Fit Guide: Tops

Greetings from 2012! A new year, a new you… Every New Year, after over indulging in holiday feasts and treats, we say we’re going one size down in EVERYTHING and never eating again! But really, we’re just kidding. We love our bikini bods! And think all shapes and sizes should be celebrated. Today we begin our guide to finding the perfect bikini, top to bottom — one that flatters your body and shows off your best assets!

Today we aptly begin with TOPS. Somehow, no matter your size, the grass-is-always-greener mindset always seems to plague us, meaning the bustier ladies curse their neck problems and wish they could wear a bandeau, while the smaller chested women yearn to ditch the old triangle top and finally fill out a sexy balconette.

Here are a few rules of thumb and some suggestions to consider when looking for a top that will support a larger bust:

1. The Fixed Top

Left to right: Paris by Odabash, Marquesas by Caffe

An underwire is going to be ideal…we know, you’ve heard. But what also works great are these “fixed” tops. They are named so because they are fixed along the bottom (as opposed to sliding) and work wonders where a mere string just won’t cut it.

2. The Unexpected Molded Cup

Left to right: Bel Air Bandeau by Vitamin A, Glam it Up Top by L*Space

The secret to why we think this particular bandeau can work for bigger busts, and also the reason why we’re absolutely smitten with it, is in the genius construction of the bandeau itself. It’s got ONE molded panel across the front (instead of two separate cups) that just lifts, supports and shapes like no other bandeau. Plus it’s got a removable neck strap, incase you need the extra support.

Contrastingly, the molded cups on this white top are separate. While this might not fit as snugly as the bandeau, the sexy cleavage the separate cups allow for might be worth the trade. The cherry on top is that you control the fit, as it has a functioning tie, front and center. Since it doesn’t have any push-up built in, you get the shaping and contouring of the cups without being put over the top. (This one can also fall under the “Fixed” category above!)

3. Over the Shoulder Straps

Left to right: Paulina by Charlie, Montauk by Acacia

Understandably, pressure and tension pulling at your neck while you’re trying to relax at the beach — not fun. So these are great simply because the straps go over the shoulder instead of tying at the neck.

Stay tuned for what to do if you’ve got the exact opposite problem and we’ll show you what styles work best for enhancing the bust!

XOXO Molly

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Nude Attitude.

Hot pinks and neon brights are fun for summer, but sometimes toning it down can be fiercely sexy. We think, when paired with the right details, understated neutral shades and chic nude color schemes can make a bold and sophisticated statement. See below to find out what we mean!

Shimmer fabric and sleek gold slide accents in the Farrah by CHARLIE

Chic and sexy link hardware on the Angel and Catwalk by L*SPACE

Ultra soft terry cloth and lace up detail on the Dora by ODABASH

When wearing neutral shades, keeping the silhouette simple and streamlined is key to the effortlessly-pulled-together look. As an alternative to the piling on of adornments, subtler details like fabric choice, elegant hardware, sleek cuts and design add dimension to the simple color palette and keep these natural beauties from feeling overworked.

Nude, coincidentally, resembles skin (go figure), so double-takes may occur. But HEY, we said sophisticated and sexy. True to the Molly Brown’s style! 😉

XOXO Molly

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Thanksgiving at Molly Brown’s!

Happy (overdue) Thanksgiving! Now that we’ve  had a few days to digest the slew of frenzy that accompanies the holidays, (we’re talking about the crazy family more so than the food ;)) we’ve had time to reflect on what we’re thankful for this season, as well as what keeps us inspired through the winter months as we pine for the sun to come back! Here are 5 things we are THANKFUL for! <3

1. Our amazing clientele! Year after year, you fashion forward ladies keep us inspired by continuing to shop our unique range of quality swimwear. We love you for it and every season we promise to strive to offer you the industry’s best! [beautiful blue bikini by Mikoh]

2. Vacation time. We’d like to remind everyone that it’s always summer somewhere in the world, and we think your holiday cruise or christmas trip to Mexico requires an outfit so bold you can’t even remember what rain clouds look like! For us, these high-waisted beauties by Charlie are definitely covet-worthy! (available in Leopard and Black)

3. Magazine features! There’s nothing like seeing our favorite pieces showcased in a magazine, let alone prestigious MAXIM Magazine. Maxim’s December issue is featuring three sultry looks by L*Space, so if your trip to the Bahamas is postponed until next Christmas, we say flipping through this is the next best thing! See all three on our What’s Hot page!

4. Warm, earthy tones a la Crystal Jin. While Autumn/Winter swim collections seem slightly counterintuitive, we think the edgy-rustic feel of Crystal Jin’s 2012 campaign is right on point!

And lastly, 5. The launch of our new, re-designed website. This one might seem a little out of place, but you know what? We LOVE our new site and hope you do, too! It was designed with you in mind, and made to provide you with an unmatched shopping experience! Love/Hate the new look? We would love to hear what you think! [sleek beaded bikini by Caffe]

Thanksgiving might be over, but that means Christmas is on its way! If you’re on the nice list, we just might just have something in store for you so stay tuned!

Until then,

XOXO Molly

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Charlie by Matthew Zink – 1970’s Inspired Designer Swimwear

Charlie Zag
Charlie Zag
New York based designer Matthew Zink created Charlie to give women everywhere an elite collection of designer swimwear. Charlie allows swimwear lovers to indulge in 1970’s glamour while flaunting the perfect bikini, at the same time!

Get your Charlie by Matthew Zink bikini at Molly Brown’s women’s designer swimwear today!

Charlie Mixed Animal – A Fierce Combination of Print
This Charlie by Matthew Zink bikini offers a mix-match of animal prints on the top and bottom creating a stunning look. The fabulously provocative triangle top offers a racer back style with the neck straps wrapping around to the back connecting to the horizontal back strap for an adjustable fit. Paired with a simple tie side bottom this fierce bikini will make a statement all summer long!

Charlie Zag – Gorgeously Geometric
This triangle top and tie side bottom offers a bold zig-zag pattern in complimenting tones of fuchsia. This print presents a fun and modern take on mix match colors. Flaunt this beautifully bold bikini at the beach or pool and all eyes will be on you!

Paulina – Sleek, sexy and RED!
Charlie by Matthew Zink has introduced this sexy bikini in a luscious red color! The sleek and sexy red halter bikini is a must have this summer. The top neck straps wrap around the back connecting to the horizontal back strap to form a racer back. The bottom creates a sexy keyhole effect at the sides to show a hint of skin.

Check out all of Charlie by Matthew Zink designer swimwear styles at Molly Brown’s online designer swimwear boutique.

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