By ALISON CONNOLLY
If it wasn’t already obvious, I have a tendency to feature swimwear brands that are more fashion than function (as in, you’re not going to enter any swimming competitions in the brands I feature), but that’s not to say a brand cannot accomplish both. Colombian brand Maygel Coronel clearly captures the fashion element, but it’s just as functional when it comes to fit, its ability to crossover from swim to ready-to-wear, and its undeniable ability to make a poolside statement.… ...Read more
By HOLLY JACKSON
Pour Moi was one of the first brands I ever tried in my early 20’s when I started looking for better bras. I had pretty much no idea what my size really was, but I knew it was outside of what any “normal” store carried. Pour Moi bras not only helped me find my size but were attractive enough to make me feel like I could wear the same kinds of lingerie that all my less curvy friends did.… ...Read more
By HOLLY JACKSON
Everyone hates hand washing lingerie, but I’ve always felt like it’s little better when I get to use Soak. I’ve been a personal fan of this no rinse-free lingerie wash for years: Perfect for busy or lazy people who hate chores (I identify as both). What I didn’t know until I attended Curve NYC in February was how much Soak cares about sustainability and the environment.
Packaging is a huge issue when it comes to lingerie and it’s associated products.… ...Read more
In our continuing effort to share the best beach and pool wear with our readers, Maison Lejaby’s expertise in lingerie fit and development is on display here. Harking back to the golden years in Hollywood and the eternal allure of the west coast lifestyle, Maison Lejaby has created a modern swimwear collection saturated with the colors of the California landscape. Styled to capture the sleek, chic style that defines the brand’s unique French signature, these seven collections embody a timeless design ethos.… ...Read more
By ELLEN LEWIS
Rosa Faia (with Econyl® fabric)
The retail swim season takes off this month as winter sets in and the big escape begins. I confess that I am no swimwear maven, but I have been exposed to the category during my entire Lingerie career. Swimwear shares many of the fit and function issues as innerwear, particularly bras, panties and shapewear. It’s an important category for many Intimate Apparel boutiques, because it shares the same concerns with body issues with which women often struggle.… ...Read more
One thing I really appreciate about the Parfait brand is the intensity of due diligence they have done since they launched in 2010. A successful foray into large cup, plus size intimates (up to a K cup, UK sizing) in which construction details and fit issues can make or break a business, has enabled their new Aqua Swimwear initiative. The swimsuits and cover-ups are trendy statements engineered for a curvy woman who needs bathing suits with full on bra support and comfort.… ...Read more
By KIMBERLY BERGER
It’s buying season for the swimwear industry and I have been on the go since July. The Swim Show in Miami, MAGIC and Curve in Las Vegas and Surf Expo in Orlando all provide an opportunity to preview what is new for the coming season and I attend them all. The swimwear trends for 2020 are a celebration of the natural beauty of Mother Nature and make promises to lessen our impact on the environment.
Fabrics created with recycled plastics are trending in the industry.… ...Read more