Escape with Style
BY SUSAN HORNIK
With the cold weather freezing much of the country, you might well be ready to jet off for some winter sun! But before you go, you might want a few getaway wardrobe tips!
While at Aruba In Style, a four day spring pad that has grown to become the most prominent fashion event throughout the Caribbean and Latin America, Fiftyisthenewfifty.com’s Susan Hornik interviewed fashion designer Berjheny Del Mar during her fashion show about what bathing suits look good on women. Whether you are jetting off to the tropical islands of the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean or anything in between, you will want to read her sage wisdom for the ultimate in poolside and beachside glamour.
“Choose the perfect bikini for you,” Perez said. “I’m all for following trends as guidance and taking advantage of the colors and shapes of the season, but you have to make sure that your swimsuit is perfect for your body type, complexion and overall that makes you feel like you. Don’t go all crazy on colors, patterns and shapes that are not your style just because they are the latest trend.”
A surprising fact when considering when choosing a swimsuit is the cut—Perez believes that women should not try to “cover” too much. “Less coverage bottoms like the Brazilian or cheeky cut make your bottom actually look better and smaller. The cut of the leg is also very important because a bit higher cut makes your legs look longer,” she acknowledged.
“If you need bust support, try a bikini with underwiring or a bralette with boning on the sides,” Perez added. “A halter neck is also a good choice. They enhance your curves and are really comfortable. Make sure they have thin padding if you want to add definition to your bust.”
To enhance a smaller bust, Perez believes that a bikini with padding or a push up bikini top would work. “Bandeau styles and anything with frills, ruffles, small prints and top center accessories will subtly enhance a smaller chest,” she said.
For the fuller figure out there, Perez had valuable advice: “To flatter a fuller figure, maillots are the best options; a one piece with a sweetheart neckline and a slighter cut pant will accentuate your waist. It’s perfect for looking elegant and classy–they are my favorite!”
Perez also prefers that women choose flattering and versatile cover ups, something that can transition you from the beach into the city.
“Maxi dresses are elegant and chic. I personally love long shirtdresses and short tunics and caftans. They are lightweight and practical. During the day, you can wear them with sandals on top of your swimsuit and at night, just add some accessories and high heels,” Perez noted.
Just how much to accessorize? “I think accessories should be minimal, just enough to turn those easy cover ups into fancier-looking outfits,” she said.
Featuring a series of runway shows, pool and beachside presentations, private parties, island tours, Aruba in Style was made possible by the Aruba Tourism Authority and the Aruba Fashion Group LLC.
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Susan L. Hornik has written on almost every aspect of the domestic and international television and film business for the past 20 years. In addition to writing, her passions include animal rescue, writing a memoir, and striving to make a difference in the world. She is looking forward to writing an abundance of celebrity content for fiftyisthenewfifty.com