It’s officially summer! Summer brings a lot of things to mind: vacation, relaxation, breezy cocktails by the pool… oooh yeah. More importantly, summer means bright bras and fashionable swimwear. Take a look and click on some styles inspired by summer and picked especially for you:
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UPDATE 6/18/12: Xcluzv swimwear and Linda’s have extended the 10% off discount and raffle entry until Labor Day September 3rd, 2012! 10% off all Xcluzv swimwear and a Grand Prize raffle entry with a purchase of any Xcluzv swimsuit! Only at my Murray Hill store in NYC.
Big announcement! A new swimwear brand is in town! Xcluzv swimwear is a new swimwear brand with Brazilian cut bottoms, festive prints, and sexy tops. Haven’t heard of them? Then get to know them at my Murray Hill store on Thursday June 14th! Take a look below for all the details, amazing one-day-only perks, and a sneak peek at this new brand!
We’ve all heard about the “little black dress” or the “LBD”. Now I’d like to introduce you to the “little black swimsuit” or the “LBS”. Just like it’s dressy counterpart, the little black swimsuit is versatile, flattering, and a staple that every woman should have in her wardrobe. Investing in a well made, perfectly fitting black swimsuit means you’re ready for any beach or poolside occasion. Add a few accessories, switch up your style, and ta-da! Need some LBS inspiration? You got it. Below, find a few of my style ideas for accessorizing your black swimsuit. These are just ideas – choose what YOU love and add them to your favorite suit. And remember: starting with a suit in the right size will help everything else look even better!
So chic! This Karla Colletto Rope One Piece Swimsuit is so sleek, and it fits sizes 8-16! The rope detail up the front is a small nautical touch that’s so easy to play up with summer sailor accessories. Pull a breezy tunic over it (also with a rope tie) and add in sleek but preppy boat shoes, a simple fedora and a gold and rope bracelet. Toss it all in your straw beach bag when you take a dip or lay out on your yacht. What, you don’t have a yacht? Just imagine you do. That’s what I do!
You’re Invited! Are you on the hunt for a bathing suit for your next vacation or stay-cation? Whether you’re just taking a dip in the pool, laying out in the park, or traveling the seas on your private yacht, Vitamin A swimwear has a swimsuit for you. And now you can get the inside scoop on some of the hottest new styles of the season! Make an appointment now or stop by my Murray Hill store on Thursday April 26th for your first opportunity to try on and take home brand new styles from their Gold (sophisticated, sultry, glamorous) and Silver (flirty, fun and super sassy) collections. The new styles will hit the store that morning – don’t miss out!
Let’s be honest, we don’t all have the perfect body. So, unless you are a photoshopped supermodel, it’s nice to have a little extra coverage from your bathing suit. And no, I don’t mean 1920’s Grandma bathing suits. I mean classy AND sassy. Ta-da! The modern day swim skirt!
Hips Don’t Lie:
We all know how to cover our middle with a one piece or tankini bathing suit, but what about hips? From stretch marks to veins, there are lots of reasons you may not want to showcase your hips. Sometimes a boyshort bottom just doesn’t do it. And some traditional cover ups are just too much coverage or totally unattractive. So try a new skim skirt! There are so many cute swim skirts now that can cover up hips without sacrificing on style!
So I’ve helped you find the perfect bra. Hurray! That’s what I do. But did you know that I also carry a wide range of bathing suit styles? Even at the beach, you need to be supported. Just because you are taking a vacation doesn’t mean that your breasts can. Besides, wearing a bathing suit it the closest that many of us come to wearing lingerie in public. In such a fragile situation more important than ever to wear the right garment so you can truly feel your best.
You may be thinking “why in the world is Linda writing about swimsuits in the winter?” First of all, I’m worldwide! So some of my friends on the other side of the equator are actually in the middle of Summer! And second, it’s much easier to feel confident when you go to the beach during the summer: you’re tan, you’ve been slurping fruit and playing outdoors. But, for those that want to indulge in a winter vacation, they’re dealing with pastey skin and a season of wolfing down gravy, eggnog and pie. In your weakest hour, I’m here to help!
Cup Size: Luckily, many of my favorite bra brands also make some of my favorite swimwear! Imagine if you’re a 34F or a 40D and you were asked to buy your bras in small, medium or large. I don’t think so! I carry swimsuits from AA-K cup. You read that right. Get the same support and shape you get from your bras in your swimsuit top. Remember, just like bras, styles and fit vary by brand and style. And just like a petite bust who wants a push up or demi cup, or a fuller bust who needs more coverage, the cup style matters too. Remember, you’ll get the best fit from a cup sized swimsuit top if you get fit or refit by a professional bra fitter, like me! Can’t make it into the store? Pay attention to my suggestions on each item’s Fitting Support, or ask my Bra Divas for help.
Band Size: Again, just like bras, your back band gives the most of your support! So many women tell me “I don’t want the back to dig in – everyone on the beach will see my back fat”. I have the same answer for women who complain about this and their bras: Get over it! A lifted bust will always help you look and feel your best, so without clothes to cover you up, it’s even more obvious if your bust is sliding down your front. Believe me, a lot less people look at the back of you. Focus on the front first!
Underwire vs. Non-Underwire: If you have been blessed with a perfectly perky bust, you can wear a little triangle bikini top or other non-underwire style. But, if your breasts need a bit more lift, try an underwire bathing suit top! Many women don’t associate an underwire with lounging around on the beach, but in the right size, you’ll actually feel more comfortable. Not to mention how supported and secure you’ll feel if you decide to pick up a game of volleyball, dive into the pool or chase after the kids! Just like in your basic bras, an underwire can add more support for those with more to support.
Swimwear for your shape and lifestyle: Women come in all different shapes and sizes and knowing what styles best compliment your own shape will make shopping so much easier. Take a look at a few options below.
- Women with petite breasts who enjoy a fabulous push up bra or want to create a little more curve on the beach will love the Panache Atlantis line. Their suits are super stylish, but also have built in push ups! Another line, Voda, has string bikini styles with that extra bump. No one will have to know! It’s our little secret. And, because the padding is built in, you won’t have to run the risk of finding floating push up pads in the pool.
- Women with a full figure do not need to fear the beach. Picking a suit that helps you feel comfortable will also help you feel confident. First rule: wear a supportive top! Lifted breasts will always help you look taller and thinner whether in clothing or swimwear. A Gorgeous one piece like the Fantasie suit below flatters with it’s basic black torso. Also, the subtle print and twisted material emphasizes your best (and now perky) asset!
- For those that have serious curves but still want to show it off, I love underwire bikini sets like this one from Panache. The underwire is so supportive and fits so well, you will never have to worry about a swimsuit malfunction while out and about. And sets likes these allow you to mix and match or choose the bottom that best flatters your hips. This boyshort style is a great mixture of coverage and cute, but you could also choose the bikini style or go with a great solid bottom!
- For those who are very active, even supportive basic styles may not work. Trying a style like this new one piece from Freya will keep all parts of the swimsuit (and of the body) where they should be. I especially love the criss-cross back which acts as extra support. Don’t ruin your swimming experience by wearing a sports bra under your suit (this actually happens!). Wear a supportive and attractive sporty suit instead!
- Pregnant women are some of the most beautiful women in the world to me, but they don’t always feel like it. It can be stressful to debut your new body at the public beach. Finding a suit that is both comfortable and flattering is the best way to feel fabulous while you wait for Junior to arrive. Whether it’s a one piece, tankini or bikini, finding a suit like this one from Anita and wearing the correct (often upgraded!) cup size is key to feeling great.
- I’m proud to offer so many amazing mastectomy products in my new Murray Hill store and online! I was trained to fit bras by the American Cancer Society ages ago, and still believe that women who have gone through a mastectomy, lumpectomy or even reconstruction deserve bras and bathing suits just like any other woman. One of my favorite mastectomy brands, Anita, makes great one pieces and this fab tankini! See? Your options don’t have to dwindle after surgery!
These are just a few of my top tips for finding the right bathing suit. Knowing what size or style to wear can really make a difference in how you look and feel. Don’t hide under a floppy hat – flaunt what you have and be proud of what you’ve got!
PS: A special thanks to our current BFF, Tina, who inspired this blog post!
During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, pink is everywhere! And while most supporters may be sporting pink ribbons, hats, or tees, I say you can help the cause underneath it all! Why not support your breasts and a good cause? Dress up your breasts or show some secret support with a great bra or panty. There’s something for everyone!
Big style for petite breasts. This padded Mercedes bra from The Little Bra Company gives shape and support!
The Lunaire Versailles Bra boasts and great pattern, but smooth texture. Bonus: it’s only $32.oo!
How fabulous is this new Cosabella Never Say Never all lace bra? Stunning!
Teach young girls about breast cancer awareness, and the importance of wearing a well-fitting bra! This Royce Missy Sugar ‘N Spice bra is a perfect introduction to the world of bras and breasts.
Spice things up with these ruffle Rumba Boyshorts from Honeydew! Sassy!
Even nursing moms can support the cause! This Cake Coconut Ice Balconette Nursing Bra is sweet and supportive.
If you’re lucky enough to get away from the rain and cold this October, stash this Freya Pier Underwire Halter Bikini Top in your suitcase, and remember to spread the word about Breast Cancer Awareness wherever you go!
Want to get involved? Need more information? Make a fitting appointment or stop by my Murray Hill store on October 27th from 1-9pm for my Care for the Cause Event. Free fittings, fun prizes and great information for all!
Summer is in full swing and everyone is busy, busy, busy traveling across the country. Whether it’s a quick dip in the pool with the kids, or a romantic honeymoon getaway, be prepared with the right kind of swimwear from me, Linda the Bra Lady! Bonus: these styles are on sale until August 15th! (Pssst! Extended until Sunday August 21st.)
Think about it: it’s hard to be a mom. You have to look fabulous, but also feel comfortable enough to wrangle the kids, lay out a picnic and even (gasp!) go for a swim. One of my favorite styles for a Mom on-the-go is the Karla Colletto Ruffle Twist suit: easy to throw on, and fun to wear! It’s attractive enough to help you feel like the stylish woman that you are, but also flattering enough to give you great shape while you’re busy running around. Many of Karla Colletto’s suits are simple silhouettes with great details. They are perfect for the well-dressed woman who doesn’t want to have to bother following the latest trends- these suits will stay in style for many seasons! The ruffles on this suit are also very flirty, while the fuller coverage in the bust avoids any wardrobe malfunctions in front of the kids. Phew!
Congrats- you’re a newlywed! Wedding plans and activities can be very stressful, so enjoy a much needed break from all of your hard work. Take advantage of this special time in your life and flaunt that permanent-state-of-bliss look with a sexy bikini. Try a fun and flirty brand like Swim Systems to strut your stuff on the beach. This Phoenix Two-Tone Bikini top and matching bottom are easy to throw in a bag and look great on the beach, beside the pool, or at the margarita bar. This sassy two-piece has a bold, exciting and “we are so in love” attitude that is sure to spice up any honeymoon!
Take advantage of Summer’s gorgeous weather and get toned while outdoors. If you’re the kind of girl that loves a good kayak, knows what spelunking is, and doesn’t shy away from a nice cliff jump, then the Anita Cherry Blossom One Piece is for you. Comfortable design, snug fit and sporty style, this suit won’t slip and slide while you are exploring the great outdoors. You can feel content knowing that Anita designed this little number with adjustable straps, full coverage and a hidden shelf bra. And yet, you can feel fabulous in a cool color combination and sleek outline. Go get ‘em, girls!
Oh boy! This one is tricky, ladies. Traveling with your significant other’s parents can have you navigating some pretty rough terrain. How do you look cute and flirtatious, without showing too much? You still want to keep your honey’s interest, without turning off your Mother-in-Law. Try this trick! Wear a well-fitting tankini suit that has just enough coverage to support and keep things tucked away, but in a fun and sassy print. You can still show your adorable personality, without showing it all. One of my favorite suits like this is the Freya Pier collection (available in four delectable colors). Isn’t it fabulous?
There’s no reason to stress this Summer. Be prepared for any kind of trip or travel with a great suit that suits your style. Remember, feeling your best will help you look your best!
It’s summertime across the country and if you’re experiencing egg-frying, sidewalk temperatures like we are in New York then you’ll appreciate the latest promotion at Linda The Bra Lady. Starting today until June 20, 2011 take $20 off ALL Karla Colletto Swimwear.
Yes ladies, I am giving you a great reason to invite Karla into your closet! Ok, so the suit shouldn’t be in your closet, it should be on your body. And YOU should be at the beach! Happy shopping!
Swimwear season is here! Whether you’re tanning in your backyard or hitting the beach on the weekends, you’re going to need a bathing suit to strut in style. Because all women have different needs, I’ve written a guide to help you get started. Everyone deserves a fashionable, fabulous and great fitting swimsuit!
If You Have a Big Bust: Big busted women need support from their bras and that doesn’t change when it comes to swimwear. If you’re larger than a D cup, I recommend bra sized swimwear. This will provide optimal support for your bust and this will also help you look and feel more confident. There are many different styles of bra-sized swimwear so you’re sure to find something you love.
If You’re Plus Size: Every gal deserves to feel sexy in their suit and the full-figured gal is no different. Whether you’re into bikinis, tankinis or one-pieces, finding the perfect fit is the most important part. Brands like Sunsets design swimwear with these needs in mind so you’re sure to find a great swimsuit that hugs your curves perfectly.
If You Have a Small Bust: Small busted women want the same from their bathing suits as they do from their bras – support and often times, extra lift. There are many styles available for the petite bust, from bikinis to tankinis, but there is one suit that tops the cleavage mountain.
If you’ve had a Mastectomy: Having a mastectomy shouldn’t stop you from feeling beautiful at the beach. Anita Care designs are trendy yet fit comfortably. Because Anita Care products are created specifically with post-surgical needs in mind, the suits fit well and will give you the extra confidence boost you need.
If You’re Pregnant: Pregnant women need and want comfortable swimwear that flatters the body and the belly. While this may have been impossible years ago, luckily more and more brands are listening to the loud demands of this demographic. Brands like Anita design swimwear that is both comfy yet stylish and you’re sure to be happy when you give them a try!
Have questions? Shoot us an email at customerservice@lindasonline or call our customer service hotline at 1-888-262-4887. We’re here to help!