Monday, February 22, 2010

Slink or Swim

Would you wear a pair of sweatpants to a job interview? Or an evening gown to a baby luau? Then why are you considering wearing a ratty, threadbare tankini to your weekend beach soiree?

It’s obvious you need more suits, stat. Here are some hot new numbers by local up-and-comers. One of them will suit you (without a tee).

Lei ChicThe Sweet Surf Spot
You want the boys’ respect, but you don’t want to be mistaken for a boy. Posh Pua swimwear is sexy but has serious staying power. You can rock out the full-coverage lace-up bodice without worry about coming undone. And the wide side bands on the Kahala bottoms will keep them put, but are cut to show off your…um… assets while you’re paddling out. Available at

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When Water’s Optional
What do you get when you cross Brazilian sizzle with more universally-flattering American cuts? Maui’s Safari Blue swimwear. Lounge poolside in a teeny triangle top with long tie accents, styled to your mood. And the bottoms? They're cut to show just slightly less bottom than our South American sisters like to bare. Available at Hana Highway Surf on Maui or online at

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For Locals Only
Inspired by vintage aloha shirts and classic island prints, O‘ahu-based Kikidoll Swimwear is hand-painted and designed locally. The coconut shell and coral accents, feminie, lingerie-inspired cuts and the classy cuts make these suits especially sweet and demure. Available at



Posted on Monday, February 22, 2010 in Permalink

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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