After reading reviews, comparing prices, hunting designers and retailers, and sifting shipping policies and schedule, I pray to continue my luck on online shopping with a swim dress.

I’ve been a fan of this style ever since I got hold of my first piece from a department store in the Philippines. It is effortless, worry-free, and quirky. Its conservative look probably turned down its popularity in shopping stores, and so, I had to resort to the world wide web.

During my search, I came across some clipped products from Polyvore, an online tool, which allows you to create fashion, art, or interior design “sets.” It helped me determine my top choices. I was able to mix and match accessories, and create different ensembles for two black swim dresses, which is very alike, when looked at individually.

Under the Sun

One of my best finds is designed by Carmen Marc Valvo. The braided halter makes it very elegant. I think it can be removed and customized. For DIYers, why not substitute it with a waterproof neck piece? The cut hides the tummy, and slims the thighs. This is a newly released swim dress from the designer, but its predecessor was sold out.

Little Black Swimdress
Another is Miraclesuit’s Solid Aurora Swim Dress. What can go wrong with a wrap top? It minimizes the bust, draws attention to the face, controls the tummy, accentuates the hips and waist, and, if paired with the right skirt, slims and lengthens the legs. With its 5-star reviews, it gives the assurance that it works.

I am still at 50-50. I have to order one this week, to be ready for summer’s peak – July.Which should I go for?

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