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Delafield Neighbors


May 24, 2014 09:08PM ● By Laura Ustanovska

Right: My very own coral Prana bikini from Clear Water gets more use than my jeans! Left: My zebra Papaya Con Leche suit bottoms are reversible and take the cake with their fun factor!

No matter what’s in style or on the schedule, swimsuit season is bound to make an entrance with a splash this summer. Year after year, swimsuits have become steadier ground to make a fashion statement in, but what if ruffles or crisscrosses aren’t your forte? Isn’t the purpose to be able to swim in these somewhat enigmatic contraptions? Or vice versa: what if you can’t find the suit that flatters with every polka dot and pop of color?

I found a solution on a recent visit to Costa Rica, Kata Kis and her swim brand Papaya Con Leche. Nearly two decades ago Kata, originally from Hungary, discovered her passion as she recalls, “I dedicated my life in search of my very own needle-in-a-haystack; to find that perfect swimsuit fit for the beautiful feminine form.” Kata moved to Tamarindo, Costa Rica, and founded Papaya Con Leche in 1998. Any woman in search of a completely one of a kind swimsuit will want to Kis the ground Kata walks on after trying on a Papaya Con Leche original! The brand is color’s and texture’s biggest advocate, and Kata continues to mix and match patchwork patterns into bikini artwork that even Picasso couldn’t recreate. Kata stands for style, noting to “expect the unexpected.” Her customized fits (developed through years of loyal client feedback), reversible bottoms, and sassy styles are Costa Rican inspired and sun bathing friendly.

But what if stylish and sporty are your two favorite adjectives? Clear Water Outdoor - Delafield, WI offers a local solution. Lisa Bissonette and Donna Beringer, assistant managers at Clear Water Outdoor in Delafield, won’t disappoint in helping women of any age or size find a paddle board friendly swimsuit. Clear Water is the adventurous woman’s best friend. With brands including Lolë, Carve Designs, Prana and Patagonia, you can’t go wrong. Subdued hues of coral and violet, as well as pretty paisleys, are in for the season in a multitude of fits and styles. Mixing and matching is highly recommended. Supportive tops, durable yet soft fabrics, and reversible sets are always a bonus too (even matching rash guards are available). These suits are made for the woman that loves to move, but are also lounge friendly. Clear Water can outfit you with board shorts, a sun dress and other easy accessories, so you can hit the town with ease.

Whether you’re vacationing in an exotic locale, or swimming on a local inland lake, a swimsuit will always be a wardrobe staple. With these two stores on your side, you’re bound to be the belle of the beach this summer.