8 simple steps to suit up for summer with designer Trina Turk


When it comes to quintessential California-chic fashions, few designers come to mind quicker than Trina Turk. Turk's women's wear collections-known for impeccable fit and gorgeous prints and colors inspired by the Southern California lifestyle-has been a high-end department store mainstay since 1995. In 2007 the former surfwear designer forayed into the swimwear category and is now celebrating the launch of her first capsule collection with Grace Bay Club resort in Turks & Caicos fittingly called Trina Turks & Caicos.

SHAPE caught up with Turk to get a sneak peak at the collection just in time for summer and of course, snag her top tips to finding the perfect swimsuit to flatter your figure.

Figure It Out


Identify your body type and then choose a silhouette to flatter it best. For example, if you have a smaller bust, a padded style, ruffles, or horizontal stripes will add volume on top. Also, triangle bikini tops really look best on smaller-busted women.

If you're busty, choose a supportive style with a halter neckline that has a band under the bust and a wider strap that ties behind your neck; a one piece with a V-neckline; or a bra-sized swimsuit with built-in underwire.

To minimize your booty, sometimes a lower-rise cut or rings on the sides give the illusion of smaller hips. Avoid anything too tight-elastic that digs into the skin makes you look bigger. Another trick is to wear a darker color bottom with a lighter color top-dark always minimizes. If you really want hip coverage, go for a sash bottom or a boy short. And to completely distract from your hips, go for a one piece with a plunging V-neck.

Get Comfy


The most important thing is to be comfortable, whether it's more coverage or less. Feeling comfortable will ensure your confidence while you're baring your bod!

Quality Time


Pick a quality suit with fabric that will support you. If the fabric feels thin in the dressing room, beware of it getting baggy as soon as you hit the water.

Try Before You Buy


Take the time to try a variety of styles and sizes, including things that might not appeal to you at first glance. Swimwear shapes and prints can surprise you; sometimes the one that doesn't seem like "you" ends up being the most flattering.

Color Counts


Choosing the right color suit can make all the difference! Try a variety of colors and see what looks best with your skin tone. This season, there are so many gorgeous options available that it's easy to choose bright colors over basic black. Also, don't be afraid of taupe, browns, and other tawny neutrals-they can be super chic!

Don't Over-Accessorize


Skip coordinating jewelry and pick a suit with unique and striking hardware. Trina Turk swimwear often features hardware with cabochon stones or organic, textured shapes.

Cover Up


Cover ups are a staple for every trip to the beach or tropical destination. Throw it on after a sunning session and head in for a bite to eat. It travels with ease and instantly flatters any silhouette. Bonus: You can wear it as a dress with heels for a poolside party.

Don't Forget to Look in the Rearview Mirror


Saggy behinds or creeper-uppers, beware. Don't forget to look at yourself from the back-the backside view counts as much as the front, especially in swimwear!