The first component of figuring out your poolside look is finding a great swimsuit or two. It's a super individual choice. Jen's advice always is to pick your best feature and highlight it - it's not about hiding anything (hard to do anyway). Focus on accentuating the positive and on getting a precise fit. We've been asked a lot how much to spend on a good bathing suit. The reality is that you get the best bang for your buck in the $200 to $400 range. While that may seem pricey, it's far better to have one or two amazing suits that really work for you than the alternative. Pro tip: to keep life in your suits, hand wash them after every use with this lovely delicate detergent from The Laundress.
The color pattern in this suit by Araks is just lovely and particularly great for blondes and redheads. Best for small to medium chested women.
Haight makes this ultra flattering suit. It's a little more covered up than most suits around the upper arm/underarm areas and points attention to the cleavage. This one works well on both bigger and smaller chested women.
We love this gorgeous peacock colored suit by Marysia. The scalloped edges are a signature of the brand and give their suits a very feminine look. If you're smaller chested, this is a great choice.
Haight makes this pretty red bikini with a high waisted bottom. It's ultra flattering if you're narrow and longer-waisted.
Introducing Malia Mills
Brooklyn-based Malia Mills is a swimwear designer to have on your radar. Malia Mills' philosophy is that women should feel sexy at any size. Her bathing suits last forever, size up to 22 and fit like a dream. Their sizing is specific to cup size so you can feel confident you're getting the right fit. The quality of the fabric and construction is really a step above. And their customer service is amazing - you can call or chat for advice on sizing. As of today, Malia Mills is having a 40% of sale on everything -- this never happens! Take advantage before it goes away. Below are three of our favorite MM styles.
This one, called the Starlet, is a great chest enhancer with its low cut and halter straps. It's best on medium to larger chested women. The back detail is so pretty and we love this color, la vie en rose. It also comes in black, white and a floral pattern.
If you're into a bikini, we like the Raquel top with the Summer of Love bottom. The halter top is very flattering - it gives you a little lift right where we all need it. The wooden O ring is a subtle and cute nod to the 70s. This bikini bottom provides reasonable coverage - but not full.
The Valencia is a stunner. It almost gives the impression of being a two piece in the back and a one piece in the front. It's a perfect amount of coverage all around - sexy without going overboard.