Taking Swimwear Beyond the Pool

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Carolina K tropical print suit and bracelets from Gretta Sloane; earrings, belt and sunglasses from Mode.

 

Swimwear’s primary function is apparent. But like so many other pieces of clothing, it can take on different forms and roles in a wardrobe.

First, a closer look at some of the trends that make this season’s styles so appealing. Swimwear brands always deliver a few givens such as figure-flattering and timeless black, stripes and florals, high-cut bikinis and classic tanks. This year, add to the mix high-waisted bottoms, feminine ruffles, subtle animal prints, ruching, waist-accentuating belts and ties, keyhole and strategic cut-outs, one-shoulder styles, defined underwires, retro-inspired prints, fresh florals, soft fabrics and triangle bikinis. Colors range from bubblegum pink and all shades of green to soft nudes and creamy pastels.

With so many interesting styles and details, it’s not surprising that some swimsuits are working their way into daily wear, especially since women are eager to switch things up and refresh their look by mixing and layering unexpected pieces.

Why shouldn’t a favorite swimsuit be dressed up and go out more often than the yearly beach vacation or weekends at the backyard pool?  Think of it as a wardrobe builder. A tank or maillot can do double duty as a bodysuit when worn with a maxi skirt, shorts or jeans. Consider a bikini or bandeau top under a sheer blouse and paired with flowy wide-leg pants for al fresco dining. Finish the look with a stylish straw hat, sunglasses and interesting bracelets and necklaces.

Oklahoma swimwear designer Allie Ayers’s new Bissy Swim collection includes a minimalist cowhide print one-piece suit, with black fringe detail on the shoulders that adds a sophisticated touch, taking the suit from water play to date night when styled with miniskirt or relaxed trousers and high-heeled sandals. 

 

This summer, suit yourself, whether you’re in or out of the water.

 

Photography: Shevaun Williams

Model: Triana Browne, Tabb Agency

Hair and makeup: Ashley Tabb, Tabb Agency

Styling: Samia Moses Creative

Location: Crystal Bridge Conservatory at Myriad Botanical Gardens

 

Olive & Pique hat, Amuse Society high-waisted swimsuit, Sans Souci blouse and accessories, all from Mode.

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