Saturday, September 3, 2016

Mayim Bialik advocates for modest swimwear

Mayim Bialik is speaking out in favor of modest swimwear one week after France's top court overturned a controversial ban on burkinis in a Mediterranean beach resort.
"Some women wear burkinis because it helps them conform to religious forms of modesty by covering up pretty much completely," the "Big Bang Theory" star shared in a YouTube video. "Others see this as oppressive and as a rejection of our sexual selves and it makes them very uncomfortable."

Read the rest of the article here:

Saturday, June 6, 2015

On The Plus Side: Swimwear to cover up problem areas - without compromising on style | Leicester Mercury

On The Plus Side: Swimwear to cover up problem areas - without compromising on style | Leicester Mercury: Holiday season can be an absolute nightmare for some women. Flashing the flesh can be daunting at times, but there are ways to cover up your problem areas without compromising on style.

Whether it be a beautiful sheer kimono or a swim-dress, there are lots of companies that cater for this very requirement, so you can stay cool when the weather heats up.

Mesh panel swimsuit, £25, Yours Clothing

Saturday, October 11, 2014

‘Healthy tan,’ skin-baring swimsuits contribute to rise in melanoma - The Globe and Mail

‘Healthy tan,’ skin-baring swimsuits contribute to rise in melanoma - The Globe and Mail: Skin-baring fashions, increased leisure time and acceptance of the idea of a “healthy tan” may have a lot to do with the rising numbers of new melanoma cases each year, suggests a new study.

Researchers found that increasing U.S. melanoma rates track with diminishing swimsuit coverage since the early 20th century.

Researchers say changing swimwear fashions linked to increase in skin cancer  | Daily Mail Online

Researchers say changing swimwear fashions linked to increase in skin cancer  | Daily Mail Online: The NYU Langone Medical Center analyzed clothing styles, social norms, medical paradigms, perceptions of tanned skin, economic trends and travel patterns.

Their findings are the subject of a report, 'More Skin, More Sun, More Tan, More Melanoma,' in the October 6, 2014 issue of the American Journal of Public Health:

Jessica Mauboy stuns in swimwear and chats about body pressure: ‘Having curves is my favourite thing’ | dailytelegraph.com.au

Jessica Mauboy stuns in swimwear and chats about body pressure: ‘Having curves is my favourite thing’ | dailytelegraph.com.au: “I never want to remove myself from that label (curvy) because that is definitely me,” Mauboy tells the latest issue of Women’s Health magazine, featured on the cover for its ‘Get Outdoors and Get Happy’ issue.

“I just want to be healthy, I want to feel good and I want to love myself.”

Labelled by the mag as the poster girl for health, fitness and body confidence, Mauboy said: “having curves is one of my favourite things”.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Luxury Swimwear Brand Partners with Antiguan Private Island to Launch Jumby Bay Collection

Luxury Swimwear Brand Partners with Antiguan Private Island to Launch Jumby Bay Collection: The ten-piece Jumby Bay collection from heidi klein is available to buy in heidi klein stores (located in Chelsea and Westbourne Grove) on heidiklein.com (with international shipping) and with select pieces from the collection also available to buy from Harrods and Net-A-Porter. It will also be available to purchase from the chic boutiques at Rosewood Jumby Bay and Rosewood Little Dix Bay (British Virgin Islands).

Swimwear brand launches new themed collection | Inquirer Lifestyle

Swimwear brand launches new themed collection | Inquirer Lifestyle: Speedo introduces its Spring/Summer collection, a comprehensive range of swimwear for those who swim for fitness, health, fun or to compete.

This season also sees a continued focus on goggle technology, including the IQ Fit technology, developed using 3D head scanning data.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Choosing swimwear to suit your body type

Choosing swimwear to suit your body type: Making an escape to somewhere sunny, or planning to spend your summer poolside? Having the perfect bathing suit to fit your body is the most important outfit that you need. There are so many different styles to choose from. Make sure that your swimwear fits comfortably and complements your individual style and body type

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Hottest bathing suit trends - Yahoo! Shopping

Hottest bathing suit trends - Yahoo! Shopping: Feast your eyes on these top trends in swimwear. There's something here for every woman!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

The best swimsuits for all body types

The best swimsuits for all body types - Yahoo! Shopping: If the results of an informal office poll are any indication, there are few things, when it comes to clothing, that give women more anxiety than the swimsuit: First, there’s the process of weeding through the multitudes of possibilities, and then there’s the actual wearing of it. Finding the right suit—one that’s designed for your figure—can go a long way toward quieting that anxiety. We’ve done the weeding to find a dozen suits meant to flatter women with different body types: those with large chests, those with a tummy they want to camouflage, those with full hips and thighs, and those with straighter shapes. So let the sun shine—we’ll see you on the beach.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Where Fashion Meets Fit - Fashion News | Fashion Week News | ApparelNews.net

Where Fashion Meets Fit - Fashion News Fashion Week News ApparelNews.net: Swimwear Anywhere has built a reputation for fashion-forward and fit finesse across its broad mix of brands.

Coco Reef is the company’s contemporary line for women aged 25 to 65. With more than 250 employees worldwide, Swimwear Anywhere is the largest privately held swimwear manufacturer in North America.
The New York–based company has been run by the husband and wife team of Joe and Rosemarie DiLorenzo for 19 years and produces swimwear lines

Thursday, May 12, 2011

What are the do's and don'ts of tankini?


Beach Style:
What are the do's and don'ts of tankini?

Body ID Tankini

Hapari Swimwear: Summer 2011

Modest Swimsuits

Sizzling Swimsuits from Hapari - ABC 4.com - Salt Lake City, Utah News

Sizzling Swimsuits from Hapari - ABC 4.com - Salt Lake City, Utah News: "Hapari Swimwear 2011 enhances the curves you love and hides the curves you don't. They make modest swimwear and tankinis that are stylish and comfortable for all body types. With Hapari's new line of tankini swimwear they've improved upon the things women have traditionally disliked about swimsuits."

Monday, March 14, 2011

Crystal Renn for J.Crew Swimwear – Vain Style

Crystal Renn for J.Crew Swimwear – Vain Style: "Crystal Renn commands attention as a “plus-sized” model in the new March catalog of J.Crew. The company is known for featuring a variety of models and celebrities like Liya Kabede, Katie Holmes, Lauren Hutton and Erin Wasson, but a model standing complete at a size 6 is something new for the brand, as well as its devote shoppers. Showcasing what the swimwear will look like on someone with a few curves here and there, the new approach will definitely expand J. Crew’s reach in an ever-growing industry."

Swimwear to Enhance and Cover - ABC 4.com - Salt Lake City, Utah News

Swimwear to Enhance and Cover - ABC 4.com - Salt Lake City, Utah News: "Swim suits are scary for even those women in the best of shape! But try wearing suit that flatters your figure. Hapari Swimwear has many options:"

Monday, November 15, 2010

Myleene shows off her baby bump in maternity swimwear | Seraphine Maternity

Myleene shows off her baby bump in maternity swimwear Seraphine Maternity: "Myleene Klass proudly showed off her baby bump as she relaxed by the pool at a hotel in Los Angeles this weekend.

Pictures show the TV presenter embracing her new pregnancy curves in white maternity swimwear.

The 32-year-old was spending time in California after hosting the BAFTA Britannia red carpet arrivals in LA last week."

Monday, September 27, 2010

runway shows in London and New York

runway shows in London and New York
Photos: Swimwear and more at Madrid Fashion WeekKIDKBy KOMO Staff On the heels of Fashion Week runway shows in London and New York, models from around the world are showcasing European creations at the ...

Monday, September 13, 2010

Chlorine Resistant Swimwear By Hyosung

Chlorine Resistant Swimwear By Hyosung: "Hyosung will soon be launching its new product for the swimwear collections called “Creora Highclo’. This is going to be a brand new and identified spandex / elastane that would have the superior resistance against chlorine and would have a longer lasting fit to meet the consumers demand for quality, fit and performance in swimwear."

Monday, September 6, 2010

White Sands Swimwear Calls Seafolly Plagiarists - Fashion News - Pedestrian TV

White Sands Swimwear Calls Seafolly Plagiarists - Fashion News - Pedestrian TV

in a speech conducted at TEDxUSC

in a speech conducted at TEDxUSC

Plagiarism is a mighty damning accusation. And in the world of fashion, a notoriously hard one to pin down. The very issue discussed by Johanna Blakley, Deputy Director of Californian think tank the Norman Lear Center, who, in a speech conducted at TEDxUSC earlier this year, illuminated the fashion industry's relative flippancy (compared to their creative industry kin in music and film) toward intellectual property, creative commons and the distinction between remixing and flat-out copying (watch below).

Monday, August 9, 2010

Sexy swimwear for EVERY shape | Mail Online

Sexy swimwear for EVERY shape Mail Online: "It's that time of year again, and pictures of celebrities in their bikinis can send us into panic mode as the summer holidays approach. But help is at hand - follow this foolproof guide and you'll look like a beach goddess in no time."

Megan Gale's Isola swimwear a fabulous fit | News.com.au

Megan Gale's Isola swimwear a fabulous fit News.com.au: "MODEL turned designer Megan Gale has traditionally cut a fine figure on the catwalk, but she's hoping to help flatter the average woman with her new signature range of swimwear.
She says the primary focus for her Isola range was not just fashion but the fit."

Monday, July 26, 2010

Girls4Sport Expands Options for Women Seeking Modest, Full-Coverage Swimwear

Girls4Sport Expands Options for Women Seeking Modest, Full-Coverage Swimwear: "While bikinis may still reign at the beach, women seeking more modest swimwear are finding a growing selection of alternatives. One swimwear designer, Girls4Sport, has expanded their full-coverage swimwear offerings to include a variety of mix-and-match pieces in fashion-forward prints and colors."

In Pictures: 'Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2011 Dolores Cortes Swimwear' - Monsters and Critics

In Pictures: 'Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2011 Dolores Cortes Swimwear' - Monsters and Critics: "Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2011 Dolores Cortes Swimwear on the runway. Photo copyright by Chervin Dalaeli / PR Photos."

Monday, July 12, 2010

Tan-through swimwear - a hot idea or half-baked? | Mail Online

Tan-through swimwear - a hot idea or half-baked? Mail Online: "While there are some sun worshippers who cherish tanlines as a badge of honour, there are others who can't bear those tell-tale lines that separate their lily-white flesh from the deep golden (or lobster red) skin. Until recently, if you fell into the latter camp, your only options were to bare all on a nudist beach, or to obsessively rearrange your skimpy straps on an hourly basis whenever you were in the sun."

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

How to Choose the Best Swim Suit for Your Body Type | chicGLOSS :: Fashion. Style. Beauty.

How to Choose the Best Swim Suit for Your Body Type chicGLOSS :: Fashion. Style. Beauty.: "With swim season here, women all over the country are dreading the idea of going bathing suit shopping.
For that reason, what great timing to share some tips from Nancy LeWinter, editorial director of OneStopPlus.com, about how to find the right / most flattering bathing suit for your body typ"

Deseret News | Saving style

Deseret News Saving style: "Gone are the days when barely-there bikinis are the hottest look on the boardwalk.
From longer two-piece tankinis to a slew of monokini styles, women's swimwear has diversified over the past few years, allowing women to choose the suit best fit for their body.
And this summer, the even-more modest silouhettes of '50s pin-up girls look most fashion-forward at the poolside or on the beach.
Demure and sweet, one-piece swimming suits leave more to the imagination, and allow for a more comfortable beach experience as they do without the tugging and resituating of two-piece suits."

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Kourtney and Khloé's Top Five Tips for Bathing Suit Shopping - E! Online

Kourtney and Khloé's Top Five Tips for Bathing Suit Shopping - E! Online: "ONE WAY: One-piece suits can be young and fabulous. 'I love one-pieces, but I'm still 25,' Khloé says. 'A lot of one-pieces look like they're for older women, but nowadays there are so many fun one-pieces with cutouts and other designs that are really sexy.'
KNOW YOURSELF: The most important thing above all else is to know your body. 'You have to know what suits your body best,' Kourtney says. And Khloé warns, 'Don't just buy what everyone else is buying.'"

TOP 10: One-piece swimsuits! | Sugarscape |

TOP 10: One-piece swimsuits! Sugarscape : "Don't risk letting it all fall out in an itsy-bitsy bikini, try a stylish one-piece instead...


Summer's here and in a matter of week's most of us will be jetting off to some exotic location ready to catch another dose of sun. But if you're stuck here in Blighty, don't fret; the forecast for the next few months is still looking good."

Monday, June 1, 2009

One Piece Swim '09; buy before they sell out




seems the retro bug has bitten many readers and the requests for one-pieces has grown in recent weeks. So for today's swimwear article I promise there will be no mention of bikinis...sorry boys! Click here to read the article.


Monday, May 18, 2009

Dive into summer with color


Dive into summer with color
By JOY SEWING Copyright 2009 Houston Chronicle


"Don’t think of heading to the beach or pool without the works.
That means a swimwear wardrobe, including swimsuits, cover-ups, flip-flops, sunglasses and other necessities for enjoying the sun.
The days of searching for that one perfect swimsuit are so over.
Today, the most stylish beach bunnies make a fashion statement whether they’re sipping margaritas poolside, playing beach volleyball or skimming the water with the kids.
“It’s less about swimming and more about what you wear to the beach,” says Nicole Fisehelis, vice president and fashion director for Macy’s. “It’s now a lifestyle that encompasses the whole mood of summer.”
Click here to read the rest of the article and view the rest of the photos.

Shopping Guide: swimwear shows a feminine side


Click above to read the article and see the rest of the pictures.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Trend alert: Retro swimwear



By: Deidre Wengen
phillyBurbs.com

Summer's Sexiest: Swimwear

Summer's Sexiest: Swimwear
Did you get a chance to watch our video on this summer's sexiest swimwear? If you didn't, it's a must see! The Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders strut their stuff in this season's hottest styles. Read on for details of my three favorite suits.
These are 08 suits but live up to the title, this are sexy suits. Most are a bit expensive. You can get great quality for much less through some of the other lines we talk about here on the website. We no longer sell suits so the infomation on the website is completely unbiased.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

The 2009 Monokini Craze

The 2009 Monokini Craze

Would a "normal" woman, even one with a figure like those pictured, actually wear one of these. I'm not dissing Monokinis, some are SUPER SEXY, cute, and practical, but really, would you wear any of these?

Saturday, April 25, 2009

"Swimwear Supermodel Joanna Krupa's Favorite Sexy Stay-Put One-Piece Suits"

"Swimwear Supermodel Joanna Krupa's Favorite Sexy Stay-Put One-Piece Suits"
"Swimsuit supermodel Joanna Krupa is teaming up with NFL bad boy Terrel Owens for ABC's new all-celeb prime-time reality-show "The Superstars," set to air June 23".
10 Very Very Sexy one piece suites for 09.
PHOTOS: Joanna's Top 10 Sexy Stay-Put Swimsuits for Summer.

Friday, April 10, 2009

TYR Swimsuit Reviews 2009

If you are looking for an athletic or sport suit, you must look at TYR before you buy. Quality, versatility, and style are all evident in the TYR line.

Hobie Swimsuit Reviews 2009

Please add your reviews. Hobie is a very good quality suit for a budget price. It is always well received.

Sunset Swimwear Reveiw 2009

Please see information below.

Malibu Swimwear Reviews 2009

I was unable to find a current review for Malibu; however, it is one of the most consistent, quality and stylish swimsuit lines in the country and well worth looking for.

Patagonia Swimwear Reviews 2009

I was unable to find good reviews for Patagonia. If you have reviews or comments please add them below.

Quicksilver Swimwear Reviews 2009

I did not find good Quicksilver reviews. Please add any reviews you may have under comments.

Billabong 2009 swimwear reviews

Billabong Wild Child Swimwear Product Review

Miracle 2009 swimwear reviews

Miracle Suit Swimsuit Reviews

The Miracle Swimsuit

Looking for a "Miracle" in Swimwear?

Oakley 2009 Swimwear Reviews

I was unable to find good reviews for Oakley. If you have one, please add under comments.

Hurley 2009 Swimwear Reviews

Elizabeth Hurley and Her Swim Wear Line

Liz Hurley hits the till in her swimwear store

News and Articles on Swimwear

Roxy 2009 swimsuit reviews

Roxy Teenie Wahine Toddler Swimsuit

Roxy Roxy Swimwear Review

Best Roxy Swimsuits for 2009

O'Neill 2009 swimwear reviews

Unfortunately I could not find much of any value for O'Neill either. If you have a review, please add in the comments section.

Guess 2009 swimwear reviews

Could not find much of value out there for Guess. If you have one, please add in the comments section.

Land's End 2009 swimwear reviews

Lands End Women's Mastectomy Hi Neck Slender Mastectomy Swimsuit

Surrender, Dorothy: Reviews

Lands' End Tankini Reviews

Product Review - Lands’ End Swimming Suit

Top 3 Slimming Swimsuits 2009

Top Swimwear Lines of 2009

According to Yahoo, the most searched lines of this season are: Land's End, Guess, O'Neill, Roxy, Hurley, Oakley, Miraclesuit, Billabong, Quicksilver, & Patagonia. Because of quality, style, and price I have to also add Malibu, Sunset, Hobie, and Tyr...and of course, Hot Kiss is always hot.
I'll provide multiple reviews for a more across the board look at most of these lines. Please take the survey to the right and let us know which brand you think is best this year.
If you think it's another line, please let me know in the comments below.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Answering questions

With the downturn in the economy, we have, unfortunately had to close our business; however, we will still answer questions and occasionally post comments about swimwear lines. If you have a swimwear line you are welcome to post the url in the comments section.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Pregnant? Swimsuits for Maternity

We do not specifically carry "maternity swimsuits" however, many of our pregnant customers love tankinis with support, which we do carry. The advantage is that after you have given birth, you still have a great swimsuit that you may be able to use for a little or even a long while.
For those of you who are looking for swimwear specific for maternity, we’ve included a link with a number of different ideas and possibilities. This web site will not only provide you with information and options about maternity swimwear but general pregnancy fashion.
http://pregnancyfashion.com/tips/look/192.htm

Monday, June 2, 2008

Finding a good coverup

There is a huge difference in quality of cover-ups. We have carried a number of brands in the past that we will no longer carry and will not mention in this posting. We carry a very good budget product called Uluwatu. They have great quality at budget prices. You can also order a little better product on line from Ujena.
So many cover-up brands are primarily sold at resorts or in resort communities and I sometimes wonder if they just know that the customer will only be there for a short time and by the time the product falls apart, the customer has left the area. Look for a cover -up in your own community from a store that you trust and where you can take the product back if you need to or, buy it on line from a reputable organization where you can also return it if there are problems.
When you do buy one, after you have found one that you like and that compliments your swimwear, look closely at the stitching. Make sure that it's not ready to fall apart. Give it a gentle tug. It should not come apart easily. Check embroidery, patches, attachments and add-ons. Make sure they are solidly attached. Even some of the more expensive lines can have poor quality. Find something that you like, something with quality and something flattering. There's lots to choose from.

Here are a couple of examples from Ujena.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Love Crochet

Ujena Wild Stripes Crochet

This handmade bikini is wild and crazy! Striped to perfection, the Triangle Top and String Bottoms have ties everywhere making it completely adjustable and super sexy.


Women who purchase a crocheted swimsuit are usually not looking for a suit to swim in. It is usually for looks and there is a huge difference in quality of suits. You can buy a cheep suit, but if you are going for looks, quality really does matter.
Ujena has a small but nice selection of crocheted suits.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Extra Support From A Swimsuit: What are the options?

When it comes to extra support from a swimsuit there are a lot of options. Not only can you get great breast support; but extra support for just about every other body part as well. Many brands provide tummy control in a one piece. Two examples are Malibu and Ujena. Some brands provide just a little extra tummy control in a high waist line bottom such as some of the Malibu Ocean Breeze line. You can also get an extra band of material in a one piece, tankini, or Marilyn Halter. All of these provide extra support and may be just that little extra that you need.
You will find underwire tops in both bikinis and tankinis. Both Malibu and Ujena have great underwire bikinis which are over sewn to provide not only the extra support but extra security as well.
Sunsets and their sister lines provide perhaps the best options for breast support providing both good quality underwire bikinis and underwire tankinis.
And...if you want to support it all, or almost everything, the sport line TYR will almost certainly have you covered...

Monday, May 19, 2008

Sun safety

Check out a few sites for sun safety information.

Take the sun safety quiz

Sunwise kids

Ok, now you're going to wear sunglasses with UV protection and use sunscreen.
PLEASE, set the colors of your swimsuit BEFORE you put on any lotion. Some lotions can make colors run in some suits. There is no 100% guarantee, but if you set the colors first, you'll have a better chance of saving the colors in your suit.
More information towards the bottom of the blog.

Monday, May 12, 2008

What in the world is a Bandeau top?





Don't you hate it when someone talks about something and you don't know what they are talking about? Many customers are not familiar with the Bandeau top. Here are a few examples from Ujena.
The models in the pictures are both wearing bandeau tops (Ujena).
(The Sweatheart Bikini by Malibu can either be tied like a bandeau or around the neck like a triangle top)









History of swimwear

There are some good sites out there that already have this information fairly well documented. Instead of rewriting it, we've just posted some links.
Women's Swimwear from 1920 to 2000
Swimwear in the Early Days - Fashion History Pictures
History of Women's Swimwear
History of the Bikini Bathing Suit

How to look Hot Hot Hot in a Bikini

Let’s face it, bikinis are not as forgiving as a tankini or one piece; but there are things that you still do. You don’t have to be anorexic (please don’t be). Being in great shape and healthy is best but even if everything isn’t perfect there are things that you can do and even if you have a perfect body, there are some things that you shouldn’t do.
Contour is extremely important. A bikini should fit your body type. We’ll give examples later in the article. Please see the posting below: "How to find the perfect suit for your body type. OR; What is the perfect swimsuit for you?" for additional information.
Some things to remember:
You can enhance the appearance of breast size three ways: Ruffles (or Fringes), Padding, and Tying (string around the neck to adjust for extra cleavage).
You can decrease the appearance of breast size by: solid and lighter colors.
You can hide some faults with boy shorts or a skirtini. Boy shorts were very popular last year. Small skirtinis are really in this year.
Now for the three most important things to remember:
1. Try on different styles, you might be surprised. Few women try the bandeau but some look fabulous. Try and see.
2. Don’t be talked into something that you are not comfortable with and that you don’t like.
3. Follow the contour of your body. If you are wearing a scoop or tie bottom and you have high hips, see how it looks at different placements. Be sure and look in a three way mirror. Make sure that it accentuates positive features and does not cut them off.

Monday, May 5, 2008

This Season; More Really Is Better

For the last few years, more and more women have been looking for better coverage and more comfort. These days you don’t have to look like the TV show or wear what the designer thinks you should. You can and should wear what you like and what makes you the most comfortable.
According to IN FASHION
Top swimwear trends
By Sharon Mosley Copley News Service
http://halife.com/living/in_fashion0428.html

"What goes into the pool this summer hopefully does not stay in the pool, at least when it comes to the swimsuit you're wearing. Forget the skimpy bikinis and dive into swimwear that fits real women no matter what their size.
"Less is not more when it comes to women's swimwear trends this year," says Tara Ellef, senior vice president of merchandising for Lands' End. "What women are really looking for this season is more options in swimsuits of different styles and sizes to fit and flatter every body.""

Remember what we have said before: Try it on, sizes are just not the same from one brand to another and sometimes not even consistent within the line. Make sure it fits you, that you are comfortable and it's the right suit for the activity/place (white is usually not great at a river or lake and if it's going to get wet, you probably want it lined. If you want a second opinion, take a good friend that you trust. A good swim store can tell you about quality, but it's just their opinion on what looks good on you. Some stores will tell you if something looks awful, but some will tell you whatever they think you want to hear just to make a sale. Find someone you can trust, but the most important person you can trust, is usually you.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Please post any questions about swimwear; looking your best, fit or quality.

Please post your questions. We will answer and welcome anyone else to add their own expertise or opinion.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Resort and Cruise Wear: Look Good, Be Comfortable, and Make it Practical

Today you want to travel as light as possible. If you are going to fly, remember to carry anything of value with you in your purse, pocket or carry on. Some airlines have reduced the amount of luggage that you can check or carry on without paying extra.
This advice will of course depend a great deal on where you are going, what the temperature and humidity will be and what activities you will be involved with.
Pack as light as possible. Here are a few suggestions of items that you will want to consider.
Fabric: Consider Cotton, Linen and Gauze
Clothing:
Long pants: neutral or light color
T shirts: both solid and prints and different styles. Make sure they can mix and match to optimize your options.
Shorts: bermuda and or board shorts (a pair of long and short board shorts provide more options).
Skirt: one light feminine skirt.
Tunic or Cover Up to match.
One or two great fitting swimming suits that make you look AND feel your best.
Wrap set: either pants or skirt.
Dress: depending on where you are going and what you will be doing you may want to consider a formal or semi formal gown or a night club dress.
Note:
If this is important to you, do some research and find out a little about what others will be wearing. You may not want to wear a poofy yellow ball/prom gown if everyone else is wearing a black cocktail dress or a casual dress if everyone else is in a long formal.
The cruise line and/or resort will be happy to make suggestions; however, they will often also be happy to sell you clothing for much more than you will pay if you buy before you go.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

One Piece Swimsuits: Practical, Modest & even Sexy? What to look for and consider.

For many activities the one piece swimsuit is the most practical. For most athletic activities it is the best and safest option. You have less to worry about and there is less drag than some other options. Most women involved in water aerobics prefer a one piece without a skirt. They are easier to move around the water in and don’t get in the way of your hands. If water aerobics is your activity consider a polyester or a lycra specially prepared to withstand chlorine or other chemicals that may be in the pool. Look for a cross or T back to better keep the straps in place.
One piece suits can also provide some nice cover and a cute skirt or board shorts make some feel more relaxed, comfortable and less conspicuous. Another advantage of some one piece suits is tummy control. This is great for some women who want to have their suit slim their figure just a little bit. One piece suits can be VERY slimming.
And finally, yes, one piece suits can be very sexy if that is the look that you want. We’ll include some pictures of some examples.
First three suits are from Ujena. The last four are from Robby Len.







































Tuesday, January 22, 2008

What's best, more or less? Boy shorts and skirtinis.

Imagination can be a great thing and sometimes your best friend. Too much or too little of something may not provide the results that you are looking for. Too much of even the best perfume can repel or even cause unintended consequences. More and more women are opting to cover up a little more. They may do it to hide a fault or two, of just because they feel more comfortable and at ease.  Boy shorts are very popular. Skirtinis are becoming more popular and come in varying lengths. As mentioned before and as shown from our polls tankinis are very popular.
A few things to consider when buying boy shorts. There is a vast difference in quality. You want to especially consider the look, the quality and the fit when purchasing a boy short. These come in regular length and in briefs. When you try one on, walk around, sit down, kneel down then walk around again. Did it ride up?
Skirtinis are not just skirts that cover. They provide the complete bottom and have some nice advantages.
Here are a couple examples of both boy shorts and skirtinis.

This is a brief boy short from Kayla Shardai

This bottom has the typical look of a skirtini. Sometimes they can be found with a ring or something decorative on one side. This suit is from Gossip/Malibu


This picture shows a more typical boy short also from Kayla Shardai.



This is a type of mini skirtini from Hot Kiss







Monday, January 21, 2008

Bikini bottoms: consider....

Take a look at these bottoms. They are from Hot Kiss, Hobie and Split. Which is more flattering for the model’s body type? Consider: Do the curves of the suit accentuate your body type?







Underwire Tankini: What is it? What to look for!

Many women/girls like tankinis (sometimes called Camkinis). They provide a little to a lot more coverage and they can be VERY CUTE while providing more freedom than a one piece. Let’s face it, while there can be some real pluses from a one piece, there are also a number of draw backs in areas such as convenience.
Often you can purchase a tankini for just a little more than a bikini. Some tankinis provide just a little more coverage such as the Ujena below (also called a banded bikini).








You can also find a more full coverage tankini such as this Reaction.





Many women appreciate and feel more comfortable with additional support. This can come from either a thicker band such as with the Marilyn Halter top from Ocean Dream/Malibu below,




from the either of the banded Marilyn Halter (two lower pictures of the four below) from Sunset,





or from an Underwire Tankini.


(We carry all of the lines above, if we do not have a particular suit we can get it for you.) We carry budget priced tankinis; however the Ujena, Hot Kiss and the Malibu suits are more moderately priced.


We searched for a good quality underwire tankini. We found one more moderately priced than the one that we currently carry; however, there were problems. The wire can have a tendency to stick through the material. You need to make sure that the material at both ends of the underwire are oversewn. You are going to pay more for any underwire suit and you might as well find one that will last. The ones that we currently carry provide great support, comfort, convenience, fit and style. They are priced high moderate to what might even be considered expensive; however, they sell. Women love these suits. The suit below is from Sunset and comes in an underwire tankini.
These suits can be purchased by bra size and fit almost any women. The tops can come longer and provide more coverage than the one shown. Many of our customers purchase the Sunset top and a Malibu bottom, saving money without sacrificing quality. Sunset Tankinis come in a very large variety of prints and solids.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Please take the polls to the right.

If have the time, please take the polls on the right side of this blog. It will help us better understand what women want in swimwear.
Thank you,

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

This year's lines

Malibu will again be our foundation line. We have a wide assortment coming in this year. Unfortunately they will not have as many solid colors; however, we still have some left from last year. You can take a peek at: http://www.malibuswim.com/2008/home/ They provide a great quality at a moderate price. We will carry a large variety of bikinis with some tankinis and one piece suits.
We will again carry Sunset Separates; however, like last year we will only carry the underwire tankinis. This is because their price is a little more than some other brands that we carry. Though a little more expensive; they have the best price/quality for an underwire tankini. You can look at this line at: http://sunsetsseparates.com/
A new line that we will carry this year is Kayla Shardai. These are super cute/sexy suits. We believe that the quality will be good. The price will be just a little higher. You can take a look at Kayla Shardai at: http://www.kaylashardai.com/category.php?CATID=1
Another line that we bought a lot of for this year is Longitude. These are a longer torso suit and all one piece. We’ll have a great price and great selection on these high quality suits. Unfortunately they do not have a web site.
We will also carry Hobie swimsuits again. These are a low moderate price but very cute and a good quality. They do not have a web site. These usually go within a week or two whenever we get them.
As always, we will have a large selection of budget suits, and some mens and children’s.

How to find the perfect suit for your body type. OR; What is the perfect swimsuit for you?

Finding the perfect swimsuit for your body type
Before all the technical advice, remember that the most important thing is that you feel comfortable in your suit. Like any other piece of clothing, you want to find something that you like. If you are buying a two-piece suit, be open to different styles or brands for the top and the bottom. Remember THIS IS ABOUT FEELING GREAT AND LOOKING YOUR BEST, and sometimes about performance for athletics.
Remember also that some suits are made primarily for looking great, some are made for swimming and sport, and others are made for both. Quality also varies widely in swimsuits. For the most part, you really get what you pay for. We carry some suits that can be purchased for just $10.00 for the top and bottom, but don’t expect these to last for a long time. We also carry some of the best quality suits made, TYR, Malibu, Sunset, and Fortune.
FEW IF ANY WOMEN HAVE A PERFECT BODY . . . WHATEVER THAT IS, BUT VIRTUALLY EVERY WOMEN CAN HAVE A PERFECTLY FITTING SWIMSUIT TO HELP YOU LOOK AND FEEL YOUR VERY BEST.
We’ll tell you some of the secrets to look and feel your best on almost any budget.
Whatever you choose, you want to accent your best assets.
Never rely on size. We would never recommend anyone to purchase a suit without trying it on. Sizes are rarely the same from one brand to another and sometimes not even within a brand. If you want your suit to fit perfectly, you have to try it on to see if it does.
One of the most important questions to ask is: Do I want a One-Piece or a Two-Piece Suit?
One advantage of many one piece suits are that they hide or provide extra support for your tummy.

Athletics:
If you plan to do a lot of swimming, playing volleyball, or something else athletic, you might want to consider a one-piece. You don’t have to worry as much about a string coming undone. Another option is a Tankini (more coverage) with Boy Shorts. Boy Shorts are bottoms similar to men’s trunks but cut to fit for a woman’s body. There are a wide variety to choose from. You can also wear Board Shorts as either a bottom or a cover. Whether you’re swimming laps, snorkeling, playing volleyball, or doing something else active, be sure that the swimsuit is comfortable. You don’t want it to ride up or come off. When you try it on, move your arms, squat, walk around a little, and stretch. Make sure that everything stays where you want it to.

Budget:
We have a wide range of prices and quality. You can purchase a bikini, at regular price for only $10.00 to $40.00 (top and bottom together). We also have one piece suits for not much more than that. For our more discerning customers, we have some incredible suits where the entire set sells for about $200.00. Most of our suits are well below this price and can be purchased anywhere along the spectrum.

Separates:
All of our two piece suits are sold as separates with just a couple of exceptions. This allows you to mix and match for the perfect combination. Let’s face it, not all women are the same size on top as they are on the bottom. Many of our customers purchase one brand of suit for the top and another for the bottom. Separates give you the additional advantage of wearing a suit unique to you.

Small Busts:
If you want a little boost, you can pick a suit with a padded top. Usually these can be easily removed. You might also try a suit with horizontal stripes, a pattern, or extra material such as fringes, ruffles, or a bloused top. This will give the illusion of larger busts. You might also want to try a top with strings that tie around the neck, allowing you to adjust for extra cleavage.

Large Busts:
There are a number of options for a woman with large busts. We routinely carry D and sometimes DD or even E tops. You might also want to try on a suit with an under-wire or extra material for support just underneath. These are similar to a sports bra. They provide extra support. If you don’t want to draw additional attention to this part of your body, try a solid and/or lighter color. You may also want to try a sports top or a top with spaghetti straps. If you want full coverage, keep looking because it's there and you can find it.

Long Torso:
Try horizontal stripes. If you need a one piece suit, you can purchase a suit specially made for a longer torso. Tankinis and Bikinis always fit any torso length. A Tankini takes the emphasis away from the long torso. A one piece with high legs will also help to focus the eye on the legs.

Short Torso:
Try vertical strips. A One-Piece with a high neckline or a Two-Piece that sits low on the hips (make sure it fits the contour of your hips so that it doesn't give the appearance of cutting you in half) will give the appearance of a longer torso.

Extra Tummy:
Try a One-Piece, dark solid color, high waist, or Tankini that meets the bottom part of the suit. A number of One-Piece suits provide extra tummy support. Some provide extra loose material for comfort. Try a V neck line to draw the attention up.

Wide Shoulders:
Try a halter top or thick straps.

Ample Hips, Thighs, and Buttocks:
Try a Skirting, Boy Shorts, Board Shorts, or lower legs. You can also purchase suits with an attached skirt or extra skirt. Try a top with extra material as mentioned under Small Busts to create a more proportional look. Consider a solid bottom with a more flamboyant top.

Short Legs:
Try a One-Piece with high legs. Take a look in the three-way mirror and see what this does for you. If you want a Two-Piece try a higher leg bikini bottom.

Hour-Glass figure:
Something with a belt or band across the smallest part of your waist will accentuate this asset.

Full Bodied Curvy Figures:
Suits with bold prints or a darker solid color may be best for your figure. This puts the focus on the entire suit, not just one part.

For all suits’ notice where your eyes are drawn when you look at the suit. Is that were you want eyes to go when it’s on you?
For water-aerobics or frequent activities in a chlorinated pool.
We recommend polyester or a special lycra for a longer lasting suit.

Fabrics
Ask about the fabric. Some hold up better in chlorine and some provide more stretch. There are a number of new fabric and fabric mixes this year.

Color
Remember if you want a body part to look larger, try lighter colors or patterns, if you want it to look smaller, try darker colors and solids.

Wraps
Wraps are very feminine and come in many sizes and types and can be worn in many different ways. There are very nice comfortable modest wraps that cover and flatter. There are very sexy wraps and wrap sets that add that extra flair. Try both pant and skirt wraps (long or short). Wraps are comfortable and multi-purposed. Many of the wraps that we carry accentuate your figure just like the suits mentioned above. They also change in size as you do and are an excellent accessory for maternity.
No matter what your shape or size. Come on in, we’ll help you enjoy the beach, pool, or boat.

Caring for your Swimsuit Before Wearing: We have yet to find an absolutely guaranteed fade-resistant fabric when exposed to chlorine, saltwater, lotions and sun. To help set the color in the fabric, rinse your swimsuit in a mixture of two teaspoons of white vinegar and one quart of cold water.Normal Care:Hand wash suits after every wearing. Use cool water and a mild detergent, hang to dry, do not wring or put in a towel or a plastic bag DO NOT DRY IN DRYER. Do not dry in direct sunlight.
Remember that some swimsuits are mostly for looking great, some are for swimming, and some are for both. Make sure you purchase the right suit for the right activity.