Swim Fashion Week in Miami Beach commenced in July with hundreds of bikini clad models strutting the runway wearing resort and swim collections for 2017. The latest and greatest in swim design is always inspiring to see but at times makes me realize how unwearable many of the designs actually are. The most outrageous designs included feathers, fringe, head-to-toe mesh, corsets, and crocheted skirts. It’s not just the embellishments that make them not so user friendly but those itsy bitsy teeny weeny bikinis have gotten even smaller. According to a local news station, bikinis are half the size and 16 times more expensive than they were 25 years ago.
Below are a few tips to help you find the best suit for you.
Make Sure the Suit is Wearable
If your suit is the size of dental floss, it likely isn’t a suit ever meant to be worn in public. Likewise, wearing a suit with non water-friendly embellishments or capes, likely a drowning hazard, are also not swim friendly. There are some suits with designs so intricate that they really can never be worn past the runway. They more closely resemble pieces of art than they do clothing. Could you imagine trying to get one of these suits off in time to use the restroom?
Wear the Right Suit for the Occasion
While on vacation a few years ago, I entered the ocean during high surf warnings. I only waded in up to my knees but when that wave came in it took me down like a freight train. As I was rolled to shore, I came up for air in a sandy mess only to realize my bikini top had moved and was no longer covering what it was meant to. I had accidentally exposed myself to an entire beach full of vacationing families. It was then that I realized my suit wasn’t meant for swimming. If you’ll be swimming or active, be sure to chose a suit that will stay in the right place for your activities.
Beware of Cutouts
If you choose a chic designer suit with cutouts and mesh inserts, don’t forget to apply sunscreen. Forgetting sunscreen in those areas is a tan line nightmare waiting to happen and will leave your body looking like a patchwork quilt.
The right suit is the one that makes you feel confident. On a recent girls’ trip, I watched 10 of my besties spend two sun-soaked days in swimsuits boogie boarding on the ocean, riding down the waterslide and lounging poolside. These women are beautiful not because they have perfect bodies but because of the confidence they each have in who they are. Love your bodies regardless of your size and never be afraid to rock what you got.