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 you‘re 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.
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 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.
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.
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:
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!
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.