Navigating through life as a perpetually pale girl has taught me valuable lessons and styling hacks, i.e.- don’t ever forget your sunscreen, ever (which is a good rule of thumb for everyone, really)– don’t wash yourself out even more by wearing too much white or pale/pastel hues, self-tanner is never a good idea and don’t go heavy-handed should you apply bronzer for any occasion.
And while I’ve gotten a little tan this past Summer thanks to frequent outings to New Hampshire, California, etc.- I know I’ll go right back to looking like the ghost of a Victorian-era child once Fall/Winter rolls around again. It’s the circle of life- especially while living in New England.
But with it still being Summer and still warm enough to go swimming- one of my favorite “insta-bronze” tricks is to wear something bright and (usually) neon, be it on my nails, with jewelry or hair accessories- or with this vintage-inspired, low-cut one piece swimsuit I recently sported during an outing on the Green River, not far from my apartment.
This swimsuit is form-flattering and provides plenty of coverage despite it’s deeply cut top (which also has super cute ruffles!)– so you don’t have to worry about any unexpected slips or reveals if you’re not exactly graceful in the water- which I am most certainly not.
But what I like most is the way the neon orange color of this suit somehow makes my skin and complexion look a little more bronzed whenever I have it on. It’s a super fast and super easy way to look a few shades tanner without messy or streaky self-tanner applications or orange and uneven bronzer disasters.
I’m thinking next Summer I’ll try a highlighter yellow or hot pink bikini to see if I get the same results!
[ Photos by Dan Little ]