Have you looked through your swimsuits from last year and realized that you’re missing some tops and bottoms of your bikinis? Hey, it happens. That’s when mixing tops and bottoms from different suits comes in, but as you know from missing prints in other genres, it takes some skill.
We spoke to Gabby Sabharwal, designer of swimwear brand Giejo, who knows a thing or two about print-mixing when it comes to swimwear. Her line was born out of a fruitless search for a swimsuit that she says, “fit my personal style of mixing and matching print, textures, and silhouettes.” To help in the styling process, she shared with us her tips on swimwear print mixing, just in time for summer:
- Opposites Attract: “I love putting together unexpected combinations, like stripes and animal prints, or contrasting colors of the same print,” Sabharwal says.
- Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone: :The beach is the one place where you can have fun!” she says. “Try a new color or vibrant prints—after all, all colors go with a healthy glow.”
- It’s All about Balance: “If you’re wearing a loud print, pair it with something more traditional, like stripes,” she adds. “For a large print, try mixing it with a micro print. The same applies for silhouettes: if you are wearing a high-waisted bottom, pair it with a more feminine top.
Want to shop more combinations of printed swimwear? Find some of our favorites here:
Giejo x Rebecca Taylor paisley swimlette top, $125, rebeccataylor.com and mixed boy brief, $105, shopgiejo.com
Striped French bikini top, $52, jcrew.com and hipster bottom in liberty Santa Maria floral, $40, jcrew.com
Issy underwire top, $150, toryburch.com and Ren hipster, $95, toryburch.com
Cropped rash guard, $28, abercrombie.com and classic swim bottom, $13, abercrombie.com
Textured stripe bandeau top, $19, dorothyperkins.com and Lily tie side bikini bottoms, $15, dorothyperkins.com
Keyhole string bikini top, $50, madewell.com and bottom, $45, madewell.com