Mix, Match, and Make a Splash: A ModStylist Gives Her Swimwear Tips

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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

Pictured: Set the Serene Swimsuit Top in Floral Medallions, Sunbathing Beauty Swimsuit Bottom in Grape

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

Pictured: Paddleboard Tutorial Rash Guard, Sunbathing Beauty Swimsuit Bottom in Ruby

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

bikinis, bikiniPictured: Open Water Whim Swimsuit Top, Beach Blanket Bingo Swimsuit Bottom in Navy Dots

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!

Pictured: Sunlight Showcase Swimsuit Top, Waterfront Flaunt Swimsuit Bottom

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

Pictured: Scenic Dream Swimsuit Top, Calm With the Current Swimsuit Bottom

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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About Savannah

If there's something happening on stage, you can probably find Savannah there smiling with arms crossed, from house shows and dramatic theater productions to faraway metal gigs and full-on festivals. Otherwise, she spends her days elbows-deep in carb-heavy meals, rattling about years spent overseas, and testing the creative limits of an all-black wardrobe.

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