Suit Up for Summer

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Style-Bathing Suits CroppedThe mere thought of bare arms and legs is enough to make women retreat back under the duvet to dream of the sizzling summer sun. But just when you think you can't take any more slippery sidewalks and chapped hands, remember, spring break is just around the corner. Despite the coldest temperatures in West Michigan to date this winter, women are beginning to think of swim suit season. Mothers with young children should also unearth last summer's suits to see if they will need replacing.

Summer looks promising for throw back vintage styles, according to Daniel Dykes of Fashionising.com. But no matter what the fashion report says, stay true to your figure this season and accentuate your personal style and beauty.

Your grandmother remembers the vintage cut–high waist bottoms and sweetheart neckline tops–and you can revive it in 2012. Pair a strapless bikini top with bottoms that come up to the belly button to achieve this classic look. For big-busted women, ruffles will suit your hips this season. Balance out a heavier top with ruffles in the nether region.

Prints can elongate the body, especially for women with shorter legs. A suit with high-cut thighs and this season's digital prints trick the eye and compliment the figure. And for the athletic (and brave) beach babe, crochet bikinis influenced by the 1970s will make a splash in 2012.

Of course swimwear is available online all year around, but women know that more than any other piece in their wardrobe that when it comes to swimsuits, one size does not fit all. Try on this summer's suit at these locations around West Michigan.

JC Penny Woodland Mall 3225 28th St SE Grand Rapids, MI 49512
Kohls RiverTown Crossings Mall 3700 RiverTown Parkway, Grandville (or any Kohls locations)
Marshals 4830 Wilson Ave SW #300, Wyoming
TJ Maxx 3200 Alpine Avenue Northwest, Grand Rapids
Target 334 Chicago Drive, Jenison (or any Target location)
Sears The Lakes Mall 5600 Harvey Street, Muskegon
Younkers (for plus size suits) Westshore Mall 12331 James Street, Holland
Dunham's Sports 4311-A Plainfield Avenue Northeast, Grand Rapids Charter Township
Dick's Sporting Goods The Lakes Mall 5560 South Harvey Street, Muskegon

Written by: Erika Fifelski was born and raised in West Michigan, and after a brief stint on the sunrise side, she's home and loving it. Erika enjoys cooking, sewing, vacuuming, and discovering new ways to live sustainably and support local businesses. Source: Daniel Dykes. Photo: Fashioising.com

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