A bikini and a pair of sunglasses...the quintessential summer outfit. It doesn't get complicated when it comes to dressing for a day poolside. However, if you want to feel your most confident, stick to what makes you feel comfortable for a day by the pool. Below are some of my top tips when picking a bikini.
1. Stick to what's comfortable.
I'm always looking at the fabric on any clothes that I buy. This is especially true for swim. You want a fabric that isn't going to cut into your skin, or awkwardly hug your body. The one piece bikini above is actually a bodysuit--this makes it super comfy since it's made out of soft cotton.
Another element of comfort is picking the right size. Now is not the time to squeeze into the smallest size for the sake of your own vanity. When it comes to swim, I find myself sizing up (usually in the top piece) to avoid any sort of muffin tops, or my dreaded "bra bulge" on the backs of my shoulders.
2. Make it versatile.
Sure, it's always fun to have that one crazy bikini in your collection that's a real stunner. However, having a whole drawer full of statement swim pieces can exhaust your budget. That's why I like to buy separates that can be mixed and matched (or body suits that double as swimwear). As a rule--in all corners of life--black is an amazing color. Flattering, elegant and hard to stain, a black bikini will be your best friend!
3. But don't forget your personal style.
For me, the advice about black weighs heavily into my personal style! However, everyone is different. Look for little touches that are "you." In my case, I love how both these bikinis have a lace-up eyelet detail that make them unique.
Props to Sara for helping me bring these photos to you--it was HOT and miserable by the pool during this shoot! Any lovely sheen you seen on my skin is most definitely sweat, transformed by the talent of Sara Clance Photography. LIKE her Facebook page to see more magic like this!
One Piece Bodysuit: American Eagle
Lace Up Bandeau: H&M
Striped Bottoms: Victoria's Secret (SOLD OUT), SIMILAR
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban (I buy the 53mm, rather than the 50mm)