It's hot and you're headed to the pool, but wait! Not in your old bathing suit. From the skirtini to the monokini and more, it's time to take the deep plunge into this season's hottest swimwear! These suits will have you dying to put them on, show them off poolside and flaunt your beautiful bodies! (I did mention: you can swim in them too right?)
While the tankini's purpose is to cover you up, the skirtini clearly showcases your assets from your torso to your legs. A boustier top shows the influence of lingerie in swimwear, giving great support with underwire, padding and straps. Add gold-rimmed sunnies, a statement necklace and stackable bracelets all with the Midas touch. As for the Fleeps flip-flops, it's a company with a give-back philosophy: when you buy a pair, a girl receives an education. That's how you feel great about going to the beach!
Chili Pepper & Gold Foil Stripe Carousel Boustier Bikini Top and Skirted Bikini Bottoms; BetseyJohnson.com
Sunglasses, $30; Kohls.com
Bliss Statement Necklace, $119; StellaDot.com
Gold Bangle Bracelets (set of 9), $110; Budhagirl.com
Flip-flops that give back, $38; Fleeps.com
You'll be hard-pressed to miss a suit without cutouts this season--they are everywhere as are monokinis (which by definition is a bikini bottom that is attached to a one piece--sometimes barely!). Cutouts work by drawing all eyes strategically to the skin. Just be keenly aware of what cutouts are highlighting (your shoulders, sides, stomach, etc.) and make sure they work to flatter you best. Here a statement shell necklace brings attention to the face, while dual, studded cuffs and gladiator sandals further our goddess empowerment theme.
Ale by Alessandra Henna Blue Stitch Monokini, $180 from DianesBeachwear.com
Shell Necklace, about $20; H&M
Purple Stud Cuff $32 each; BaubleBar.com
Honeycomb Ring Quad (set of 4 rings), $48; BaubleBar.com
Knolla Lace-up Sandal, $69.98; SteveMadden.com
THE "NEW" STRING BIKINI
I'm crazy for "the new string bikini" and you can see why. The classic string bikini has two small ties on your hip that always come undone. The new string bikini features tons of little strings that are always attached so you never have to worry, especially if you are a sporty gal. The high-waist bottom is another hot trend, and what's cool about these is that the strings break up the look on the hip making it airy. If opting for this style, look for a detail that makes it different and unexpected: bands, cutouts, embellishments like buttons or snaps.
Blue Crush Strap Halter Top $66.22 and Melrose High-Waist Brief $58.78; Nookie.com.au
Scala Hat, $42; department stores
Emerald Duv by Kristin Cavallari Joshua Tree Cage Bracelet ($112) and Hollister Ranch Bracelet ($128); emeraldduv.com
Fairy Dust Lace-up Thong Sandals, $20; lulus.com
Spice things up in a one-piece bathing suit with a deep plunge! Feel nervous about doing so? This one is actually somewhat modest in that it laces up where it counts and keeps everything in check--especially when you are reaching for your margarita! I love the additional nods to neon and bold patterns, which if you haven't seen yet, you'll start to see everywhere at the pool.
Trina Turk Capri Lace-Up Swimsuit, $148; Bloomingdale's
Mirage Chandelier Earrings ($49) and Alila Lace Cuff ($98); StellaDot.com
Turner Y-Chain Necklace, $38; BaubleBar.com
White Ankle Strap Heels, $29; lulus.com
Scala Hat, $42; department stores
FOR TALL WOMEN
Specialty swimsuit shopping can indeed be a breeze. Lexie from the TLC show My Giant Life rocked her first ever one-piece bathing suit created with an extra long torso to accommodate women with height by Long Tall Sally. Featuring basket woven straps in the back and Baywatch-style, high-cut hips, the suit shows off her gorgeous, stunning legs and the beauty of her stature.
Lace-up Back Swimsuit, $79; LongTallSally.com
Copra Polarized Sunglasses, $149; Costadelmar.com
Bracelets, $26; JCPenney
To see these swimsuits in action, check out my segment on the Wendy Williams Show.