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Chic or Swim

by Andrew Hoge

Make the most of your summer outings with fashionable yet practical swimwear from these local shops and makers.

1. Farm Rio Ruffles One-Shoulder One-Piece Swimsuit

For the sartorial sailor, selecting swimwear that balances form with function is key to a stylish look that doesn’t distract from your time on deck. Try this trendy one-piece swimsuit featuring an asymmetrical ruffle detail—and you’ll find the best of both. ($210; available at area Nordstrom stores; nordstrom.com)

2. Peter Millar Rain Showers Road to Riviera Swim Trunks

Gentlemen, if your closet is stocked with business basics, then investing in bold swimwear can be an excellent opportunity to punch up your summer wardrobe. These French Riviera-printed shorts are designed with a classic fit and will show off your love for the open sea all season long. ($98, available at Mario’s in downtown Seattle; shop.mitchellstores.com)

3. Prairie Underground Symbiopoetic in Limeaid Cover-Up

With a long-awaited summer around the corner, it would behoove you to pack a few stylish cover-ups to protect your skin from the harsher UV rays. like this minimalist linen oversized shirt from Seattle-based Prairie Underground. It effortlessly layers over a swimsuit and is complete with vintage flair and those all-important pockets. ($220; shop.prairieunderground.com)

4. Tommy Bahama Naples Palmsola Ombré 6-Inch Swim Trunks

Are you trying to up your swimwear game? Invest in an ombre patterned swimsuit by Seattle’s Tommy Bahama that offers a fashionable take without going overboard. ($89.50; tommybahama.com)

5. Billabong Shape Shift Swim Cover-Up

If space limitations on your catamaran have you packing light, consider investing in clothing that transitions from day to date night. For example, this swim cover-up looks great, whether dipping your feet in the water or setting the table for dinner. ($59.95; available at area Nordstrom stores; nordstrom.com)

6. Speedo Square Leg Printed Fitted Trunk – Ocean Depths

Whether you take a dip or stay on board, a pair of fitted trunks can be a game-changer for your summer adventuring. They are stylish, but the sleek materials also ensure a faster dry time and less bunching around the legs. ($50, available at Under U For Men in Seattle; underu4men.com)

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