Although we’re in the middle of winter, a girl can still dream of sun, sand and swimsuits, right? Whether you’re one of the lucky ones going on a winter beach getaway or like me, simply looking forward to those lazy summer days to come, you’ll need to know what to wear to the beach this summer, based on what’s hot now.
For the 2012 spring/summer season, orange is the #1 “it” color for swimsuits, cover-ups, clothing, you name it! Whether you prefer swimsuits in rich solid hues or those in fun-in-the-sun prints, you’ll look perfectly on-trend in shades of orange. For ladies with fair complexions, try swimsuits in soft fruit-inspired shades like cantaloupe, apricot and peach. For those with darker complexions, go for spicy cayenne hues and bold bright oranges.
In addition to the orange color trend, think fierce animal prints with pops of color. Instead of classic leopard prints, try leopard print swimsuits in turquoise color schemes. Also, say goodbye to neutral zebra prints and wave hello to those with pops of citrusy lime. Whatever print strikes your fancy, make sure to go for animal print swimsuits that got a colorful new makeover.
For those looking for a truly flattering fit, this trend’s for you. This summer, the hottest swimsuits feature chic smocked detail. Bikini bottoms that feature smocking sit perfectly at the hips and won’t dig in. Furthermore, smocking on swimsuits creates an amazing textural contrast against that smooth fabric which will have all eyes on you.
Finally, in addition to swimsuits, you’ll need some fabulous new cover-ups to complete your stylish beach look. This season, drop the tried and true tunics and get out of your comfort zone. Look for adorable short rompers that complement your favorite swimsuits and can be worn on and off the beach. If you’re more of a top and bottom kind of girl, try adorable crochet crop tops, slightly sheer beach pants or sexy lace shorts. But for those looking for a sleek and sophisticated resort look that screams high fashion, try a long sheer strapless dress with open slit front.
This summer, whether you’re jetsetting of to an exotic beach locale or roadtripping to your local beach spot, choose your swimsuits and cover-ups wisely to guarantee a fabulous beach-chic look!
Susan Bodack is the Director of Social Media Marketing at InStyleSwimwear.com, an online retailer of luxury designer swimsuits, resortwear and accessories. For more swim-related fashion tips, check out their blog, Beauty and the Beach!