Chic Swimwear

Local pools may be closed, but that won’t deter the sun worshipers in Kansas City. Whether you’re sunning on the patio or running through the kids’ sprinkler, there’s no reason to do it in last year’s suit. We spoke to two experts in all things swim, Nani Nalu founder Jennifer Cermack and Swimwear Solution’s Laurel Jones, about what to look for when you want to beat the heat.

Mix It Up

Jones says that the halter is out—necklines are taking different forms. Swim tops are getting more creative—from cropped bra tops and squared-off tank styles to off-the-shoulder ruffles. On the bottom, the high waist is in, either with a lower-cut, vintage-inspired leg, or with a higher, cheekier leg cut. Combine the two trends in this polka-dot number. Suit by Unique Vintage, ruffle top, $69; high-waist bottom, $56; available at Swimwear Solution (Overland Park). 

Tie One On

As the fashion world goes, so goes swimwear. Jones is seeing lots of tie-dye in vivid colors. Splash some neon tie-dye on this one-shouldered, high-waisted and cut bikini for the best of all worlds. Suit by Becca, one-shoulder top, $69, high-waist bottom, $59, available at Swimwear Solution (Overland Park).

The New Classics

Tie-dye a little too much for you? Cermack suggests earth tones are a stylish way to jog away from black while still flattering everyone. Bonus? Earth tones create a beautiful canvas for statement cover-ups or jewelry. Jets Radiance cut-out suit, $235; Enchantment kimono, $187; at Nani Nalu (Country Club Plaza).

Jewel Tones

Black will always work, but Cermack and Jones agree that the vivid colors of emerald, aqua, and topaz are everywhere this season. Go bold with a Robin Piccone suit in bright ruby to combine comfort and pop. Suit by Robin Piccone, Ava tee, $98; bottom, $78; at Nani Nalu (Country Club Plaza).

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