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Meet the Merchants, Personal Style, Swimwear

Your Biggest Supporters: The Best Bikinis for
Large Busts

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If you trend toward the bigger-busted and have ever stood in front of a rack of swimsuits wondering which bikini top could possibly contain you, the solution is surprisingly simple: Look for a bikini top with a true-to-bra size.

“So many women steer away from bikinis because they only see themselves in sizes small, medium, large or extra-large, and they don’t know which will fit or support them best,” says Bare Necessities swimwear buyer Megan Puma. “That’s all the more reason to seek out bikinis with real bra-like construction, underwire and adjustable straps to give you the lift you need to feel secure.”

Summer’s coming, so join in as Megan rounds up the best of this season’s bikinis for big busts: Continue Reading

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Personal Style, Swimwear

Flattering Swimsuits That Look Great on EVERY Body—We Swear!

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Finding the perfect, most universally flattering swimsuits often feels like questing for a unicorn—they may not even exist. But this year’s going to be different! We chatted with resident expert and swimwear buyer Megan Puma about styles every woman can wear, no matter her shape.

Megan’s experience has taught her which suits work best for most bodies, and she’s here to share her insider intelligence. Year after year, she sees which suits are certified winners; that’s why Megan always keeps them in stock. Get excited: She rounded up more than one sure bet in every silhouette. Happy days really are here again.

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Having a B.R.A. Fit, Personal Style, Swimwear

Danielle’s Bra-Sized Swimwear Makeover: From 36DD to 38FF

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Having a B.R.A. (Before – Revelation – After) Fit is headed on vacation. Out of office. Having a moment in the sun.

Now through August, we’re delivering bra-sized swimwear success stories. And we’re kicking things off with Danielle LaBarbera, a 34-year-old life insurance agent and single mother to a 14-year-old daughter. Continue Reading

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Personal Style, Swimwear

Get in the Swim with Summer’s Best Plus-Size Swimsuits

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Close your eyes and dream a little daydream about a day on the beach. Hear the waves, touch the sand, feel the sun. Are you there yet?

Now imagine actually loving the swimsuit you’re in.

“No matter what you’re going for, whether it’s a suit that’s classic or something trendier, I promise we have something for everyone,” says Bare Necessities swimwear buyer Megan Puma. “And this season, we’re extra excited about our plus-size swimwear assortment.”

Consider Megan your personal shopper as she shares the best of this season’s plus-size swimwear:

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Meet the Merchants, Personal Style, Swimwear

Welcome to Swimsuits 2017

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MeganBelieve it or not, swim season is upon us. Of course, for many of us, shopping for swimwear has been a beyond stressful experience in the past. Fret no longer. Our resident swim expert, buyer Megan Puma (at left), is here to help.

We caught up with Megan to find out what’s new in the world of swimwear and, most importantly, how you can look and feel your best in a bathing suit.

Interview with Megan Puma, Swim Expert and Buyer

Q: How did you come to work in the swimwear industry, and what do you love about it? 
A: I’ve been working in swimwear since I was 16 years old, when I started out in a specialty swimwear shop as a sales associate. I gained a lot of one-on-one experience helping women find suits that made them feel comfortable in their own skin. Then I went to college to study fashion, marketing and management. While there, I worked in the swim company’s corporate office to learn about different aspects of the business, including buying.

I’ve been involved in buying a few other product categories, and swimwear has always been my favorite. Most women struggle with finding a suit that they’re comfortable in. At Bare Necessities, we have this incredible platform to put together an assortment to suit women of all shapes and sizes and hopefully make everyone feel confident. My passion comes from those “lightbulb moments” customers have when they try on the right suit—when they finally find the style that will let them enjoy the summertime activities they were dreading before.

Q: What has your experience taught you about women and swimwear? 
A: That we shouldn’t focus on the number of the size printed on the tag! Instead, let’s focus on wearing whatever size suits our body the best. As in all product categories, sizing isn’t the same across the board. While I was working in the stores, there were times when I would rip the tags off the suits so the customers would try on the size I knew would work best for them. We all get so hung up on a number, but the point should really be to find what makes you feel the most amazing.

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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, 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 cute 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, 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, Swimwear

One-Piece Wonder: How I Stopped Chasing a Bikini Body and Finally Felt Great in One-Piece Swimsuits

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I remember the last time I looked good in a bikini. It was a tiny string number—pink with multicolored polka dots—and all eyes were on me.

I was 3 years old.

Since then, I’ve had a tumultuous relationship with swimwear. (I did wear a bikini twice on spring break my junior year of college: My Puerto Rican besties are the most beautiful and body positive girls on the island and, if only for a week, I drank their Kool-Aid while we frolicked in the Caribbean surf.)

Truthfully, no part of swimsuit season has ever been easy for me.

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Inner Beauty, Personal Style, Swimwear

Cool Mom Bathing Suits: The Best Swimsuits for Moms

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In this era of democratic fashion, no one needs to settle for mom jeans or sensible shoes and, for the record, the same holds true for swimsuits for moms. Just because someone calls you “Mommy” doesn’t mean you have to banish “bikini” from your vocabulary. Brooke here, editor of Bare it All, and I speak from personal experience. Let me assure you, it’s possible to look like the cool mom you are, even in a swimsuit. Continue Reading