Beachside Style 101: Karla Birbragher Dives Into Target’s Summer Selection

April 7, 2017 - Article reads in
Karla Birbragher holding up a favorite Target swimsuit

Ask Karla Birbragher about 2017 swim trends, and you’ll learn that there’s practically nothing the celebrity stylist doesn’t love. “I’m all about the high-waisted bikinis, cutouts, ruffles and sheer meshing this season. I am also a very big fan of one-piece bathing suits. I like that they have come back in style and that there are so many modern options!”

And, we get it—with so many incredible styles and mix-and-match options to choose from at Target, what’s not to love? “Target is always so on-trend and innovative,” said Karla. “They have such a great selection of swimwear for all ages and all body types.”

Karla recently hosted beachside style sessions with friends like Ana Patricia Gámez, host of Univision’s Despierta América and Adamari López, host of Telemundo’s Un Nuevo Día, to show off highlights from Target’s summer selection and answer questions about styling them.

Ana Patricia Gamez and Adamari Lopez with Karla Birbragher

“One of the most frequently asked questions was how to choose a bathing suit according to your body type,” Karla said. “First and foremost, it is very important to know your body and what works for you. Take time to try on different swimsuit styles to see what makes you feel good.”

To help get guests started, Karla put together a guide to swimsuits that are flattering for a range of body types:

  •  Athletic: "I recommend a halter-styled swimsuit, which is so in style right now. It will help enhance your body’s shape."
  • Pear: "For the pear-shape girl, like myself, I think the high-waisted bottoms are a great option. They cinch you in the waist, which is always a plus! Who doesn't want to accentuate their small waist and curvaceous hips?!"
  • Apple: "I suggest trying a one-piece that has some kind of paneling on the sides or sheer accents, because they will help shape and mold the figure."
  • Hourglass: "A crop top style will help give you support on top. I also think one-pieces with a v-cut in the front and tie-up paneling on the sides work very well for an hourglass shape."

Now that you’ve found the perfect swimsuit silhouette, read on for Karla’s tips on how to style the different trends!

Pink athletic swimsuit with accompanying accessories

“I chose the first bathing suit from the athletic trend because it was honestly my favorite swimsuit. The colors, the fact that it’s high-waisted and the mesh details on the side made it so trendy and chic. I paired it with a pair of black cat eye sunglasses and some tassel earrings for a look that will turn heads.”

High-waisted tropical swimsuit

“The second suit is also a high-waisted option from the tropical trend. This one in particular caught my eye because of the coral-based color and the combination of pink and teal flowers. I think a pretty pop of color on your nails is the perfect combination for this bathing suit.”

Bohemian lace swimsuit with lace-up sandals

“My third pick is this beautiful lace two-piece from the bohemian trend. I love the pop of coral on the tassels! Such a pretty, feminine bathing suit. I added these lace-up pom-pom gladiator sandals because they’re fun and add some color.”

Bue triangle bikini with matching blue wedges and aviator sunglasses

“I just love the combination of colors and textures on this bathing suit. This suit is so unique with the stitching and the mesh detail, and it comes together so beautifully. I’m all about aviators and I paired these with beautiful blue wedges to showcase a tone-on-tone look.”

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