Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Suit Yourself


Your go-to black bikini? Getting a little see-through. That sequined red baby with the blinged-out details? Pool (and possibly mainland) appropriate only. Then there’s always your rash guard and board shorts...

Ready to quit your beachin’?

Bikinis from Hawai‘i designers are gracing the bods of Sports Illustrated swimsuit  models to celebrities in tabloid snapshots, so there’s something out there that suits you.

Indah Clothing
Ever since Kate Hudson was snapped poolside wearing Indah’s www.leichic.comHeart and Soul bikini, the style from Kaua‘i native Libby DeSantis’ line has been the suit of summer. It's an ultra-feminine bandeau top and Brazilian-cut bottom made from smocked and gathered silk. Available in red or champagne from the online store Nika Butik.

Maui Girl
The Pa‘ia boutique is known for basic, colorful mix-and-match separates, but it was designer Debbie Kowalski Wilson's special edition (and special order only) mesh and metallic suits that scored several spreads in last winter's SI issue. The exception: the peace-sign belted suit is carried in the store. Online at www.maui-girl.com. 

www.leichic.comFormer pro windsurfer Lisa Cabrinha's girly-yet-athletic style makes these Maui-designed suits sexy and functional. Hand embroidery, premium fabrics and decorative details mean you don't need a body like Heidi Klum to wear them. View styles and stores online at www.letarteswimwear.com 

The Kailua-designed line has styles from pink-and-pretty gingham to tattoo-inspired prints. 

San Natura
These Brazilian-cut suits may be skimpy, but the Kauai-designed, organic cotton bikinis come with a generaous helping of eco-chic.  


See all these bikinis featured on KGMB9's Sunrise morning news. Click here to watch!

Posted on Tuesday, July 8, 2008 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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