I recently stumbled across a write up on eFashion Trend about 2012 fashion trends.  In it they featured the brand H & M as carrying cute swimsuit styles from 2012.  The low cost Swedish based fashion brand is among many clothing and apparel stores that feature a restricted line of swimsuits.  They have so many shoppers that they are able to interest them in smaller swimsuit selections where cute styles have been hand picked just for the store.  Many of the styles are in fact cute. 

If you aren’t good at picking out swimwear you can look at the smaller selections in the popular clothing stores.  You won’t get the same number of suits to choose from but you can get the current glamour and fashion trend styles in such shops.  Be forewarned though that clothing stores carrying swimsuits are often for the younger crowd and they assume that you have an adorable figure already.  If you’ve got the figure for it, you can grab an inexpensive suit that follows the fashion trends from the trendy clothing stores. 

If your figure is more challenged however, these swimsuits may be a flimsy no go.  For a women needing real body shaping swimwear she might want to stick with the larger selection swimsuit stores or department stores with more choices for her such as Macy’s or Nordstrom. If you have anything to hide or that needs target specific flattering it is rare that you’d be able to find a good fit in a limited selection. Go where you have more swimsuits to try on.  Check out the limited selection for trend ideas but shop where there is a bigger selection of choices.

This adorable style from H & M illustrates a few key fashion trends.  For one thing, the bandeau style top is back in style, as long as it gives appropriate coverage which this one does.  Men love this style and it lets you eliminate tan lines.  Sometimes these bandeau styles have removable straps so you can swim in them without feeling insecure.  Just don’t lose the straps.  Along with the H & M bandeau style, these bikini bottoms make another fashion statement.  Bikini bottoms with more coverage are back in style with a vengence.  Skimpy brazilian cut swimsuit bottoms and revealing string tie bottoms look hot in Sports Illustrated and Maxim magazine but leave very little to the imagination.  A bottom with ample coverage like this one shown, is more appropriate and even men like more coverage.  So remember, don’t let it all hang out in the swimsuit. 

If your figure rocks you can grab a preselected, trendy suit from the local clothing store at a steep discount.  If your figure has flaws and you need more body shaping style then don’t bother to try on these swimsuits.  Just check them out for ideas as stores like H & M preselect cute styles.  Then, head to a swim store with a larger selection and look for something similar with more ample coverage, stronger material, and that has the adequate support and lining needed for your particular body.


If you need a natural looking swimsuit for that outdoor all day concert or rock festival such as, consider earthy crochet as crochet swim suits are back in style with a vengeance. They never really go out of style, but are definitely in for 2012.  This swimsuit would be perfect for something like Coachella valley music and arts annual festival in Palm Springs, CA.  A scarf, sheer t-shirt cover-up or daisy duke style jean shorts over this crochet swim suit would fit in perfectly.  It gets so hot that the young adults wear bikini tops with barely there cover-ups to hang out in.   With a long crochet vest or casual skirt she’d fit right in.

The only problem with most crochet swimwear is the flimsiness. You have to be extremely slender and well built with a perky bust. Essentially there is no kind of support with crochet suits. That’s why this Lucky Brand crochet bikini is a big winner. It’s one of the few I’ve seen that has decent structure and support. A more athletic framed woman can wear this. It’s sturdy, it has coverage, it has support and strong ties, and it’s still crochet!  Love the side ties and tassels.  It’s so Lucky Brand! I stumbled on this wonderful bikini on thisnext, it’s from Lord & Taylor by Lucky Brand. The style fits this cute girl perfectly. Sweet!


Certain women have figures that are perfect except for one area which is the tummy area. It’s almost like they have a male type figure and the gut. It’s totally random but some women gain their weight in the hips and guts and others carry it more in the rear end or buttock.

If you are the type that has hip bulge or a small tummy, or even excess skin in that are after childbirth, this is swimsuit is a fabulous design. What is nice is that the fabric is light and area but still does the job of concealing flaws. The elastic down the sides will definitely help hide hip bulge. And, the puckered tummy will help diminish the notice-ability of a chubby stomach.

When you combine the concealing textures of the tummy and sides of this cute one piece with the sexy top, you’ve got a great figure flattering swimsuit. This is a great suit for showing off a nice chest and legs while down playing a chubby gut or hip rolls. The color seems a bit drab yet all one color suits are quite slenderizing. The skin tone color can actually be sexy as it blends to the skin and looks bare even though you are fully covered. Sweet!

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