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 »
Behold Victoria’s Secret‘s latest invention—the “topless bikini” as modeled by Lindsay Ellingson. How very European of them. The suit actually has a removable bandeau option, but the idea is to go without. Which would mean that essentially this is just a pair of panties with some fancy strings. On the Victoria’s Secret website, you can check out a video promo for the suit, the tagline for which is: “Half the bikini, twice as sexy.” Which, depending on who you are, might read as “Half the material, twice as shameful/cold/naked/slutty/expensive.”
So we have to ask … Victoria’s Secret’s swimsuit designers must be men, right? What do you think of the topless bikini? [Elle.com] Keep reading »
Before I left for my trip to Costa Rica — more on that next week — I stopped by the newly opened Hollister store in New York’s SoHo neighborhood in order to buy an extra bikini. I had been to Hollister in other cities before, but my subconscious must have blocked the bad memories, because I truly was unprepared for the mental breakdown that shopping in that store causes.
Hollister is a division of Abercrombie & Fitch, and The New York Times’ describes it as “a beachy and laid-back SoCal lifestyle brand.” It is also hell. Keep reading »
A glimpse of Miami Fashion Week captures neon swimwear floating down the runway at the KRELwear show. In true South Beach style, attendees were required to wear bathing suits. Seriously. [Miami New Times] Keep reading »
Too bad we’re so darn big. We hear Marc Jacobs is launching what is sure to be the most awww-worthy swimwear collection for kids ever via his line, Little Marc. The reasonably priced goods for boys and girls will feature colorful cartoon graphics like fish kissing. Luckily, we’re not too envious, considering Marc put out a line of suits just this year for the grown-up ladies that we already love. The American designer is sure on a roll, considering his last recent announcement regarding a capsule collection geared towards teens, and now his bathing suits for tots. One thing’s for sure: Now we have a cute go-to gift for all the teensy nieces and nephews in our lives.
Okay, maybe we’re just a bit resentful that we weren’t such stylish kids. [Flypaper.bluefly.com and WWD, subscription only]
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I recently heard that the Herve Leger line by Max Azria now includes swimwear, so I decided to see what all the fuss was about. I flipped through the designer’s 2009 summer swimsuit collection online, but to my surprise, a swimsuit was no where to be seen. Keep reading »
When I was really little, I had a pair of gloves that looked plain when you were inside, but when you went into the cold, a secret design revealed itself! Yeah, they were pretty sweet. Textile designer Yun Ding has taken my favorite pair of gloves and turned them into an awesome concept for a magical chameleon swimsuit. The suit would show a geometric print when dry, but under certain conditions — changes in temperature or moisture — the design would switch to a decorative pattern. Wearing one would make you the envy of everyone at the beach (“What does your suit do? Nothing? How sad.”), but you’ll also have the tools to escape any creeps who are trying to stalk you (“She was wearing a black and white striped suit when she went into the water, so that can’t be her in the patterned suit.”). [TextileFutures.co.uk] Keep reading »
On my daily (um, I mean, bi-monthly) visit to Forever 21’s web site, guess what I saw? At some TBD future date, they’re coming out with $12.80-and-up swimwear sometime soon! Oh no, this is going to be so bad on my wallet. Already I’m addicted to their cute cotton panties and their dress-up clothes — cheap, cute, and comfy bikinis will be the death of me.
Fret not, Frisky gals, we’ll put the link up for all you whenever the items start to be sold online. Keep reading »
Buying a swimsuit in February? Are we crazy? Well, yes, but that’s another story. It’s easier to get through the chilly winter months with a new bathing suit in our closet, reminding us summer will return. This winter we’re smitten with this retro sailor swimsuit, which is just so campy with those anchor buttons, it’s adorable. One pieces may not have the prevailing reputation for being sexy, but it’s all in the halter top front and the exposed back. One caveat: you have to be small- to medium-boobed to pull of a halter without looking totally boobalicious! [$124.99, ModCloth.com] Keep reading »