With the Memorial Day holiday fast approaching, along with it comes the summer months. People nationwide are gearing up for fun in the sun, whether it be baseball, barbecues, vacations or something else, many will find themselves at a pool, the shore of a lake, river or ocean.
But before you head out to your nearest water attraction, most people must go through the agonizing process of finding a swimsuit for the occasion. Swimsuit shopping can be a royal pain. Selecting a swimsuit that not only flatters your body but is also current and modern can be a truly frustrating ordeal.
Now, I’m a guy, so, swimsuit shopping is not all that difficult for me but I am particular about certain things when it comes to swim trunks, namely their length. I don’t like them above my knees. Don’t care for my bird legs so, I can relate to many women (and a lot of men too) when it comes to body issues and swimsuits.
During the 2014 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim at the Raleigh Hotel on Miami Beach, 2014 swimsuit trends were on display, including new designs, concept and trends for men by manufacturers and designers. Personally, you can’t go wrong with a standard pair of board shorts but if you’re looking for a design to flatter your form, this year, go with a more tapered silhouette. Shorter seems to also be a trend among this year’s designs with a flair of European and Latin influence included.
Women’s fashions offer a few more options when it comes to style and designs. If you are the bold and daring type, the standard string bikini, such as this one sold at JCrew, are still Summer classics but if you’re looking to go a little more conservative, Bustier Tops are a great option. The downside to Bustier Tops is they can often times look like underwear. Brighter and more vivid colors as opposed to Earth tones can help get around that.
Another great choice are Cutout Swimsuit. Sleek and edgy, Cutouts accentuate the hips. There are different options under this category from mesh, lace and tighter form-fitting cuts. Women with wider hips might be put off by this design a bit as the main draw is the waistline and tops of the hips. H&M sells a relatively affordable Cutout for around $30.
One last draw for this Summer’s swimwear are High-Waisted Bottoms. High-Waisted Bottom swimsuit bring back a flash of retro but the biggest asset to this style is that if you have a bit of a belly (don’t worry, I have one as well and I’m quite self-conscience about it as well), this particular design is a great selection as it allows you conceal that, especially when combined with a darker shade. Another big plus to this design is that it affords you the flexibility of variety. One of 2014’s popular swimsuit trends are Mix & Match Swimsuits. With a High-Waisted Bottom, you can mix and match the top you use with it, giving you many different options. Victoria’s Secret offers this design at a very affordable price.