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Swim wear takes a plunge into the past for retro look

LEONISA - Leonisa one-piece tummy control swimsuit ($80), available at www.leonisa.com.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>LEONISA</em></div>Leonisa one-piece tummy control swimsuit ($80), available at www.leonisa.com.
VICTORIA'S SECRET - Victoria's Secret one-piece halter swimsuit ($88.50), available at www.victoriassecret.com.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>VICTORIA'S SECRET</em></div>Victoria's Secret one-piece halter swimsuit ($88.50), available at www.victoriassecret.com.
MODCLOTH - Beach Blanket Bingo one-piece ($89.99), available at www.modcloth.com.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>MODCLOTH</em></div>Beach Blanket Bingo one-piece ($89.99), available at www.modcloth.com.
MODCLOTH - Bathing Beauty one-piece retro swimsuit in emerald velvet ($89.99), available at www.modcloth.com.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>MODCLOTH</em></div>Bathing Beauty one-piece retro swimsuit in emerald velvet ($89.99), available at www.modcloth.com.
PANACHE - Panache Swimwear 'Tallulah' balconnet bikini top ($59) and high-waisted pant in blue floral ($44), available at www.herroom.com.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>PANACHE</em></div>Panache Swimwear 'Tallulah' balconnet bikini top ($59) and high-waisted pant in blue floral ($44), available at www.herroom.com.
MODCLOTH - Snack bar beauty in two-piece black-and-white ($89.99), available at www.modcloth.com.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>MODCLOTH</em></div>Snack bar beauty in two-piece black-and-white ($89.99), available at www.modcloth.com.
L.L. BEAN - Slimming swimdress ($109.95), available at www.llbean.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>L.L. BEAN</em></div>Slimming swimdress ($109.95),  available at www.llbean.com
NORDSTROM - Ted Baker London nautical stripe one piece swimsuit ($125), available at Nordstrom in Ross Park Mall and www.shop.nordstrom.com.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>NORDSTROM</em></div>Ted Baker London nautical stripe one piece swimsuit ($125), available at Nordstrom in Ross Park Mall and www.shop.nordstrom.com.
NORDSTROM - La Blanca 'Sweetheart' one-piece ($119), available at Nordstrom in Ross Park Mall and www.shop.nordstrom.com.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>NORDSTROM</em></div>La Blanca 'Sweetheart' one-piece ($119), available at Nordstrom in Ross Park Mall and www.shop.nordstrom.com.
L.L. BEAN - Slimming tank ($99.95), available at www.llbean.com.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>L.L. BEAN</em></div>Slimming tank ($99.95), available at www.llbean.com.
L.L. BEAN - Empire swimdress ($84.95), available at www.llbean.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>L.L. BEAN</em></div>Empire swimdress ($84.95),  available at www.llbean.com
L.L. BEAN - Slimming sarong tanksuit floral ($109.95), available at www.llbean.com
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>L.L. BEAN</em></div>Slimming sarong tanksuit floral ($109.95), available at www.llbean.com
L.L. BEAN - Slimming sarong tanksuit ($140.95), available at www.llbean.com.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>L.L. BEAN</em></div>Slimming sarong tanksuit ($140.95), available at www.llbean.com.
LANDS END - Women's halter one-piece slender suit ($119), available at www.landsend.com.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>LANDS END</em></div>Women's halter one-piece slender suit ($119), available at www.landsend.com.
NAUTICA - Nautica Deck Hand one-piece swimsuit ($85), available at www.swimspot.com.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>NAUTICA</em></div>Nautica Deck Hand one-piece swimsuit ($85), available at www.swimspot.com.
LANDS END - Women's paisley tunic one-piece slender suit ($129), available at www.landsend.com.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>LANDS END</em></div>Women's paisley tunic one-piece slender suit ($129), available at www.landsend.com.
MODCLOTH - Coupe of Tea one-piece in bumble bee dots ($89.99), available at www.modcloth.com.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>MODCLOTH</em></div>Coupe of Tea one-piece in bumble bee dots ($89.99), available at www.modcloth.com.
MODCLOTH - Beach Blanket Bingo bikini ($89.99), available at www.modcloth.com.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>MODCLOTH</em></div>Beach Blanket Bingo bikini ($89.99), available at www.modcloth.com.
VINEYARD VINES - Anchor tankini top ($65) and cinched bottom ($55), avaialble at www.vineyardvines.com.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>VINEYARD VINES</em></div>Anchor tankini top ($65) and cinched bottom ($55), avaialble at www.vineyardvines.com.
GURIA BEACHWEAR - Guria Beachwear 'Horizon' criss-cross halter top ($76.80) and high waist bottom ($78), available at www.guriabeachwear.com.br
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>GURIA BEACHWEAR</em></div>Guria Beachwear 'Horizon' criss-cross halter top ($76.80) and high waist bottom ($78), available at www.guriabeachwear.com.br
GURIA BEACHWEAR - Guria Beachwear 'Animale' strappy padded bandeau ($79) with high-waist bottom ($78), available at www.guriabeachwear.com.br
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>GURIA BEACHWEAR</em></div>Guria Beachwear 'Animale' strappy padded bandeau ($79) with high-waist bottom ($78), available at www.guriabeachwear.com.br
SHOPBOP.COM - Pret-a-Surf retro bikini ($295), available at www.shopbop.com.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>SHOPBOP.COM</em></div>Pret-a-Surf retro bikini ($295), available at www.shopbop.com.

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Dressing room tips

Make the try-on process as painless as possible with these expert ideas:

Bring in two sizes: “Most women need to go up one size,” says Rosemarie DiLorenzo, owner of Swimwear Anywhere. “But suits vary, so bring in a smaller and a bigger one just in case.”

Make sure the top fits: “Raise your arms and lean over to see if the suit stays in place,” DiLorenzo says.

Make sure the bottom fits: “It should feel snug and not gap,” says Audrey Jimenez of Everything but Water.

Try separates: “If you can't get the right fit on top and bottom, look for pieces that are sold separately,“ Jimenez says.

Source: People Style Watch

Thursday, May 23, 2013, 8:55 p.m.
 

This summer's trend in swimwear evokes images of Annette Funicello romping in 1965's “Beach Blanket Bingo.”

Women are returning to retro and vintage-inspired styles, says Michele Casper, swimsuit expert for Lands' End. “Those were such iconic moments. You will definitely see this style when shopping for your swimsuit.”

This season's suits come in many prints, patterns and colors — from florals to stripes to polka dots.

“Paisley is a vintage-inspired traditional style pattern, which is hot this summer,” Casper says. “Also, the one-piece is extremely popular, and it comes in many interesting silhouettes that are definitely retro. Some of these one-piece suits have such beautiful necklines, which flatter a woman's figure while providing accents, such as ruching and interesting straps and other feminine details.”

This vintage look has been an inspiration at Lands' End, Casper says. And, with the advancement in the technology of fabrics, designers have created suits that offer a vision of the past but include current details and advantages. They give great coverage, from making a tummy appear smaller to creating a longer-looking leg with a higher-waist cut — while still looking feminine.

“Fit is so critical because it gives a woman the confidence to wear a bathing suit,” Casper says. “And you don't have to match sizes or patterns anymore, so there are more choices to find the perfect suit for you.”

The trend has taken a while to get to the mass market, says Marissa Rubin, senior market editor for People Style Watch. And, she says, swim trends follow what's seen on the runways.

“Women have really embraced this style, which definitely looks more modern in terms of patterns,” Rubin says. “It is also a style where, if women aren't having their skinniest days, it helps them feel better because of how it fits. It gives a woman body-image security.”

One of the newer styles is a cropped tankini top, which gives the vintage play a more modern look. The cropped tankini works for nearly every woman, she says, except those who are short-waisted because of where it cuts on the body.

“It was a style I thought might make me look like a little girl, but I now own three of them,” Rubin says. “It is one of the most flattering looks. It accentuates the bust and makes the waist look super thin.”

Retro swimsuits are timeless and ageless in appeal because they offer great coverage while remaining flattering and comfortable, no matter how active you are on the beach, says Mary Rose MacKinnon, L.L. Bean spokeswoman.

Vintage swimsuits allow women to have a bit more coverage while still looking — and feeling — sexy and beautiful, says Kay-Lin Richardson, director of sales at Panache Swimwear. Halter necklines, ruched maillots, high-waisted bikini bottoms and bandeau bikini tops are all vintage-inspired swimwear shapes, she says. Designs range from classic polka dots to sweet florals to feminine fruit prints, such as cherries and pineapples.

“Women are interested in vintage clothing right now in general due to popular TV shows and their classic shapes,” says Amy Hirt, a stylist at ModCloth. “Vintage-inspired swimwear has equally flattering cuts and looks great on many different body types.”

Vintage-inspired swimsuits are a bit more conservative, she says, but still flatter curves for a sexy look.

“A lot of retro-inspired two-pieces are higher-waisted, which flatter the smallest part of the waist and elongate the legs,” Hirt says. “Side ruching in suits also slims the waist and middle area. Look for modern prints and bold colors. Our vintage-inspired suits have fun details like removable straps and peek-a-boo cutouts that give a fresh take to these classic styles.”

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