Victoria’s Secret 2012 Bikinis

Last year y’all loved my post about Victoria’s Secret’s newest bathing suits so you could go out and look sexy for spring break, summer and other scantily-clad occasions.

This year I’m bringing back all the strings, strapless and neon to highlight some of my favorites and dish out some more beach body tips.

Victoria's Secret bikini in coral and print

Victoria's Secret bikini in coral and floral print with a boost!

This little number has several assets worth noting– first, the color is so in right now. Coral can be found in all kinds of attire from skirts to jeans but I especially like it on this tropical-themed suit. The cute and sweet floral print top balances the sexy ruched bottoms. Don’t be fooled by the sweetness though, under those tropical flowers is a boost for the girls giving you extra oomph (for those of us that need it)! The pattern is perfect for those of us who enjoy being girly but don’t want to look like a little girl!

One of the reasons its nice to shop Victoria’s Secret is because once you’ve gotten one- you generally know what to order from then on. I can always reference a suit from last year and order a new one online without having to trouble myself with going to a store. The last thing I want to spend my weekend doing is shedding my clothes and agonizing over whether or not the yellow bottoms are better than the lime green on my skin tone or if that top gives me side boob.

So on that note- suppose you order the wrong size or color or you’re just not feelin’ it anymore once your bikini arrives? Well, Victoria’s Secret shipping bags are reusable and you can just slap on the included return handling information and either exchange it or get a refund. Trust me, I know this works because I have even exchanged the same top multiple times with no consequence to me. How convenient!

Neon bikini with animal print bottom

Neon bikini with a muted animal print bottom, perfect for grabbing attention!

So here’s another tip– if there’s anything I’ve learned from my most recent workout habits, neon makes everything look better! After a couple weeks of successful cardio on a schedule, I rewarded myself with some new workout gear. I purchased two VS sports bras, one in neon green and the other neon pink. I walked in front of the mirror and it was like an instant improvement. I can’t explain why but something about neon just makes you look amazing (within reason of course).

This leads me to bathing suit recommendation number two– neon bandeau top with a fun animal print bottom. These bottoms are the same as the first bikini I showed off. There are actually 29 different variations of those exact bottoms and they can be paired with at least 20 different tops so there’s a lesser chance you’ll be wearing the same outfit as the Brazilian babe 20 ft. away on the beach.

Ruffles add volume on to boobs on this bikini

Ruffles add volume to itty-bitties and provide the illusion of bigger cups.

One way you can show off what you’ve got and emphasize your strengths is to consider color and cut that’s best for your body type. If you have small breasts, try a push-up or ruffles. Ruffles can add a lot of volume and don’t have irritation of a bunch of padding. Try this one- (although it has underwire, padding AND ruffles). The same can apply to ruffles on the bottom instead of the top- it adds volume.

Another style that can work wonders is shine. Sequins, metallic and jeweled embellishments are great ways to grab attention in all the right places. However, make sure when you’re rocking the sequin bikini you won’t be snorkeling with barracudas or tanning in the backyard- it might be a little flashy for those occasions.

Color, as I mentioned earlier, is really important to consider when choosing a suit. What looks good on the model might look awful on you (and not always because there a size 0 and you might not be.) I always take my hair color and level of tanness into account before settling on one suit. Sometimes darker colors (like plum or navy) can make a pale person look that much more pale. Go for something more bright and cheery to be safe!

Another important tip is string size! Always remember that if you have any extra fat, the smaller the string, the more it’s going to dig in. If you look better in lacy panties because they don’t create a crease why would you all the sudden spring for the string bottoms?? No. To assure you aren’t emphasizing extra body weight, shoot for a larger band on the side of tops and bottoms (and of course order the RIGHT size, not the size you WISH you were!) For those with bigger breasts and butts, sometimes more coverage is better. All cleavage is not necessarily good cleavage- if you remember one thing in life- let it be that!

More coverage and support bikini

More coverage and support here are better for big breasts, and more flattering too!

Small triangle top and string bottom bikini

Small triangle top and string bottom bikini for smaller butts and boobs works fine.

Here’s an example of basically the same suit with a small set model and a model with larger breasts– notice how smaller goes with smaller and larger goes with larger- this applies to you also!

Finally don’t forget to get a nice glow (in a safe way) before you head out to the beach. Once you’re there use at least 15 SPF to protect (or if you wanna little more UV rays try 8 SPF but anything is better than nothing!) Read some more tips about getting a great– fake– tan on my post about sunless tanners.

So if you can remember to focus on color, cut and body type, you should be golden (literally) this year when showing off your bikini and bod. Enjoy the spring and summer season and don’t forget it’s never too late to be great, in a bikini!

Until next time,

Callie

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Neon Striped Suit

Busty Bathing Suits!

Hello bombshell! By now if you don’t know what that means, you are highly overdue for a trip to the mall, girlfriend. However, this post is all about swimsuits, not bras, which is why the bombshell is so exciting!

Sequin suit

Sequin bathing suit

Now we can not only swindle helpless men into thinking that “the girls” are twice as big as real life when we’re at the bar, we can do it at the beach too! What’s wrong with a little white lie?

Victoria’s Secret’s new line of bathing suits have it all, Biofit (my personal fave, not as extreme as the Bombshell), Bombshell, Very Sexy, etc. From halter tops to tankinis to strapless- the new styles come in all shapes, colors and fits. Also this year’s suits are bedazzled more than a crafty sorority girl’s scrapbook, bright and colorful and of course, sexy.

So to start things off I’ll show my personal neon-striped favorite.

Neon Striped Suit

The neon-striped suit top is $24 and the bottoms are $16

Spring break started calling my name as soon as I saw this mix and match pair, and not to mention it is so cheap! Not only will this little number get plenty of attention, for small busted girls the strapless can be a good option. I’m not a fan of the tie bottom but that’s the beauty of mix and match, you can get whatever your preference is in the patterns you like best.

Next up I really liked this Bombshell suit with metallic rhinestones. If you’re daring enough to really pump up the volume so to speak, then I say go for this option. It looks sophisticated and fun all in one.

Sexy and Sophisticated swimsuit

Sexy and Sophisticated suit

Finally, my last two favorites are bright and bold. One is a halter if you need some extra support with a more modest (more than a string bikini at least) bottom. The other would be great on any skinny-minny and has bright sequins on the top for some sparkle. Either one would be a great choice and are reasonably priced for the brand name. For the halter the top is $38 and the bottom is $28. For the sequin top and matching low rise bottoms you’ll pay $44 and $16.

Halter top swimsuit

Halter top swimsuit

Find all of your favorites, customize the print and styles you like, figure out how much padding you want or if you want to go natural and you can get a great suit for spring break. Visit Victoria’s Secret swimwear for 2011’s stunning options.

Come back again soon for an update on spray tans!

Dishing Victoria’s Secret

So for those of us who were not, as my cousin said, “blessed” in the chest area this is definitely one of our guilty pleasures. Plus, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here’s a little advice for “the girls.”  

So fellas, in case you were unaware, yes we do wear push-up bras. And yes we like it.

So even though Victoria’s Secret supposedly tries to make us feel better by making their bra sizes smaller thus making our boobs seem bigger, it doesn’t cut it. If it did they wouldn’t be coming out with bras like the Bombshell, which I don’t own but is claimed to boost us two cup sizes. (Future investment perhaps.)

What is this obsession with having bigger boobs than whatever you were born with? I have no idea but I do know, no matter who you are, we all like to show off “the girls” sometimes.

For us who were not “blessed” the Bombshell is one way to do it, for others they prefer plastic and then of course there’s just the natural fun bags (lucky you, this blog is irrelevant). 

I’m no doctor so I wouldn’t dare delve into the realm of plastic surgery within the parameters of   this blog, but I definitely have a few tricks up my sleeve to perk things up a bit for the rest of us.

Ladies- if you are wearing a strapless dress and just need a bit more padding, just wear two bras. Depending on how much space your trying to fill or cleavage you want to show off, you can add “jellies,” socks or even double on padded strapless bras. This is a very DIY approach but is fairly fail-proof.

The jellies also can come in handy in situations when you are wearing a normal bra and even with a tight dress and no bra at all. It’s simple and cheap.

Padded and push-up bras are nice too if you want a little more but don’t want to go over the top. Eventually you could just invest in enough to be pushed-up day after day (if it makes you feel better.)

Just remember- above all, I’m sure you are beautiful just the way you are, but we all know it’s nice to change things up sometimes. Also, at the end of the day if you get to second base, you don’t want to shock anyone going from a D to an A, so always use these tricks in moderation, like everything. And finally, keep it classy- no need to be busting out of anything because you think it looks good, it doesn’t.

So hopefully somewhere inside of this post you found something helpful or at least got a giggle out of the silly things girls do these days.

Be confident, love yourself and do your part to support breat cancer awareness and prevention!