Lauren Conrad may be the best person to offer swimsuit fashion advice in the history of swimsuit fashion advice.
The soon-to-be mother not only designs for her own label, but she’s also from Laguna Beach, California, a.k.a. the quintessential Southern California beach town where residents live in bathing suits 365 days a year (or so we assume).
Conrad just launched an exclusive, limited-edition capsule collection, including swimwear, with Kohls. To help celebrate the launch, Conrad gave Cosmopolitan a few tips to picking out the best suit for everyone’s individual style.
“I knew exactly what I wanted, so it’s a collection made up of bikinis, one-pieces, and then a bunch of really beautiful cover-ups and these pieces that you can wear sort of resort-esque — little sets and little separates,” Conrad explained of her line.
She noted that she and her team wanted the line to have a “tropical vibe,” including hues of hunter greens and paprika and rich island tones balanced out with pale peaches and creams, shown off perfectly in this lace one-piece swimsuit that comes in several colors and prints.
So how should you be shopping for the perfect swimsuit? According to Conrad, “number one is fit.” Next, she said, is versatility. “Are there different ways I can wear this? Like with a cover-up, we did some pieces that are open in the front, and I really loved them. You can also wear them with a camisole and cutoffs, and make an outfit out of it.”
Though Conrad would of course love for you to buy her brand, she added that no matter what, wearing a bathing suit should be comfortable. “You don’t want to be tugging it every which way and adjusting your suit all throughout the day,” she said. “For me, I think the more classic shapes have always been the most flattering, and that’s what I personally liked to buy.”