2017 Summer Swimwear Fashion Trends

There is nothing more traumatizing than shopping for a swimsuit—well, I take that back—shopping for jeans comes a close second. When going through rack after rack of styles seemingly designed with those of Gisele’s ilk in mind, it can get frustrating. Or in my case—leading to an existential crisis in a fitting room in the middle of Nordstrom.

“Why do you do this to yourself?” you question. “You KNOW you can’t be in the sun—you just burn!” “I soo shouldn’t have had those two mochaccinos at Starbucks—so much for my diet—but they were SO good though!”

This conversation fraught with pretty much all stages of grief continues for over 10 minutes while I try to reconcile how I am no longer a 4 and why does everything that tastes so good go straight to my hips—(damn you Starbucks!) Pulling myself together, I return my cast offs to the fitting room attendant and continue the hunt for the PERFECT, flattering swimsuit. When you are a curvy girl at a statuesque 5’2—it can be a tall order. But it doesn’t have to be a mission filled with drama. The most important thing, especially when shopping for swimwear is knowing your body type. Are you an hourglass, pear, athletic or apple-shaped body type? Knowing this can make a huge difference in making your shopping trip a lot less painful and existential crisis-inducing.

Let’s talk trends.

There were four major trends that I saw while shopping that is going to dominate beaches everywhere in 2017: The one-shouldered look, side cutouts, whimsical fabrics, and stripes. Knowing your body type can help you navigate some of the pitfalls many women face while looking for the perfect swimwear.

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The RompHim Debate

As I am sure you’ve seen by now, the RompHim has made its sartorial debut. You can thank the kids at ACED Designs out of Chicago. According to their Kickstarter page, they reached $100,000 in funding in four hours. YES. You read that right…four hours. With 22 days left to go on its Kickstarter project 3,097 backers and $359,253 later—it looks like the stuff of the Coachella set’s dreams has come true. Scheduled to come to market by mid-late summer 2017, the adventurous fashionisto will be coming to a town near you…spotted in pastels, chambrays, and American-inspired prints (even a 90’s inspired paint spatter print—probably already sold out). The look has raised eyebrows and sparked many a debate on the masculinity of such a garment—hey, to each his own I say—living a #BeautyFull life means doing whatever it is that makes you happy—preconceived gender roles were so last season!

Spring is certainly in the air! For a fashion nerd like me, the change of seasons is something I always look forward to. It is the time when I purge and organize my closets—packing out one season and bringing out the next.  Like music evokes memories for some, going through and organizing my clothes brings a bit of nostalgia to me. I look at items and can remember galas that I have attended or what I wore when I landed my first “real” job in Corporate America. So much fun reminiscing, but when is one ever really going to wear a tweed Ralph Lauren suit in Florida? Sometimes my organizing takes me to a “what was I thinking?” moment; going through some well intentioned fashion “dos and don’ts” (It was on sale! I’ll lose weight!) And before I know it, I have a pile as tall as Mount Everest on my bed and possibly a buried Chihuahua or two.  What to do with it all?

With all the major fashion weeks now drawn to a close, the one major thing I took away from the shows was the use of color. Colors for spring 2017 took an earthy turn. Neutrals and pastels are definitely the new black. Color is so important, as it can influence, heighten mood, revitalize and soothe. Advertisers and marketers have known this for a long time. It’s no mistake that fast food chains choose red—which stimulates hunger and draws attention whereas a hospital or doctor’s office would choose a more soothing hue like greens or blue as those colors encourage calmness, stability and peace. Color is a calling card of sorts. It says so much before you have even spoken a word.