Forget the sit-ups. It’s all about comfort this summer.
Sun, sand, poolside libations — and the prospect of finding a flattering bathing suit. Summertime giveth, and it taketh away.
Luckily, those of us still doing frantic sit-ups before vacation can relax. This year, comfort is the rule. Trend-focused shops like Forever 21 and Victoria’s Secret have made one-pieces a centerpiece of their summer lines, and so have Kylie and Kendall Jenner with their new Topshop line (though their gold bondage one-piece might not be for everyone).
Boston fashion designer Kelly Brabants agrees. She says she was struck by a recent viral photo of Selena Gomez relaxing in a black one-piece, hair pulled back, with minimal makeup.
“I like her because she’s comfortable in her own skin,’’ says Brabants, who doubles as a fitness instructor at the Club by George Foreman III in South Boston. “She’s a body-positive person, and she looked amazing.”
Brabants has, in fact, just debuted her “Booty on the Beach” line of one-piece, one-size-fits-all swimsuits. She threw a launch party for the suits at downtown’s Revere Hotel rooftop last week, featuring women of all shapes and sizes strutting about in her higher-cut, breathable one-pieces.
The line will likely find some favor among the growing numbers of women who are embracing the combination of healthy lifestyles and the celebration of diverse body types. (Witness, for instance, Amy Schumer’s recent Instagram post of herself in a simple suit, declaring that she looked “strong and healthy” on the beach.)
Brabants wants mere mortals to feel good in her swimwear. These lined, Lycra-blend suits are cozy and stretchy. (“You can go to a barbecue in them,” Brabants promises.) They’re made in Brazil, where Brabants’s family is from. She was inspired by her visits, she says, because women there feel comfortable wearing breathable fabrics.
“I have women from age 13 to 70 wearing my clothes,” she says. “I don’t think you need to wear tiny bikinis to look amazing.”
A sentiment worth toasting poolside.