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Lauren Conrad swimsuit bathing suit summer
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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.

Kohl's Lauren Conrad Swimsuit
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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.”