Being away in gross (in my terms) climate reminded me of how fortunate I am to live in a city where it is basically summer all year round and the beach is always an option.
But Southern California isn't the only place where summer and warm weather is approaching. It is the fun and well, stressful - I know first-hand how frustrating trying on beachwear can be - time of the year when you get to refresh your beachwear arsenal. So here are some swimwear picks for this season from me.
I have noticed a change compared to this year's spring/summer season for swimwear. More so than in previous years can we see one-piece swimsuits in stores. Even the high-cut baywatch swimsuit era is back in its full glory. In general, one-piece swimsuits have gained a lot more popularity and are being produced in greater quantities.
Beachwear trends are often shaped by the beauty ideals of the era.
For instance, in the 50s and 60s, high waisted bikinis were all the rage because of the much-praised hourglass figure at the time. The high waist accentuated the waist to make the desired hourglass figure more apparent.
As for the second example is the skimpy bikinis of the late 90s/ early 2000s were heavily influenced by the supermodel beauty ideal era, where being stick thin was the ultimate goal. For that body type, the string-thin bikinis are definitely very flattering.
In 2018, spreading body positivity is at its all-time high.
Women of all body types are being celebrated and more, and more designers are coming out with plus size/curve collections, as well as petite and tall branches to cater to a larger audience of women so everyone feels included, which is how it should be. Today, there isn't one clear swimwear trend that could be pointed out as clearly as the ones above or, for instance, the craze of the high cut swimsuits of the 80s and 90s. There are more options than ever and people have easier access to clothing retail through online stores so it is easier for everyone to follow their exact taste and style and harder for trends to emerge as clearly as back in the day.
Now, to narrow down my picks in the countless options of swimwear.
I thought I would show you some for one-piece swimsuits, as they are completely my favorite. I have found that it is a lot easier to find flattering one-piece swimsuits than bikinis, and I do feel pretty credible saying this, as I have had a number of breakdowns over trying on swimwear.
Nasty Gal Red One-Piece Swimsuits ($30.00)
Nasty Gal Alina High-Leg Swimsuit ($24.00)
The clear structured shape and fit is very flattering and the light peach color helps bring out the tan beautifully. I always opt for lighter swimwear as it brings out the tan better.
A little Versace inspired moment always goes a long way. It is eternal. Miami beach in the 90s or Malibu in 2018? You'll never know.
Denim never goes out of style, even at the beach!
See you at the beach!