Whether your little mermaid is a toddler or a tween, there are options galore for discerning mothers looking for stylish girls’ swimwear. Designers’ resort collections are increasingly important to the fashion trade, and offer plenty of sophisticated swim outfits for girls of all ages. Read on for descriptions of current swimwear from Kate Mack, Lilly Pulitzer Kids, and Burberry, along with other ideas for entire beach and pool outfits that will make even the most difficult-to-please diva content from Memorial Day to Labor Day and beyond:
Kate Mack is famed for creating the red taffeta dress Malia Obama wore on her father’s Election Night. Your own First Daughter is sure to love the label’s darling swimwear, a particular favorite of Kate Mack fans everywhere. The label offers darling one-pieces and bikinis, coordinated cover-ups, and embellished flip-flops that combine for super-stylish beach outfits. Zappos carries a great selection of Kate Mack swimwear, so take advantage of their free two-way shipping, while also scouting out end-of-season sales.
Favorites from Kate Mack’s 2011 collection include several French navy-inspired pieces that are both classic and trendy, rocking the Good Ship Lollypop look. Your little sailor will love the French Riviera Swim-Skirted Stripe 2-Piece Bikini ($56) in timeless navy/white nautical stripes, enhanced with ruffles and a bow on one hip. Complement this seaside look with the label’s French Riviera Cover-up ($52-60) in super soft white cotton terry cloth. Choose either the sleeveless or long-sleeved version, both of which are enlivened with striped navy-and-white contrast trim and a faux belted waist. Add white Converse sneakers or flat white leather sandals and your little sailor is set!
Preppy and quintessentially American, Lilly Pulitzer Kids swimwear continues to be popular among kids and mothers from Palm Springs to Palm Beach. Many of the one-piece and bikini styles offered at Zappos feature the label’s classic palette of vivid pinks, greens, yellows, and oranges swirled into madcap prints that are unmistakably Lilly.
Bestsellers from the current season include the Sand Bar Bikini ($58) for big and little mermaids alike. The two-piece suit features an adjustable, neck-tied halter top with wrap styling, further dolled up with ruffles. This adorable daisy print comes in three color combinations: Hotty Pink, Bright Navy, and Green Bean. Pair it with the label’s long-sleeved Take a Dip Cover-up ($68), fashioned from soft, absorbent cotton terry cloth. This hooded, zip-front jacket is brilliant in Lilly’s signature contrasting bubble-gum pink and lime green.
If you’re a fan of Burberry, you may know that the iconic British luxury brand has been upping the ante on its styles for children. The label’s Check Print 2-Piece Swimsuit ($115) in Military Red, for example, is perfect for the girl who doesn’t like ruffles, bows, and the like. This streamlined suit sports the Burberry signature check in a super-cute, vibrant red-and-pink combo. Like many designer swimsuits, you’ll want to order up a size. Available at Nordstrom. Team it with Burberry’s Check Jelly Sandals ($70-85), available at the company’s online store in Crystal, Dandelion, and Azalea, all featuring soles emblazoned with the ubiquitous Burberry plaid.