Sexy Swimsuits to Wear for Your Valentine

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and while a romantic evening on the beach might be out of the question because of winter weather in your city, that doesn’t mean sexy swimsuits are completely off the menu. Hot tubs, indoor pools at a hotel or resort, and weekend getaways to one of the warm destinations we highlighted in our previous blog post are a few ways to include your favorite bikini or one piece in the festivities.

And what if you don’t own any sultry swimwear just yet? Don’t panic. The style experts here at South Beach Swimsuits have put together this quick guide on what makes a swimsuit sexy, along with product recommendations to simplify your Valentine’s Day shopping. Take a look:

Vitamin A VermillionRed is the most suggestive color

Studies show that both men and women interpret the color red as a signal that the wearer is flirtatious and open to romantic fun. This not only holds true for dresses, heels, lipstick, and lingerie, but also extends to swimwear, so try the Vitamin A Vermillion Neutra Bandeau top paired with the Vermillion Adriana Hipster bottom or the LadyLux Red Triangle top and Red Moderate bottom to send a sexy message this Valentine’s Day.

bonita blackBlack has a similarly alluring effect

Ever wonder why the screen sirens of yesterday and the femme fatales of today are often portrayed in black? It’s because the color has long been associated with mystery, danger, dominance, and seduction. Add in its naturally slimming effects, and you have a sexy color for the ages. Check out the Solid Black Sunset Bia Tube halter and bottom from Vix or the Bonita Black one piece from L Space for examples of how to look beautiful in black.

lady lacePlay up your femininity with lace

Lace has been a lingerie staple since time immemorial—and for good reason. It’s slinky, it’s provocative, and it’s oh so feminine. Get his heart racing with the Beach Bunny Gunpowder and Lace black bikini or Lady Lace Triangle Halter top and Skimpy bottom, the Gottex Seduction one piece, or the L Space Out of Towner one piece from our collection.

As you can see, choosing sexy swimwear is relatively easy. If it’s red, black, or lacy, chances are you’re going to hit the jackpot, so start browsing the South Beach Swimsuits website for that perfect Valentine’s Day bikini or one piece!

The Best Winter Beach Getaways

tropical beach getawayNo matter what the weather’s like in your hometown right now, there’s a beautiful beach out there with immaculate sand, pristine water, and sunny skies for you to enjoy. So choose a destination that fits your budget and your time schedule, pack your bikini and sunscreen, and enjoy one of these winter getaways soon.

Hawaii

Pick an island, any island, and you’re practically assured of getting balmy daytime temperatures in the 70s, along with equally comfortable water temperatures that are ideal for surfing, swimming, or snorkeling. Throw in the always laid-back island atmosphere, tantalizing cuisine, and amazing natural scenery, and you’ve got one of the top winter vacation destinations in the country.

Florida

The Sunshine State is home to a variety of beaches that appeal to all age groups and interests. Families will love Clearwater Beach on the Gulf of Mexico, with its numerous attractions aimed at children and its proximity to Busch Gardens in Tampa. Singles and couples looking for fun on and off the water will want to check out Key West, Sanibel Island, and South Beach for a mix of romantic ambiance and nonstop nightlife.

Mexico

While visitors to Mexico can’t go wrong with the usual suspects like Cancun, Cabo, and Cozumel, those of you wishing to avoid crowds will be interested in smaller resort towns that are well off the beaten path. Huatulco and its nine gorgeous bays, Costalegre and its budget-friendly accommodations, and Isla Holbox and its exotic wildlife are just a few of that country’s hidden gems.

The Caribbean

If you prefer all-inclusive island resorts where relaxing on the beach with an umbrella drink in hand is the only activity on your itinerary, then pack your bags for the Caribbean. From Nassau in the Bahamas to Grand Cayman, Turks and Caicos, the US Virgin Islands, St. Kitts & Nevis, and Anguilla, the Caribbean is littered with endless options that will allow you to get your fill of sand and sun.

There’s no need to wait for summer to put your favorite bikini, one piece, or tankini to good use. Book a winter getaway to a top beach destination now and you’ll be working on your tan in no time!

Know Your Body Type for the Best Fit

body shapeOne of the keys to looking stunning at the beach is to wear a swimsuit that best fits your body type. To do this, you must first measure your shoulders, bust, waist, and hips to determine your general body shape. After that you can shop SouthBeachSwimsuits.com to find a selection of garments that offer the most attractive fit. Here’s how to start:

Taking measurements (with a soft tape measure)

  • Shoulders: Start at the edge of one shoulder and measure all the way around at the highest point. You might need someone to help you perform this measurement.
  • Bust: Measure your bust across the fullest part, making sure not to let the tape slacken as it goes around your back.
  • Waist: Begin slightly above your navel and wrap the tape around the smallest part of your waistline.
  • Hips: Start just below the hip bone and measure around the widest area of your butt.

With these measurements in hand, you can perform some quick calculations to determine your body type or simply “eyeball” your shape. The most common women’s body shapes are:

  • Rectangle: The shoulder, bust, and hip measurements do not vary by more than 5%, and the waist measurement is less than 25% smaller than the bust or shoulders. In other words, your waistline is not well defined and your body is balanced through the shoulders, bust, and hips.
  • Pear shape: The hip measurement is at least 5% larger than the shoulders or bust, leaving you with a clearly defined waist and noticeably wider hips.
  • Inverted triangle: The shoulder or bust measurement is at least 5% larger than the hips, which means your body is wide through the top and narrows through the waist and hips.
  • Classic hourglass: The hip and shoulder measurements do not vary by more than 5%, and the waistline is more than 25% smaller than the shoulders, bust, and hips. You have a very well defined waist, and your bust and hips are approximately the same size.

Once you know your body type, you can visit SouthBeachSwimsuits.com to begin looking for swimwear that flatters your shape. Here are a few recommendations:

badgley mischka

  • Swimwear for rectangles: One pieces or bikinis with straps set wide apart, ruffled tops, skirted bottoms, and waist embellishments all help to give shape to your body. Try the Black Ruffle One Piece from the new Badgley Mischka line, or the Shan Caviar High Neck Swimsuit
  • Swimwear for pear shapes: Patterned tops with wide set straps or padded cups that enhance the bust can help balance your look, so check out the La Blanca Island Goddess Sweetheart Mio Papaya One Piece or the Beach Bunny Belize Push Up Bikini.
  • Swimwear for inverted triangles: One piece suits with side cut outs or bikinis with ruffled tops and bottoms with side ties, such as the PilyQ Omni Selene One Piece or the Agua Bendita B Crochet Bikini.
  • Swimwear for classic hourglass shapes: Bikinis with bandeau tops and straight cut bottoms like the OndadeMar Mirage Bandeau Bikini, or one piece suits with straps around the waist, like the Vitamin A Neutra Maillot

Now that you’ve identified the kind of swimwear that fits your body type and have a few product examples to work with, you’ll be able to buy with confidence knowing you’ll look your best in any bikini, one piece, or tankini you choose!

Happy and Healthy Tips for Keeping Your Bikini Body Resolutions

dream itYou’ve decided to get in shape in time for swimsuit season. Towards that end, you’ve picked out several dream bikinis from South Beach Swimsuits and have plastered photos of them on your bathroom mirror and refrigerator for inspiration. You’ve made specific, attainable New Year’s resolutions regarding diet and exercise and have done your best to stick to them for the past week and a half.

But let’s be honest here: the novelty has worn off by now and your enthusiasm is beginning to flag. This is a perfectly normal response that nearly everyone goes through in the early stages of a lifestyle change. But instead of giving in and giving up, take a look at our happy and healthy tips for keeping your bikini body resolutions:

  • Change your routine: Using the same equipment and taking the same classes can get boring fast, so go ahead and try something different the next time you hit the gym. The same goes for what you eat. Healthy choices don’t have to be bland, so pick out some nutritious, low-calorie meal ideas from the Internet and whip them up in your spare time.
  • Push yourself, but don’t overdo it: While workouts do need to be challenging in order to be effective, bringing yourself to the brink of exhaustion in every gym session is a surefire recipe for burnout or injury. Exercising at a pace that feels “comfortably hard” will get the results you desire without all the risk.
  • Fuel your body with whole foods: If you’re feeling sluggish during your workouts, chances are you’re not eating enough or not fueling your body with whole foods. Be sure to consume enough calories for your activity level, and skip out on prepackaged food (such as cookies, cakes, bagels, and potato chips). Opt instead for whole foods that have gone through little to no processing, and drink plenty of water as well.
  • Reward yourself for reaching intermediate goals: Losing 25 or 50 pounds in a safe manner takes time. To stay motivated for the long haul, reward yourself for reaching intermediate goals such as losing the first 15 pounds or working up to running a mile without stopping.
  • Track your progress and give your program time to work: The best way to track weight loss or muscle building progress is to take measurements or photos. Once a month, measure your waistline, biceps, hips, thighs, and any other areas that you want to track so you can see your losses or gains right there on paper. And don’t get frustrated if you see very little progress—or even a slight regression—from time to time. Everyone hits that kind of wall; just keep working to bust right through it.

Whether you’ve been keeping your bikini body resolutions since the beginning of the year or are ready to start anew, these tips will help you stick with your program until you reach your ultimate goal. And once you do get that hot bikini body, be sure to treat yourself to some fabulous new swimwear from SouthBeachSwimsuits.com!

Swimwear Trends for 2016

Want to know what everyone will be wearing at the beach, resort, or pool this year? South Beach Swimsuits has the inside scoop on the latest swimwear trends, along with plenty of product options on our website so you can order all your favorites in time for spring and summer. Read our recommendations right here:

south beach swimsuits 2016 trends

Pictured Left to Right: Vitamin A Cozumel Catmaran Stripe High Neck Bikini; Tori Praver Shyla Naked Bikini; Luli Fama Heart of Hippie One Piece; Gottex Seduction High Neck One Piece; Mikoh Kaneohe Neoprene Zip One Piece

  • High neck bikini tops: If a sporty yet sensual effect is what you’re after, then a high neck bikini top is for you. Many designs and features are available in this style, including padded or unpadded cups, tie or hook closures, and color block or pattern prints. Pictured: Vitamin A Cozumel Catmaran Stripe High Neck Bikini
  • Cutouts and straps: How do you make any bikini even sexier? Remove more material, of course! Tops and bottoms from Vitamin A, L Space, Mikoh, and other designers featuring strategic cutouts or sexy straps will have you looking your best all summer long. Pictured: Tori Praver Shyla Naked Bikini
  • Crochet or macrame bikinis and one pieces: The quickest way to add flair and fun to any swimwear is to include cute crochet or macrame details to draw the eye. Luli Fama, Mikoh, Becca Swimwear, and Beach Bunny are just a few of the top designers doing this. Pictured: Luli Fama Heart of Hippie One Piece
  • Mesh and Illusion Panels: For a more subtle way to show some skin, mesh panels and other sheer materials are a great option. These see-through fabrics are a great way to tease a hint of skin without going all out. Check out the latest swimsuits from Gottex, Vitamin A, or Badgley Mischka for examples of this style. Pictured: Gottex Seduction High Neck One Piece
  • Plunging necklines: Classic one piece styles get an edgier look with the help of plunging necklines. When you want to reveal a little more while still leaving a bit to the imagination, try the latest from Karla Colleto, Lady Lux, L Space, and Peixoto. Pictured: Mikoh Kaneohe Neoprene Zip One Piece

Show off your gorgeous body and fashion forward sensibility by stepping out in one of the trendy swimwear styles listed above. Visit SouthBeachSwimsuits.com to browse these and other bikinis, one pieces, tankinis, monokinis, and cover-ups.

2016 Pantone Color(s) of the Year

Every December the Internet is flooded with retrospective pieces and lists that look back on various “bests” from the previous year: best movies, best books, best TV programs, best songs, and on and on. Those lists are often repetitive and ultimately fairly boring, which is why we prefer Pantone’s approach. Instead of focusing on the past, Pantone, the global authority on colors, looks ahead by naming a Color of the Year for the upcoming year. For 2016, they’ve broken with tradition and have chosen not one but two: Rose Quartz & Serenity.

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According to the Pantone website, Rose Quartz is described as “a persuasive yet gentle tone” that calls to mind both compassion and composure. Serenity, meanwhile, was selected for its weightlessness and airiness, which helps bring “feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.” These colors pair very nicely together and are thought to have a calming influence on the wearer.

If you’d like to add these colors to your swimwear collection for the 2016 beach season, check out the following bikinis and one pieces:

  • The sexy ale by Alessandra Lilac Crochet bikini featuring a crochet racerback top and crochet side-tie bottoms
  • The ultra-sporty Red Carter Montezuma Cream Racerback bikini
  • The Vitamin A Inca bikini with triangle top and full cut or California cut bottoms
  • The chic, California cut Holy Cow Lilac bikini from ale by Alessandra

pantone 2016

For even greater variety in your swimsuit wardrobe or to mix and match different pieces, be sure to shop for tops and bottoms in the complementary colors Pantone has chosen for Rose Quartz & Serenity. They include Peach Echo, Lilac Gray, Buttercup, Green Flash, and Iced Coffee.

All of these selections and more are available right now at SouthBeachSwimsuits.com, so start planning and purchasing your 2016 bikinis and one pieces today.

 

How to Keep Your Body Bikini Ready During Winter

winter bikini body

With the holidays nearly here, you’re more likely to be occupied with thoughts of Santa Claus and sugar plums than sunshine and sandy beaches. And between all the office parties, family gatherings, and other special events filled with scrumptious treats and adult beverages, fitting into your favorite bikini is probably the last thing on your mind. After all, there’s still several months of dreary weather to get through before swimsuit season begins, so you’ve got plenty of time to get back on track, right?

While that’s technically true, keeping your body bikini ready is much easier when you maintain a steady diet and exercise routine throughout the winter months instead of trying to cram 12 weeks worth of fitness into two. To help get started now rather than after spring arrives, check out these great tips:

  • Have a concrete goal in mind: Fitness journeys always work best when you have a specific goal to aim for. This could be a number (lose 10 pounds, fit into a size 8) or a reward (that new bikini you’ve been eying, a weekend getaway), but should be something measurable and realistically obtainable.
  • Use your favorite bikini as a progress checker: If you’re simply trying to maintain your figure, a good way to do this is to slip into your favorite bikini or one piece every two weeks or so. The bikini will show you in no uncertain terms how your winter figure is faring compared to your summer self and give you a way to monitor your progress without stepping on a scale.
  • Enjoy yourself in moderation: There’s no need to sit in the corner at holiday events nibbling on a rice cake while everyone else indulges. You can (and should) enjoy all your seasonal favorites like eggnog, pumpkin pie, gingerbread cookies, and more—as long as you do so in moderation.
  • Drink plenty of water every day: Water is basically a magic elixir that improves everything from your skin to your immune system, kidney function, and metabolism. It also works as a natural appetite suppressant that can help control caloric intake when you’re trying to shed pounds.
  • Get moving: It’s difficult to achieve a bikini body from diet alone. Exercise is a huge factor as well, so be sure to get up and get moving for at least 30 minutes every day. Switch up low impact options like yoga and pilates with more vigorous activities like weightlifting, running (or speed walking), and skiing to reap huge benefits without overtaxing muscles and joints.

Keeping your body bikini ready in winter can be challenging thanks to all the holiday celebrations, but is definitely doable if you adhere to the above advice. And whenever you need more inspiration or are ready to reward your hard work, be sure to visit SouthBeachSwimsuits.com to check out our latest bikinis and one pieces.