Getting Into the Swim, Summer 2008 Swimwear Tips from Marshalls Style Experts!
Summer 2008 is all about dresses, shorts and–most importantly– swimwear. If you think you can get by this summer with last year’s swimsuit, think again. Check out your current swimsuit for fit– because they do stretch out. (I had to ditch about 5 thrashed swimsuits this year). Trends change, styles and colors that looked right on you 2-3 years ago might not look so terrific this year.
Fit is key along with making sure that you have a style that works on your body. Whether you have gained or lost, the swimsuit from 2 seasons ago will not look the same today on you as it did when you first purchased it. So now’s the time to find something great. Whether you choose to go the department store, swim boutique, online or in off-price stores, you can get the best selection now. Make sure you get wise to swimwear before your favorite style is gone. (It is definitely a case of buy it now, keep tags on and try it on at home if you aren’t sure. Keep the receipt and leave tags intact to get your best possible return.) . You don’t have to spend a lot!
This is the first of a series of posts on swimwear lines for all body types and you are sure to find something perfect for your body and your budget!!
Thanks to Marshall’s trend expert, here are some seasonal tips and tricks about what’s hot for Swimwear 2008
§ Color & Design: It’s all about color this season and graphic prints and funky designs are a must. For a bold statement, choose bright colors that feature geometric shapes or floral patterns. Or bring out your wild side in a zebra print swimsuit.
Check out this haute animal print swimsuit. No it’s not zebra– it’s tiger! Put yourself out there and purr quietly, the jungle drums will beat for you.
§ Style: Having two-piece anxiety? No worries, the one-piece swimsuit is back this season. For a sexy twist on a classic, choose a one-piece with a keyhole cut-out and spaghetti straps. Tankinis are the best of both worlds: offering the coverage of a one-piece with the hot style of a bikini. Not sure which to choose? By shopping at an off-price retailer, like Marshalls, you’ll find current-season designer suits for up to half the price making it affordable to have more than one suit.
§ Accents: Choose a swimsuit embellished with subtle accents like shiny gold and silver beads, ruffles and belts.
This nautical suit will highlight a great waistline or create one if you don’t have one while giving you the appearance of mile-long legs.
§ Shoes: Flip-flops are a thing of the past. Pair your swimsuit with wedge sandals to instantly give you a more polished look. Choose strappy, gladiator style sandals for a trend-setting look that goes from the beach to the boardwalk.
§ Accessories: To complete your beach-bound look, add a fun accessory. Throw on a few bangles, rock some white shades or carry it all in a metallic bag. To complete your beach-bound look, the must-have accessory of the season is a chic cover-up that doubles as a casual dress.
Here’s a gorge metallic bag that works so well with swimwear but would rock a pair of jeans or an eyelet dress with some edgy style.
§ Body: Pay no attention to size – it’s all about how the suit fits. The torso of a one-piece suit should lie perfectly flat with no puckering near the seams. There should be no pulling at the crotch, bust or straps.
(Stevie Tip: It makes no difference if you have to go up a size. Most swimwear is sized smaller so that you are supposed to size up. Not fun for the ego though!)
§ Leg Openings: Make sure that the leg openings aren’t digging into your skin. A smooth line is always more slimming.
§ Straps: The straps should lie comfortably on your shoulders. If they are digging into your shoulders, try the next size up. Or avoid the problem all together by wearing a suit with ties or adjustable straps.
§ Bust: Coverage is key. Try moving around and lifting your arms up. If this feels uncomfortable, then it isn’t the suit for you.
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