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The Seafolly Swimsuit: Summer's Secret Weapon
See the suit that turns every woman into a bombshell (tastefully)
In years of online fashion hunting, my Seafolly swimsuit is the only item for which I've ever posted a review. My Seafolly came from Anthropologie and was a last-minute "ugh, I hate all my swimsuits!" buy right before a vacation. In my haste, I felt like I overspent a bit. But once I put it on, I realized that the way it flattered my bod, the suit would have been a deal at twice the price. After all, what's more valuable -- a drawerful of mediocre suits you never feel confident in, or the one awesome one you always do?
(pictured: the exuberant Seafolly Rio)
Seafolly is an Australian swimwear line that includes bikinis as well as one-pieces, but their vintage- and lingerie-inspired maillots are the real standouts. I fell so deeply in love with my Seafolly one-piece that I not only posted that review but came thisclose to urging my favorite women over email to buy the same one. Why? The ingeniously ruched construction manages to suck in one's nonpreferred areas without that horrid "shapewear" fabric that (for me anyway) makes it hard to breathe, eat, or enjoy life. Seafolly suits make a straight-ish torso like mine look curvier without adding weight, while turning a more womanly figure into a gorgeous, pinup-worthy hourglass. A Seafolly swimsuit delivers playful retrocool for a 20something; chic, non-costumey vintage for a 30something; and understated sexiness for 40-plus.
How many swimsuits are even appropriate, not to mention flattering, on all these different shapes & ages? That's what made me a Seafolly evangelist. Here, a baker's dozen of my fave styles for 2014.
Want a solid-color suit in a fun yet forgiving cut that won't ride up your backside at the beach? Here it is. I especially like the coral color now on offer (click for all the options).
Black that looks basic enough -- until you check out the back. So sexy, without revealing too much.
Another cutie-pie back design, this time with a higher, sportier neckline in front.
Fresh nauticals blow in every spring, and this suit is a great addition for 2014, with supercute "rope" look stripes in the right direction for flattery. Navy looks especially amazing on blondes, but I (brunette) would wear this in a heartbeat.
Love the nautical look but not the boyleg cut? Here you go.
Smaller busted women like me will appreciate this twist look that adds a little something up top. But I can easily see this on other body types, too.
And here's an even more dramatic way to add volume up top, if you are (again) smaller chested or just want to balance out a curvy bottom. Comes with a strap for non-strapless types like me to add.
"Envy" is the perfect name for this shade of green, as that's what it would inspire in me, should I see this adorably feminine one-piece at our local beach. Maybe a St. Pat's gift for myself??
This print reminds me of my favorite bright-on-black patterned sundress.
This vibrant coral suit is soooo far from what the Baywatch babes wore :)
This pretty rose-strewn suit kind of reminds me of a retro-sexy Dolce & Gabbana dress.
Here's a non-boyleg option that's preferable for some - with the same pretty sweetheart neckline.
Or if you like your roses with a shot of pastel, this one's for you :)
A fashion-forward Seafolly swimsuit for 2014, this one borrows its sporty lines and eye-popping graphics from the surfer crowd.
I am a sucker for smocking, and the ruffle trim is subtle enough not to be too little-girly. How pretty would this be with a sheer white cover up?
Are you the happy owner of a Seafolly swimsuit? Or considering one for the summer?