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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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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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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: 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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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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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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Bikini Season is Almost Here!

Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching and that means two things: summer is just around the corner AND bikini season is in full swing! Whether you’re looking for a sexy string bikini or something a little more athletic, we’ve got the perfect bikini sets and separates for YOUR body type in tons of prints & colors to choose from.

Below are just some of our latest bikini sets to get you prepped and revved up for the season!

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1. Christin Michaels “Estela” High Waist Bikini

 

2. Juicy Couture Gauze Bandeau & Retro Pant Set

 

3. Gabriella Rocha “Jordan” Swimsuit

 

4. PUMA “Ferrari” Bikini

 

5. Gabriella Rocha “Maddison” Swimsuit

 

6. Gabriella Rocha “Alika” Triangle Bikini

 

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