious of their tums will love how it is so figure-flattering. Underwired tankini tops give you shape, while matching bikini bottoms give a figure lengthening effect. Pretty patterns add color for a playful poolside look, while striking black, navy, and chocolate brown are ultra flattering when it comes to show off your bod.
When looking for tops, I recommend going for the halter-neck top - not only does it show off and enhance your bombshell curves, it is a very classic style for swimsuits. For an authentic retro look, go for patterns like polka dots and stripes - there's a reason the yellow polka-dot bikini became so legendary! 

The swimdress and swimskirt
The swimdress and swimskirt are beachtime must-haves! Cute and playful and perfect for a romp on the beach. Swimskirts usually have an elasticated waist and are ultra comfy for a glam sun-worshipping session that show off your style and figure. Swimskirts are easily paired with matching tankini tops, ao make sure you pick a selection to mix and match with your current swimwear wardrobe!

The cover-up
Whenever I venture down to the beach, one of the things I am never without is a great cover-up. It's one of my few saving graces for my skin against the harsh sun. Go glam with a semi-sheer sarong for an island inspired style, or channel Talitha Getty and opt for an embroidered caftan. I love wearing one of my cute printed sundresses as a cover-up as I can go straight from the beach to dinner without wasting a moment. 

The accessories
Why end your look with just your swimming piece? Channel the likes of such vintage goddesses as Rita Hayworth and Esther Williams and add armfuls of colorful bangles and rings to add some spice to your look. Experiment with printed headscarves and turbans to keep your hair in place. Instead of plain old flip flops, invest in a pair of embellished sandals. And don't be afraid to be bold when it comes to picking patterns and prints! The brighter the better this season, and color will really boost your mood for an inspiring summer style that shines on a beautiful beach day!

Image: from Habitually Chic