Savannah's summer swimsuit round-up
Photos by Jennie McKeon
Alright, I confess.
I’m a swimsuit addict.
Every year is just a one-month wait, then another 12-month wait for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. My Instagram feed is an ode to hundreds of large and small swimwear brands.
I feel most myself in a swimsuit.
I grew up in Oklahoma — a land-locked state — so I didn’t have much opportunity to wear my swimsuits. Moving to Florida deepened my connection to natural water and fueled my passion for bikinis (one-pieces, too).
I picked up a few (or more) swimsuits for summer 2018, so check out my haul. Also, if you need a swimwear consultant, reach out. I’m serious.
This swimsuit has a personality. With its red and white stripes, thick straps and plunge style — it exudes what some might call classic.
But, the best part of this swimsuit isn’t its vixen design. This suit is made from a four-way stretch material as soft as Victoria’s Secret underwear. It’s unbelievably comfortable, and I want to buy it in every color and pattern.
I’m done paying rent. I live in this bikini now.
Meraki Swim founder, Karrah Woram, creates these handmade bikinis in her home. Because we live in the same area, I had the chance to interview her about her business. Listen to episode 2 of the Savannah Off the Record podcast to hear the exclusive Q&A. It’s available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, Stitcher and SoundCloud.
Woram is an inspiration — beautiful, talented and uber sweet. She is the truest definition of a girl boss.
What better way is there to channel a mermaid than with seashell boobs?
I fell in love with the mermaid concept after seeing my cousin, Jaime, post a photo of herself in a seashell bikini top on Instagram. She looked incredible, so I made it my mission to find something similar.
Low and behold, Andi Bagus.
I wholeheartedly support this company, because Bali artisans create the products. While shipping to the U.S. was a little pricey, it was totally worth it. The swimsuits arrived much earlier than anticipated, and I love them.
While the Mandi Mermaid Fanshell Bralette and Mandi Brazilian Bottom aren’t made for swimming, they do make the perfect ensemble for a beach party, pool party or a day when you don’t plan to get your hair wet.
Also, seashells are surprisingly cozy.
I normally shy away from bright pinks or oranges. Not my thing.
But, when I looked at all the different color options for the Tiga Bikini, my boyfriend immediately suggested this one. Good choice, bae. The bright colors enhanced my tan skin and scream summer.
I also typically stray from triangle bikini tops. But, I’ve realized the triangle style flatters my petite frame, because showing more skin elongates my body
The swimsuit is adjustable, so it fit me perfectly. But, keep in mind, Andi Bagus traditionally offers two sizes, a S-M or a M-L.
Another positive aspect of Andi Bagus are the prices. While they aren’t as cheap as some of the fast-fashion stores you find in a mall, they do price lower than many larger swimwear companies.
The two-day shipping is reason enough to shop at asos. But, it also offers a variety of brands and styles in everything — clothes, shoes and accessories.
My favorite color is red, so I’m always partial to a red bikini. But, what stands about this one is its details.
Many swimwear designers and shoppers neglect added features like a ruffle, especially when it already has a tie on the front. This ruffle gives the bikini top a feminine, exotic feel that it wouldn’t have had otherwise.
Also, it was super affordable.
I didn’t expect to find a swimsuit at H&M. I typically shop there for casual and formal work clothes. Side note: It’s a fantastic stop for blazers and trousers.
On my way to the dressing room, I spotted this gray sparkly number and couldn’t help myself. The shape of this bikini is sporty with optimal coverage — on trend right now in contrast to the cheekier styles. The metallic shimmer gives it a flashy touch.
While showing my friends these swimwear photos, a lot of them gravitated toward this one. I think this style is flattering on many body types.
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