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Swimsuit Season: Think Outside the Two-Piece

Posted Jun 23 2010 7:46pm
By, Vanessa
OurHealth Staff Writer

I know some people are going to think this is an ongoing theme with me. Dressing to flatter your body…Swimsuit edition.

It’s summer and summer is the one season in Minneapolis that I can say is truly glorious. It's honestly so nice that I forget I miss living in Atlanta and think, I could live here forever! It’s everything you think summer should be; full of leafy streets, kids out riding their bikes, the ice cream truck and everyone – I mean everyone – hanging at “the lake”. There are 10,000 (have you heard) here in Minnesota and that’s not an exaggeration. I live within a 10 minute car ride (or 30 minute bike ride – check back next Tuesday as I detail my biking adventures in Try It Tuesdays: Bike Riding) from 5 of the most beautiful, scenic and fantastic lakes you’ve ever seen and these are smack dab in the middle of the city. It’s amazing!

Because we know that you have to “get while the getting is good” in Minneapolis (snow could be lurking just around the corner), my husband and I have been taking full advantage of our beach time at the lake. You can find us camped out at our favorite lake, Calhoun, beach chairs, sunscreen, and good read in hand. We love the beach!

(side note: not wearing sunscreen because you think black girls don't need it? check out this great article from Black Girls Run )

Of course, for many us, going to the beach means one thing – Swimsuit time. There’s a lot of great people watching at the beach and I really cant help but to notice all of the different choices that women make with their swimsuits and I have to be honest; a lot of it leaves me scratching my head.

Without going into all of the gory details, I will say that I have come to one conclusion - all women want to look sexy in their swimsuit and most women think that looking sexy means wearing a bikini.

While I do love a great two-piece I also know that there are, in fact, many flattering, cute and SEXY one piece suits. I really think that a lot of women are afraid to venture into one-piece territory for fear of looking frumpy or old, but what they are left with is an unflattering, unsupportive bikini that is not doing them any justice.

In the spirit of summer and looking good at the beach, I thought I would share some of my favorite one-piece swimsuits. I think these suits can be flattering on many body types while still keeping the sizzle factor.

Don't believe me? Just take one look at Gabrielle Union and I think your mind will be changed!

If you are planning a beach trip this summer, maybe think outside of the bikini and consider a sexy one piece!



Mara Hoffman

Marc Jacobs


Victoria Secret

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