It’s that time for the monthly Signature Style and since it’s July- ( I know can hardly believe it), Cindy and I are sharing our choices and ideas for swimwear and coverups.
By time you reach mid-life you either hate or love swimsuits. It’s a lot to do with our body perceptions. The thing is, we need to embrace the bodies we have and find swimwear that feels good.
In ten years will you care about what you looked like on the beach or will you be more glad you frolicked in the water? I would hope it’s the latter.
Life is short and we need to have fun and love ourselves- as we are. The older I get, the less I stress about my body shape.
I find five years out, I look back at my body and think I looked good, but didn’t think it at the time. Let’s enjoy the now and find what feels good and lets us enjoy vacations, and sunny days.
Yes that’s me, in one of the rare times I grabbed a pool float and chilled a bit. Max snuck this picture!
I love that at the beach and pool, I now see so many women of all sizes embracing their bodies and wearing some very cute swimwear. In Hawaii and in Tahoe, I saw so many lovely swimsuits.
Let’s talk about trends
For 2023, one shoulder, cut-outs, metallics, ruffles and florals are all popular. We are also seeing more versions of swimwear with sleeves and shoulders. The simple suit shapes like maillots of the 90’s are back- as well as the extreme high cut legs of the 1980’s.
I think I told the story before, but I remember working at Bullock’s a very nice department store in college and a woman called the swimwear department ( which I happened to be working in), and demanded we cancel her credit card because of a ‘risqué’ advertisement showing a Norma Kamali high cute swimsuit.. That lady would be flipping out now with the thong suits that are everywhere..It makes me laugh as those suits were scandalous, but Norma still sells them and I think I had a blue metallic one way back. ( All her classic suits can be found here.)
Speaking of classic suits, I also had the good fortune to meet Esther Williams when she was designing suits back in the late 80’s. She came to Nordstrom in Palo Alto and was lovely. Her suits which looked a lot like the Norma Kamali swim dress would still be chic today. I remember my mom being thrilled as she was a synchro swimmer in high school and had shown us all Esther’s fun swimming films. ( Note if you haven’t watched these like ‘ Million Dollar Mermaid’ they are a fun summer binge.
No matter what the trends are, when in comes to swimwear you have to find what works for you and feels comfortable.
My swimsuit favorites
One chic trend that is flattering and I continue to love is the one shoulder or asymmetrical swimsuit. It looks sexy and chic, without too much cleavage. J. Crew started this and they still have the best swimsuit. I love their swimwear and their version holds you in, with some support, but doesn’t feel like an old lady suit. I have this in the safari color and black below…
The one shoulders also give great styling possibilities with beach pants and shorts or sarongs..you can even wear it as resort wear and out to dinner they look so good. I saw this striped version on a gal in Tahoe with nearly identical white beach pants and it looked fab.
I also love their blue floral print in this look. J. Crew ran with this print and has a matching coverup (love that), sarong, and rash guard.. It also comes in a maillot and a two piece in same pretty fabric.
Other great options in the one shoulder look..
I am obsessed right now with The Body Suit Swimsuit – also called a paddle suit or a rash guard suit. In Hawaii I noticed more women than ever were in these suits and they are remarkably flattering not to mention smart to protect your skin. I saw one nearly identical to this version by Johnny Was.. I also adore this one right, by Trina Turk who makes a whole range of these suits.
I appreciate all the options in rash guards also. This by Tommy Bahama is cute..
More pretty offerings..
Bandeau suits are very popular. This ruched bandeau one piece from J.Crew is also one of the highest rated suits and even women with larger busts liked it. I may give one of these a try and they have an extra strap for around the neck if you need extra security. Tommy Bahama also has good bandeau suits and I hear from friends they love them.
I like the classic black.. and this floral, both linked in photos.
Some cute bandeau styles I noticed..
The classic black one piece is always stylish, hides and minimizes and is eternally popular. I always like to have a black one piece and have had many iterations of them. They are the epitome of chic. Pair one with a sarong or a cute white coverup and hat you need nothing more.
More options in classic black..
Coverups & More
You can make you coverups do double duty as a dress or tunic, and visa versa- use what you have in the closet as a coverup as well.
My very favorite is this Sundress by Carve I’ve shared before that is a longish rashguard that doubles as a coverup dress. Feels great in the sun too as it stays cool and has adjustable sides.
Coverup Dresses made of swimwear have entered my radar and I recently shared my first one from Trina Turk on a recent Hawaii trip blog. These are super comfortable, don’t wrinkle, pack well, stay cool while you sit in them on the lounge chair or at the beach bar.
I also adore this fun new version of a swim material coverup dress at Trina Turk..
I have two newer cotton coverups – this black long tunic shirt by O’Neil..
…and this white coverup by Robin Piccone which also comes in black. ( I love it’s fringy sleeves and the tassels.)
I’m also carrying my new crochet beach bag from Tory Burch. It’s been my handbag this summer and I’m loving it.
A few other things mentioned or you may need..
If need a cute beach tote, I shared the cutest beach bags I spotted in Hawaii recently.
I will update this post as I see new things throughout the season!
If you missed last month’s Signature Style, we shared Summer Sandals.
Now stop by Cindy’s blog to see what she is sharing. .
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