Swimwear has come a long way from the days of triangle bikini tops and skirted suits. With new styles reflecting a shift toward fashion-forward pieces, it seems there are more options than ever. We asked Stacey Lipton Schumer, co-owner of Soleil Toile in New Canaan and Westport, to help us navigate the latest collections.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BIGGEST SWIM TRENDS FOR SUMMER 2015
One of the biggest trends is rash guards in almost every designer’s assortment. Traditional and cropped lengths are available in the sporty style and prints range from bright and tribal to subtle and photographic. Extra straps are showing up as bold details on bikini tops, bottoms and on one-piece suits. Feminine yet elegant details include both large and small ruffles. White is the color
of the season.
IS THE ONE-PIECE MAKING A COMEBACK? WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR POPULAR STYLES?
The one-piece is definitely making a comeback. Since we specialize in fit, our most popular suits are the styles that give the best support in the bust with a hidden underwire. Other one-piece trends inlcude cut-outs and monokinis, and sleeved one-pieces that eliminate the need for the rash guard. Customers are starting to understand that being comfortable is sexy.
WHICH STYLE FLATTERS EVERYONE?
You cannot go wrong with a fabulous one-piece with good bust support. A halter is a personal favorite as it draws the eye up to the shoulder. A little shirring with some well-placed seaming can whittle the midsection and give wonderful contour to the body.
WE LOVE THE VINTAGE HIGH-WAIST BOTTOM STYLES OUT NOW. IS THERE A BODY TYPE THIS DOESN’T WORK ON?
It’s not a style for everyone. We agree it is adorable, but to pull it off well, you must be fairly proportionate. Those who want to deemphasize their lower bodies should probably pass on this trend.
VIX PAULA HERMANNY
Moorish Pamela one-piece; $216. soleiltoile.com
Lidia surf shirt; $225. Issy tie bottom; $110. toryburch.com
XO Bill Mio ruched cutout swimsuit; $350. net-a-porter.com
Hibiscus bandeau top; $62. Cinched hipster bottom; $50. jcrew.com
Cassiopée one-piece; $490. soleiltoile.com
Top; $98. Bottom; $94. everythingbutwater.com