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What Bikini to Wear For Your Body Shape

Rayne in Sunset Separates

It’s that time of year again friends! Bring on the BBQ’s, pool parties and vacations. If you’re extra curvy like Oprah, a top-heavy hourglass like me, pear shaped like J.Lo or have extra love around the middle swim separates are going to be your bestie this summer. If you’re looking for the right two-piece suit for your shape at ANY SIZE start here:

Proud Pear Shape: You are pear shaped if you have a bigger bottom than the top. You carry most of your weight in your booty, hips, and thighs. 

Go for suits that draw the eye upward with extra flair on the top(ruffles, prints, detailing, plunging necklines). If you are mixing and matching bikinis keep the bottom solid. I love string tied bikini bottoms because you can adjust the strings to fit you with getting bulges. However, if the ties are too big you can actually look bigger. Make sure to hike up the ties above your hips like Beyonce. 


Awesome Apple Shape: You are apple-shaped if you carry more weight in your arms, tummy and/or breasts and you may have broad shoulders. Your goal is to balance your shape by minimizing the look of your top half. Wear fuller, brighter or busier bottoms if mixing and matching bikinis that show your mid-section. If you want to cover up your tummy try a tankini with ruching(pictured below). Keep the tops supportive and suits with ruching are your friend! 

Photo Credit: Curve by Sunsets.
Photo Credit: Curve by Sunsets.

Hot Hourglass: You are an hourglass if you have the same hip and breast measurements with a waist measurement of more than 9 inches smaller. For example, my measurements are 39x28x39 and I’m an hourglass! Search for bra-sized tops and medium to full bottoms(like I did in the first photo). Avoid anything tiny that would set off the balance of your shape. 

Photo Credit: Sunsets Separates.
Photo Credit: Sunsets Separates.

Ravishing Rectangle Shape: You are rectangle shaped if you have little to no curves and measure about the same in hips, waist, and busts. You are lucky because you probably look great in most suits. If you want to give the look of more curves try tops with embellishments such as ruffles, fringe, and intricate details. If I were you, I’d try patterns over solids too! 

Photo Credit: Sunsets Inc. for Aerin Rose.
Photo Credit: Sunsets Inc. for Aerin Rose.

Extra Curvy and Cute: You’re extra curvy if you are over a size 16. For your beautiful voluptuous shape try minimizing tankinis and two piece swimwear with support! I highly recommend checking out Curve by Sunsets. They have amazing figure-flattering options


Remember to give yourself body love and acceptance every day. In addition, keep in mind you may be a cross between two body shapes. Look for your assets and let me know how your shopping goes. If you would like further fashion help for your swimwear you can grab your copy of Ultimate Guide to Style or hire me for a Skype or in-person styling session. For that special man in your life check out my article on Dollar Shave Club: HOW TO CHOOSE A BATHING SUIT THAT ACTUALLY LOOKS GOOD. Happy Summer! 

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Is Green Really the New Black?

GreenerySpring is in full swing and it’s time to ditch our winter darks for pops of vibrant green. Or is it? On the latest issue of LA Fashion Magazine’s interview with yours truly I suggested green is the new black. However, I didn’t make this up out of thin air. I promise. 
From the article written by Gabriella Layne: 

LA Fashion Magazine: “GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK To follow suit with the garden feel of the season, the color of the season is undoubtedly green along with complimenting colors, according to experts at PANTONE. Prominently seen throughout SS17 runway collections including BOTTEGA VENETA and COACH, rich shades of green are paired with lush texture and intricate prints to create sleek yet dimensional looks.”

Me: “Considering PANTONE’s Color of the Year is Greenery, all shades of green are super hot this year. Colors, hues, and shades that are in the same family and pair well with Greenery are making it into our closets as well; blues, yellows, pale and bright pinks and a soft hazelnut neutral.” —Rayne Parvis

LA Fashion Magazine
Rayne’s 2-page feature in print from LA Fashion Magazine Spring 2017 issue.

I was just the”color” messenger. However, it was Pantone, an X-Rite company and the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, deemed Greenery to be the color of the year for 2017.

According to Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, “While Serenity and Rose Quartz, the PANTONE Color of the Year 2016, expressed the need for harmony in a chaotic world Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the hope we collectively yearn for amid a complex social and political landscape. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate, revitalize and unite, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”

Rayne Parvis co-hosting on The Show & Tell Show with Caroline Elliott and women from Bunny World Foundation.
Rayne Parvis co-hosting, wearing Greenery, on The Show & Tell Show with Caroline Elliott and women from Bunny World Foundation.

Greenery is popping up in home decor, tech design, logos, fashion, beauty and in food and beverages. Grab something green and sport it with confidence! You may see less of it next year as the color of the year changes but the color will never go out fo style. May you receive all Greenery has to offer you in revamping, renewing and radiating. 

For more on my article feature on what’s in and out for spring with LA Fashion Magazine click here to download the full issue!  

To see a Greenery dress in action along with DIY, beauty, health and lifestyle tips for women  watch the full episode of The Show & Tell Show with Caroline Elliott Episode: 

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What to Wear After a Breakup


Getting dumped or leaving someone sucks! Excuse my elementary school language but it’s the truth. It’s happened to me, your loved ones, co-workers, family and most likely you. Most of my clients are referred from matchmaking agencies and have had their heart broken by a divorce or past relationship. Putting effort into your appearance is a key factor in getting over the breakup and falling in love again, meeting new people and giving yourself a fresh start. 

What to wear to lift your spirits:

Uplifting Colors: Yellow, orange, turquoise, pink, blues and kelly green can evoke feelings of health, joy, spirituality, happiness and healing. If you’re not into wearing bright colors take a walk or buy vibrant artwork for your home or office.

Style Coach and personal stylist, Rayne Parvis, in Banana Republic Dress and faux fur vest. Photo by: Ryan P. Morgan.
Style Coach and personal stylist, Rayne Parvis, in Banana Republic Dress and faux fur vest. Photo by: Ryan P. Morgan.

Fun Gym Wear: It’s been proven that exercise releases stress and endorphins that can trigger positive feelings in the body and boost your mood steering you away from a depressive state. If you purchase eye-catching gym wear that you like, you are more likely get your butt to the gym, on a hike with friends or a walk in a park filled with beautiful scenery. Even a brisk walk can make you feel better and start the healing process. How cute, and in shape, is my girl Jeanette Ortega (pictured below)? Don’t you want to go boxing with her?/

Fitness author and gym owner, Jeanette Ortega, from Extreme Results Fitness in Northridge, CA.
Author, fitness guru and gym owner, Jeanette Ortega, from Extreme Results Fitness in Northridge, CA.

Something New: An updated hair style, color, lipstick, statement necklace or outfit, of course, will give you a boost of confidence. We all remember the scene from Sex And The City when Carrie Bradshaw goes darker! Pictured below are a few of my new items. I didn’t go through a breakup but I did want to get a fresh feel for spring!

Kat Von D lipstick and Lucky Star Jewels necklace.
Kat Von D lipstick and Lucky Star Jewels necklace.

In addition to your outer appearance check out Chris Seiter’s podcast and website I recently was a guest on his show Ex Boyfriend Recovery where we talked wardrobe and all things “exboyfriendy”. You can subscribe to his site to be part of his community. Chris will welcome you with open arms just like he did me! Make sure to tell him I said “hello!”.  

My guest spot:

What to Wear When You See Your Ex (with Rayne Parvis) on Ex Boyfriend Recovery

Happy healing!

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