Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Swimsuits in the East Bay

If you were inspired yesterday to go out and get a cute summer swimsuit, we have a few recommendations for places to shop. If you really dug the vintage look and would like the real deal for yourself, two of our favorite East Bay vintage shops, The Pretty Penny and Down at Lulu's, both carry a great selection of retro maillots. Unfortunately, my camera is M.I.A., so I wasn't able to capture any of these beauties on film, but rest assured that the selection is awesome. And the ladies at The PP promised a new selection any day now. Be unique and buy vintage!

And although we don't usually like to recommend shopping at the bigger chain stores, this season there are some great finds in a variety of price ranges at some of the bigger box stores. Our favorite selection of retro style swimsuits this season is at Urban Outfitters.

This cute sailor style suit would work on a variety of body types (whether sleek or curvy) and is simply adorable. We also really liked this ruffly black one-piece because of it's boy short style bottom with those cute little ruffles for extra coverage on the thighs.

And if you're looking for a two-piece with more coverage (and you didn't get enough ruffles with the one-piece) check out this adorable navy bikini.

Although it seemed the bulk of UO's collection this season is vintage-inspired, they do have a really pretty deep-v navy one-piece that's very sexy.

A great store to find simple but sexy suits is American Apparel, the best place in the East Bay to find this season's metallic and cut-out styles. It's also a great store to find really simple, solid color one-pieces and basic bikinis. Our favorite looks from AA are:

If you're feeling bold and sassy this summer, check out this awesome number reminiscent of 80's aerobics classes and combining two of this season's best looks - the bandeau bikini top and the deep-v one piece.

AA also has a great selection of cut-out suits. We especially liked the side cut-outs on this aqua swimsuit.

And if you're looking for something in metallics, check out this sexy bandeau bikini top in a shiny purple. We also just love American Apparel because their models look like real people and all of their clothes are made in California! Yeah!

Get swimming at:
2590 Bancroft Way
(510) 486-1300

2315 Telegraph Ave
(510) 981-1641

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