Personal Shopper Emily Hawaiian Vacay

Personal Shopper: Sexy bikinis for Emily's dreamy Hawaiian vacay

Emily writes: "Dear ladies of Outblush, I would love your (perhaps Magzilla or Carlota?) help finding a cute swimsuit for a trip to Hawaii in a couple months. I live in a part of the country where natural sunlight is sort of difficult to come by, and so I'm looking forward to tanning as much of myself as possible during my tropical vacation. To that end, I am looking for a...revealing? minimal? immodest?...bikini - no tankinis or one-pieces. The specs for my dream swimsuit:

1. I'm a 34A and a size 4 or 6 in pants, but definitely have some junk in the trunk (in a J.Lo way, not in a bad way!). I'd like something that makes me look a little less flat-chested on top but has something on the bottom as well. I've seen some swimsuit bottoms with ruching in the back and think those are really cute. I also like retro-y swimwear and would love an underwire top if it doesn't look too matronly.
2. Interesting details like ruffles or a bright, fun print would be awesome, but I am looking for something I can snorkel AND suntan in, so I would prefer not to have a bunch of extra ornamentation on it. I'm usually pretty girly but also have quite a few piercings and a tattoo, and would like something fun and sassy.
3. I'd like to keep the whole thing under $120 if possible, but I'm willing to go over that if I find something I really love.
Thanks so much for your help - I've checked out all the places I usually shop (Nordstrom, J. Crew, etc.) and all their suits are either too boring or out of my price range. I know this is a pretty specific request and I'd really appreciate any help you fine people can provide. :) - Emily"

Dear Emily! Carlota here and I'm excited to help you find your dream swimsuit for that awesome vacation of yours. I practically live in a bikini during the summer because I live on the East Coast near the ocean. Needless to say, I love them and love shopping for new ones. As you can see, I gave you lots of options because I just couldn't stop shopping! Enjoy! xoxo

1 - Roxy In The Heart Sweet Heart Bra ($32 on sale) and Wild Paradise Low Rider Bottom ($27 on sale)
2 - Juicy Couture Little Lulu Triangle Bra ($64 on sale) and String Tie Bottom ($62 on sale)
3 - Juicy Couture Crinkle Stripe Underwire Bra Top ($62 on sale) and Classic Bottom ($54 on sale)
4 - ASOS Toucan Print Bandeau Top ($31) and Bunny Tie Side Bikini ($26)
5 - Betsey Johnson Rose Bra Top and Hipster Bottom ($116 on sale)
6 - Forever21 Heartbreaker Triangle Top and Bikini Bottom ($21)
7 - Pistol Panties Marylin Bow Front Padded Bikini with Frilled Pant ($52 on sale)
8 - Forever21 Retro Floral Bikini Top and Bottom ($21)
9 - Warehouse Rainbow Floral Bikini Bandeau Top ($24) and Bikini Brief ($21)
10 - Betsey Johnson Swan Lake Ruffle Bandeau Top and Tie-Side Bottom ($119 on sale)
11 - Vitamin A Wonderland Reversible Rio Ruffle Halter ($50) and Rio Ruffle Hot Pant ($50)
12 - Betsey Johnson Tea Party Ruffle Top and Bikini Bottom ($119 on sale)
13 - Body Glove Fame Baby Love Top ($54) and Smoothies Skirt Rider ($48)
14 - Betsey Johnson Tea Party Ruffle X-Back Top and Cheeky Hipster Bottom ($137 on sale)
15 - L*Space Dolly Bandeau Top ($66) and Estella Hipster ($48 on sale)

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Posted on 07.25.11 at 1:26 PM

Thanks so much! I really love what you found - I'm trying to decide now between #s 2, 3, and 4. I appreciate your help!

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