What to wear to the beach in 2019
Here’s what to look for when shopping for your next swimsuit. Shades of yellow top the color spectrum this season. Solids with striped bands are showing up for a sporty look. High-waisted bottoms give two-piece suits fresh appeal, and if one-piece suits are more your style, expect plunging necklines. Ruffles and flounces are still popular, along with a newer detail: the knot. Anyone looking for protection from the sun will find rash guard-style suits as fashionable as ever.
1 TAKE THE PLUNGE
A crisp black edge adds contrast to the white Malia Ruffle V-Neck One-Piece ($168) by Robin Piccone. The swimsuit’s deep plunge gives it a touch of sexy styling, and its wide straps create an interesting shoulder treatment. Lace-up back ties make it an easy fit regardless of your body type. Available at Everything But Water in Periwinkle Place on Sanibel; everythingbutwater.com; robinpiccone.com.
2 SPORTY AS EVER
This two-piece suit is part of the Refine collection by Becca by Rebecca Virtue. The Textured Bralette Bikini Top ($78) combines basic black with a color-block band under the bust and has adjustable straps. Pair it with the Textured Hipster Bikini Bottom ($68) with a stylish snap front design. The suit’s ribbed fabric adds dimension to the look. Available at Everything But Water stores; everythingbutwater.com.
3 BARE SHOULDER
The Island Sculpt One-Shoulder Flounce One-Piece Swimsuit ($179) by Tommy Bahama is not only a showstopper, but it’s also feminine, subtly sexy, and has adequate coverage for comfort, plus a hidden slimming panel for tummy control. Go colorful with Caledon Sea green or basic with black. Available at Tommy Bahama at Coconut Point; tommybahama.com.
4 THE SWITCH
It’s almost like getting four for one with this Palm Party swimwear combo from Tommy Bahama. Start with the Reversible Halter Bikini Top ($99), then add the Reversible Hipster Bikini Bottom ($75). One side is blue stripes and the other side is a fauna print. The bikini top has tall cups that provide great coverage and comfort. Available at Tommy Bahama at Coconut Point; tommybahama.com.
The Origami collection from Becca by Rebecca Virtue combines ruching and slit-style cutouts to give it an origami-inspired look. But it’s the ever-so-chic retro styling in the Origami Vintage Bandeau ($68) and the Origami Vintage Pant with its high waist ($74) that puts this suit on the must-have list for anyone who’s a serious fashionista. Available at cameowaterwear.com.
6 TIE A KNOT
You’re going to see a lot of knot detailing in his season’s swimwear. The Color Play One-Piece with Knot ($128) from Becca by Rebecca Virtue offers the softness of crochet with sheer insets, peek-a-boo styling accented by the knot front, and a high-leg cut. A crisscross back that ties adds interest and a better fit. The swimsuit comes in merlot, black and navy. Available at nordstrom.com.
7 SAY NO TO SUNBURN
The Trina Turk brand is known for its colorful, contemporary designs. Turk, a California local, doesn’t hesitate to bring the vibrancy of life in the Golden State into her swimwear with flower-inspired patterns. Imagine yourself on a paddleboard gliding across the Gulf waters in this Shangri-La Floral Paddle Suit ($166). And if jade isn’t statement-making enough, it also comes in a striking orange print. Available at trinaturk.com.
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