A few days ago, I posted a “Worth The Splurge” suggestion of a Zimmerman corset swimsuit that I had fallen in love with. Readers, I should have listened to you when you told me, “All I can think of when I look at this suit is how quickly a nip slip is going to happen. The second you get in the water, that suit is going down.” My suit came today, and I should have known to order a size up because of my extra large boobs. The cups fit OK, but they’re not really holding up my breasts. This, however, is a problem I (and other D-cup ladies) have with a lot of swimsuits. So, before I give up, there’s one last thing to try: BareLifts. There are several of bra-less sticker products out there; however, the adhesives on BareLifts are waterproof, so you can wear them under a bikini or one-piece. For those of you out there with larger breasts who have never been able to pull off a string triangle top, you might want to give these doo-dads a try. [$10, BareLifts]
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I generally don’t do bikinis. And it’s for the same reason I don’t do two-pieces that I hate overtly sexy one-pieces. I just don’t like to draw attention to my body in an incredibly obvious way, whether it’s with a super-low neckline, gold bling, or cutouts all around my torso. Then, this Zimmerman swimsuit won me over. I love how the front is plain but obviously sports excellent construction with the built-in boning and real hold-the-girls-in bra cups. The corset-like back is just enough to make the design extra special. True, it might seem a bit ridiculous to spend over $200 on a bathing suit, but for one that’s so timeless and well-made, I’d happily put down, then wear it summer after summer. [$230, Net-A-Porter.com] Keep reading »
Marc Jacobs seems to be rubbing off on his adorable significant other, Lorenzo Martone, who’s decided to give clothing design a shot. Having spent years working on fashion brands at advertising agency Chandelier Creative, Martone’s no stranger to style and creativity, but the swimwear line he’s creating with jewelry designer Jules Kim is his first go at designing. The label, Nycked, is said to be inspired by Brazil, and it allegedly involves sequins, lacing, and rather large bows. Pics aren’t out yet, but we’re curious to see where this goes. [Elle UK] Keep reading »
‘Tis the season for pool days, beach tanning, and summer vacations, all of which no doubt incite spasms of fear and pangs of terror in women all over. Because along with the warm weather comes the need to dress appropriately, and show off aspects of your figure that hid out underneath layers of clothes all winter long. If bathing suit shopping just isn’t your thing, (but, really, whose thing is it?) and the idea of trying on suit after suit in that horrid florescent lighting makes you want to throw up inside, then Lori Coulter has the solution. After realizing women all over have issues shopping for swimwear, Lori created the TrueMeasure process, which uses a 3-D body scanner to figure out 140 measurements of your body. Based on those numbers, she’ll narrow down certain shapes and styles that work with your body and help to customize a personal, made-to-order swimsuit just for you. A bespoke suit will surely be a bit pricey, but it might be worth it to avoid spending hours in department store fitting rooms [Lori Coulter] Keep reading »
Summer trend alert! This season, we’re seeing tons of high-waisted bikinis in the swimwear department, from high-end labels like Chloe and Prada down to your discount retailers. Either these styles are a vintage throwback, or designers have figured out how to tap into a market of normally bikini-phobic women.
What do you think about high-waisted bikinis? Granny panties on the beach? Or swimsuit-tastic? Sound off in the comments!
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Anyone who says one-pieces fall into the senior citizen swimwear category obviously hasn’t seen Quiksilver’s McCall suit. This vintage-inspired number covers up more than a bikini would, but the monokini cut and deep V-neck sex things up. Put it on and you’ll enjoy your day at the beach twice as much as you would wearing a two-piece. Why? Because swimming won’t be a problem with no skimpy top to lose in the surf, and you’ll still make the boys drool.
Liberty of London must know that Americans are having a full-on love affair with the oh-so-British brand. The designs, which made a big stateside impression this year thanks to a genius Target collaboration and a Mac makeup deal, are now available as swimwear at Neiman Marcus. The selection is small but well-rounded and exactly what you’d expect from the luxe label. Signature prints and festive patterns make their way onto string bikinis, bandeau tops, and even a sexy cut-out one piece. Perhaps even cuter are the summery cover-ups: there’s a lightweight minidress, an oversized button-down shirt, and our favorite, a pink floral caftan with an iconic red, white, and blue floral motif. Only drawback? This bunch of Liberty goods doesn’t come with Target price tags. Maybe they could get on this? Please? [Neiman Marcus] Keep reading »
The fashion event we’ve all been waiting for is only 10 days away, people. That’s right, the Kardashian sisters’ swimwear line is available May 10th! Get excited! Make some noise! Oh, what’s that? You’re not a stripper? Nevermind then, you probably aren’t going to want to wear any of the overpriced styles the three Kardashians have come up with. Kim’s relatively simple bikinis were actually the most manageable, but her sisters couldn’t keep things under control. Keep reading »
American Apparel, purveyor of hipster clothing items that serve questionable purposes, has a new item for summer — a ladies swimsuit … with a hood! This sexy one-piece has a hooded halter neck, which, it seems to me, you have to wear up if you’re laying out in the sun because otherwise some unsightly tan lines are in your future. With beach season almost here, is this a swimsuit you could see yourself wearing? [$48, American Apparel via BuzzFeed] Keep reading »
Summer may be a few months away, but I personally think that there’s never a better time than now to start daydreaming about warm weather and beach vacations. But for some, the idea of rolling waves or pools might be more of a nightmare, because warm temperatures mean bathing suits and baring it all. If you’re not quite bikini body-ready (and let’s be honest, after the holidays, who really is?), here’s a bit of good news: Spanx, the company revered by many for their body-slimming undergarments, has decided to branch out. Meet Spanx swimwear, which sucks in just like their body shapers but is cute and fashionable — you’d actually want to wear it even if it didn’t give you perfect curves. More after the jump … [Glamour] Keep reading »