There's something to be said about lounging poolside, margarita in hand, but you can't sit around all Summer, right? Between surfing, swimming, and paddleboarding, there's just too much fun to be had in the water. For times like those, you'll need a suit that does more than just look good on you. Check out these bikinis and one-pieces that are made for action, from helping you swim faster to not slipping off when you dive into the water!
In my quest to find a swimsuit that gives my post-baby body plenty of coverage and curves, I've found two solutions: neoprene and nonstop Pilates. Let's go with neoprene for now. The lightweight rubber material, used in scuba gear, helps suck you in and smooth over dimples and rolls, curing you from a case of the jiggles. A wetsuit, however, is not the answer.
Enter Lisa Marie Fernandez, the fashion-stylist-cum-swimsuit-designer who made neoprene fashionable with her line of sleek and, yes, sporty (but mostly sleek) suits. This season, she partnered with British designer Peter Pilotto (and prints master) to create a collection of gorgeous printed swimwear. My favorite is the Farrah ($495). The maillot features curved seam details to add some shape to the midsection, cap sleeves to make arms look thinner, and a sexy front zip to show off decolletage à la a classic Bond girl. At $495, it's not a guilt-free buy, but after trying on so many suits that don't help, it's worth it to find one that does. Plus, I'm totally obsessed with the artful print.
While your toddler may be a little young to start his surfing career, there's no reason he shouldn't look the part. These nine pairs of stylin' shorts should have him saying "hang ten!" in no time. Click through to find your favorite style.
Just in time for weekend jaunts to the beach, Gap released its new swim collection filled with cute prints and colors to help you kick off the beginning of many sunny days to come. The line, now available in stores and online, features Spring's bold tropic prints trend, Parisian stripes, delicate eyelet details, and throwback prints in a bevy of silhouettes. "There are styles to suit everyone including vintage-inspired triangle tops and pushup balconets along with flirty skirted bottoms and fun, flattering one pieces," said Gap's vice president of GapBody design, Mireille Gindrey. "The collection is very playful with its black and white polka dot print and retro accents, but it’s also very wearable with features like removable pads and convertible straps." Start clicking to see and shop Gap's swim collection now.
If you've ever taken your diaper-wearing daughter to the beach or pool, you've probably experienced the frustration of changing her while she's wearing a wet, impossible-to-pull-off swimsuit. When new mom Kimberly Goodwin took her daughter, Reese, to the beach in Nantucket for the first time a couple of years ago, she found inspiration from that frustration and created genius swimwear line, Snapping Turtle Kids. Goodwin, a New Yorker who formerly worked at Lucky and Vogue, has created a line that's equal parts fashion and function. The prints — inspired by different vacation spots like Palm Beach and Malibu — are totally adorable, and the designs feature stainless steel snaps for swimsuits and 100 percent cotton terry cloth for cover-ups and hats. Keep clicking to check out the line, which has officially made me even more excited for Summer — diaper changes and all!
Planning a Winter escape to somewhere sunny and warm? Mama isn't the only one who needs a new swimsuit. Pick up one of the following pink floral suits for your littlest girls (we'll bring you boys options soon), and get ready to say "bye bye" to snow and cold and "hello" to the beach in sweet style!
For Heidi Klum's vacation in Ibiza, the supermodel mom ditched her stilettos in favor of some laid-back Summer gear. Between stealing kisses with husband Seal, we spied an enviable arm of bangles, a hot spotted suit, and the perfect tee and cutoffs to slip into between swims. Basically, the Project Runway host nails all the essentials for a summery getaway with easy pieces and standout shades. Click our editor's picks below to snag the same Summer necessities.
We're loving all of the swimwear options that are out there right now; at Miami Swim Week, we've seen tons of different prints, colors, and silhouettes, and with each season brings a fresh crop of new looks to try. However, one bathing suit trend that never seems to go out of style is '50s glam. Just look at the effortless allure of bathing beauties like Rita Hayworth, Esther Williams, and Marilyn Monroe. Not only did they have killer curves and perfectly coiffed hair, but they were undeniably sexy while still leaving a little to the imagination. Modern-day stunners like Eniko Mihalik and Marloes Horst worked the trend for Bergdorf Goodman and Seafolly campaigns, respectively — proving that flirty ruffles, sweet gingham, and sailor stripes can still be hot combos. If barely there bikinis aren't your thing, or you just want to try a more retro look on the beach this season, click through to see all of our '50s-chic swimwear picks.
Black Milk, the same company that brought you the R2D2 swimsuit last year, has expanded its lineup to include suits that can satisfy any geek gal whose aim is to lounge pool- or beachside when temps rise. My favorite is the Pac-Man suit ($90) for obvious reasons, but also because it's so unexpected.
There's plenty more to look at in the slideshow, so get your wallets ready! Happy Summer!
Celebrities always look amazing in their bikinis! So, we looked to a few of our favorite celebrities’ swim styles to get inspired this Summer. Try out a white-hot look like Kate Middleton, a sexy animal print like Gisele Bundchen, or if you’re feeling sporty, go for a mix-and-match bikini like Brooklyn Decker! Watch our video to get these celebrity-inspired looks this summer! On Allison: Topshop blouse, Zara skirt, Towne & Reese earrings