Hear that whinny? That’s from me — an official clotheshorse.
I’m always on the lookout for gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous garments and resort wear — especially swimwear. But if you’re like me, do you really want to spend $500 on one Eres swimsuit for your next vacation or cruise? Here’s an update on some of the latest and greatest bathing suit styles that only look like they cost a million bucks.
Bare Necessities is a website that specializes in a wealth of sizes in swimwear. It carries a vast assortment of suits that are bra sized and offers cup sizes up to a K-cup and band sizes from 28 — 44 — in addition to XS — 3X and 6 — 24 swimwear. Says Megan Puma, swimwear buyer: “Right now there are so many hot trends — high necks, one-pieces, sexy swimwear with sheer or mesh inserts, cutouts, lace-up detailing, and then also big plunge V-necks. High-waist nautical is always popular in swimwear and never goes out of style in this category.”
Brands include top sellers such as Fantasie, Freya, Pour Moi and Panache. Panache is designed for D-plus cup sizes, and Panache Swim is sold as separates and based on bra sizing, which ensures perfect fit, lift and support — plus swimsuits and bikinis that won’t slide around as you swim.
In the category of swimwear that shapes you, look for Miraclesuit and Magicsuit, Puma says. “We try to take the intimidation out of buying a swimsuit, and our team is here for one-on-one to figure out what size you need. It’s tough to buy a swimsuit online and you need help,” she adds. That’s why Bare Necessities has AmBRAssadors to assist you at all times.
Burning up the internet — and Instagram — right now, are swimsuits from Shein, a brand that specializes in on-trend, youthful, flirty looks that will definitely make your Popsicles melt.
Shein Operations Manager Yulanda Ma says that the hot new trends in swimwear are ruffles, tassels, sheer mesh, halter, side-lacing, tropical prints and high-cut swimwear. Adds Ma: “Women come in all shapes and sizes and every body type has a specific fit to help illuminate their assets.”
That’s the great thing about Shein: If you’re a devoted Target shopper and love a trendy bargain, you will love this website just as much if not more. I’m a devoted Shein shopper.
Also trending on Instagram are bathing suits from Tobi, another popular website where you can find sexy suits at all price points. One of the most adorable is a pink scallop number that screams “chic.”
Cabana Life apparel is the luxury leader in trendy sun-protective clothing, offering bathing suits, rash guards, cover-ups, dresses and youth clothing. Each provides 50-plus UV protection that blocks 98 percent of UVA and UVB rays. Cabana Life has teamed up with Stand Up to Cancer to spread skin cancer awareness, selling a special rash guard and donating 100 percent of the proceeds to the foundation. The styles are spot-on, and should definitely be in your resort collection, along with plenty of sunscreen.
Most 26-year-olds don’t expect to hear the “C” word at such a young age. Melissa Papock, the founder of Cabana Life, certainly wasn’t ready for cancer. At the time of her melanoma diagnosis, she was your typical fashion-conscious New Yorker. Having worked as a merchandising expert for top fashion and beauty magazines she thought she knew all the latest fashion trends. She was shocked when her dermatologist told her to wear “sun-protective clothing.”
Alyssa Adams, former director of merchandising at Vanity Fair, learned about Melissa’s story, which resonated with her due to her own family history of melanoma. The two entrepreneurs began a journey to start a new trend, one that would make sun protection fashionable. Cabana Life has since become a staple for fashions that take you from the sand to sidewalk.
Another chic style to cherish: Vitamin A Swimwear. This is no ordinary bikini. The seams lie flat against the skin. The quality is meticulous. The fit is hip-slimming, curve-hugging, bust-boosting, with figure-flattering perfection.
Vitamin A is inspired by travel, Modern art and the cult of global style-setters who collect its designs (Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Alba and Rihanna, to name a few). They’re famous for the LBB — the Little Black Bikini, as essential as the little black dress — and its signature California Cut. They’re all about sexy, sun-kissed California beauty. My favorite? The adorable, figure-hugging, body-confidence-boosting Eco white ballerina strappy top. Purchase this adorable number — and you’ll be the only one wearing it in St. Tropez.