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How to Dress for the Beach at Any Age

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If age ain’t nothing but a number, why does it feel like bathing suit shopping gets harder the older we get? Here’s the secret to life and how to dress for the beach: Nothing is possible without a little (or, in some cases, a lot of) support.

The very same suits—one-piece swimwear or more modest swimsuits, even a bikini or swim dress—can work on any body, at any age. The key is in the fit. If it feels good to put on, you feel good wearing it. Right? Right. So flex that wisdom and focus on the important stuff. When dressing for the beach, work with what you have, because both a soft midsection and absolutely fabulous abs all have a place on this summer’s bathing suit best-dressed list. With the help of a few friends, we produced the proof.

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Beach Outfits, Pool Party Outfits and More: How to Rock Cute Swimsuit Outfits from Morning to Evening

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Here’s a summer remix hotter than Rihanna and Drake: swimsuit outfits! Hit refresh on your warm weather wardrobe by making your swimwear work a double shift. With the right styling swaps, your favorite bikini tops, hipster bikini briefs, pin-up swimwear and even cover-ups can easily make the transition from resort to real life, increasing your wardrobe options and giving you way more bang for the buck. So go ahead and work it—we’ve got all the tips and tricks you need to try this easy, unexpected summer update on your pool party or beach outfits.

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How to Buy a Swimsuit That Fits: Online Swimwear Shopping Made Easy

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Summer is a double-edged sword. Sure, we love it above all other seasons—the relaxed pace, the dose of vitamin D, the restorative time off. But like it or not, with its return each year comes the dreaded swimsuit try-on-athon. No sea of self-tanner can satisfactorily start to address spring’s pallor; no Tylenol can tame that season-opener of a bikini wax; no liquid courage can help us sail through what we know we’re about to endure: somehow locating those elusive three feet of fabric powerful enough to make us feel like Gigi Hadid at the Jersey shore. Continue Reading

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Meet the Merchants, Personal Style, Swimwear

Your Biggest Supporters: The Best Bikinis for
Large Busts

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Jeni Doherty, our in-house swimwear expert

Bikinis for big boobs. 

Big breasts bikini. 

Bikini tops for large breasts.

These are just a few of the less colorful terms our research shows women in need of a bikini for large busts type furtively into Google when swimsuit season comes back around. Good news: We’ve got your search results right here in our warehouse.

“There are plenty of options for the full-busted woman who wants to wear a bikini,” says our in-house swimwear authority Jeni Doherty, who points to brands like Freya, Fantasie and Panache that offer swimwear in bra sizes up to a K-cup. “This gives a full-busted customer the option of buying a swimsuit that will support her a lot like her favorite bra brands.”

Adds Jeni, “Over the years, styling and design have improved tremendously. These brands are hitting on the latest trends and offering a lot more options to try to appeal to all customers looking for a bikini.” That means every age—because, not gonna lie, we want to look this good in a bikini when we’re 90—and every size.

So when we asked Jeni to pick her favorites in each style for the 2016 swim season, she had no trouble finding more than a few of the best bikinis for large busts.

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Guide to the Best Tankinis:
Everything You Need to Know

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Jeni Doherty, our in-house swimwear expert

Jeni Doherty, our in-house swimwear expert

We like to think of tankinis as the MVP of swim season, or the most popular kid in class: Everyone loves these crowd-pleasing two-pieces. They’re the rare style that works darn near effortlessly for every age, every figure, every activity level, every style preference and every budget.

“Tankinis are a smart, stylish alternative to your traditional extremes: a bikini or a one-piece,” says our own swimwear aficionado Jeni Doherty. “They’re modest without being overly so, they’re really easy to wear and they’re practically customizable. Tankinis come in endless colors, prints and sizes, too.”

They’re especially great for those of us who:

  • aren’t quite the same size on top and bottom
  • prefer mixing and matching
  • want to affordably extend a swimwear wardrobe
  • spend equal amounts of time in and out of the water
  • like to be able to cover up a little in the sun (or show some skin for short lengths of time)
  • need to accommodate a longer torso

We rounded up our best tankinis to make swimsuit shopping as easy and foolproof as possible so you can get on with the important business of actually enjoying your getaway.

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Body Positive Mindset for Swim Season: Unveiling Your Inner Poolside Goddess

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Every goddess worth her weight in sunscreen knows that along with sunshine and the promise of poolside cocktails, swim season brings with it body struggles of all shapes and sizes. Bikini or one-piece swimsuit? Printed or solid? Too much coverage or not enough? Enough!

Here’s the truth: Everyone wrestles with body acceptance. While some of us feel our butts are too big, others worry their boobs are too small. Positive body image is really all in the way we see ourselves.

Parading around in what’s basically a waterproof version of your skivvies is a tall order for anybody—plus size, petite and everyone in between. Bottom line: Body confidence is something we’re all working towards, one swimsuit season at a time. And with a little support, we’ll get there together.

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The Best Slimming Swimsuits: A Spotlight on Miraclesuit and Magicsuit

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Jeni-98910Odds are, a bathing suit is the single most revealing garment you’re ever going to wear in public. So yeah, there’s every reason in the world to expect those few yards of fabric should be working overtime to cut you a secure, stylish figure. That’s why we pledge our eternal allegiance to the best slimming swimwear there is—Miraclesuit and Magicsuit (“making women feel confident and beautiful since 1927”). And there may be no bigger fan than Jeni Doherty, our resident swimwear expert.

Miraclesuit invented the concept with their claim to fame: “Look 10 pounds lighter in 10 seconds.” Jeni concurs: “They’re unsurpassed at slimming swimwear. And they’re definitely not the traditional Miraclesuit you may remember from the nineties, either; there’s a suit for every body, every age.”

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The Best Tummy Hiding and Tummy Control Swimsuits

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jeni_torsoWhen donning a swimsuit, everyone has her own hot-button issue. And unless your idea of a good time is contracting your abs every waking minute (not ours, for the record), chances are your nemesis may be the stomach area.

Fear not: There’s a bunch of different ways to find a tummy-hiding swimsuit you’ll feel confident in, according to our genius swimwear buyer Jeni Doherty. Here are her four foolproof favorites for the best tummy control swimsuits:

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The Best Bathing Suits for Curvy-Figured Women

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jeni_torsoWomen who are curvy and need some support in the form of a bra-sized swimsuit are in luck. First of all, c’mon: those enviable curves!

And, just as important, bare necessities specializes in the widest assortment of solutions-centered swimwear on the web (band sizes 30-40 and cup sizes D-K). In other words, we can for sure help you find the best swimsuits for curvy figures. Consider us your DD+ destination.

Now let’s return to our swimwear expert Jeni Doherty, who has the following shopping tips to find the best bathing suits for curvy-figured women:

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Bras Go for a Dip: Bra-Sized Swimwear from Lingerie vs. Swimsuit Brands

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jeni_torsoAt the beach or pool, looking good really comes down to feeling good. Inner confidence radiates. And when you’re wearing a swimsuit, you’re putting yourself out there in a major way. (Even more so than with lingerie…who really sees that?!) It never hurts to have a style secret weapon and, as far as we’re concerned, it’s bra-sized swimwear. Because you ought to be swimming in support!

Though you may be noticing the supportive swimwear category cropping up more and more, know this: Not all bra-sized swimwear is created equal.

We got the scoop from Jeni Doherty, our resident swimwear whiz with 17 years of experience. She curates the most supportive, cutest swimsuits so you can look and feel amazing. Per Jeni, bra-sized swimwear can either mean:
1) Lingerie manufacturers who are making bra-sized swimsuits
2) Swimwear manufacturers who are making bra-sized swimsuits

On paper, they might sound more or less the same, but there are significant differences in their size ranges and how they fit your figure. Let’s dive deeper….

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