You've spent hours at the gym working on that swimsuit body, only to realize that bikini season has arrived and you haven't actually bought a suit yet. (And surely we aren't the only ones who realize while packing that OH GOD our swimsuit is faded, pilled and all-around horrible and we're leaving in two days and NOW WHAT? Right?) So we've compiled a handy trend guide to get you ready for that beach vacation, cruise, or other getaway. Always be prepared, ladies.
· The one-piece is back and more glamorous than ever. Hide tummy pooches, scars, stretchmarks and more while showing off miles of leg and cleavage. Adding a fun print to the style is a great way to keep from looking too plain Jane. We chose Pez d'Or's Color Pop Maillot ($158 at Anthropologie) for its extra hip-coverage and fun candy hues, as well as Sauipe's Lamai Beach style for its subtle rosette print (visit SauipeSwimwear.com for stores and pricing).
· But prints don't have to be limited to one-pieces. Two-pieces offer versatility in fit between the top vs. the bottom. For a feminine twist, we love Undrest's Liberty of London blue peonies bikini ($270 at Undrest stores and online). Or embrace this season's ethnic trend with J. Crew's Moroccan-inspired Casbah two-piece ($96 as pictured, available online).
· Expect the unexpected from your bikini with Voda's bikini styles, which supposedly work as a subtle push-up bra to enhance your, um, features by one or two cup sizes. We haven't test-driven it ourselves, but Jenny McCartney has been spotted in hers on several occasions—wait, why does she need cleavage help? ($75 as pictured, available online and Canyon Beachwear stores). We also like the unique one-shoulder look of 1 Sol's Asymmetrical Bandeau Bikini ($163, available online and in Canyon Beachwear stores).
· Embrace stripes this season, which is kind of a print but not. For a sultrier look, we like Anika's Beachcomber bikini for its darker colors and gold embellishments ($80, available at Anthropologie). For something more cute and preppy, try the Summerland Striped Ruffle bikini from Land's End Canvas ($84, available online and at Sears).
· Cut-out styles show more skin and can add curves without making you feel like you're wearing your lingerie in public. Take a cue from the Kardashians (yes, we usually knock their style, but even a broken clock is right twice a day) with Beach Bunny's Wind It Up one-piece ($175, available online and their Robertson Blvd store). For something more affordable and cutesy, check out Target's polka-dot monokini ($15, available online and in stores), which is kind of like the swimsuit version of the mullet—business in the front, and party in the back.
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