Fit tips and trends from a savvy swimwear expert
Swimsuit shopping is an undertaking, to say the least. With swimwear deals flooding our Shop It To Me emails recently, it’s the perfect time to score big, and get late-summer use out of some new pieces.
Luckily one of our fabulous Trendsetters, Susan, Director of Social Media Marketing for InStyleSwimwear.com and contributor to their blog Beauty and the Beach, was excited to answer some of our questions surrounding the must-knows of swimwear! See what this sun-loving gal spilled to us in a recent interview.
Shop It To Me: Swimsuit shopping can be a bit daunting. What are some tips you can give to fit and flatter your body type?
Susan: The first step to finding your perfect swimsuit is knowing your body and its overall shape. For example, if you’re pear-shaped (narrow shoulders, smaller bust, fuller hips and bigger bottom), you want to choose swimsuits that help balance you out. Choosing an embellished top (think fringe bandeau tops or tops with ruffle detail) paired with a dark solid-colored bottom will help emphasize your top half and minimize your bottom half. Also don’t get too caught up on the size tag, as all brands and styles run differently. You may be an extra-small in one brand or style and a medium in another. Next time you’re shopping for a swimsuit, refer to this simple swimsuit style guide for every body shape.
SITM: You were just in Miami for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim, what does the future hold for swimwear trends?
S: For 2013, fringe is literally EVERYWHERE, so hopefully you’re not tired of seeing it already! Also we noticed a ton of bustier-style tops with sweetheart necklines which will be perfect for the beach or paired with your favorite pair of denim cutoffs. We also spotted a ton of nautical-inspired pieces; although the nautical look is a classic trend in swim and resortwear, we saw some pretty cool updated versions. In terms of color, pastels were definitely having a major moment, especially soft shades of mint, yellow and peach. See some sneak peek photos from the week below:
SITM: What are some classic swimwear styles to invest in that won’t go out of style?
S: Every woman must have at least one LBB, a.k.a little black bikini, in her swimdrobe. Like the LBD, a LBB is sleek, sexy and 100% timeless; furthermore, they come in a wide variety of styles and silhouettes! You should also have at least one bikini that features a classic print, such as polka dots, stripes or animal prints. You never have to worry about them going out of style and they’re perfect for mixing and matching throughout the years! Finally, even the most diehard bikini-wearers should invest in a cute one-piece—trust me, you’ll thank me later!
SITM: What’s the most expensive or crazy swimsuit you’ve ever seen?
S: I’m pretty sure I once saw an itty bitty diamond bikini in an old Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. I think it was worth $30 million or something… and I think Molly Sims was modeling it!
SITM: What’s your favorite affordable swimwear brand?
S: One of my favorite brands, Vitamin A by Amahlia Stevens, makes a really great younger, more affordable “Silver” line. The styles still feature that amazing Vitamin A fit but they have a much lower price point. Furthermore, many of the styles are reversible so you can get multiple bikini looks for the prices of one. Check out the line here.
SITM: What are some swim-worthy items you’ve come across recently in your Shop It To Me email?
SITM: What are some of your favorite of-the-moment items from InStyleSwimwear.com?
S: Here are some great products that we have available now:
Ula La Ruffle by PilyQ (great LBB example) | Periwinkle by Vitamin A Silver (great example of classic polka dot print AND it’s by Vitamin A Silver—the brand I mentioned as my favorite affordable brand) |Trancoso by ViX (another great animal print example)