Summer's just around the corner, and warm weather means that it's time for bathing suits! Here with the summer's hottest trends — and tips for real women who want to wear them — is Alison Deyette from StyleBakery.com.
Update the black one-piece
The black one-piece suit is a classic choice for women of all ages - it's a flattering and sophisticated choice for all body types. This year, try modernizing and updating your suit with fresh and patterned details, like white accessories. Try animal prints white accessories (like sarongs or hoodies) for a striking black & white contrast to the basic black. And here's a bonus: Some newer suits even have extra Lycra, which actually allows women to appear 10 pounds slimmer!
Miraclesuit $126 (Extra lycra)Everything But Water, $59 (sarong)TJ Maxx, $19.99 (animal print)Marshalls $12.99 (white hoodie)
Stripes and Hardware
Stripes are one of the biggest pattern trends this year, and you can find them in all sorts of fabulous colors and in all price ranges! Adding hardware detailing — like metallic o-rings or other metal touches — are a great way to add some fashionable accessories without having to tote your jewelry to the beach.
J.Lo suit $88
Is it a suit, or is it sportswear? It's both! Bathing suits that look like tennis outfits or surfing outfits not only hit one of the hottest trends of the year, but are flattering for all body types. Some suits can even transition from beach-wear to town-wear, and offer a bit more coverage with a lot of versatility.
Lands' End $104
Floral prints — whether tropical or graphic — are blooming as a hot trend for the surf-side! And here's the great news: bold, colorful prints actually help to hide figure flaws! So go for bright colors — like orange or pink — and try surf-inspired suits, which are perfect for beach-side sports. Buying separate pieces to mix-and-match also allows you to add sex-appeal (or extra coverage, depending on what you prefer) when and where you need it.
Tropical florals are the perfect complement to a halter-top. A tankini cut is a style that has all the fun of a bikini but with a more forgiving coverage. And keep an open mind! The right type of top can be very versatile, and you can almost pair them with jeans for a night out on the boardwalk.
American Eagle Outfitters at AE.COM $54 (tankini)Mervyn's $48 (surf-inspired)
Polka Dots & Boy Shorts
Polka dots are hot! These retro prints in bold, bright colors are a fabulous flash-back to classic pin-up girls. The perfect match for fun prints are boy-short bottoms. Be careful, though — low-slung boy shorts offer more coverage on the rear, but are a hard style to wear if you're not tall and thin.
Plunging necklines and strategic cut-outs are the newest trend in one-piece suits — but pair it with a sarong so you're sexy, but still have style and grace (instead of letting too much hang out.) Fuller coverage can be alluring as long as you balance the look strategically.
Everything But the Water $122 (suit) $73 (sarong)