What’s the buzz in beachwear?
Swimwear is hot and sexy, for sure. And then there are the many looks that take you (and your bathing suit) beyond the beach with ease.
You’ll find sportswear-inspired options like pareos (a posh term for sarong), caftans, swim skirts and ponchos that transform your bathing suit into the centerpiece of your summer casual wardrobe.
See the latest fun styles and how to wear them in the latest edition of our weekly fashion and beauty update.
Thinking about a poncho? We’ve seen great ones in all price ranges from BCBG Max Azria, Rampage, DKNY, Arden B. and Ralph Lauren. And remember, if your poncho is fashionable and even slightly frivolous, it calls for a feminine sandal. No sneakers, please!
The skirtini has taken the swimwear world by storm. You’ll find them in almost every swimwear department, styled to mix and match in design and color. We love the Lands’ End Beach Living collection and the Pick-Your-Fit separates from Eddie Bauer, especially because pieces are sold individually to get you the best fit. (Bonus: The stretchy fabrics keep hips and tummy in check!)
Trendista alert! The caftan is an up-and-coming style and you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled for good examples! Right now you can find them in designer and better sportswear collections or from luxe resort stores that have always understood the appeal of this beachwear classic. Our favorites come from Graham Kandiah and Calypso.
Cut-out and zipped-down surfer styles may bare skin that has never seen the sun! Play it safe with an equally-high performance sun block product like Clarins Sun Care Cream Ultra Protection SPF 30 or Coppertone Shade Sunblock Lotion SPF 45.
Deep V-necks and halter tops are great for those who have been graced with a bustline, while high-cut legs give the illusion of slimmer hips and longer legs. But we'll also share a well-guarded, trendista secret — if you want to look slimmer instantly, smooth on an instant tanning product, especially on your legs. A few to try: Neutrogena Build-A-Tan or Lancome Flash Bronzer, which is tinted with shimmering gold flecks and packed with anti-aging protectants.
Judy Gordon is a New York-based style consultant and the “Today” show’s style editor. She has been covering the fashion and beauty beat for the past decade. To learn more, you can visit her Web site, TheTrendReport.com, which highlights style trends in America.
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