Swimwear season is right around the corner—or perhaps it’s right now, depending on where you live and where you’re going for Memorial Day! So it’s crucial to find the right suits that fit, flatter, and, most of all, make you happy. Well, Shoshanna Gruss is an expert in that field.
The fashion designer started her swimwear line based on the philosophy of offering bikinis sold as separates, all with lingerie-inspired sizing. So none of that awkward, nonsensical fit—and all of her flattering, feminine silhouettes and charming prints and color mixes.
And in even more exciting news: Shoshanna just launched an exclusive swimwear capsule collection with one of our favorite high-street stores, Club Monaco. The Shoshanna x Club Monaco collab features a tightly edited mix of flirty one-piece suits, Hamptons-ready bikini separates, and one adorable paisley rash guard that I want to wear as a shirt.
Shoshanna crop rash guard, $154, clubmonaco.com
Seeing as Shoshanna is so savvy in the swimwear department, we decided to pick her brain on shopping for bathing suits if you’re a little busty, tips for finding the right one in general, and what essentials you’ll need for a beachy vacation.
US: What are your tips for big-chested girls in finding swimwear? What types of pieces work best?
Shoshanna Gruss: Look for a suit with extra support such as a banded halter style or underwire-bra top. They will give you the best support. The thick straps help distribute the weight, not only making it more comfortable to wear but more flattering as well.
All of the Shoshanna two-piece suits are sold as separates, and tops are based on bust size to assure you’re purchasing a suit that fits your specific body type. This is especially important for women, like myself, who struggle with finding suits complementary to their figure.
What styles should they avoid?
SG: Avoid triangle tops without cups or strapless styles that aren’t a perfect fit. There is nothing worse than an ill-fitting swimsuit that doesn’t stay in place. If you aren’t comfortable, it will show.
What about finding beachwear like cover-ups, tops, etc.?
SG: My go-to is a great graphic or embroidered print tunic with three-quarter sleeves. You can easily throw it over a bikini with cute shorts and be ready for a casual evening. A tunic or caftan style will also give you additional coverage and can be very flattering.
What’s your advice for all girls trying to find swimwear to fit their body?
SG: Fit is the most important thing to consider when shopping for swimwear. Always try the suit on before purchasing because sizes will vary, even from the same label. Your suit should have the same comfort level as a bra. If you’re planning on doing more than just reclining on a towel, try bouncing around in the dressing room—make sure it provides enough coverage.
What was your inspiration behind the designs for the Club Monaco collaboration?
SG: The collection features an assortment of bikini, one-piece, and rash-guard styles. We wanted to infuse the Shoshanna brand’s flattering silhouettes and whimsical prints with Club Monaco’s urban-casual point of view to create a chic yet playful collection.
And what are you packing in your weekender for your next vacation?
SG: A Shoshanna bandeau bikini, a Shoshanna embroidered caftan, Ray-Bans, a Club Monaco straw beach hat, Elizabeth Arden Prevage, a Jennifer Meyer gold necklace, my iPhone for Instragramming (follow us at @shopshoshanna), and a great book, usually a thriller.
Check out a few more styles from the Shoshanna x Club Monaco line:
Shoshanna floral triangle top, $79, clubmonaco.com; Shoshanna floral string brief, $83, clubmonaco.com
Shoshanna twist bandeau, $138, clubmonaco.com; Shoshanna loop bottom, $92, clubmonaco.com