5 Ways to Look Great in a Bathing Suit

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Okay, so I’ve shown you about a bajillion bathing suits, but really, the actual suit-wearing only comprises a fraction of your summer: the swimming and sunning and sporting part. What do you wear when you’re not in the water? A cute coverup is critical, and in my opinion, it’s second only to the suit in importance. Here, you’ll find 5 fabulous coverups for all five Style Dial body types. (Yes, flattery rules apply here too!). After you’ve taken cover, complete the look with the cutest accessories and the best beauty products to look and feel your best at the beach!

Cover it Up

There are two schools of thought when it comes to coverups: the take-covers and the show-offs. And while the show-offs might think that a strategically placed sarong is adequate coverage for an itty bitty suit, I prefer a little more discretion. Especially in this season of my life.

The ideal coverup, in my opinion, is 3 things: glamorous, flattering, and modest enough to allow me to run an errand on the way home without embarassment. Neutral coverups are the most practical, of course, but I can’t resist a pretty print or a bold stripe when the mood strikes me.

Style Dial 1

The season’s hottest sleeve combines with a simple shape and a vertical neckline to make this chic, neutral coverup a great choice for a Style Dial 1.

Main Image - L Space 'Breakaway' Cover-Up Tunic

L Space ‘Breakaway’ Cover-Up Tunic, $129, Nordstrom

Style Dial 1 (3)

The vertical neckline is adjustable, thanks to the zipper, and the self belt adds much-needed definition in the waist.

Zip front hooded dress, $39, Venus.com

Style Dial 2

This coverup doubles as an adorable, with UPF 50 built in, doubles as an adorable, protective dress.

“Sophie” dress, $138, LillyPulitzer.com

Style Dial 2 (3)

This classic black coverup offers the season’s trendy tassel detail and a flattering style at a great price. Pair it with Bermuda shorts or white skinny jeans and it easily doubles as a tunic.

Merona Tassel detail shirtdress coverup, $23.99, Target

Style Dial 3

This hip tank-style coverup offers waist-whittling side knots and an easy, laid-back look.

Burnout jersey knot side coverup, $38, TopShop.com

Choose Your Shoes

Those Havaianas are looking a little tired, and, well, we’ve all been wearing pretty much the same basic flip flop for a decade now, so it might be time for an upgrade. The season’s slides, in sleek and sturdy varieties, are the trendiest pick, or choose an updated thong sandal.

Main Image - Seychelles Coast Knotted Slide Sandal (Women)

Seychelles Coast Knotted Slide Sandal , $89, Nordstrom

Main Image - Rebecca Minkoff Estelle Sandal (Women)

Rebecca Minkoff Estelle Sandal , $124.95, Nordstrom

Soludos Slotted Thong Sandal

Soludos Slotted Thong Sandal, $89, Zappo’s

Ipanema Phillippe Starck Thing N sandals, $40, ShopBop.com

Women's Sam & Libby Harper Bow Slide Sandals

Sam & Libby Harper Bow Slide Sandals, $26.99, Target

Add a Hat

Not only is a chic chapeau a sun smart choice, it’s a stylish one as well. Nothing adds more glamour to a poolside look than a broad-brimmed hat, and it’s a great way to cover up post-swim hair.

Merona floppy straw hat with sequins, $14.99, Target

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Straw panama hat for women, $19.94, Old Navy

Vacay sequin straw hat, $28, ASOS

Textured summer straw hat

Textured summer straw hat, $34.50, J. Crew

Main Image - kate spade new york oh hello sun hat

kate spade new york oh hello sun hat, $98, Nordstrom

Get Glowing

So if you’re going to be seen in a bathing suit, it’s a real confidence booster to have soft, glowing skin. A great glow is easily yours with the following products, from tan boosters to skin savers. If you’re going to be using body cream anyway, why not find one that doubles as a firming cream.

Fresh Sugar Acai Age Delay Body Cream, $67, Sephora

Farmhouse Fresh Blushing Agave Body Oil, $27, FarmhouseFreshGoods.com

Say Hello to Sexy Legs Illuminating Fluid, $34, Sephora

Per-Fekt matte body perfection gel, $48, Sephora

Skinny Tan 24 Hour Bronzer, $19.95, SkinnyTan.com

Smooth Things Over

We’ve all got our issues, and the easiest ones are solved with a fancy new body product. From battling ingrown hairs (now that’s a sexy subject!) and stretch marks (another hot topic) to boosting your bust and your bum, you’ll find plenty of products to boost your body confidence.

Ingrown Hair Treatment By Penchant Bare - The best solution for bikini and razor bumps from waxing, shaving, and hair removal

Ingrown Hair Treatment By Penchant Bare, $24.95, Amazon

bliss Leave it to Cleavage Lotion, 3.4 oz.

bliss Leave it to Cleavage Lotion, $45, Amazon

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, $45, Sephora

basq NYC Intensive Treatment Stretch Mark Butter, $34, Amazon

Dermadoctor KP Duty moisturizing therapy for dry skin, $38, Sephora

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