String bikinis are SO last decade. This summer, poolside fashionistas should channel their inner Esther Williams, Marilyn Monroe, or Betty Grable. Or for a more modern example: think of Miranda, looking chic (and covered) when hanging out by the pool in the "Sex and the City” movie. Bottom line is, the retro vibe is IN for swimwear, and the skimpy look is OUT. The effect is grown-up, sophisticated, seductive yet demure.
For example: ride the tribal trend with an animal-inspired print. Designed by Rogan Gregory for Target, this Zebra-print one-piece swimsuit (on sale for just $20.99 at Target stores and at Target.com) hits the right balance between sweet and sultry. And instead of standard flip-flops or slides, pair a suit like this with a bright heeled-sandal, like this sunny yellow cork wedge by Mossimo (also available at Target).