Best Swimsuits for 2012
Best Swimsuits for 2012
See Which Swimsuit Styles Are Popular This Season
The Bandeau Bikini
Bikinis are always a popular choice, and though they come in many different shapes and sizes, the bandeau leads the pack in popularity. Characterized by its straight-across, banded top, the bandeau is great for those with a smaller bust line. The shape has the ability to keep your girls covered, while simultaneously pushing them together for a little more cleavage. Another perk? The suits are perfect for mixing and matching. Pick up a few tops and bottoms in bright neon shades and capture this summer’s hottest color trend.
Debuting on the runways several seasons ago, the monokini is still going strong. Part string bikini, part skimpy one-piece, this suit is essentially a two-piece attached by strings or strips of fabric across the midsection. Monokinis are great for those with bodies that are meant to be shown off. Those who want a fun variation of the look, without revealing as much skin, can opt for a one-piece with cutouts. These offer a more conservative approach to the monokini, while still allowing you to capture that cool, exotic look. Keep in mind, those strings and cutouts can create awkward tan lines. Be sure to lather up the sunscreen on all of your exposed areas.
One style that is making a huge comeback this season is the retro swimsuit of the 50’s and 60’s. Perfect for those with fuller, curvier figures, the retro suit features better coverage and more substantial pieces of fabric. Retro one-pieces often utilize halter tops (great support for fuller busts), and their bottoms will typically have a small ruffle or skirt for added thigh coverage. Retro bikinis also offer more coverage all around, significantly more than the average modern bikini. The best part is that these retro-inspired suits commonly feature fun, old-school prints, like polka dots or over-sized flowers. With full-coverage and a feminine vibe, what’s not to love?
As for cover-ups, there is no shortage of options for those who don't want to strut around in swimsuit alone. From caftans, to wrap skirts, and even stylish maxi dresses, it’s easy to find a fabulous complement for your ideal suit.
What kind of bathing suit are you looking for this season?
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