With spring break approaching, finding the right bathing suit can seem like a daunting task — especially if that New Year’s fitness resolution feels like a distant memory. But Daniela Corte, a Boston-based swimwear designer, is out to make the mission to find the perfect suit a little less stressful. Corte, who has dressed stars like Hayden Panettiere and Sports Illustrated model Jessica Gomes, encourages women to keep the following concerns in mind while shopping: coverage, support, and lining.
“Those seem to be the biggest concerns of almost all of our customers,” said Corte, who has a store at 211 Newbury St. “I think there’s a misconception about buying bigger bathing suits for more flattering coverage and support, but that’s not always the case.”
Features like removable straps, bra-like padding and stitching, and nude lining, said Corte, can make all the difference when looking for a suit that is sexy, sophisticated, and comfortable.
“I love white for the summer, but I cannot stand a see-through bathing suit,” said Corte, whose Spring/Summer 2013 line includes a number of white bikinis. “Making sure suits are lined with one, or even two, nude fabrics will eliminate the possibility of being able to see everything when you come out of the water.”
But that’s only half the battle, she adds. Understanding cuts that flatter your body type is just as important.
“Buying separates makes it so much easier,” said Corte. “That way you’re not stuck buying a set that’s made for a very specific body type.”
Her line offers a variety of styles and prints to allow women to mix and match based on their proportions. Women who are particularly bigger on top have the ability to opt for a full-coverage top with a narrow cut bottom, and visa versa, she adds.
“Everyone has that one suit they always go back to,” said Corte. “Whatever silhouette it is, try and stick to something close to it — or shopping can get sort of discouraging.”
Corte’s spring line also includes a variety of styles in neutrals like black, white, and gray, with muted greens and pinks.
“We make a point of trying these colors against a variety of skin tones and hair colors,” said Corte. “These color schemes can compliment brunettes, without making blondes or lighter skinned women look washed out.”
And while swimwear lines like Guess, Roxy, and L*Space sent fringe-y bandeaus and bottoms down the swimwear runways this season, Corte and her creative team put their own spin on the up-and-coming trend.
“We decided to focus a lot on tassels this season, instead of fringe,” she said. “It’s just something extra that catches your eye when you look at the suit, without going over the top.”
Corte’s Spring/Summer line will be available in her store on Newbury Street and online in mid-March.
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