Style: Zingara Swimwear Show

I've always been partial to the idea that 'a bikini is a bikini is a bikini.' Without a doubt it awkwardly covers up the essentials but always feels like voluntarily wearing undies in public. Still, we live in a tropical weather environment and swimsuits/bikinis seem to be a staple in Houston attire ... year round. That being said, last Friday Zingara Swimwear had a fashion show at the new Town and Country Lifetime Athletic City Center. Let me break it down--me: totally normal, 20-something female with body issues; bikini models: tall, beautiful and completely confident walking around a pool deck while the crowd gawks. Once the self-esteem issues were safely on the back burner I realized that the swimwear was actually worth taking note.

The cuts might not have changed much in the last few years but the prints are electric with turquoise and pink, Lily Pulitzer-type paisleys, electric tribal stripes and animal prints. Of course, they come with all the appropriate see-through cover-up to match.

The scoop on Zingara: This Uruguay-based company has been around for 30 years and caters to the bohemian-chic/gypsy-vibe kind of girl--"zingara" is defined as an Italian female gypsy. I don't know about you, but if I ever found myself around a bunch of Uruguayan-Italian gypsies I would totally blend in wearing one of these bikinis! Meanwhile in Houston, if you want to beat the heat and look tres bohemian, check out Zingara.

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