Beach Clothing for the Sand and Surf


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A quick glance at a packed public beach, and you will see a great variety of people and the beach clothing they wear. What should you wear? Fashions come and go, but there are a few standard types of swimwear you will always see. Manufacturers pay special attention to the needs of every body type and every personality, so somewhere out in a store or on the internet is a bathing suit for you to fall in love with. Whether you wish to stand out or join the crowd, you want to look good, and the bathing suit you wear says a lot about who you are.

1-Piece suits

The traditional 1-piece has always been the favorite at beaches. Not only do most women feel more comfortable in them, there are a huge variety of styles and shapes to fit every body type. Stripes, patterns and colors can flatter your body, and special fabric construction and accessories can shift the focus of your body to other areas. For instance, suits with high cut hips make your legs look longer and your bottom look trimmer. A pear shape can be minimized with embroidery and stylized straps at the bust. A heavy torso can look slimmer with vertical stripes. A busty figure can be balanced by wearing dark colors and no special frills and accessories on the straps and over the bust. A small bust should do the opposite, by adding colors and accessories to the top and straps.

If you are planning on doing a lot of swimming or playing sports, it’s best to wear a 1 piece, as they offer the most strength and support for your activities.


A very popular item for the last decade, a tankini is a 2-piece suit that acts as a 1 piece by covering most of your torso. They are incredibly versatile, offering a huge range of types, construction, and options. You can mix and match a top with a bottom, keeping your look fresh and exciting. They are great for shaping your body, as many tankinis can be built with tummy control panels to comfortably tighten your torso. This type of bathing suit is flirty and fun without showing off too much.


Yes, the celebrated bikini. If you love your curves, show them off! Women will hate you, men will love you. Styles change often, so it’s important to be fashion conscious every season. Bikinis are great for lounging and sun tanning, and come in a variety of colors, patterns and styles. Be careful when you swim or play sports, because the straps and fabric can be flimsy.


Whatever style of bathing suit you decide to wear, accessories always go well with your clothing. Sunglasses, belly rings, beach bags, even hair clips and jewelry help complete your outfit. A sarong wrap around, flip-flops and beach shorts are great for walking or going to a restaurant. Enjoy the sand and surf!

Chris is the author and owner of , an information and resource site on tan through clothing, tanning tips and beach sportswear .


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