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Wednesday, March 25th 2009

searching for spot-on swimwear

Pickiness is often considered a negative trait, but I’d argue that it’s good to be choosy. Especially when choosing swimwear. (If I’m showing that much skin, I need to look great.) So to help us all with our summer swimwear search, shopbop stylist Bobbie gives us tips on how to find the perfect suit (it must be out there somewhere) to fit both our personality and our body type.

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When selecting a suit, first you need to figure out the look you are trying to achieve. If you’re going for a fun and flirty feel, try Zimmermann, Milly, Kushcush, or Shoshanna. For a sophisticated, chic look, suits by Diane von Furstenberg, Tibi, or Mara Hoffman will be your best friends. For a timeless suit with great fit, Melissa Odabash and Rachel Pally are spot-on. And for a super glamorous poolside look, throw on some beachy heels, bangles, sunglasses, and suits from Tyler Rose or Vix.

Once you’ve got your look, you need to assess your body type. Shoshanna swimwear is a flattering pick for curvier figures, with tops that lend support, while Loeffler Randall suits are ideal for less curvy girls, with bandeau tops that are a great choice for smaller busts and fuller bottoms that accentuate the hips. And for fuller figures, triangle tops and halters are always a must; Rosa Cha swimwear has some perfect options for this body type.

--Bobbie, Stylist

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