Swimsuits and Cover-Ups: See Kate’s Flattering Picks for Summer

Here we go – jumping headfirst into the summer season! Kate’s done her research and is here with her top picks for affordable, flattering swimsuits and cover-ups to get us through the season with ease and style.

RCG: Hi Kate! Before we get started, I wanted to ask what made you select the brands for this piece? I know there are so many out there to choose from.

Kate: I’ve seen the Summersalt brand popping up a lot lately, and I’ve been impressed with their line. Summersalt is made by women, and for women, so they seem to uniquely understand women’s bodies. They have a wide assortment of swimsuits and cover-ups right now.

Also, I own several swimsuits from La Blanca and can say they are high quality and very comfortable. I’m impressed by their collection of both swimsuits and cover-ups this season, too.

An added bonus:  both brands come in at a reasonable price point, too!

RCG: I also wonder if youre noticing any more trends this summer?

Kate: Yes! One-pieces are more popular and are making a big comeback this summer. This is excellent news as they offer more options to women of all body types.

RCG: Super! Let’s get started.



Summersalt one-piece swimsuit

The Marina by Summersalt

Super-flattering Marina One-Piece Swimsuit

“Our signature color-blocking, ultra-flattering diagonal seaming, built-in cups, and adjustable straps combine to create the perfect one-piece that checks all the boxes.” – Summersalt

RCG: What made you choose this swimsuit?

Kate: This suit is summery and fun – and can truly work for all body types.

I love the color blocking. And there’s something about the pink and red combo that’s cheerful! The colors are pretty together.

RCG: This swimsuit seems to have full coverage.

Kate: Yes, the diagonal seams and full coverage are flattering and would work well on most women.

RCG: Great! Let’s move on to the next item.

The Short Effortless Shirtdress Cover-Up

The Classic Shirtdress Cover-up

“Its lightweight fabric, crisp lines, and short length are perfect for throwing on for lunch after the pool or wearing around the house on a beautiful summer day.”  –Summersalt 

RCG: I love this. I have a cover-up just like this that I practically live in during the summer.

Kate: You can’t go wrong with the simple, chic style of this cover-up to wear over any swimsuit. Summersalt’s selection runs the gamut this season.

RCG: Super chic! And priced well at $80.

Kate: They also have a longer version called the Effortless Shirtdress Cover-up – if you prefer a bit more coverage.

Island Goddess Lingerie One-Piece Swimsuit

Flattering Square Neck One Piece Swimsuit

“The delicate and simple lingerie shape exudes a simple, feminine style. Adjustable straps and removable cups allow this piece to fit to you.” – La Blanca

RCG: I really like the ruching in the middle of this suit.

Kate: It’s great! Sometimes women aren’t comfortable with their midsections, and this has a nice design. The ruching camouflages on days that you feel you need it.

RCG: I like the deeper neckline, too.

Kate: The square neckline is attractive. I’d say this is a swimsuit most women could wear and feel very comfortable and stylish.

La Blanca Cover-Up

Island Fare V-Neck Tunic

Cover-up with Eyelet Detail

This tunic “features a crochet center panel in front to peep your swimsuit just beneath. Crochet trim along the neckline, cuffs and hem of this cover-up add a hint effortless elegance.” – La Blanca

RCG: What made you decide to choose this cover-up?

Kate: I love the eyelet detail. It adds interest. You can wear this cover-up over your swimsuit, or you can pair it with shorts for a different look.

RCG: It has many different options! On to the next item:

Tankini swimsuit

Island Goddess Underwire Wrap Tankini Top

Versatile Tankini Top to Pair with Bottoms of Your Choice

“Sophistication meets classic style with this underwire tankini top by La Blanca. The tankini offers coverage and a built-in tummy control panel contours to your most flattering spots.” – La Blanca

RCG: I feel like this is something I would be very comfortable wearing.

Kate: Yes – the tankini is a nice alternative to a one-piece. You can then choose any style of bottoms that you want.

The top also offers excellent support for those who are larger than a D cup.

RCG: After seeing the different fits and styles, I like the idea of having a selection of swimwear to turn to as needed. Our bodies are constantly fluctuating, and it’s great to have a few options to choose from.

Kate: It’s nice to have more options – especially not always having to be in a bikini!

Reverie Camo Midi Dress

Multi-Functional Carefree Cover-Up

RCG: This looks like a dress, but it’s also a cover-up.

Kate: This would be great if you’re going from the beach to the supermarket. You can throw this on. No problem.

RCG: Love it!

Kate: It’s nice to move through your day and have your clothing work for you in many settings.

RCG: Yes, it is! Thank you, Kate, for all of these great ideas. It’s overwhelming trying to find comfortable, flattering swimsuits and cover-ups. But, you’ve helped a lot!

Kate: My pleasure!



Would you like to learn more about Kate? Read about Kate’s path to becoming a personal stylist here.

Also, check out her picks for denim this season.

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