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Mara Hoffman RTW Spring 2014: Bringing Colors and Bold Patterns Back to Fashion Week

Mara Hoffman RTW Spring 2014: Bringing Colors and Bold Patterns Back to Fashion Week


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There has to be a breaking point for all this black we're seeing. Did Anna Wintour send out a quick tweet letting every designer know black was going to be the color of the season? If so, I don't think Mara Hoffman got the message. Her Spring 2014 collection is so saturated with color that it makes every other runway show seem cold and unfeeling in comparison. Why would you want dark florals when you can wear a literal rainbow on your dress? The answer is—you wouldn't. Tie-dye, tribal patterns and island-inspired relaxation brings this collection together so well, you'll wish you were on a hammock in the Caribbean.
Moving to some of the most cheerful music I've heard during fashion week, the models in Mara Hoffman's show walked happily, strutting down the catwalk in floor-skimming dresses, one-piece swimwear and more than a few flowing garments. And while I'm sure this collection didn't encompass every color, it got pretty close, even including a few black pieces, with the dark hue only serving to accent the neon chartreuse and pink trimmings. "There's a Rainbow Warrior moment happening here," she told Style backstage pre-show. "This collection is about straight-up happiness. I know that sounds hippie-dippie, but it's real." My parents may have grown up as hippies, but personally, I've never been one for tie-dye. And while I can say with certainty I'll never wear it, I can also say with that same degree of conviction that her tie-dye piece looked good.
Dresses that flowed with a certain tribal-princess distinction were decked out with patterns of snakes, Guatemalan fabrics and rainbows. Actual rainbows. There's no mistaking that archway of color. Every piece is about a moment of joy caught in bright hues, beauty and lightness. And while the collection may not be for everyone's closet, the giddy feeling of life and fun (as well as those über, on trend twin-tail braids), is something we can all wear throughout the year.


8 Cute bathing suits you can actually wear for swimming

Swimsuit shopping can be such a chore. While barely-there triangle bikini tops and ruffled “retro” one-pieces are adorable for laying out in the sand, they aren’t very practical for swimming laps or riding the waves. What’s an active girl to do?

Turns out, you’re in luck! There are plenty of cute suits out there for those of us who like to, you know, actually swim at the beach. The beach and the pool are about more than just tanning and looking cute. Swimming is incredible exercise, so make the most of that and choose a swimsuit with some staying power. Here are our eight picks for fashionable, swimmable one- and two-piece suits.

1. Underwire one-piece

Despite what advertisers would have you believe, we are not all rocking A-cups. An underwire provides support that’s typically absent from the average flimsy bathing suit. If you’ve got a lot going on up top, choose a suit with more substantial coverage. This one from Miraclesuit is sexy and will stay up when you get knocked down by a huge wave (Nordstrom, $154).

2. Athletic zip-up

So maybe you don’t want to sacrifice style for a full-on wetsuit, but that doesn’t mean you’re willing to bare it all in a teeny bikini. This half-sleeve rash guard with raglan sleeves is not only super cute, it comes with 50+ UV protection, protecting your shoulders from the sun. Rock it over your bathing suit for extra coverage, or pair it with a bralette (Lime Ricki, $41).

3. Racerback two-piece

Who says a designer bikini can’t also be practical? Athletic girls like to have fun too, and this two-piece from Juicy Couture hits two birds with one very trendy stone &mdash a sports-y look from the full-coverage top and bold black piping, with a sweet baby blue shade that’s high on style (Bloomingdale’s, $124).

4. Trendy rashguard

When you hear “rashguard,” you probably think of surfers. If you are one, you might reconsider your typical board-wear. Take this colorful long-sleeved one-piece, for instance. There is no way this thing will slide even an inch out of place while you’re riding the waves, and the sherbet color scheme will draw extra attention to your cool moves (ModCloth, $73).

5. Sailor stripes

Like a Petit Bateau T-shirt but in rashguard form. If you want to move effortlessly from a poolside luncheon to a power swim, this is a great top. Pair with plain bikini bottoms for an effortlessly styled swim look that will look just as good after you swim. Who says that the only sexy bathing suits are the ones that reveal a lot of skin (J. Crew, $78)?

6. Tankini

Ah, the tankini. Don’t try and tell me you didn’t own one of these back in middle school, because I sure did. This black option by Gottex is all grown up, but definitely not dull. Just look at that mesh detailing and plunging back! You’ll have no trouble executing a perfect butterfly stroke in this outfit (Bloomingdale’s, $136).

7. Mesh cut-outs

Cut-outs are in. Zip-up swimsuits are in. Fitness is in. All three converge on this navy blue one-piece with mesh cut-outs on the waist and at the bosom and a zip front to hold you in place. Sure, you run the risk of some weird tan lines, but since you’ll be wearing plenty of sunscreen, you shouldn’t let that stop you (Urban Outfitters, $265).

8. Swim shirt

Maybe bathing suits aren’t really your thing but you love to swim. Maybe you need to dress to impress. Either way, this Mara Hoffman rashguard is practical but will look great whether you’re in your own backyard or doing a swan dive off the board on a fancy vacay. With a pattern that pretty, you’ll hate to put it away at the end of the summer (Anthropologie, $148).


8 Cute bathing suits you can actually wear for swimming

Swimsuit shopping can be such a chore. While barely-there triangle bikini tops and ruffled “retro” one-pieces are adorable for laying out in the sand, they aren’t very practical for swimming laps or riding the waves. What’s an active girl to do?

Turns out, you’re in luck! There are plenty of cute suits out there for those of us who like to, you know, actually swim at the beach. The beach and the pool are about more than just tanning and looking cute. Swimming is incredible exercise, so make the most of that and choose a swimsuit with some staying power. Here are our eight picks for fashionable, swimmable one- and two-piece suits.

1. Underwire one-piece

Despite what advertisers would have you believe, we are not all rocking A-cups. An underwire provides support that’s typically absent from the average flimsy bathing suit. If you’ve got a lot going on up top, choose a suit with more substantial coverage. This one from Miraclesuit is sexy and will stay up when you get knocked down by a huge wave (Nordstrom, $154).

2. Athletic zip-up

So maybe you don’t want to sacrifice style for a full-on wetsuit, but that doesn’t mean you’re willing to bare it all in a teeny bikini. This half-sleeve rash guard with raglan sleeves is not only super cute, it comes with 50+ UV protection, protecting your shoulders from the sun. Rock it over your bathing suit for extra coverage, or pair it with a bralette (Lime Ricki, $41).

3. Racerback two-piece

Who says a designer bikini can’t also be practical? Athletic girls like to have fun too, and this two-piece from Juicy Couture hits two birds with one very trendy stone &mdash a sports-y look from the full-coverage top and bold black piping, with a sweet baby blue shade that’s high on style (Bloomingdale’s, $124).

4. Trendy rashguard

When you hear “rashguard,” you probably think of surfers. If you are one, you might reconsider your typical board-wear. Take this colorful long-sleeved one-piece, for instance. There is no way this thing will slide even an inch out of place while you’re riding the waves, and the sherbet color scheme will draw extra attention to your cool moves (ModCloth, $73).

5. Sailor stripes

Like a Petit Bateau T-shirt but in rashguard form. If you want to move effortlessly from a poolside luncheon to a power swim, this is a great top. Pair with plain bikini bottoms for an effortlessly styled swim look that will look just as good after you swim. Who says that the only sexy bathing suits are the ones that reveal a lot of skin (J. Crew, $78)?

6. Tankini

Ah, the tankini. Don’t try and tell me you didn’t own one of these back in middle school, because I sure did. This black option by Gottex is all grown up, but definitely not dull. Just look at that mesh detailing and plunging back! You’ll have no trouble executing a perfect butterfly stroke in this outfit (Bloomingdale’s, $136).

7. Mesh cut-outs

Cut-outs are in. Zip-up swimsuits are in. Fitness is in. All three converge on this navy blue one-piece with mesh cut-outs on the waist and at the bosom and a zip front to hold you in place. Sure, you run the risk of some weird tan lines, but since you’ll be wearing plenty of sunscreen, you shouldn’t let that stop you (Urban Outfitters, $265).

8. Swim shirt

Maybe bathing suits aren’t really your thing but you love to swim. Maybe you need to dress to impress. Either way, this Mara Hoffman rashguard is practical but will look great whether you’re in your own backyard or doing a swan dive off the board on a fancy vacay. With a pattern that pretty, you’ll hate to put it away at the end of the summer (Anthropologie, $148).


8 Cute bathing suits you can actually wear for swimming

Swimsuit shopping can be such a chore. While barely-there triangle bikini tops and ruffled “retro” one-pieces are adorable for laying out in the sand, they aren’t very practical for swimming laps or riding the waves. What’s an active girl to do?

Turns out, you’re in luck! There are plenty of cute suits out there for those of us who like to, you know, actually swim at the beach. The beach and the pool are about more than just tanning and looking cute. Swimming is incredible exercise, so make the most of that and choose a swimsuit with some staying power. Here are our eight picks for fashionable, swimmable one- and two-piece suits.

1. Underwire one-piece

Despite what advertisers would have you believe, we are not all rocking A-cups. An underwire provides support that’s typically absent from the average flimsy bathing suit. If you’ve got a lot going on up top, choose a suit with more substantial coverage. This one from Miraclesuit is sexy and will stay up when you get knocked down by a huge wave (Nordstrom, $154).

2. Athletic zip-up

So maybe you don’t want to sacrifice style for a full-on wetsuit, but that doesn’t mean you’re willing to bare it all in a teeny bikini. This half-sleeve rash guard with raglan sleeves is not only super cute, it comes with 50+ UV protection, protecting your shoulders from the sun. Rock it over your bathing suit for extra coverage, or pair it with a bralette (Lime Ricki, $41).

3. Racerback two-piece

Who says a designer bikini can’t also be practical? Athletic girls like to have fun too, and this two-piece from Juicy Couture hits two birds with one very trendy stone &mdash a sports-y look from the full-coverage top and bold black piping, with a sweet baby blue shade that’s high on style (Bloomingdale’s, $124).

4. Trendy rashguard

When you hear “rashguard,” you probably think of surfers. If you are one, you might reconsider your typical board-wear. Take this colorful long-sleeved one-piece, for instance. There is no way this thing will slide even an inch out of place while you’re riding the waves, and the sherbet color scheme will draw extra attention to your cool moves (ModCloth, $73).

5. Sailor stripes

Like a Petit Bateau T-shirt but in rashguard form. If you want to move effortlessly from a poolside luncheon to a power swim, this is a great top. Pair with plain bikini bottoms for an effortlessly styled swim look that will look just as good after you swim. Who says that the only sexy bathing suits are the ones that reveal a lot of skin (J. Crew, $78)?

6. Tankini

Ah, the tankini. Don’t try and tell me you didn’t own one of these back in middle school, because I sure did. This black option by Gottex is all grown up, but definitely not dull. Just look at that mesh detailing and plunging back! You’ll have no trouble executing a perfect butterfly stroke in this outfit (Bloomingdale’s, $136).

7. Mesh cut-outs

Cut-outs are in. Zip-up swimsuits are in. Fitness is in. All three converge on this navy blue one-piece with mesh cut-outs on the waist and at the bosom and a zip front to hold you in place. Sure, you run the risk of some weird tan lines, but since you’ll be wearing plenty of sunscreen, you shouldn’t let that stop you (Urban Outfitters, $265).

8. Swim shirt

Maybe bathing suits aren’t really your thing but you love to swim. Maybe you need to dress to impress. Either way, this Mara Hoffman rashguard is practical but will look great whether you’re in your own backyard or doing a swan dive off the board on a fancy vacay. With a pattern that pretty, you’ll hate to put it away at the end of the summer (Anthropologie, $148).


8 Cute bathing suits you can actually wear for swimming

Swimsuit shopping can be such a chore. While barely-there triangle bikini tops and ruffled “retro” one-pieces are adorable for laying out in the sand, they aren’t very practical for swimming laps or riding the waves. What’s an active girl to do?

Turns out, you’re in luck! There are plenty of cute suits out there for those of us who like to, you know, actually swim at the beach. The beach and the pool are about more than just tanning and looking cute. Swimming is incredible exercise, so make the most of that and choose a swimsuit with some staying power. Here are our eight picks for fashionable, swimmable one- and two-piece suits.

1. Underwire one-piece

Despite what advertisers would have you believe, we are not all rocking A-cups. An underwire provides support that’s typically absent from the average flimsy bathing suit. If you’ve got a lot going on up top, choose a suit with more substantial coverage. This one from Miraclesuit is sexy and will stay up when you get knocked down by a huge wave (Nordstrom, $154).

2. Athletic zip-up

So maybe you don’t want to sacrifice style for a full-on wetsuit, but that doesn’t mean you’re willing to bare it all in a teeny bikini. This half-sleeve rash guard with raglan sleeves is not only super cute, it comes with 50+ UV protection, protecting your shoulders from the sun. Rock it over your bathing suit for extra coverage, or pair it with a bralette (Lime Ricki, $41).

3. Racerback two-piece

Who says a designer bikini can’t also be practical? Athletic girls like to have fun too, and this two-piece from Juicy Couture hits two birds with one very trendy stone &mdash a sports-y look from the full-coverage top and bold black piping, with a sweet baby blue shade that’s high on style (Bloomingdale’s, $124).

4. Trendy rashguard

When you hear “rashguard,” you probably think of surfers. If you are one, you might reconsider your typical board-wear. Take this colorful long-sleeved one-piece, for instance. There is no way this thing will slide even an inch out of place while you’re riding the waves, and the sherbet color scheme will draw extra attention to your cool moves (ModCloth, $73).

5. Sailor stripes

Like a Petit Bateau T-shirt but in rashguard form. If you want to move effortlessly from a poolside luncheon to a power swim, this is a great top. Pair with plain bikini bottoms for an effortlessly styled swim look that will look just as good after you swim. Who says that the only sexy bathing suits are the ones that reveal a lot of skin (J. Crew, $78)?

6. Tankini

Ah, the tankini. Don’t try and tell me you didn’t own one of these back in middle school, because I sure did. This black option by Gottex is all grown up, but definitely not dull. Just look at that mesh detailing and plunging back! You’ll have no trouble executing a perfect butterfly stroke in this outfit (Bloomingdale’s, $136).

7. Mesh cut-outs

Cut-outs are in. Zip-up swimsuits are in. Fitness is in. All three converge on this navy blue one-piece with mesh cut-outs on the waist and at the bosom and a zip front to hold you in place. Sure, you run the risk of some weird tan lines, but since you’ll be wearing plenty of sunscreen, you shouldn’t let that stop you (Urban Outfitters, $265).

8. Swim shirt

Maybe bathing suits aren’t really your thing but you love to swim. Maybe you need to dress to impress. Either way, this Mara Hoffman rashguard is practical but will look great whether you’re in your own backyard or doing a swan dive off the board on a fancy vacay. With a pattern that pretty, you’ll hate to put it away at the end of the summer (Anthropologie, $148).


8 Cute bathing suits you can actually wear for swimming

Swimsuit shopping can be such a chore. While barely-there triangle bikini tops and ruffled “retro” one-pieces are adorable for laying out in the sand, they aren’t very practical for swimming laps or riding the waves. What’s an active girl to do?

Turns out, you’re in luck! There are plenty of cute suits out there for those of us who like to, you know, actually swim at the beach. The beach and the pool are about more than just tanning and looking cute. Swimming is incredible exercise, so make the most of that and choose a swimsuit with some staying power. Here are our eight picks for fashionable, swimmable one- and two-piece suits.

1. Underwire one-piece

Despite what advertisers would have you believe, we are not all rocking A-cups. An underwire provides support that’s typically absent from the average flimsy bathing suit. If you’ve got a lot going on up top, choose a suit with more substantial coverage. This one from Miraclesuit is sexy and will stay up when you get knocked down by a huge wave (Nordstrom, $154).

2. Athletic zip-up

So maybe you don’t want to sacrifice style for a full-on wetsuit, but that doesn’t mean you’re willing to bare it all in a teeny bikini. This half-sleeve rash guard with raglan sleeves is not only super cute, it comes with 50+ UV protection, protecting your shoulders from the sun. Rock it over your bathing suit for extra coverage, or pair it with a bralette (Lime Ricki, $41).

3. Racerback two-piece

Who says a designer bikini can’t also be practical? Athletic girls like to have fun too, and this two-piece from Juicy Couture hits two birds with one very trendy stone &mdash a sports-y look from the full-coverage top and bold black piping, with a sweet baby blue shade that’s high on style (Bloomingdale’s, $124).

4. Trendy rashguard

When you hear “rashguard,” you probably think of surfers. If you are one, you might reconsider your typical board-wear. Take this colorful long-sleeved one-piece, for instance. There is no way this thing will slide even an inch out of place while you’re riding the waves, and the sherbet color scheme will draw extra attention to your cool moves (ModCloth, $73).

5. Sailor stripes

Like a Petit Bateau T-shirt but in rashguard form. If you want to move effortlessly from a poolside luncheon to a power swim, this is a great top. Pair with plain bikini bottoms for an effortlessly styled swim look that will look just as good after you swim. Who says that the only sexy bathing suits are the ones that reveal a lot of skin (J. Crew, $78)?

6. Tankini

Ah, the tankini. Don’t try and tell me you didn’t own one of these back in middle school, because I sure did. This black option by Gottex is all grown up, but definitely not dull. Just look at that mesh detailing and plunging back! You’ll have no trouble executing a perfect butterfly stroke in this outfit (Bloomingdale’s, $136).

7. Mesh cut-outs

Cut-outs are in. Zip-up swimsuits are in. Fitness is in. All three converge on this navy blue one-piece with mesh cut-outs on the waist and at the bosom and a zip front to hold you in place. Sure, you run the risk of some weird tan lines, but since you’ll be wearing plenty of sunscreen, you shouldn’t let that stop you (Urban Outfitters, $265).

8. Swim shirt

Maybe bathing suits aren’t really your thing but you love to swim. Maybe you need to dress to impress. Either way, this Mara Hoffman rashguard is practical but will look great whether you’re in your own backyard or doing a swan dive off the board on a fancy vacay. With a pattern that pretty, you’ll hate to put it away at the end of the summer (Anthropologie, $148).


8 Cute bathing suits you can actually wear for swimming

Swimsuit shopping can be such a chore. While barely-there triangle bikini tops and ruffled “retro” one-pieces are adorable for laying out in the sand, they aren’t very practical for swimming laps or riding the waves. What’s an active girl to do?

Turns out, you’re in luck! There are plenty of cute suits out there for those of us who like to, you know, actually swim at the beach. The beach and the pool are about more than just tanning and looking cute. Swimming is incredible exercise, so make the most of that and choose a swimsuit with some staying power. Here are our eight picks for fashionable, swimmable one- and two-piece suits.

1. Underwire one-piece

Despite what advertisers would have you believe, we are not all rocking A-cups. An underwire provides support that’s typically absent from the average flimsy bathing suit. If you’ve got a lot going on up top, choose a suit with more substantial coverage. This one from Miraclesuit is sexy and will stay up when you get knocked down by a huge wave (Nordstrom, $154).

2. Athletic zip-up

So maybe you don’t want to sacrifice style for a full-on wetsuit, but that doesn’t mean you’re willing to bare it all in a teeny bikini. This half-sleeve rash guard with raglan sleeves is not only super cute, it comes with 50+ UV protection, protecting your shoulders from the sun. Rock it over your bathing suit for extra coverage, or pair it with a bralette (Lime Ricki, $41).

3. Racerback two-piece

Who says a designer bikini can’t also be practical? Athletic girls like to have fun too, and this two-piece from Juicy Couture hits two birds with one very trendy stone &mdash a sports-y look from the full-coverage top and bold black piping, with a sweet baby blue shade that’s high on style (Bloomingdale’s, $124).

4. Trendy rashguard

When you hear “rashguard,” you probably think of surfers. If you are one, you might reconsider your typical board-wear. Take this colorful long-sleeved one-piece, for instance. There is no way this thing will slide even an inch out of place while you’re riding the waves, and the sherbet color scheme will draw extra attention to your cool moves (ModCloth, $73).

5. Sailor stripes

Like a Petit Bateau T-shirt but in rashguard form. If you want to move effortlessly from a poolside luncheon to a power swim, this is a great top. Pair with plain bikini bottoms for an effortlessly styled swim look that will look just as good after you swim. Who says that the only sexy bathing suits are the ones that reveal a lot of skin (J. Crew, $78)?

6. Tankini

Ah, the tankini. Don’t try and tell me you didn’t own one of these back in middle school, because I sure did. This black option by Gottex is all grown up, but definitely not dull. Just look at that mesh detailing and plunging back! You’ll have no trouble executing a perfect butterfly stroke in this outfit (Bloomingdale’s, $136).

7. Mesh cut-outs

Cut-outs are in. Zip-up swimsuits are in. Fitness is in. All three converge on this navy blue one-piece with mesh cut-outs on the waist and at the bosom and a zip front to hold you in place. Sure, you run the risk of some weird tan lines, but since you’ll be wearing plenty of sunscreen, you shouldn’t let that stop you (Urban Outfitters, $265).

8. Swim shirt

Maybe bathing suits aren’t really your thing but you love to swim. Maybe you need to dress to impress. Either way, this Mara Hoffman rashguard is practical but will look great whether you’re in your own backyard or doing a swan dive off the board on a fancy vacay. With a pattern that pretty, you’ll hate to put it away at the end of the summer (Anthropologie, $148).


8 Cute bathing suits you can actually wear for swimming

Swimsuit shopping can be such a chore. While barely-there triangle bikini tops and ruffled “retro” one-pieces are adorable for laying out in the sand, they aren’t very practical for swimming laps or riding the waves. What’s an active girl to do?

Turns out, you’re in luck! There are plenty of cute suits out there for those of us who like to, you know, actually swim at the beach. The beach and the pool are about more than just tanning and looking cute. Swimming is incredible exercise, so make the most of that and choose a swimsuit with some staying power. Here are our eight picks for fashionable, swimmable one- and two-piece suits.

1. Underwire one-piece

Despite what advertisers would have you believe, we are not all rocking A-cups. An underwire provides support that’s typically absent from the average flimsy bathing suit. If you’ve got a lot going on up top, choose a suit with more substantial coverage. This one from Miraclesuit is sexy and will stay up when you get knocked down by a huge wave (Nordstrom, $154).

2. Athletic zip-up

So maybe you don’t want to sacrifice style for a full-on wetsuit, but that doesn’t mean you’re willing to bare it all in a teeny bikini. This half-sleeve rash guard with raglan sleeves is not only super cute, it comes with 50+ UV protection, protecting your shoulders from the sun. Rock it over your bathing suit for extra coverage, or pair it with a bralette (Lime Ricki, $41).

3. Racerback two-piece

Who says a designer bikini can’t also be practical? Athletic girls like to have fun too, and this two-piece from Juicy Couture hits two birds with one very trendy stone &mdash a sports-y look from the full-coverage top and bold black piping, with a sweet baby blue shade that’s high on style (Bloomingdale’s, $124).

4. Trendy rashguard

When you hear “rashguard,” you probably think of surfers. If you are one, you might reconsider your typical board-wear. Take this colorful long-sleeved one-piece, for instance. There is no way this thing will slide even an inch out of place while you’re riding the waves, and the sherbet color scheme will draw extra attention to your cool moves (ModCloth, $73).

5. Sailor stripes

Like a Petit Bateau T-shirt but in rashguard form. If you want to move effortlessly from a poolside luncheon to a power swim, this is a great top. Pair with plain bikini bottoms for an effortlessly styled swim look that will look just as good after you swim. Who says that the only sexy bathing suits are the ones that reveal a lot of skin (J. Crew, $78)?

6. Tankini

Ah, the tankini. Don’t try and tell me you didn’t own one of these back in middle school, because I sure did. This black option by Gottex is all grown up, but definitely not dull. Just look at that mesh detailing and plunging back! You’ll have no trouble executing a perfect butterfly stroke in this outfit (Bloomingdale’s, $136).

7. Mesh cut-outs

Cut-outs are in. Zip-up swimsuits are in. Fitness is in. All three converge on this navy blue one-piece with mesh cut-outs on the waist and at the bosom and a zip front to hold you in place. Sure, you run the risk of some weird tan lines, but since you’ll be wearing plenty of sunscreen, you shouldn’t let that stop you (Urban Outfitters, $265).

8. Swim shirt

Maybe bathing suits aren’t really your thing but you love to swim. Maybe you need to dress to impress. Either way, this Mara Hoffman rashguard is practical but will look great whether you’re in your own backyard or doing a swan dive off the board on a fancy vacay. With a pattern that pretty, you’ll hate to put it away at the end of the summer (Anthropologie, $148).


8 Cute bathing suits you can actually wear for swimming

Swimsuit shopping can be such a chore. While barely-there triangle bikini tops and ruffled “retro” one-pieces are adorable for laying out in the sand, they aren’t very practical for swimming laps or riding the waves. What’s an active girl to do?

Turns out, you’re in luck! There are plenty of cute suits out there for those of us who like to, you know, actually swim at the beach. The beach and the pool are about more than just tanning and looking cute. Swimming is incredible exercise, so make the most of that and choose a swimsuit with some staying power. Here are our eight picks for fashionable, swimmable one- and two-piece suits.

1. Underwire one-piece

Despite what advertisers would have you believe, we are not all rocking A-cups. An underwire provides support that’s typically absent from the average flimsy bathing suit. If you’ve got a lot going on up top, choose a suit with more substantial coverage. This one from Miraclesuit is sexy and will stay up when you get knocked down by a huge wave (Nordstrom, $154).

2. Athletic zip-up

So maybe you don’t want to sacrifice style for a full-on wetsuit, but that doesn’t mean you’re willing to bare it all in a teeny bikini. This half-sleeve rash guard with raglan sleeves is not only super cute, it comes with 50+ UV protection, protecting your shoulders from the sun. Rock it over your bathing suit for extra coverage, or pair it with a bralette (Lime Ricki, $41).

3. Racerback two-piece

Who says a designer bikini can’t also be practical? Athletic girls like to have fun too, and this two-piece from Juicy Couture hits two birds with one very trendy stone &mdash a sports-y look from the full-coverage top and bold black piping, with a sweet baby blue shade that’s high on style (Bloomingdale’s, $124).

4. Trendy rashguard

When you hear “rashguard,” you probably think of surfers. If you are one, you might reconsider your typical board-wear. Take this colorful long-sleeved one-piece, for instance. There is no way this thing will slide even an inch out of place while you’re riding the waves, and the sherbet color scheme will draw extra attention to your cool moves (ModCloth, $73).

5. Sailor stripes

Like a Petit Bateau T-shirt but in rashguard form. If you want to move effortlessly from a poolside luncheon to a power swim, this is a great top. Pair with plain bikini bottoms for an effortlessly styled swim look that will look just as good after you swim. Who says that the only sexy bathing suits are the ones that reveal a lot of skin (J. Crew, $78)?

6. Tankini

Ah, the tankini. Don’t try and tell me you didn’t own one of these back in middle school, because I sure did. This black option by Gottex is all grown up, but definitely not dull. Just look at that mesh detailing and plunging back! You’ll have no trouble executing a perfect butterfly stroke in this outfit (Bloomingdale’s, $136).

7. Mesh cut-outs

Cut-outs are in. Zip-up swimsuits are in. Fitness is in. All three converge on this navy blue one-piece with mesh cut-outs on the waist and at the bosom and a zip front to hold you in place. Sure, you run the risk of some weird tan lines, but since you’ll be wearing plenty of sunscreen, you shouldn’t let that stop you (Urban Outfitters, $265).

8. Swim shirt

Maybe bathing suits aren’t really your thing but you love to swim. Maybe you need to dress to impress. Either way, this Mara Hoffman rashguard is practical but will look great whether you’re in your own backyard or doing a swan dive off the board on a fancy vacay. With a pattern that pretty, you’ll hate to put it away at the end of the summer (Anthropologie, $148).


8 Cute bathing suits you can actually wear for swimming

Swimsuit shopping can be such a chore. While barely-there triangle bikini tops and ruffled “retro” one-pieces are adorable for laying out in the sand, they aren’t very practical for swimming laps or riding the waves. What’s an active girl to do?

Turns out, you’re in luck! There are plenty of cute suits out there for those of us who like to, you know, actually swim at the beach. The beach and the pool are about more than just tanning and looking cute. Swimming is incredible exercise, so make the most of that and choose a swimsuit with some staying power. Here are our eight picks for fashionable, swimmable one- and two-piece suits.

1. Underwire one-piece

Despite what advertisers would have you believe, we are not all rocking A-cups. An underwire provides support that’s typically absent from the average flimsy bathing suit. If you’ve got a lot going on up top, choose a suit with more substantial coverage. This one from Miraclesuit is sexy and will stay up when you get knocked down by a huge wave (Nordstrom, $154).

2. Athletic zip-up

So maybe you don’t want to sacrifice style for a full-on wetsuit, but that doesn’t mean you’re willing to bare it all in a teeny bikini. This half-sleeve rash guard with raglan sleeves is not only super cute, it comes with 50+ UV protection, protecting your shoulders from the sun. Rock it over your bathing suit for extra coverage, or pair it with a bralette (Lime Ricki, $41).

3. Racerback two-piece

Who says a designer bikini can’t also be practical? Athletic girls like to have fun too, and this two-piece from Juicy Couture hits two birds with one very trendy stone &mdash a sports-y look from the full-coverage top and bold black piping, with a sweet baby blue shade that’s high on style (Bloomingdale’s, $124).

4. Trendy rashguard

When you hear “rashguard,” you probably think of surfers. If you are one, you might reconsider your typical board-wear. Take this colorful long-sleeved one-piece, for instance. There is no way this thing will slide even an inch out of place while you’re riding the waves, and the sherbet color scheme will draw extra attention to your cool moves (ModCloth, $73).

5. Sailor stripes

Like a Petit Bateau T-shirt but in rashguard form. If you want to move effortlessly from a poolside luncheon to a power swim, this is a great top. Pair with plain bikini bottoms for an effortlessly styled swim look that will look just as good after you swim. Who says that the only sexy bathing suits are the ones that reveal a lot of skin (J. Crew, $78)?

6. Tankini

Ah, the tankini. Don’t try and tell me you didn’t own one of these back in middle school, because I sure did. This black option by Gottex is all grown up, but definitely not dull. Just look at that mesh detailing and plunging back! You’ll have no trouble executing a perfect butterfly stroke in this outfit (Bloomingdale’s, $136).

7. Mesh cut-outs

Cut-outs are in. Zip-up swimsuits are in. Fitness is in. All three converge on this navy blue one-piece with mesh cut-outs on the waist and at the bosom and a zip front to hold you in place. Sure, you run the risk of some weird tan lines, but since you’ll be wearing plenty of sunscreen, you shouldn’t let that stop you (Urban Outfitters, $265).

8. Swim shirt

Maybe bathing suits aren’t really your thing but you love to swim. Maybe you need to dress to impress. Either way, this Mara Hoffman rashguard is practical but will look great whether you’re in your own backyard or doing a swan dive off the board on a fancy vacay. With a pattern that pretty, you’ll hate to put it away at the end of the summer (Anthropologie, $148).


8 Cute bathing suits you can actually wear for swimming

Swimsuit shopping can be such a chore. While barely-there triangle bikini tops and ruffled “retro” one-pieces are adorable for laying out in the sand, they aren’t very practical for swimming laps or riding the waves. What’s an active girl to do?

Turns out, you’re in luck! There are plenty of cute suits out there for those of us who like to, you know, actually swim at the beach. The beach and the pool are about more than just tanning and looking cute. Swimming is incredible exercise, so make the most of that and choose a swimsuit with some staying power. Here are our eight picks for fashionable, swimmable one- and two-piece suits.

1. Underwire one-piece

Despite what advertisers would have you believe, we are not all rocking A-cups. An underwire provides support that’s typically absent from the average flimsy bathing suit. If you’ve got a lot going on up top, choose a suit with more substantial coverage. This one from Miraclesuit is sexy and will stay up when you get knocked down by a huge wave (Nordstrom, $154).

2. Athletic zip-up

So maybe you don’t want to sacrifice style for a full-on wetsuit, but that doesn’t mean you’re willing to bare it all in a teeny bikini. This half-sleeve rash guard with raglan sleeves is not only super cute, it comes with 50+ UV protection, protecting your shoulders from the sun. Rock it over your bathing suit for extra coverage, or pair it with a bralette (Lime Ricki, $41).

3. Racerback two-piece

Who says a designer bikini can’t also be practical? Athletic girls like to have fun too, and this two-piece from Juicy Couture hits two birds with one very trendy stone &mdash a sports-y look from the full-coverage top and bold black piping, with a sweet baby blue shade that’s high on style (Bloomingdale’s, $124).

4. Trendy rashguard

When you hear “rashguard,” you probably think of surfers. If you are one, you might reconsider your typical board-wear. Take this colorful long-sleeved one-piece, for instance. There is no way this thing will slide even an inch out of place while you’re riding the waves, and the sherbet color scheme will draw extra attention to your cool moves (ModCloth, $73).

5. Sailor stripes

Like a Petit Bateau T-shirt but in rashguard form. If you want to move effortlessly from a poolside luncheon to a power swim, this is a great top. Pair with plain bikini bottoms for an effortlessly styled swim look that will look just as good after you swim. Who says that the only sexy bathing suits are the ones that reveal a lot of skin (J. Crew, $78)?

6. Tankini

Ah, the tankini. Don’t try and tell me you didn’t own one of these back in middle school, because I sure did. This black option by Gottex is all grown up, but definitely not dull. Just look at that mesh detailing and plunging back! You’ll have no trouble executing a perfect butterfly stroke in this outfit (Bloomingdale’s, $136).

7. Mesh cut-outs

Cut-outs are in. Zip-up swimsuits are in. Fitness is in. All three converge on this navy blue one-piece with mesh cut-outs on the waist and at the bosom and a zip front to hold you in place. Sure, you run the risk of some weird tan lines, but since you’ll be wearing plenty of sunscreen, you shouldn’t let that stop you (Urban Outfitters, $265).

8. Swim shirt

Maybe bathing suits aren’t really your thing but you love to swim. Maybe you need to dress to impress. Either way, this Mara Hoffman rashguard is practical but will look great whether you’re in your own backyard or doing a swan dive off the board on a fancy vacay. With a pattern that pretty, you’ll hate to put it away at the end of the summer (Anthropologie, $148).


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