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Latest & Greatest: Not-So-Basic Black Swimsuits

It’s that time of year again where the sun is peeking out and I’m starting to pull together travel plans with family and friends. On the list so far: Palm Springs in April with Joey and a bunch of Italian cities plus Marrakech with my Aunt Shannon in October. Inevitably, as I think about traveling and what to pack, swimsuits are on my mind.

Swimsuits are that one piece in my wardrobe that I never think about in daily life (I’m in Portland and don’t have a pool, after all) but when I travel, there’s usually a hotel pool or beach nearby.

Wherever I go, I always throw a basic black swimsuit in my suitcase, even when I think I won’t need it. Any time I have forgotten to pack one, I’ve always regretted it! Case in point: that time Gala and I went to Iceland in Winter (hey, the tickets were cheap!) and caught a tour bus to the Blue Lagoon during a snowstorm. I’d forgotten my swimsuit and had to squeeze into her spare too-small, brightly patterned Forever 21 bikini while the more prepared women in our changing room slipped into solid black, practical one-pieces. I took one look in the mirror and it was hilarious and awkward all at the same time!

Even though I know a basic black swimsuit will serve me much better over time and always goes with whatever wacky accessories I pair with it, let’s get real here: it’s so easy to get shiny object syndrome as you’re scrolling through websites and end up with a suit covered in a garish galaxy print, neon patterns or ironic slogans (please tell me I’m not the only one). In contrast, a black swimsuit is sophisticated, works in any environment and never looks dated.

Here are a few of my picks of the season:

1. Mesh rash guard, 2. mesh panel swimsuit, 3. cut-out swimsuit, 4. plunging back swimsuit, 5. fishnet cover-up, 6. mock-neck bikini top, 7. stripe trim bikini top and 8. Warhol palm swimsuit.

P.S. See that swimsuit in the top photo? It was a total score from ASOS a few years back that I sadly forgot in a Palm Springs hotel room! Still searching a replacement…let me know if you spot something similar!



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