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Wednesday, January 16th 2013

Ask Shopbop: Beach Fashion

Look 1: VPL swimsuits, Ray-Ban sunglasses, Pendleton, The Portland Collection towel. Look 2: Lisa Marie Fernandez bikini, T by Alexander Wang bikini, Bop Basics hair ties, Mosley Tribes Eyewear sunglasses. Look 3: Melissa Odabash hat, Splendid flip flops, Mara Hoffman bag, Basta Surf bikini.

I plan to mix it up this summer with lots of different beach activities. How can I tailor my swimwear accordingly?

Good idea! The support and structure of swimwear varies significantly along brands and styles, so it’s smart to modify your look based on your beach-bound plans.

Laying Out
For sunbathing, I like to go with a suit that allows for maximum tan potential. Opt for string bikinis or strapless styles that are easily adjusted to minimize tan lines. A big sunhat and sunglasses with generous coverage are a chic way to protect your face. Lastly, slip on a sandal with barely there straps—your party shoes will look better without those pesky flip-flop lines.

When it comes to swimming, I like to go with suits that stay in place. VPL makes great swimwear that’s as fashion-forward as it is practical. Comfortable sunnies are essential for cutting down glare off the water if you’re planning on wading rather than perfecting your front stroke, and there’s nothing better than wrapping up in a warm towel after a cool swim.

Beach Sports
Supportive suits are a must for beach sports. I love the activewear inspiration behind the T by Alexander Wang suits, and Lisa Marie Fernandez sources substantial fabrics in wonderful colors. Pair your stylish, yet practical suit with secure-fitting sunglasses, and finish with a soft hair tie in a coordinating color. The Bop Basics ties are terrific for sports, and they won’t leave a crease in your hair!


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