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Summer's hot swimwear styles for women, men

May 31, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The pool is now open at the Annenberg Community Beach House, and I joined HauteLook.com to talk bathing suits.

Whether you spend your summers by the pool or by the beach, swimsuits are so important to Southern California. However, it's not always fun to try on new bikinis. For some people, it can be stressful.

"I love the summertime, but you know, shopping for bathing suits can be a real hassle," said model and surfer Brandi Bondoc of Huntington Beach.

Carlota Espinosa of HauteLook.com brought along multiple examples of this season's hottest trends and go-to's for the ladies and the fellas.

In addition to the highly-coveted summer styles, Espinosa said HauteLook.com also provides swimsuits that can help or hide "imperfections."

"Ultimately, a bathing suit should make you feel great. You don't want to get it too small. You don't want to get it too big. You can find the right suit-- It is out there for you," said Espinosa.

This summer, expect to see a wide variety of vibrant, colorful prints. Tie-dye has made a strong comeback, and Bondoc really likes the blue-toned string bikini she modeled from Vix Swimwear.

Other hot styles to look out for include brightly-colored floral prints, such as Shoshanna's halter style two-piece, featured on model Marilla Moreno.

"This is also very figure-flattering, it's very retro," said Espinosa. "Retro is back, so this is very 60s-inspired."

Some suits perform double-duty: They look attractive and target so-called "problem areas" of the body. For example, there's one provided by Maidenform.

"This is actually a great 'tankini', but what we love about this, it actually has material that sucks in your tummy," said Espinosa.

Another Shoshanna creation includes a jeweled one-piece suit with built-in enforcement along the chest area. It is almost comparable to sticky tape, providing extra protection against embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions.

Another popular suit is the aquamarine colored 'Cha Cha Cha' bikini from Letarte.

"It's a fun suit," said Espinosa. "The ruffles can emphasize or add to the upper side of the body."

Can't forget about the guys! Espinosa instructs men to stick with a surfer-style swim short, a "classic."

"Being from Southern California, Speedos aren't for us, we're more about the board shorts," said Andy Belinski of Los Angeles.

Belinski tried on several pairs, and felt quite comfortable in the solid orange-colored trunks.

Espinosa also was impressed with the Hawaiian print shorts from Old Navy.

Throw on a wide floppy hat and vintage looking sunglasses, and we are all ready for some summer fun!

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