With Memorial Day just around the corner, it's definitely time to start thinking about what to wear to the pool.  Even for the most avid shopper, swimsuit shopping can be overwhelming and let's be honest...sometimes just plain scary!  But don't give up before you start -- knowing your body type and selecting a style that caters to it is key.  

Mix and Match
Summer is all about feeling carefree.  Mixing bikini tops and bottoms will give you not only an effortless look but also allow you to get two trends in one suit.  With retailers such as Gap and Old Navy offering affordable swimwear as separates you can have fun and get multiple looks from purchasing a couple of suits.  Tip:  if you have shorter legs try a top with a print paired with a solid bottom to elongate your body and draw the eye upward.  


Top: Old Navy, $16.99   Bottom: Old Navy, $15.00


Retro Inspired
Channel your inner pinup girl -- vintage style swimwear is back!  50's inspired prints, high waisted bottoms and sweetheart necklines and halters are perfect for those wanting to highlight their curves.  Tip:  a lot of the retro inspired styles are great for fuller figured ladies.  Styles that cinch at the waist help create an hourglass shape.  

Nordstrom, Trina Turk Top $74.00 & Bottom $72.00


Prints & Stripes
Taking a cue from the apparel we saw on the runway this season, soft florals, animal prints and stripes are on trend in swimwear too!


Leopard: Lane Bryant, $166.00  

Zebra: Saks Fifth Avenue, Carmen Marc Valvo $147.00


Ruffles, Lace & Crochet
Have fun with the details shown on swimwear this season.  Ruffles, lace and crochet are perfect for all you girly girls.  Wanting to make these feminine touches a little more modern? No worries -- pick a suit with a graphic print and a touch of fringe.
Tip:  for those of you who are smaller on the top than bottom, this is the trend for you.  Ruffles and fringe detail on the top will give the illusion of more volume and balance your body type out.  


Ruffles: Neiman Marcus, Ella Moss Swim Top $67.00 & Bottom $61.00  

Fringe: Nordstrom, L Space Top $92.00 & Bottom $68.00


Basic Black
Always flattering and easy to find in every style, you can never go wrong with a classic black suit. Tip:  you can add a pop of color with your cover up or beach hat!


Bikini: Macy's, La Blanca Top $57.00 & Bottom $49.00  

One-Piece: Soma Intimates, Magicsuit $168.00