Spring break finally—finally—has arrived, and Minnesotans are reconnecting with the skin beneath their 17 layers of wool and cashmere. (A spray tan goes a long way toward easing that transition.) Here’s what’s selling at two Twin Cities specialty swimwear boutiques, Nani Nalu at 50th & France and Big Island Swim & Surf in Excelsior.
1. Sexy Back. If you feel the need to conceal your front, try a low cut back. It will take you from kiddie pool to the adults only area in style.
2. Sheer confidence. Choose a cover up that hints at what's underneath, in sheer fabric or crochet.
3. High Waist. Nani Nalu owner Jennifer Cermak says women want high-waist bikinis, even though it’s a style that is challenging on most body types. “If you’re stick figure thin with no curves," Cermak says, "you can pull any high-waist off.” (And anything else, really.) “Add any amount of curve and it becomes hit or miss which styles you can do. I love the Shan high-waist with a soft edge at the top of the bottom that prevents a huge pinch into the torso, keeping the silhouette smooth. Plus the balcony bra and the adorable bright but sophisticated print keeps the suit totally modern.”
4. Go Tribal. Next to those never-out-of-style stripes and florals, tribal prints are big this season, especially in bright, tropical colors.
5. Or, do a solid. Prints are fun, but a solid color tankini can be especially flattering. Try navy or plum.
6. Cropped rash guard. I have a hard time imagining anyone over the age of 18 purposely wanting to wear a cropped rash guard, but Big Island owner Brittany Reger assures me they are big sellers this season because of their “versatility.” “You can wear them on a paddle board all day and with a maxi for night on the town.” She might have lost me at the “all day” part, but if you’ve got the body and the stamina, it’s a great look.