How to Style Swim Outfits

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How to style swim outfits - Leonisa

The first beach, pool or boat day of summer is a momentous occasion. If you’re like most people, you probably look forward to this day as a celebration of all the warm weather, sunny days and special summer getaways to come. It’s also a chance to rock your best swimsuits, cover ups and sandals for the first time since last summer! Whether your stylish summer outfit is made up of all your tried and true summer favorites, brand new styles or a mix of both, you can totally create a summer’s worth of head-turning outfits with your stylish women’s swimwear and beachwear! Here’s your all-inclusive guide to styling swim outfits this summer.

Swimwear Staples

A great swim outfit starts with great swimwear. It’s the center point of your outfit and a solid base that should be comfortably worn with or without cover up clothing. Instead of buying a bunch of low-quality swimsuits each year that lose their shape and deteriorate when washed and worn, it’s way better to invest in a few great women’s bathing suits that will maintain their quality, finish and shape year after year. Whether it’s a string bikini, a colorful monokini or a classic black one-piece swimsuit, you probably have a style and color combination you love. Be sure to stock up on what makes you feel best and consider these options if you need a bit of inspiration:

Black Basics

When it comes to swimwear basics, there’s nothing else quite like a go-to black swimsuit. Many women treasure their favorite black swimsuit because it’s versatile, flattering and great for any occasion. If you find a black swimsuit that gives you a fabulous, flattering fit, you can also wear it on dry land as a slimming bodysuit with jeans or a skirt.

Even if you’re a huge fan of bright-colored swimsuits, consider adding a black swimsuit to your swimwear collection. Go for a style you love in a comfortable fit and mix it with different cover ups and casual outfits! It’s the perfect base for any summer swim outfit.

Compression Suit

Slimming bathing suits are great for getting a smooth, flattering look and are basically the best thing since sliced bread. At Leonisa, we believe each and every different body type deserves to feel great in a swimsuit, which is why we offer swimwear with different levels of shaping power.

Our smooth tummy compression styles offer subtle smoothing power and just the right amount of support for a flattering and confidence-inducing look, while moderate compression swimwear styles offer more shaping power to highlight your beautiful curves and slim the torso area. If you love the security and support of high-level compression, then look no further than our firm tummy compression swimsuits. These women’s swimwear styles offer maximum compression for serious smoothing power in the tummy and back areas and a comfortable, curve-hugging look you’ll adore.

Swim outfit

Make it Monokini

For those summer days when only something bold or daring will do, it’s nice to have a statement swimsuit or two on hand. Women’s monokinis are perfect for making a stylish swimwear statement, whether you’re sunbathing at the local pool with friends or on a tropical, romantic getaway. Though the monokini rose to fame as “the topless swimsuit,” it has since evolved to include styles with a bit more coverage.

The monokini is reminiscent of a two-piece swimsuit, though it comes together in the midsection to connect the top and bottom section. These swimsuits come in a host of different shapes and cuts, but they’re widely known for their flattering shapes and curve-hugging capabilities. However, a Leonisa monokini offers even more. Our fun monokini swimsuits are made with durable materials, supportive straps and different compression levels to help you look and feel your very best. Plus, they look great when styled with a sarong or a cute pair of beach pants!

Shades of Summer

In addition to your trusty black swimsuits, you should definitely have a few colorful options in your swimwear collection. After all, summer is the best time to rock bold, bright colors, and that’s especially true when it comes to your swim outfits.

First, concentrate on a swimwear style that you love. Maybe it’s a one-piece style you already have in black or a flattering bikini with high-waisted bottoms. No matter which style you choose, make sure you love the fit! Next, find that style in a bright summer color you love to wear, whether it’s a bold, fiery red, a light ocean blue or something else that makes you feel festive. These bold swimwear options will serve as statement pieces for some of your summer swim outfits.

Double the Fun

Get twice the summer fun with a flattering and flirty two-piece swimsuit! There are so many different two-piece swimsuit styles to choose from, but it’s all about nailing down your perfect level of coverage. Choose from more supportive, high coverage styles with added breast cups and smoothing fabric or go for a classic summer string bikini in your favorite color.

If you’re looking for the Leonisa swimsuit that does it all, check out our eco-friendly bathing suits made with fibers from recycled plastic bottles. You can enjoy all the Leonisa swimwear elements you love while helping the environment at the same time!

Swim Outfit Styling Tips

Swim Outfit Styling Tips

Once you have a few good options on hand, it’s easy and fun to create paparazzi-worthy swim outfits for summer. Start by choosing a focal point or statement piece for your swim outfit and then add other cover up pieces, shoes and accessories. For example, if you know you want to wear your favorite black one-piece swimsuit that features a dramatic plunging neckline, consider that both your base and statement piece. You might add a pair of soft, high-waisted beach pants in a stark white color to create contrast while keeping the color palette simple. Since the neckline is meant to be shown off, don’t cover it up with a t-shirt or high neck tank top, but rather highlight the neck and decollete areas by wearing an unbuttoned linen shirt or lightweight duster. A straw beach hat and white sandals make this outfit a simple and stylish go-to look.

Your shaping swimwear can help you make a summer statement even if it’s not visible. For a chic pool party look, start with a one-piece swimsuit with moderate to firm compression that will flatten the tummy area and create a smooth look around the torso, back and chest. Think of this as your initial layer of shaping power that works just like your favorite shapewear pieces! From there, layer a fitted beach dress or stretchy, casual midi dress on top for a look that shows off your fabulous figure and curves. You can dress this outfit down for casual occasions by pairing it with a simple pair of flat sandals and minimal jewelry or elevate the look with strappy heeled sandals and statement earrings.

Sometimes, a practical swim outfit is simply the best way to go. For a stylish look that exudes effortlessness without a bunch of frills, go for a classic swimsuit and loose cover up dress look. It’s a classic ensemble for the beach or pool that looks nice without having to put forth much thought, making it ideal if you’re a mom on the go or were invited to a last-minute pool party. Some of the best swim cover ups are easy to throw on and take off and have a relaxed, beachy shape. Go for a style that moves well in the summer breeze and makes you feel both comfy and confident.

Your swimsuit should match the effortless feel of the cover up, but with a bit more shape to balance out the flowiness of the dress. Consider a one-piece suit with a belt or tie at the center to emphasize the natural curve of your waistline. Your swimsuit should match, complement or blend well with your cover up dress and tie the look together naturally. This look favors minimal use of accessories, comfy beach shoes and your all-time favorite beach hat.

This summer, mix and match your favorite swimwear styles and cover ups to create new and exciting vacation outfits or simple ensembles for a casual pool day. Leonisa has everything you need to create flattering and super stylish swim outfits you’ll love to wear all season long!

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