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The ABC's of Swimwear for Women

19 Apr 2019
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Choosing a bathing suit can be the most crucial step of planning your vacation... but it can also be the most complicated. It’s time to set aside the endless guides about body shape that tell you what you should or shouldn’t wear and focus on what’s really important: you! What do you want to wear? What swimwear style makes you feel the most confident? What kind of vacation are you planning? For these real questions, we have some real answers!

Let’s get back to the basics of swimsuits for women.


The One-Piece Swimsuit

The one-piece swimsuit isn’t only a sports style meant for swimming competitions. It's also a fashion-forward piece that’s been adopted by some of the top brands. There are different ways to wear it in order to create a unique look. Go for thin straps and a low back or opt for a lace-up V-cut to set your sophistication level at max. Maybe the beautiful and bold cutout trend will wow you! If you’re looking to create a ‘40s-inspired style, try a bustier one-piece with romantic ruffles that will give you a stunning silhouette.

Bikinis and Two Piece Swimsuits

With mixed or matching tops and bottoms, bikinis continue to be popular year after year. This famous ensemble is available in as many styles, cuts, and colours as you can think of. Bikinis allow you to choose your top and the bottom according to your silhouette. If you’re looking for curves and coverage, opt for high-waisted bikini bottoms. In fact, while you’re at it, why not accentuate your high-waisted bikini with a belt? For a summer spent on the go, bralettes and cropped camis are an excellent choice when it comes to bikini tops because of their versatility and practicality. Bottoms that show more skin, like thongs or Brazilian cuts, are super for when you want to sunbathe.

Swimsuits That Have Got You Covered

Besides combatting the waves, protecting you from UV rays, and making you feel more comfortable, these styles are totally trending. Perfectly opaque rashguards, a surfer’s best friend, are usually made of neoprene, but now are frequently available in thinner microfibres that are just as protective. They can come as tops, leggings, or even long-sleeved one-pieces. When you want to show a little more skin, go for sets with a skirt, shorts, and a tankini. These pieces often feature elegant details like draping and adjustable ruching that let you lounge by the pool in style!

After surveying all of these swim styles, you probably want to run out right away and buy your next bathing suit. But making this decision can be a bit more daunting than you think, especially when the selection is so huge! So, here are three simple tips to start your search for the perfect swimsuit off on the right foot. 

1. Prioritize cut over what’s trendy. You’ll automatically look super stylish.

To do this, you’ll have to try as many models, sizes, cuts, and styles as possible, since all of these criteria differ from one brand to another. It's time to take small steps out of your comfort zone. High-cut bottoms, tops with underwire, bandeaus... You might just be surprised and find the perfect piece!

2. Opt for adjustable and multi-way straps.

One of the best things about a bathing suit is being able to adjust its straps in order to suit your bust. Besides providing better support, it’s also more flattering for all silhouettes! When you tie or adjust the length of your straps, be sure to really tighten them and lean forward. This way, you will be able to check that your chest is properly supported.

Did you know? Simons offers D-cup swimwear!

3. Read the labels and check the stitching.

The quality of the material will affect how long your bathing suit lasts. Softness and elasticity are essential, but the material's sturdiness is even more so, because it's what guarantees your swimsuit will keep its shape summer after summer. It's also a good idea to examine the stitching, since it will play a major role in the drape and structure of your swimsuit. Feel free to take a look at the labels that sometimes may have information on the style and fit. Additionally, check the material's UV protection. Not only will this prevent you from getting a bad sunburn, but it will also prevent the fabric's colour from fading.

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