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Personal Style, Swimwear

Love This Bra Brand? Try This Swimsuit!

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Let’s just say you’ve come to love one (or two or three) particular bra brands for their comfort, fit and style. Guess what? Many of those same brands are in the bathing suit biz, which means you’ll feel as happy on the beach or by the pool as you do at work, on a date or at school drop-off.

“By shopping these collections, your bathing suit finally gets to fit as well as your favorite bra does,” says Bare Necessities swimwear buyer Megan Puma. “The suits feature underwires, adjustable straps, clasp backs and an overall more tailored fit so you can jump into the water or run after your kids without worry.”

What makes these swimsuits from bra brands so special is that they’re constructed exactly like a bra, which gives even a teeny swimsuit so much more support than the standard offerings. The suits are designed with the same level of detail and quality of construction as their bra counterparts. “Shopping is more precise since you’re able to buy them by your exact bra size as opposed to the more generic small-medium-large,” adds Megan.

Here, Megan divides our 10 bra-sized swimwear brands into three categories so you can key right into the style you’re seeking. She picked a favorite look from each brand, too. Ready to dive in?

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Personal Style, Pop Culture, Power Figures

Dita Von Teese on Redefining Glamour

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Among lingerie devotees specifically and appreciators of beauty and style in general, Dita Von Teese needs no introduction. She is an iconoclast and an icon, a modern muse and of another era entirely, a larger-than-life dynamo in a soft-spoken, petite package.

Born Heather Sweet, the self-described “mediocre-looking blonde girl from a farming town in Michigan” fell under the spell of Hollywood’s Golden Age of Cinema and, at a time when the rest of America’s youth was grunging out in flannel and combat boots, set out to remake herself in its raven-haired, red-lipped image. When she discovered that many of the glamorous screen sirens she admired were also dancers, she adopted her stage name and learned the art of the striptease. Since 1992, Dita has been synonymous with burlesque and can be single-handedly credited with its revival. Everything she touches, from her Swarovski crystal-bedecked sets and couture costumes to her lingerie collection and new hosiery line—reflects her impeccable eye for detail.

This past month, hours before the final sold-out New York performance of her latest show, “The Art of the Teese,” Dita visited Bare Necessities to tell us firsthand about her collection—both iconic styles (like Madame X) and new additions (like her Instagram fan-selected shade of emerald green)—and how she turned herself into a Power Figure. Read on for our exclusive interview.

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Behind the Seams, Personal Style

6 Exciting 2017 Lingerie Trends We Saw at CURVEXPO

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For three days in February and March, more than 450 of the world’s leading lingerie brands converge at CURVE New York, a trade show that takes over the gigantic Javits Center in New York City. Buyers and members of the press, Bare Necessities always among them, walk row after row to check out the latest from longtime favorites and discover new rising stars in the lingerie industry.

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Personal Style, Swimwear

Trendy and Stylish One-Piece Swimsuits: Definitely Not Your Grandma’s One-Piece

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There’s something to be said for the effortlessness of one-and-done. When it comes to the beach or pool, you can always count on one-piece swimsuits to be flattering, chic and easy to wear. Though one-pieces used to be accompanied by a certain stigma—they’re only for grandmas, or to cover up body issues—these days, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. (To wit: Last Independence Day, 26-year-old Taylor Swift and her squad rocked red, white and blue one-pieces that just about broke the Internet.)

“One-pieces are great because they give you as much or as little coverage as you want. What’s your comfort level?” asks Bare Necessities swimwear buyer Megan Puma (at left). “Every trend imaginable now comes in the one-piece silhouette. The cut came back with style to spare; it’s not frumpy. Now it’s possible to be stylish and covered. Maybe even more so than in a bikini, you’re making a strong visual statement in a one-piece suit. And they can do so much more for your figure, too. Because no matter what you’re wearing, you can’t look good if you feel uncomfortable.”

Megan especially loves their versatility: “I like how you can incorporate a one-piece into an outfit, from festival fashion to going out to dinner. In this case, you can have both fashion and function.” Here are a few of her favorite stylish one-piece swimsuits for the season….

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Personal Style, Pop Culture

Sexy Valentine’s Day Lingerie—No Matter Your Relationship Status

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We all deserve to feel loved, worshipped and adored on Valentine’s Day, whatever our relationship status, period, end of story. To some extent, that means dressing the part—if you want to feel special, you’ve got to exude special.

“Luckily, you can’t really go wrong with lingerie,” says our boudoir buyer Krista Molinaro. “It’s easy to shop for because the fit is more forgiving than precise, and your choices are basically black or red.” Start your Valentine’s Day state of mind with a sexy lingerie foundation, then extend the fun all week—make that all winter—with novel 3-for-$30 panties. A lingerie wardrobe like this isn’t just for February 14th, Krista notes; feeling desirable is good for you year-round.

Teddies, also known as bodysuits, continue to be a major trend (shown above: the Idalia playsuit by L’Agent Provocateur). The same goes for sets with multiple pieces, which include cheeky accessories like garters and garter belts, eye masks or cuffs. Whether you gravitate toward understated, frilly or edgy Valentine’s Day lingerie, hey, this is the time to dress to thrill.

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Health & Wellness, Personal Style

Sports Bra Reviews: Road Test, Part 1

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It’s January, meaning we all just made New Year’s fitness resolutions revolving around health and wellness. To that end: We linked up with real women to help them find new favorite sports bras that would help propel them through their workouts. They put some of our merchants’ picks through their paces at the gym, in the dance studio and on the trail, then reported back. Here, in part one of our two-part series, is what they found—so you can find new ways to power through this year, too. Continue Reading

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Personal Style, Swimwear

2017 Swimwear Trends: Hot Looks to Pack For Your Next Trip

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Baby, it’s cold outside, but there’s nothing better than using those frigid temps to inspire your next vacation destination—even if it’s only a fantasy (for now). We spoke to Bare Necessities swimwear buyer Megan Puma about what trends we can expect to see in 2017.

All these suits hit both this season’s latest trends and offer the support you expect from your favorite bra. So pack your sunblock and a few beach reads, and stash an on-trend suit for your next tropical getaway. Though the destination pairings are totally optional, we sure wouldn’t mind visiting any one of them this winter.

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Inner Beauty, Personal Style, Power Figures

Freddy Zappe, Bra Fit Specialist, on the Art of Bra Fitting

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Seventeen years ago, when Freddy Zappe started answering the phones at the bra company that would become Eveden—renowed for its full-bust brands including Elomi, Fantasie, Freya and Goddess—she hadn’t the slightest idea what she was doing. Today, she’s among the most revered bra fit experts in the world.

A model-dancer-actress accustomed to traveling the world, Freddy had zero sales or lingerie experience, but when her mother was diagnosed with cancer, Freddy returned to New York to be with her. “I had to work for my own sanity. You can’t sit by someone’s bedside constantly; they don’t like it. I thought I’d do it for a few months and see what happened.”

What happened is this: Freddy became a Power Figure. She’s still traveling the world, this time as Eveden’s national fit specialist. Every day, she asks of herself, her industry and the women she meets the same question: How can I fix this? 

“It’s endlessly fascinating,” Freddy says. “Women come in all shapes and sizes, and because we have the tools to fit full bust and full figure—we now go from A to K cup, from a 28 band to a 56 band—we can fit virtually everyone.” Here’s how….

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Ambrassadors, Personal Style

Gift Guide: 9 Perfect Gifts to Give Yourself

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As the holidays roll back around and we start to stockpile things we hope will surprise and delight our loved ones, it’s worth remembering to add ourselves to the list. In fact, last year, nearly 60 percent of people picked up something for themselves while holiday shopping, according to the National Retail Federation. Because no one but you can find yourself a perfect-fitting bra that makes you feel unstoppable, and that’s the kind of gift that keeps on giving.

Check out our curated bra and sleepwear gift guide, featuring 9 perfect presents that our amBRAssadors (above, from left: Melissa, Cristal, Mette and Candace) personally swear by.

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