It’s cruise season, finally! Here are some fabulous options for swimwear and outfits to wear on your warm weather vacation.
Deciding what style you like best is important before choosing your swim outfits. There are three easy styles to choose from, Retro, Modern, and Classic. Retro encompasses unusual patterns, and classic silhouettes with added flare. Modern takes new patterns and colors and brings a fresh perspective to swim. Classic is flattering for many body types, and generally black and white, or muted colors.
When packing for a vacation, it is important to know how to layer. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns. These modern swimsuits are fantastic examples of mixing patterns successfully. When deciding which patterns to mix, choose colors that are similar, and patterns that are opposite. Jenn shows us some great examples of pattern mixing done right.
An abstract geometric top (Raisins), with chevron bottoms (Raisins) works well because they share the same predominate color, and the patterns are very different. Pairing this with an Aztec or tribal print tank, (Billabong), bag (Billabong), and striped wedges (UGG) also give this a more retro feel. She finishes off the look with a whimsical statement necklace (Scheels) and chic sunglasses (Ralph).
If you prefer to wear the pattern on the bottom (Raisins), Danielle shows us a darling combination. A halter style top (LOLË) will accentuate your bust if you are smaller, or will provide ample support if needed.
Jenn shows us another great way to pair patterns with solids that is a bit more subtle. Choose deeper colors if you want your suit to be more cohesive, such as this string style top (Roxy) and combine it with a “boy short” bottom (Nike). When you are looking to accentuate or flatter your shape, use patterns in the desired areas. Jenn shows us a fun option for patterns on top and solid on the bottom.
A flattering two piece is a bandeau style top (Raisins), if you are looking for a swimsuit with a bit more covering. The seams and bold colors help provide the illusion of a fuller bust, while covering up. A solid bottom (LOLË) will add simplicity to your look if you don’t want to mix patterns. Again, it is important to remember sunglasses (Neff) and a large bag (Big Buddha) to carry all of your new goodies in.
Don’t be afraid to be bold with colors in your smaller accessories, as it is a safe place to add color to your outfit. If you prefer being more clothed, from your room to the pool, or beach, a simple black skirt also doubles well as a cover-up (Billabong). Finish the look off with your new UGG wedges, cute necklace (Scheels), and you’re ready to go.
If you are feeling very bold, pair two unique patterns, make for a very daring ensemble. A chevron top (Raisins) with abstract chevron bottoms (Billabong) is sure to catch attention. Don’t forget to add your fabulous D&G sunglasses, bag (Fossil), cover-up (Rapz), and a pair of sassy sandals (Not Rated)!
If you prefer a strapless top, opt for this bandeau style (Hurley) and string bikini bottoms (Raisins), adding in a classic pair of sunglasses by D&G.
Our models show us a variety of different swim styles for different body types. Jacey shows us more options for pairing a solid top (LOLË) with tribal (Billabong) or striped (Hurley) printed bottoms. She also shows us how adding a simple necklace can dress up your look.
If you are looking for cover-ups that can also double as a dress or skirt, Jacey shows us some delightful options. Adding a longer cover-up (Roxy) and necklace (Scheels) is an easy way to make your look more retro. A black cover-up (Hurley) with printed detail on the neckline also works well as a sundress, especially when combined with a colorful bag (Fossil) and chic sandals (Not Rated). A printed maxi skirt (Billabong) can easily convert into a day dress as well.
This floral print top (24th and Ocean) looks wonderful to take the look to the water. If you are looking to wear your skirt out, not as just a cover-up, pair it with dressier shoes, such as these gold wedge sandals (Sperry).
If you want a simple tankini style, Danielle shows us a colorful and flattering option. Tankini’s are a modest and stylish option if you prefer to cover up while poolside. A simple beaded necklace (Scheels) adds flare to your colorful top (24th and Ocean) and bright purple bottoms (Raisins) are a great to be covered while have fun.
If you’re looking for a retro style, while maintaining modesty, then this is the tankini for you! Blue and yellow is a great way to add a “sailor” look to your outfit, and the bow is a dainty detail on the top (Beach House). Embellished wedges (Not Rated) are the perfect finale to your suit. Choosing a pair that matches your sunglasses (Crush) will bring the whole look together. When you are headed to the pool, don’t forget your cover-up (LOLË) and stylish bag (Fossil).
If you like a bit of classic flare with your retro suit, then mixing black and white patterns is a charming alternative. Remember to keep one pattern larger than the other, such as the polka dot bottoms (Coco Reef) vs. the striped top (Beach House). Pulling your look together is easy with additional black and white accessories, a large bag (Billabong), cover-up (Rapz), sunglasses (Crush) and sassy shoes (Not Rated).
If you opt for a one piece style (Raisins) this striped suit is superb. Completing your look with oversized sunglasses (D&G), beaded sandals, (Yellow Box) and a statement necklace (Scheels) will add a bit of pizzazz.
If you are searching for a two piece with retro flare, here are some fun options.
Our first suit is a warm tone animal print two piece (Billabong) with cover-up, (LOLË) that finishes of beautifully with a gold bag (Big Buddha) brown wedges (Clarks) and effortless sunglasses (Crush).
The second ensemble consists of a ruffled top (Raisins), and striped bottoms (LOLË). If you prefer black and white, but want to add in a bit of color, this pairing is the way to go. It’s easy to layer with a skirt cover-up if you want a brighter color that is removable (Dotti). Adding dazzling sandals (Naughty Monkey) and a coordinating bag (Big Buddha) finish this look.
A third option is a geometric print top (Beach House) with a solid bottom (Raisins). Blue and white are a flattering color combination, and this features a darling braided embellishment on top. To give this look even more flare, top it off with a ruffled cover-up (Rapz), and bold statement necklace. (Scheels).
The more daring you feel, the more you can play with color. Florals with stripes can be incredible together, just remember to keep the colors similar. Jacey shows us a perfect example with this floral top (24th and Ocean) and looks fantastic with these striped bottoms (Hurley).
Last but not least, a bright, pink combination. This tie dye looking halter (Tyr) not only provides great support, but also looks lovely with striped pink bottoms (LOLË). Ultra reflective sunglasses (Crush) also convey a retro vibe, while protecting your beautiful eyes.
If you are searching for a more classic look, black, white and blue are always in style for anything nautical! Anne shows us a wonderfully simple black two piece set by LOLË. Black braided flip flops (Reef) and sunglasses (Crush) perfectly complete your look. Throw on the latest black cover-up (Dotti) and you’re ready to transition from swim to lunch!
Wanting to mix patterns but keep with the classic theme? This simple black and white two piece will do the trick. Jacey shows us how to pair polka dots (Coco Reef) with stripes (LOLË).
To add a bit more color, and a modern twist on a classic, add blue and white stripes to the mix. Anne shows us a flattering halter, with mostly black and white, (Beach House) and a pop of color. A beautiful statement necklace, (Scheels) simple black bottoms, (LOLË), paired with this LOLË cover-up and beaded sandals (Madden Girl) completes this outfit with sheer perfection.
Sunglasses, along with sunblock are some of the easiest and most beneficial accessories. Triswim Shampoo and Conditioner will protect your hair against harsh chlorine and chemicals, and don’t forget your lingerie bag to wash your fabulous new swim suits in. Hair elastics are perfect for a quick pony or top knot when you’re sunbathing or dipping in the waves!
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Select styles available online. Inventory varies for each store. Contact your local Scheels for more details.
Photography credit: Julie Williams