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Sexy Swimsuits, from Mild to Wild

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Sexy is in the eye of the beholder, so when it comes to swim season, there’s more than one way to make a splash. As with so many things in life, it all comes down to attitude and personal style. Sexy can be as subtle as it is bold and brazen: “Sexy swimwear can sound intimidating, but it really doesn’t have to be at all,” says Bare Necessities swimwear buyer Megan Puma. “For example, if you opt for a one-piece with sheer mesh panels, you’re fully covered, yet the overall look still reads sexy.”

Consider this summer your personal platform to show as much—or as little—skin as you like. “The most important thing is your comfort level,” says Megan. “If you feel hot, you look hot. It’s as simple as that.” Here are her picks, arranged from smoldering to blazing hot.

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Behind the Seams, Confessions, Personal Style

Top 10 Model Confessions with Andrea Cronberg

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Andrea Cronberg’s life hasn’t always been nonstop glitz and glamour. Her first job was as a house cleaner. Andrea grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago and started modeling in grade school after a family friend noticed her at a Fourth of July party and suggested she give it a go. Andrea got signed in Chicago and, after stints in Milan, Germany and Miami, eventually moved to New York City.

In her free time, the fitness fan—Crossfit is her workout of choice—is involved in charity events with Goodeed, and she’ll never turn down a Friday Night Lights marathon. Let’s get into it with Andrea and the modeling industry, shall we?

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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.

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Behind the Seams, Personal Style, Relationships, Swimwear

Postcards From Paradise:
Travel Tips for Puerto Rico

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We’re taking this show on the road! Bare Necessities staffers are on summer hours, living their best lives out in the world and sending back virtual postcards from paradise with all the travel lowdown on their warm-weather destinations.

The first one to pack a suitcase and turn on her out-of-office message was Tera Gallagher, our premium brands assistant buyer, who just got back from a week in Puerto Rico with her fiancé, Matt, and another couple. We grilled Tera for insider intel, should a trip to this affordable, incredibly beautiful Caribbean island be in your future.

Check back all season for more wanderlust-inspiring reports from near and far.

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Travel Tips for Puerto Rico

Behind the Seams, Confessions, Personal Style

Top 10 Model Confessions with Precious Lee

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Historically, being a size 14 African-American woman hasn’t always been a recipe for supermodel superstardom. Fortunately, no one told the inimitable, stunning Precious Lee that.

Precious became the first black plus-size model to star in the storied Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2016. You may also recognize her from a long list of envelope-pushing Lane Bryant campaigns (#ImNoAngel, #PlusIsEqual and #ThisBody), or from the pages of American Vogue, yet another groundbreaking first. All this came after her former agent tried to convince her to change her name to make herself more marketable. It’s clear that living authentically and without compromise eventually pays dividends.

Shaneek Anderson, our own marketing project planner, got the chance to sit down with the Atlanta native on the set of our latest Elomi shoot, which couldn’t have been more apropos: The concept is about deciding who you want to be every morning when you head out the door. Precious caught us up on her life not only as a model but as a diversity advocate, aspiring actress and would-be lawyer. You know, in all her spare time.

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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:

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The Best Bikinis for Large Busts

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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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.

The advice I always come back to is this:

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Personal Style, Power Figures

Emily Lau, Founder of The Little Bra Company, is Standing up for Small Chests

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Earlier in life, our petite power figure Emily Lau was a television writer/producer in California, forever on the prowl for bras that served her 32B chest. She could only find “glorified training bras” or those with “push-up padding that felt like pillows on straps,” she said. “Nothing really fit my smaller body type properly. I wanted a bra that gave me shape as well as looked good, especially when I wore wrap dresses and deep V-neck T-shirts. I still wanted to look like my natural self, just with a little more cleavage.”

Ninety-nine percent of us would have given up and settled for either uncomfortable or unattractive bras, but not Emily. Somewhere inside her, a wire tripped; she believed she could do better by women like herself. So in May 2007, The Little Bra Company—where “good things do come in small packages”—was born.

“I loved my career, but I had a real passion for lingerie that I’m happy I pursued.” As are we.

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