East Coast vs. West Coast: Beachwear

There’s long been a coastal rivalry between the East and the West, which extends far beyond Biggie and Tupac. It dates back to those who wished to stay where our nation was founded and those who wanted to go on an adventure, trying their luck out West. For fashion purposes, it’s also extends to beachwear. We looked at the hottest swimwear earlier this summer, but now let’s break it down by region.

East Coast

If you’ve ever visited New York or Boston, you know people there take a very direct, no-nonsense approach to life. Beach combers like to look cool and chic, but looks there are very functional and more serious than their West coast counterparts. Overall, you’re also likely to find people more covered than in the West.

On the East coast, you’ll see lots of metallic shades in all swimwear and beachwear; they like a more severe look out there. More sporty influences are also the rage (try out a crop top the next time you’re headed to the beach). Classic, retro wear is another in option. Those on the East coast looking to show their sexy side a little more go with cutouts. These are one-piece suits that show skin without revealing everything.

West Coast

When those first pioneers started out West, they didn’t know what they were going to find and prepared themselves for adventure. This same sense of bold fearlessness is still alive on the West coast where people like to be casual, fun, flirty, and playful with all their clothes. Everything tends to be tighter and more form fitting while bohemian vibes abound.

Let your inner bohemian girl go wild with crochet accents at the beach this summer (just remember to water test first). Fringe and ruffles are also very big on the West coast this year, which is definitely something you would rarely see on the East coast. West coast style is a little louder, so you’re going to see a lot more graphics this year out there than on the East coast. Besides flower child prints, fashionistas are rocking all sorts of crazy prints and graphics.

2013 Summer Swimsuits

Summer weather is here, and it’s time to hit the beach! Before getting a tan, it’s important to take a look at your swimsuits. Many have likely fallen out of fashion since you bought them; I finally had to say goodbye to my denim tankini from 2005. Others likely have worn out from pool chlorine and repeated washing. Wearing a swimsuit can be nerve wracking for many ladies, and it doesn’t help when your bottoms look like a saggy diaper. Don’t worry, though. We’ve assembled a list of hot 2013 summer swimsuit trends.

Your Guide to Beach Season

  • Color Blocking: A runway trend for years, color-blocked suits are big this summer. These are sportier and great for women who need more support than those skimpy triangle tops. Don’t be afraid to be bold and embrace color-blocked prints.
  • Crochet Accents: These are loved by bohemian girls like Vanessa Hudgens. Fight the urge to go full-on hippie with minimal accessories. Be sure to water test these, too; it’s probably best to avoid any crocheted bikini tops you see on Etsy.
  • Cutouts: one-piece cutouts have been a trend for a few years now, and they’re still hot. These are perfect for anyone who wants to strike a sexy beach pose, but maybe isn’t comfortable with showing everything off in a tiny bikini. You may not want to wear these all the time, though, as you can wind up with some strange tan lines.
  • Graphic One-Piece: One-pieces with photorealistic designs are super big this year. Vendors like Black Milk Clothing have bikinis with galaxies, Gameboys, and even Darth Vader. Don’t be afraid to get crazy!
  • Vintage Look: Retro-inspired swimsuits continue to be in this summer. Going with one-pieces, a swimsuit with boyish leg holes and a pushup top can actually be very sexy as long as you have a good cut and a fun print. Another option that’s popular this summer is a high-waisted bikini. These are perfect for people who want stomach coverage, but feel dowdy wearing a one piece.
  • All White: Wearing all white is incredibly in this year in all levels of fashion. Going all white or accenting with a bit of gold will turn you into an alluring beach goddess. This can be bad if you’re pale as a ghost, so catch some sun before trying it out. Like the crochet bikinis, you also want to test out a white swimsuit, unless see-through is what you’re going for.