Brooklyn Decker

Strong currents in women's swimwear

Strong currents in women's swimwear

In Southern California, where the abundance of sunshine can lead to numerous days at the beach and a summer full of pool parties, the purchase of a new swimsuit is serious business. For some women, it's the toughest sartorial challenge of the summer.

The shopping process often involves many trips to the mall, the nightmare of dressing room lighting and small pieces of stretchy fabric that will force a shopper to take notice of every bump and ripple on her body.

This season, however, the less-is-more philosophy in swimwear is taking a back seat to a focus on smart, fashionable styling. "We are seeing less of your standard traditional string bikinis," says Andrea...

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