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How to mix and match swimsuit separates


One-piece swimsuits are flattering on everyone, but that doesn’t mean you have to stick with them this summer. With tankinis surging in popularity, you can mix and match patterns and colors to create a totally unique look that makes you feel confident. Here’s how to create a fabulous combo for your trips to the beach:

Find the right cut

The benefit of mixing and matching your swimwear is creating a cut you love both on top and bottom. With that in mind, consider how you want each piece to fit. For instance, you can create a flattering mid section by choosing high-waisted bottoms that draw attention to your curves. Other options include swim skirts, shorts, ultra-high control bottoms and traditional bikini briefs.

Look at the neckline when browsing tops. Do you want a halter or two straps? The former elongates your neck and flatters your shoulders while the latter offers plenty of support. Additionally, some tops have empire waists or features like ruffles. If you’re unsure what will look good on you, think about the shirts you gravitate toward. If ruffled blouses make you feel like a million bucks, a ruffle swimsuit will, too.

woman wearing halter swimsuit dress

Choose swimsuit pieces that make you feel comfortable and confident.

Match patterns and solids

With mixing and matching, you have plenty of pattern combinations at your fingertips. For instance, you can do two pieces that both sport different patterns, one with a pattern and one that’s solid, or totally solid head to toe. No matter what you choose, you’ll need to look at the color to make your pairing work.

Pattern and solid
A floral top with bursts of white, pink and black could be paired with solid bottoms featuring one of those three colors. Pick our your favorite shade from the pattern to get a look you’ll love.

Two solids
Make your suit stand out by paring a neutral with a pop of color. You might wear black on bottom and red on top to achieve this look. Or, go for a classic combo by choosing black and white. Contrast is key when mixing solids.

Two patterns
Mixing two different prints is perhaps the hardest option. You don’t want your suit to feel disjointed or too busy. To avoid such issues, look for similar patterns in different sizes. For example, bottoms with a tight floral print can go well with a top featuring big flowers. Or, try stripped bottoms and a chevron top. As with matching a solid and pattern, make sure the colors your pieces sport are from the same palette. This further prevents clashing. Of course, if you want your two pieces to look like a one-piece, opt for the same pattern on both garments.


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