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Fresh Picks: Cover-Ups You Won't Want to Take Off

They say it’s what’s on the inside that counts, but when it comes to swimwear cover-ups, we say what’s on the outside is just as important! When you’re on your way to or coming from a blissful day of sunning and poolside lounging, a gorgeous cover-up dress, poncho, tunic or romper is the easiest way to incorporate style to your swim look.

There are tons of lovely cover-up options to choose from; there’s the playful romper with a sporty vibe, there’s the boho-inspired embroidered sheer tunic, or even a full-length maxi dress if you want a little more coverage for seaside dinner dates. To create the most polished swim pairing, make sure your bikini or one-piece suit doesn’t clash with your cover-up. Pick a cover-up in coordinating tones, or if you’re going for a bold print, opt for a subtler solid bathing suit underneath. You can also play around with mixing prints; just make sure they compliment each other rather than competing two bold prints at the same time.

Below are a few of our favorite cover-ups to love this summer!

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1. Eberjey Sandbar Paloma Cover-Up

2. Maaji Wooly Woundwort Cover-Up

3. La Blanca Catalonia Tunic Cover-Up

4. Splendid Sporty Blues Romper Cover-Up

5. Echo Design Ombre Kangaroo Poncho Cover-Up

6. Ella Moss Cabana Tunic Cover-Up

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Designer Picks: Shoshanna Gruss

We recently caught up with swimwear and fashion maven Shoshanna Gruss to get the scoop on her favorite pieces from her Shoshanna swimwear line as well as some tips on how to look and feel fabulous in your swimsuits all season long!

Read on to see a few of her summer faves:

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1. Shoshanna "Portland Paisley" Beaded One Piece

2. Shoshanna "Emery Mills" Ruffle One Piece

3. Shoshanna Solid Twist Bandeau Bikini Top

4. Shoshanna Solid Loop Bikini Brief

5. Shoshanna "Occitan Ikat" Twist Bandeau Bikini Top

6. Shoshanna "Occitan Ikat" Shirred Bikini Brief

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What to Pack for A Winter Getaway

If flying south for the winter is on the immediate itinerary, you’re not alone. A lot of us tend to start pining for warmer, sunnier spots this time of year. Whether it’s Cancun, Jamaica or the South Pacific, swimsuit weather certainly sounds very appealing to those of us in the thick of the winter chill!

We’ve rounded up our top essentials in swimwear, sandals & beach accessories to get your paradise-packing session started! Even if you already live in these aforementioned sunny locations (lucky you!), these seaside staples are certainly always a welcome sight…perhaps with an umbrella-topped drink.

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1. Trina Turk Coral Reef Cover Up Tunic

2. Magicsuit Shirred Solid Yvonne Swimsuit

3. COACH Bryn Sunglasses

4. Mara Hoffman Weekend Bag

5. Nanette  Lepore Havana Tropical Bikini Top + Bottom

6. Jack Rogers Georgica Sandals

7. Hat Attach Packable Traveler Sun Hat

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1. Tommy Bahama Palms Over Paradise Shirt

2. Nautica Tropical Bird Swim Trunks

3. Tommy Bahama Paradise Pro Shorts

4. Sperry Top Side Bahama 2-Eye Boat Shoes

5. Reef We Heart Leather Flip Flops


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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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Boardshorts: A Brief History

This is Brah History 101 and if you don’t study up, you’re gonna be left behind kickin’ sand while all the hot doggers carve epic tubes on the reef break! First lesson: did you know that the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution originally stated “You have the right to bare-chestedness.”?  It’s true! Most of the original patriots were avid surfsmen and dreamed of a nation where all men were endowed with the unalienable right to “hang ten”. 

Unfortunately, one of the founding fathers that nobody remembers thought it indecent of a man to be in public without cover of a waistcoat and pitched a fit until it was changed to “…the right to bare arms.”. Since just about everybody back then was illiterate, this was misspelled as “bear arms” and its interpretation has been the source of confusion ever since. Bummer.

 From then until the early 20th century, men’s swimwear was pretty lame. Uncomfortable, full-body woolen garments had to be worn to protect innocent eyes from glancing at the burly barrel chests of that time period’s strongmen.  Yes, full-body wool swimwear. Have you ever swum in wool? Of course you haven’t.  You also probably don’t have wooden teeth or attach leeches to your temples to cure headaches. Progress! 

Something had to give, and finally in the 1930s, men of the United States were allowed to let their pectorals breathe. Parades of shirtless bros danced the Lindy Hop down their city’s shorelines and the swim trunk was born!

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1. Rip Curl All Time Boardshorts

2. VISSLA Moku Boardshorts

3. O'Neill Flexin Boardshorts

4. O'Neill Lennox Boardshorts

5. O'Neill Murca Boardshorts

6. Hurley Raglan Destroy Boardshorts

7. Billabong Dominance Boardshorts

8. Quiksilver Manic Camo Boardshorts

9. RVCA Register Trunk

The trunk proceeded to go on an epic run of success that left it unimpeded atop the US men’s swimwear throne for decades. Sure, there were some changes to the inseam length and fabrication content throughout the years as style/technology dictated, but for the most part it wasn’t until the 1990s that a worthy challenger appeared; the boardshort.  Fueled by angsty alt rock and puka shell necklaces, ‘90s youth shifted away their grandpappy’s swim trunks and gravitated toward something with a little more ‘tude. Boardshorts quickly captured the hearts, minds, and lower bodies of dudes everywhere; but why?

Simply put, boardshorts perform better and are stylistically more modern than trunks. Trunks are normally fabricated from non-performance materials such as cotton, while boardshorts are almost always either quick-drying polyester or nylon. This means that after hopping out of the pool, you don’t get mistaken for a soggy bottom boy--and that’s a good thing!

Boardshorts also typically have significantly more stretch and flexibility than trunks so that you can move freely both in and out of the water. You’ll really only find elastane or spandex in the waistband of swim trunks, whereas boardshorts have fitted waists with surf tie front closures to keep them in place. Boardshorts typically have longer inseams (although shorter inseams are becoming more common these days), UV protection, zippered or hook-and-loop pockets, and bolder prints that speak to those looking for something more eye-catching. They also ditch the mesh linings that swim trunks have so take that under consideration if you’re uncomfortable going commando!

Are boardshorts for you? Well, if you’re under 40 years old or are buying for someone under 40, probably. They’re just so dang rad. They’ve been the go to for casual men’s swimwear for nearly 20 years now for a reason. Try some out and see how you like them! Zappos.com carries boardshorts by popular surf lifestyle brands including O’Neill®, Hurley®, Rip Curl™, Billabong®, and Quiksilver®, so get searching and find some boardshorts you dig. Shibby!

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Get Your Sizzle On this Pool Season with the Hottest Swimwear

Tanned, toned and ready for sun. Pool and beach season is ramping up as we head into May, and that means it’s time to pull out all the stops when it comes to strutting your bikini bod in the season’s most stylish swimwear.

We’re big fans of turning the pool (or favorite stretch of sand) into your very own summer runway. Why not reward yourself for all the hard work at the gym or yoga studio with a fabulous new swimsuit from fashion’s most celebrated swim designers? You’re worth it, darling!

From sizzlin’ two-piece bikinis, halter tops, bandeau bikinis and one-piece suits with strategically-placed cutouts, this is quite possibly the most exciting time in fashion swimwear.

Check out a few of our top favorites in contemporary swimwear from brands like Tori Praver Swim, Mara Hoffman, Trina Turk & more and make the most of your time in the sun!

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Two-Piece

1. Nanette Lepore Bollywood Stargazer Halter

2. Nanette Lepore Bollywood Charmer Hipster Bottom

3. Tori Praver Jess Half Crop Top

4. Tori Praver Coco Tie Side Bottom

5. Mara Hoffman Rev Twist Bandeau Top

6. Mara Hoffman Rev Lace-Up Bottom

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One-Piece

1. Nanette Lepore Flora Fiesta Goddess One-Piece

2. Tori Praver Magnolia Smocked Multi Hoop Full Piece

3. Trina Turk Kon Tiki One-Piece

4. Mara Hoffman Front Twist One-Piece

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Cover-Ups

1. Nanette Lepore Bollywood Caftan Cover-Up

2. Badgley Mischka Nadia V-Neck Beaded Tunic Cover-Up

 

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6 Rashguard Styles for Serious Water Play

The summer heat lures us out to beachfronts, riversides and lakeshores every year. Even if we don’t live close to a body of water, we’ll take a weekend trip to one and spend the entire time soaking it in. When your water day calls for more than just sun bathing and getting your ankles wet, a rashguard is essential. They defend your skin from the elements and come in an array of styles that suit any water activity.
 
Rashguards provide excellent UPF sun protection by blocking up to 98% of the sun’s harmful rays. They guard your skin against chafing from surfboards and paddleboards, and prevent irritation from sand, shell and rock fragments. They are lightweight, made of quick-drying stretch fabrics and have flat-lock stitching for added durability. You can layer them under your wetsuit during cold-water snorkeling or wear them over you swimsuit for summer watersports like jet skiing. Pair them with some cute board shorts and you’re ready to stroll the boardwalk or grab a seaside lunch.
 
Loose fitting styles, known as swim shirts, are great if you want a little bit of air flow and breathability. Long sleeves are perfect for tide pool wandering and cove exploration. Short sleeves and cap sleeves work well for paddling out to catch a wave or boogey boarding. If you’re a water sport junky, consider investing in a one-piece style that provides excellent compression, a tighter fit, and stay-put flexibility.  
 
Rashguards won’t cramp your style either. They come in pretty prints, fashion-forward cuts, and bold colors.  Rashguards have become so popular that even outdoor brands and fashion designers have jumped on this surf shop trend. Ready to pick one out? Here are six different styles to choose from.

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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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