Swimwear fashions for 2008

May 20, 2008 5:09:55 AM PDT
We asked fashion consultant Nicole Cashman for the lowdown on swim and beach wear for 2008.She took us to South Moon Under, 1731 Chestnut Street in Center City, where we saw all the looks for our story. They're also located on Lancaster Avenue in Wayne, PA, and online at http://www.southmoonunder.com.

What follows is a list of all the articles shown in our feature, plus a few more.

2008 Swimwear Fashion Trends

Keep your summer wardrobe updated with these hot trends. For women this summer it's all about bright colors and the updated one-piece. Men have great options ranging from bold brights to preppy plaid to mod prints.

But the most important thing, is always fit and comfort. Take extra time to move around in the dressing room and make sure you have enough coverage.

Highlighted Trends for Women

· Bright Colors

· The One Piece

· Cutaway suit

Highlighted Trends for Men

· Rainbow Brights

· Preppy Plaid

· Mod Graphics

All clothing and accessories available at South Moon Under, 1731 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, 215-563-2298, or 205 West Lancaster Ave, Wayne, PA, 610-964-9064.

Women Styles

1. Bright Color

Bright colors were huge this spring and the trend picks up steam in this season's hottest suits. A Trina Turk bikini features bright aqua geometric circles on a pretty gray background. The halter top offers great support with ties at the neck, an adjustable clasp in the back and an underwire at the bust. Silver hardware at the center of the bust and on the hips adds structure and sophistication.

Choose a cover-up that doesn't hid this pretty bikini. An ultra-chic white lace bandeau dress is the perfect piece to take you from the beach to the street. Finish your look with a pair of white patent leather sandals to accent the hardware and large tote to hold all of your beach necessities.

· Trina Turk aqua Cheerios underwire bikini, $148

· Bswim sheer lace cover-up dress, $80

· Na Na Patent leather t-strap sandal, $39.95

· Alexia Crawford Silver Shiny Bangle Set, $24.00

2. One Piece

The updated one piece is the biggest trend this summer. It's shedding its dowdy image with plunging necklines and a great shape. This red Le Blanca Plunge goddess one piece has a touch of Marilyn Monroe to it. The rouching featured at middle slims the waist and gives your figure an hourglass shape.

The low cut accentuates the backs and shoulders and the plunging neckline shows off the bust in just the right way. A black oversized cardigan with puff sleeves and oversized sunglasses complete this glamorous look.

· Le Blanca Plunge Goddess one piece, $120

· Frenzii black covered button cardigan, $62

· Kate Spade oversized sunglasses, $168

· Pazzo Geo Shaped Thong Flat, $39.95

· Adia Kibur Twisted Wood Necklace, $38.00

3. Bandeau one-piece

Here is a different twist on the classic one piece. This sexy suit has a bandeau top - perfect for when you want a bit more coverage, but don't want to sacrifice style. The mod pink and brown graphic print keeps this suit looking fresh and young.

Pair this suit with an open knit babydoll sweater and some great gladiator sandals for a trendy of the moment look.

· DKNY pink and brown cutaway one-piece, $106

· Free People brown capsleeve cardigan, $138

· Mia Gladiator Sandal w/Ankle Straps, $69


1. Preppy

The plaid trend that hit the runways this fall has carried over into men's swimwear this summer. Toughen up these red, black and white plaid trunks with a black and white graphic tee. Reef flip-flops are the perfect beach staple for every guy.

· Hurley black, white and red plaid surf trunks, $49.50

· Insight black and white graphic tee, $35

· Reef Stuyak flip-flop, $20

· Retrosport Flyers Cap, $35

2. Rainbow Brights

Bright colors aren't just for the girls! These rainbow-striped board shorts will cause a scene while you ride the waves. Billabong has long been a surfer's favorite brand and they even include a surf comb in the cargo pocket. With standout short, you'll want to keep the rest of your outfit simple. Pair a super soft tee to match one of the many bright colors featured in the trunks and some great aviator shades.

· Billabong Pinata surf trunk, $49.50

· Tailgate yellow vintage tee, $29.50

· Rainbow flip-flops, $45

· Von Zipper Papa G sunglasses, $85

3. Fashion Forward Mod

This mod geometric print surf trunk is perfect for the trend-conscious man. This red, blue, black and grey tile print suit with oversized logo patch gives an edge to the classic board short. Mix it with a graphic print tee with similar colors for a bold look. An oversized hoodie is also a great layering piece for keeping you warm after the sun goes down.

· Volcom tiled mod surf trunk, $55

· Friend or Foe Monk blue tee, $55

· Ever zip-front hooded sweatshirt, $175

· Reef Stuyak flip-flop, $20