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Dive into Summer

It seems fitting to talk about swimwear for this issue of 517 Magazine.

Spring may be when Michigan blooms, but July is when the fruits of all the state has to offer are ripe for harvest.

July is my favorite month to be a Michigander. For me, it’s the time when Michigan shines with beautiful skies and sunsets, warm lake waters, the smell of grills and campfires, and an exciting energy that is palpable. It’s the one month of the year where I wake up and put on a swimsuit and coverup — and that’s my outfit of the day, aka #OOTD. So it seems fitting to talk about swimwear for this issue of 517 Magazine.

The idea of swimsuit shopping for most people, myself included, can be an anxiety-invoking event, but it doesn’t have to be. I recently discovered Prime Wardrobe is offered to Amazon Prime members. This service is like a personal shopping experience. It allows you to select up to eight items they send to you free, and you pay for only what you keep. You can order up to eight swimsuits to try in the privacy and lighting of your own home.

Now that we’ve explored a new buying option, here are some trends to be on the lookout for. For those of us that prefer a one piece, there are some interesting designs with cutouts, mixed patterns and prints. This mixing of patterns and cutouts give the perception of a bikini from the back, which is a fun detail. Also, asymmetrical designs with ruching can be extremely figure flattering.

And for bikini lovers, bright, neon colors are hot for the summer. Cute tops with chest straps that wrap around and tie, either in the front or back, are an ideal choice. The high-waisted bottom option with tops that have a puff sleeve are fun with a wrap skirt for a pool-party option.

Whatever option you decide to go with, I hope your summer is as fabulous as your swimsuit.

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