Picture this: the gloomy grey skies have parted and the last of the wintry sludge is sliding off the city. Finally, weather warm enough for a dip! You skip over to your swimwear storage container, and boom — you’re confronted with the horror of mismatched pieces galore. What closet goblins got ahold of your beloved bathing suits?! A fate worse than losing a sock or two to the dryer, your bikinis appear to be in total disarray. But wait! Could this just be an opportunity to try something new?
ModStylist Domonique believes in the power of a good mix ‘n’ match, and she graciously shared her outfitting brilliance with us. The tides are changing in the swimwear world (heh, heh), and below is a proud presentation of her thoughtful advice for refreshing your swimwear game:
Start with Simplicity
Combining a printed top with a solid bottom (or vice versa) is the perfect introduction to creative swimwear mixing. A fine way to get your toes wet, if you will!
Master Your Motif
Of course matching striped bottoms would look darling with this ModCloth-exclusive rash guard, but its anchor-printed raglan sleeves practically beg for the addition for a pair of sassy red bottoms to amplify its nautical vibe.
It’s All in the Color Family
Keep your chosen prints within the same color family for a quirky-yet-cohesive look. Here, Dom set a solid foundation with the navy base hue of both pieces, and played up the print mix with their respective red accents.
Boldness? You Bet!
Blending a spot-sprinkled yellow top with an aqua blue bottom patterned with tropical flowers, butterflies, and bees might sound like madness, but the key for making this jaw-dropping look work is the marriage of retro silhouettes, the aforementioned attention to color families, and an air of confidence.
Indulge Your Imagination
Once you’ve got the basics down pat, take your bikini creativity to the next level by experimenting with extra-special details like sassy straps, mesh cutouts, and imaginative silhouettes.
So, that box of swimsuits you’ve come to fear at the start of each sunny season? Consider its match officially met — especially with the addition of a few fresh, new pieces!
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