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It's almost Memorial Day and our thoughts turn to swimsuits

May 22, 2011 |  7:06 am

Swim It's almost Memorial Day, which starts us thinking about warm summer holidays and lazy days by the pool. If you're of the same mindset, then buying a cute bathing suit is likely on your list of things to do.

A new crop of swimwear designers in Southern California is putting a fresh spin on swimwear options, eschewing cumbersome hardware and typically “summery” pastel prints, and instead creating simple, understated and elegant (yes, elegant) bathing suits that work on the beach or as streetwear layered under a sundress or tank top.

Click here to meet four local swimwear designers worth a second look.

Meanwhile, there's good news for men who are tired of oversized swim shorts and teeny-tiny Speedos -- the only choices that seem to have been around for the last few years. Sundek swim shorts, popular in the '70s, are back and offer a sleek yet covered option. Read about it here.

-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photo: Ex-pro surfers, swimwear designers and sisters Kalani, left, and Oleema Miller, right, and model Danica Solomon, center, in a bikini. The sisters are behind the brand Mikoh Swimwear. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times