— Dara Michelle – Style, Elegance, Fashion, Passion

Rock Your Inner Mermaid

Swim season is upon us, so it’s time to discuss the top trends for sun bathing (in a high SPF and sunhat so Dr. Donna Martin, and no this is not a 90210 reference but the name of my very awesome dermotologist, is kept happy)!!!  Check out her blog This Derm’s Life here!  From the ultra feminine to graphic and edgy, designers have swim fully covered this season.  Check out my favorite looks below!

Swimsuit Trend: Mix prints.

Just as we saw in ready-to-wear, the “mix print” trend has made its way to swimwear as well. My favorite part (and your wallets too)- you get four bikini looks with only two suit purchases!!! As far as prints go, the wilder the better: Mix floral, stripes, checks, animal print, etc… to get the most fun out of this chic swimsuit trend!!!

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Swimsuit Trend: Crochet Accents

Crochet accents lend a relaxed boho vibe to your beach look but still scream sexy!!!



Swimsuit Trend: Cutouts

Cutouts are another huge trend to come poolside for summer 2013. Not ready for a bare it all bikini- don’t fret!!! A cutout one-piece is a great alternative to a skimpy two-piece and is just as sexy!!! Don’t think you need to stick to solid black either. A bold print like the one I wore on NBC can be a head-turning stunner as well!!! You can get yours at  www.theorchidboutique.com

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Swimsuit Trend: Fringe

Think fringe is just for Western boots and suede jackets? Well, think again!!!
Swimsuits with fringe are super hot this season and give any suit a flirty feel.  Remember fringe can accentuate your curves so if you’re boyish, opt for a suit with fringe around the hips or bust line. If you’re more curvaceous on the bottom stick with fringe on just the top.

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Swimsuit Trend: Graphic One-Pieces

A realistic print of outer space, an animal, or landscape are no longer reserved for just your wall.  This season, swimsuits with digitalized graphics are all the rage giving your swimsuit a totally cool vibe.  A bold suit like this must be worn with confidence so bring yours along with some ultra cool sunnies to your next aquatic adventure!!!

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Swimsuit Trend: High-Waisted Bikinis

High-waisted bikinis are having a major moment this season. The cut is both feminine and flattering, and a welcome (and slimming) alternative to side-tie bikini bottoms.  Remember, however, to avoid high leg cutouts or you’ll be bringing back the 80’s instead of channeling the über chic 50s!!  Add oversized, round sunnies and a wide-brim sun hat to complete your retro look!!

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Swimsuit Trend: Ruffles

Flirty ruffles were all over the runway and are a godsend for girly girls who want to add a little oomph up top. (I know, personally, I could use a little help in that department)!

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So grab your chic sunnies and über stylish swimsuit (assuming this is post bikini wax) and get ready to rock your inner mermaid!!!  See you at the beach!!!


xoxo Dara Michelle