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Make a Splash: 9 Swim Styles for Keeping Cool at the Pool

Here it is, my no-fail, two-step system for getting your body ready for swimwear season! Ready?

Step 1: Have a body.

Step 2: Put swimwear on it.

How easy that was?

All kidding aside, I know that many women around the country are dreading the countdown to summer, if only because of how much we hate shopping for swimwear -- and this seems to be a universal whether you’re a size 2 or 22. However, we all seem to forget a few basic things when it comes to summer and swim season.

First, we’re all at the pool, beach or lake for primarily one reason- because it is HOT outside, and water helps us cool off. Second, it’s HOT outside, and it’s a scientifically proven fact that if we are wearing less clothing, we are retaining less heat, thereby assisting our integumentary system in functioning more efficiently.  Third of all, it is simply just not practical to wear a full-body wetsuit in July- at least in the Northern hemisphere.

Lucky for us, we have great swimwear brands like Miraclesuit, that nips where we want nipped, and boost where we want to be boosted. Fabulous suits and cover ups by Becca by Rebecca Virtue utilize bright patterns and design elements to camouflage and distract from those areas on our bodies that we might not like the best, and make you feel like a million dollars. Throw in the amazing from swimwear hues by Michael Michael Kors Plus and Lauren by Ralph Lauren to the mix, and you have an amazing swimwear arsenal at your disposal to help you look at feel your best at the pool, beach, or lake!

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1. BECCA by Rebecca Virtue Plus Size Cozumel Foam Tankini Top

2. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Water Ikat Shirred Maillot

3. LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Plus Size Maldives Paisley Twist One Piece

4. BECCA by Rebecca Virtue Plus Size Crochet Tunic Cover Up

5. BECCA by Rebecca Virtue Plus Size African Beat Kimono Cover Up

6. LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Plus Size Crushed Cotton Camp Shirt Cover Up

7. Miraclesuit Plus Size Solid Aurora Swimsuit

8. BECCA by Rebecca Virtue Plus Size Ritual Hi Neck Bra Top

9. BECCA by Rebecca Virtue Plus Size Solid Full

 

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I hope you are as inspired to try going out of your comfort zone a little this season, and realize how much cooler you’ll feel- both physically and emotionally. If you’re rocking any of the amazing pieces you’ve seen here on the blog, please tag us in your photos on Twitter and Instagram using #WRW- we would LOVE to see your style!

The Style Edit: Spring Swimwear

We're at the peak of spring and summer is just around the corner! It’s time to break out the sunscreen and start booking your travel plans. Whether you are heading down to Cancun for a spring vacation or hitting the beach in Malibu, here are three beach looks to keep you looking great in and out of water.

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A soft airy cover-up is an essential piece for spring and summer travel. Throw a versatile, yet stylish tunic cover-up over a solid bikini to add interest during the day and pair with your denim shorts for a casual night stroll on the beach.

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Make a splash in shoreline style with this vibrant colors and prints. This retro one-piece boasts two equally chic prints to feel just as fashion-forward on the beach.

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This classic black one-piece proves the most flattering. Features like control panels and ruched detailing offer comfortable support and flatters your body. A versatile, beautiful pareo is the perfect addition giving you different looks from a flowy wrap skirt to a halter dress.

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New Brand Spotlight: Tori Praver Swimwear

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Growing up surfing and swimming in the sunny beaches of Maui, Tori Praver certainly knows swimwear better than your average swimsuit model. She took her childhood in Hawaii and her lifelong love affair with the ocean as the fuel to start her eponymous women’s swimwear collection that merges laidback island style with high fashion. 

Tori Praver Swimwear is designed with the stylish wanderer in mind—the woman who is always traveling, living life to the fullest whether she’s on or off the shore. Tori’s gorgeous collection of bikinis, one-piece swimsuits and cover-ups are all influenced by her many exotic travels as well as the beautiful island of Maui that she calls home.

Versatility and a flattering fit is the heart of the Tori Praver swim collection, taking her love of the active beach lifestyle as well as a sophisticated eye for detail to create the perfect balance of comfort and chic swim style.

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Top Swimwear Styles for Spring & Summer

Summer is around the corner, but some of the season’s most fabulous swimwear is here now!

With pool season around the corner and resort season in full swing, finding that perfect swimsuit can be quite a source of anxiety. Finding that perfect look can be difficult when stores don’t even have their full size and style selection in stock. Lucky for you Zappos carries a wide assortment of swimsuits and I’m here to give you a peek at some of the amazing styles this season has to offer. No matter what shape you are or how much (or little) skin you want to show off, we have the perfect swimsuit for you!

If you are into the retro look, let me direct your attention to the brand Unique Vintage. They have an assortment of separates and one-piece suits that flatter the figure and bring that old Hollywood glamour. The classic lines and fuller coverage look great on curves and are sure to be a confidence booster when everyone is checking you out poolside.

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If you prefer a more classic look, then a one-piece suit may be for you. There are plenty of options to choose from depending on your style and body type! If you want that one-piece look but still want to show off some skin, try one with an open back and plenty of sexy side cutouts.

If you prefer a little more coverage, look for a more classic cut with a figure-flattering front ruched detail. Check out a one-piece style by Miraclesuit as they offer suits that help create a slim silhouette. Try one that flaunts a wrap-style front with shirring that flatters your figure and creates the coveted hourglass silhouette.

Next, there is the tried-and-true bikini. There are a multitude of tops and bottoms to fit the look you want. There is always the classic triangle halter top that works well for smaller busts and petite ladies.

Ladies who need that extra support on top should look for thicker halter straps or tops with side boning and underwire support. Two great brands that  provide stylish options for bustier women are BECCA by Rebecca Virtue and Seafolly. No fear of wardrobe malfunctions here!

And unless you plan on going commando (which we wouldn’t suggest!), you will need a bikini bottom to match. If you want a more playful look, try a cheeky design that shows off your best assets. If you are looking for a little more coverage there are plenty of cute options as well! Brands like Carve Designs even offer reversible bikini bottoms for two unique looks for the price of one.

Top off your pool or beachside look with a cover-up you’ll be ready to strut your stuff with confidence! As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, spending time by the water while you work on your tan will become all you can think about and I hope that this little swimwear guide helps you find some direction when you shop for your summer look. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

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New Brand Spotlight: Jantzen

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Rooted in history as one of the first American fashion brands, Jantzen started out as the Portland Knitting Company with founders Carl Jantzen and Roy & John Zehntbauer. Today, Jantzen offers women’s swimwear that transcends time and trends with designs steeped in timeless glamour and style.

The Jantzen Swimwear assortment features slimming tankinis, gorgeous swim separates, retro-inspired high waisted bottoms, and glamorous one-piece swimsuits for the modern, timeless woman.

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New Brand Spotlight: Lolli

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Lolli Swim is a collection of ultra-flirty women’s swimwear that is positively brimming with fun details and fresh style. Seeing life through heart-shaped sunglasses is how Lolli Swim prefers to roll! This fun-filled swimwear brand infuses sweet and sexy to your poolside style with cheeky designs and sultry silhouettes.

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New Brand Spotlight: Eberjey Swim

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Designed with the belief that swimwear should enhance a woman’s confidence and happiness, Eberjey swimwear launched as an extension of Eberjey lingerie—boasting the same girly sexiness and comfy style.

Just as Eberjey lingerie flattered the bodies of real women everywhere, Eberjey swimwear is designed to not only look amazing against the body, but also feel incredible on.

From sassy two-piece bikinis to chic one-piece swimsuits to delicate & pretty cover ups, Eberjey swimwear breathes new life into your poolside and beachside style.

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Fresh Picks: Swimwear with Back Details

When it comes to truly spectacular swimwear, no angle should be left ignored—particularly the back view. One of this season’s hottest swimwear trends pays special attention to the other side with back details that deliver that extra dose of sizzle. 

From crochet back details to sexy straps to unique racerback designs, this spring & summer’s hottest bikini tops and one piece swimsuits are turning up the heat as you incite double takes all over the beach or the pool. And who can blame them? Swimwear this hot is pretty impossible to ignore!

Below are a few stunning examples of women’s swimwear with thoughtfully-designed back details to get you in that endless summer vibe:

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1. L*Space Dreamer Crochet Nanette Top

2. MIKOH Banyans Multi String Racerback Top

3. Billabong Tiles and Tides One Piece

4. MIKOH Maui Crocheted Detail Racerback Top

5. Lucky Brand Sahara Racer Open Back Halter

6. L*Space L*Novelties Wild Child Top

7. L*Space L*Play Zoe Wrap Top

8. O’Neill Salt Water Solids Peace Back Top


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