Sunday, June 29, 2014

Burning Up Red Hot: Color Alert

Looking to attract some attention this summer? Then have every eye on the beach drawn to you in your little red bikini. Red is the color of confidence, passion and romance. So it is no surprise that stepping out in an all red bikini or outfit isn't for the faint of heart. Looking to try the trend but need to take a baby step? Try starting with a bright red nail to add a bold accent to any look. Other great ways to rock red this season are by adding in accessories. A statement necklace or a great bag in your favorite shade of red is an easy go to whenever your outfit needs a little pop of color. Ready for the full length look? Red shorts and a tank top are the perfect combination for a day out. Swap out for a sexy red dress and heels for night time fun! However you choose to wear this color you are sure to get the attention you are looking for.

Ready to sizzle on the beach in a red bikini? Shop the look and more HERE

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Many Bikinis of Lauren Conrad

Lauren Conrad first stepped into the spotlight when she was cast in the reality TV show Laguna Beach and later in the spin-off series The Hills. As of late, however Lauren has quickly become known as a major heavy weight in the fashion industry. One of her first steps into the world of fashion was working with Kohl's to launch the clothing line LC Lauren Conrad in 2009. In 2011 she went on to create her Paper Crown line which caters towards a more upscale fashion forward audience.

From writing books to making guest appearances she does it all. But what impresses us, here at AWB, most of all is how she can juggle her growing career and still find time to keep herself in bikini ready shape everyday. LC is known for her amazing body and she isn't afraid to show it. When she isn't hard at work she finds time to enjoy herself out in the sun. What does a fashionable sun worshiper such as herself need plenty of…bikinis! And she sure has a collection. She knows exactly what styles work for her and sticks with them. Since she is a pear shape, bandeau tops look great on her by creating a larger bust and balancing out her bottom half. Her other go to suit is the triangle top bikini. This works for her because the top provides support and the string bottoms allow for adjustability but don't draw any extra attention to the lower half. Leave it to LC to look fresh and fashionable even at the beach.

Shop for your favorite LC inspired looks and more HERE

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Trend Alert: High-Waisted Bikini

Get yourself pin up ready with these amazing high-waisted bikinis straight from the runway. High-waisted suits are figure flattering and help to give women the hourglass figure they are striving for. By providing a little extra coverage these suits are sexy and feminine and leave a little air of mystery. Like all great trends the high-waisted bikini is not new to the fashion world. The beautiful women of the 40's will forever be immortalized in summer in the numerous photos and ads showcasing one of our all time favorite looks. Today this same style is back and better than ever. To keep the look young and modern today's designers take the classic elements and reinvision it for the modern woman. By keeping a more traditional shape to the bottom and adding in cutouts, hardware, and color blocking it all helps to bring this look into the current decade. With so many versions of this suit there is a style that works for nearly all body types. Hourglasses can wear practically all styles as the high-waist helps to accentuate your already existing curves. Apples, look for bottoms with solid colors and paneling on the bottom for a slimming effect and to hide your midsection. So take a cue from the past and look great in the future with any of these amazing high-waisted options.

Loving the look? Shop these styles and more HERE!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Bikini Outfit of the Day: Little Black Bikini

It has been a well known secret of women that black makes us look thinner, and for all intents and purposes this is true. The concept that all black, or all dark colors, makes us appear thinner is for a multitude of reasons. It creates a monochromatic streamline for the eye which isn't broken up by other colors, making you appear longer and thinner. Dark colors also help to hide any bunching or curves in the fabric which would be more visible in lighter colors. When wearing black these imperfections are more difficult to see and therefore creates a more slimming look. The same is true when it comes to a Little Black Bikini (LBB). It helps to hide some of our flaws and always creates a sophisticated, put together look. Below we have selected our favorite LBB for each body shape. By selecting a style that flatters your body type and adds in the slimming effect of dark solid colors, these looks are sure to become your go to LBB.   


Find your perfect Little Black Bikini and more HERE

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Straight From the Runway: Monokini Madness

Caitlin Kelly Swimwear, Aquarella Swimwear, Gottex, Aquaclara
One of our favorite runway trends at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim 2014 in Miami were monokinis. The monokini was originally designed as a topless one piece suit with a wide array of cutouts. Some styles have side or front cutouts or a combination of both. Others have sheer fabric connecting the top piece to the bottom, and some even wrap the fabric around in a unique design to create gaps and openings. Another great feature we loved seeing on the runway was all of the vivid colors, fresh prints, and amazing hardware.

There is a monokini for practically all body shapes. Most are best suited for hourglass figures as they provide additional support at the bust and show off a slim waist with cutouts along the side. Apples and fuller figured shapes may want to look for styles with more coverage around the waist and look more for plunging neckline cutouts. Pears want to look for suits with more detailing along the top half to draw the eye up and create a more proportionate appearance. Lastly, rectangles want to look for styles that create a well defined waist line. Look for suits with side cutouts or ones that have wrap around detailing around the waist. With so many options it's no surprise that the monokini has quickly become the perfect summer must have!

Shop the look and more HERE

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Fanatical for Fringe!

Here at AWB we are absolutely crazy about all things fringe. From shoes to bags we can't get enough of it. So it is no surprise that when it comes to swimwear we are no different. Some of our favorite celebrities such as Rihanna, Ashley Tisdale and Hayden Panettiere have been seen sporting fringe bikinis.

Try mixing and matching with bright colored solids and fun and festive prints.

Fringe adds a fresh twist to a classic solid colored bikini.

Not ready for a fringe bikini? Try one of these amazing fringe skirts. This is a sexy way to implement this trend into your beach wardrobe!

Shop fringe and more trends HERE!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

A Blast From the Past: Retro Style Swimwear

 Retro bathing suits are back in a big way. No matter if it's the 40's, 50's or 60's styles that appeal to you, AWB has all the vintage inspired suits you are looking for. What makes these modern suits so great is the way they have seamlessly merged the old in with the new.

One-piece suits once were the standard in fashionable swimwear. The addition of thin straps or a halter strap as seen above were popular of the times. These suits are given a modern twist with their high cuts and ruched detailing.
Looking for something a little more wild, look for one-pieces with great prints. It's all about the animal, floral and geometric patterns. Sweetheart, bandeau, and plunging necklines all add retro inspired touches.
Are bikinis more your thing? Well we have plenty of great options for you as well. From classic florals to funky prints these bikinis are anything but old. What gives these suits that old time feel is all in the details. Look for suits with ruffles, ties, and structure. Boning and support were all the rage back then so look to suits that can create that illusion. Try out this high waisted geometric print bandeau bikini above. This definitely isn't your grandmother's suit!

Check out all of these styles and more HERE

Monday, June 2, 2014

Bikini Outfit of The Day: White Hot!

With Summer finally here, what better way to show off your tan skin than in a white hot outfit. Everyone knows that wearing white makes your tan pop so we are showing you the best way to wear an all white outfit. This look is perfect for hanging out by the pool, shopping, or meeting up with friends for dinner by the beach.

When we say all white we mean just that, but don't get carried away with trying to match all of your whites. Look for varying shades to add dimension to the outfit. For this look we started with one of our favorite white bikinis, the PilyQ Barcelona Water Lily Bikini. This suit features tie side bottoms and laser cutout detailing. Next we selected a classic short that is casual enough to wear during the day but provides enough structure that they can easily be transitioned into night should the occasion allow. We paired this with a lace tank to add a little feminine touch and a white and gold statement necklace. Finishing off the look is a white and gold cross body bag, neutral colored sandals, sparkling white nail polish, and the perfect pair of sunglasses.

How do you wear white?

Shop the look and more HERE