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Show Some Skin In These Beach Fashion Picks

Friends at the beach

When sea bathing first became fashionable in the 18th century, ladies were known to sew weights into the hems of their muumuu like bathing gowns to keep the garment from riding up and showing their legs. It would seem that they would rather end up at the bottom of the ocean than be caught with a bit of flesh exposed. Needless to say, times have changed quite a bit. Nowadays, not only is a tiny bathing suit de rigueur, but so is a picture of said owner modeling the piece posted somewhere on social media. That means you need to be in the know about all the latest swimwear fashion. Here is a little guide for showing some skin at the beach this year.

High-waist bottom swimwear

Swim Wear Bottoms

  • Brazilian
    Brazilian cut bikini and swimsuits refer to suits that are narrower in the back than most moderate and full coverage bottom. So named because of their rise to fashion in Brazil, these cuts are experiencing wide popularity in Latin America and many parts of Europe. The Brazilian cut bikinis usually feature a low rise in the front and are not for the modest.
  • String Bottoms
    String bottoms have many versions. You can find thin strings, bikinis with tie sides, drawstrings, and even hipster bottoms that tie at the thighs. Most string bikini bottoms are low rise and come in Brazilian or moderate cuts, but their best feature may be their adjustability. The strings allow you to adjust them for greater comfort and more flattering fit than their more traditional counterparts.
  • Hipster-Boyshorts
    Hipster bottoms are best described as boy shorts or short shorts for bikinis. This means a low bottom with full rear coverage. The major benefit of boy shorts is that they can be a really sexy way to wear a bikini while providing a little extra coverage.
  • High Waist
    With everything in retro, high-waisted bikinis have been the essence of pinup fashion in the last few years. Characterized by a waistline rising to the belly button, high waisted bikinis provide high fashion and more generous coverage to cover up those less than flattering areas.

Bikini top

Types of Tops

  • Bandeau
    Bandeaus are tops lacking straps, strings, or sleeves, although some come with removable straps. Certain bandeaus may come with cups, which are a must for support if you have a larger bust, while others are more formless. Still, other styles may feature closures in the back.
  • Bralette
    First popularized as a type of 1930’s lingerie, the bralette has no underwire and is synonymous with comfort. It may be best described as a less constricting sports bra.
  • Balconet
    This is a revealing top style, featuring low cups to create the effect of a rounded bust area. The style offers less coverage than more traditional tops, with most support coming from the band at the bottom.
  • Triangle
    The most popular top style, the triangle top is named for the triangular shape of its silhouette. Most tie at the back or neck and do not feature underwire.
  • Halter
    This refers to any top that ties at the neck, providing a considerable amount of breast push up.
    Some tie at the back as well.

What are you wearing to the beach to show some skin this year? What’s your fashion pick for bottoms and tops? Let us know!

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Choosing A Bathing Suit That Is Perfect For Your Body

It’s time for the big reveal. You’ve spent the last six months blissfully unaware of everything that was going on from the neck down, delivering your favorite foods to your mouth with a devil may care attitude, keeping the lights low in the bathroom, living in leisure and now the days of reckoning have come.

Three women running on a beach

It’s summer and that means its time to come out of hiding. Time to don that bathing suit, and shed the baggies. But, have no fear. If you don’t feel up to snuff, there’s a bathing suit for that. Here are some bathing suits to suit every body type.

For a Slimmer Bottom
If you carry most of your weight in your derriere, you need to add a little extra oomph to your top. Look for simple bikini bottoms in solid colors paired with some molded cups on top for added volume and lift.

Boyish Figure
If you’re looking for a suit to add some curve to your figure, utilize design and pattern. A two piece with bold stripes and ruffles on top will add dimension to your bust and hips while showing off your lovely legs and flat stomach.

Hourglass Shape
Ladies with hourglass shapes need a suit that will play up curves without overpowering your frame. You can wear a bikini with a bold floral print to add some color while letting your body take center stage.

Pear wrapped with a measurement tape

Pear Shaped Body
Learn to love your lower half. Bikini bottoms tend to cut into your thighs and hips, making them bulge. Try a one piece with a V-neck or halter top and high cut bottoms. Suits with a little padding or detail on the top will help balance your figure. Patterns like slimming stripes or polka dots can work wonders.

Small Chest
Need an extra lift on top without the discomfort of underwire? Flatter your upper body with a full coverage top, with a supportive band beneath the bust and halter straps. You’ll feel confident and comfortable, without sacrificing style.

Petites
Petite women often have the extra challenge of finding something that fits them snugly. The solution? Adjustable bottoms. String bikinis allow you to cinch the sides so you can adjust accordingly. You’ll be surprised just how flattering these can be to your figure.

Women in vintage swimming suit on a float in a swimming pool.

Vintage Suits with Coverage
Some situations are a win- win. The resurgence of the retro bathing suit means that you can be stylish while covering a little more area.

Try a one-piece with cut-outs or look for a bikini with a full sized bottom.

What kind of suit works best for your body? Let us know what you’re wearing to the beach this year! And have fun on the beach

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