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By Angie Harrison
Swimwear and summer go hand-in-hand. Whether you’re living by the lake this summer, traveling to a coast, or simply poolside, a swimsuit is definitely close by. And while we may like wearing our swimsuits some days more than others, there are so many styles and combinations that it’s hard to not feel fab in some of this season’s styles. The swimwear industry has really tweaked what these options look like and how they work for women’s bodies. The spectrum of coverage, support, and style spans wide and really aims for inclusivity for all. All sizes, ages, preferences, and personal styles—there’s something for everyone.
Talk about chic! This is the rebirth of the one-piece bathing suit. With so many styles ranging from barely-there to full coverage, one-piece suits have completely made a comeback. Full coverage doesn’t have to mean matronly; you can still get coverage along with fabulous style. The one-piece suit styles shown this season are so gorgeous and fashion-forward, you can throw on wide-leg pants or a skirt and have an immediate outfit styled. Head to town for lunch straight from the water and feel confident in your look. Plunging necklines, high necklines, open back, full coverage—there’s really no wrong way to go. A one-piece is the perfect fit for anyone; there are so many style options to suit any and all preferences.
One-piece suits with cutouts also offer medium coverage with fabulous style. There’s so much glamour and simplicity with a one-shoulder swimsuit or plunging v-neckline. Tie waists make the suits playful and elegant; you could throw a maxi skirt on and go to a wedding in these things!
Two-piece styles are a classic choose-your-own-adventure when it comes to coverage. The classic bikini now comes in several versatile styles and cuts; there are so many coverage options in this category alone. Triangle top, bandeau, halter, wrap top, one shoulder, high neck, long-line tank, brief bottoms, tie bottoms, shirred bottom, Brazilian cut, French cut—I mean, the list just goes on. Gone are the days of a bikini that constantly needs adjusting; you can actually swim in these styles without feeling like a wardrobe malfunction is on the horizon. The neon trend is still going strong into Spring/Summer ’19; throw on a pair of breezy, wide-leg pants and you’ve got an instant beachside lunch look.
The mid-coverage trend has been so flawlessly embraced by all ages and body-types, and is quickly becoming an absolute summer-favorite. Taking from swimwear silhouettes of the 1950s, medium coverage bikinis feature a high-waisted brief bottom and a bikini top of your choice. It’s a great solution for anyone wanting more coverage through the hips/torso and not compromising your bust or natural waistline. Underwire tops pair beautifully with high-waisted briefs, giving you full support as a bra would. Many high-waisted bottoms feature cutouts on the sides, mesh designs, and lace to add strategic peek-a-boo moments. There’s no need to compromise style for coverage that makes you feel comfortable.
Tanks and tankinis are the answer to beach-day bathroom breaks. With so much function and versatility, tank style swimsuits offer the convenience of separates while still feeling supported and comfortable in your look. Tankini styles also offer multiple ways to mix and match and interchange your looks. They’re great to have while traveling, swapping tops and bottoms for a completely different suit.
There really is nothing more glamorous than a flowing, breezy swimsuit cover-up. From caftans to pompom-trimmed rompers, there’s a cover-up for every occasion, personality, and function. If you’re in and out of the water all day, opt for wide-leg pants to pair with your suit. You can still feel clothed while catching some end-of-summer rays. When beachside or wanting to feel your inner Elizabeth Taylor, try a colorful maxi caftan; something that makes you feel comfortable and effortlessly elegant. For days when you’re headed from lakeside to town, a bandeau jumpsuit is an easy and complete look to slip on. Again, there’s no wrong way to do a cover-up, but if you always grab your same go-to, maybe try to mix in a little something different for your look.
Swimwear isn’t everyone’s fave when it comes to shopping and packing, but with all of the suits and cover-ups out there, it’s so easy to hate it a little less. Try a style you’ve never worn before; make sure it checks off all of the things you need to feel comfortable in it—why bother if you don’t feel good? When we look good, we feel good (I say this all the time, but it’s true). Wear your confidence to the beach this season and enjoy the important stuff in life, like cocktails and quiet time. The rest is covered.
Angie Harrison received her BS degree in fashion merchandising from Western Michigan University. After merchandising for a large retailer, she went on to start Angela Harrison Style: a personal, print, and film wardrobe styling service. Her experience has led her to style wardrobe on local and national TV commercials as well as freelance in visual merchandising for luxury retailers.