Get trendy swimsuits for less

July 2, 2010 3:25:07 PM PDT
"Bathing suits can cost upwards of $100-$200," says Style Expert Alison Deyette. "And when you see that little bit of fabric, it's a little ridiculous that it costs that much to cover so little of your body." That's why Deyette suggests getting a bigger splash for your buck by shopping for trendy bathing suits at off-price stores like Marshall's and T-J Maxx. "You can scoop up those fabulous brands that would've been costing up to $200, but you can scoop 'em up for $25-$50," she says. "So when you can get a bathing suit for that little, it's great. You can maybe buy two swimsuits this season. " The big new trend this year is the one-shoulder suit, like one that was modeled for us. It was from Marc by Marc Jacobs. "On our model Noelle is one of my favorite trends this season," Deyette explains. "Which is the one-shoulder, one-piece. It's a very whimsical style. At the store it's $130, we scooped it up for $50 at T.J .Maxx. " Other trendy suits can also help camouflage some common figure "challenges." Deyette showed us a tankini by DKNY that she says is great for making the most of an hourglass figure. "Her swimsuit is only $25 and has the ruching in the front, the ruching on the sides, it's kind of a retro in style, has the halter-style, so it gives lift, gives a little cleavage," Deyette says. "But also flattens the tummy area." If you want to make a boy-shape look curvier, Deyette suggests something with cutouts or embellishments like a suit she shows us by ABS. "We have a fabulous swimsuit that was over $100, we scoop it up for $29 and it has fabulous ornametnation coming down the center," Deyette explains. "Because it's got the beading down the center, the cutouts on the side, it actully creates curves on her body, which is ideal for a boy shape." If you have skinny legs, a suit like the polka-dot bikini from Guess that Deyette showed us can be a good choice. "Skinnier legs can pull off the boy shorts," Deyette says. "And that's what we're seeing on Elise. She's got the halter top in the polka dots, but the boy shorts bottom with the little tie on the bottom and her swimsuit is also only $25. " Among Deyette's other tips, don't get upset if you have to try on 10-15 suits before you find one you like. That's about average. She also suggests bringing you favorite flip-flops or sandals to the dressing room so you can get a complete look. And she says it's a good idea to wear a thong, so that you see what the suit really looks like, without bulkier panties hanging out as you try it on. Finally, she says,"Don't hestitate to ask the salesperson.'Is there more in the back? Are there some other sizes?' because I've actually found that if they have had it in the back they've brought it out for me. " For a Marshall's location near you, click here. For a T.J. Maxx location near you, click here. To learn more about Alison Deyette, click here.

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