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To the pool!

It's pool season, so get your gear!

Jenny Coon Peterson May 18th, 2011

Whether you’re ready or not, pool season is here. Done hyperventilating? Yeah, it kind of snuck up on me, too. Damn you, pool season, you get me every time.

Pool-ready items at LA Sun & Sport
Credits: Shannon Cornman

Buying swimsuits can be a wonderful lesson in self-hatred, but it doesn’t need to be. I fully believe that spending a bit more on a good swimsuit is worth it, and that means heading to a place that specializes in all things beachy. In the metro, that’s LA Sun & Sport (1200 N. May; 752-2627) inside Northpark Mall.

The shop carries a huge selection of swimsuits arranged by color, brand and style. And although there are lots of bikinis (like one I spied splashed with bright, bold cherries), there is a great selection of those that offer a bit more coverage.

More coverage doesn’t equal Victorian Lady’s Day at the Seaside. Like a lovely one-piece in a pretty raspberry color with a flattering panel of ruching down the front and a halter top to keep everything (ahem) in check.

At LA Sun & Sport, suits from Tommy Bahama are always popular, but a big seller this season is a new line from Seafolly, a company out of Australia (where I hear they wear nothing but swimsuits and fight saltwater crocodiles all day). The Seafolly suits are fairly simple, but universally flattering and really well constructed, meaning that sucker will support the girls (again, ahem) and stay in place. Yay!

I noticed a lot of metal accents on the swimsuits, and lots of that metal was in a warm gold, like the Grecianesque medallions on one very pretty turquoise suit by L*Space.

But it’s not all swimsuits. This great shop — where the staff is trained to help fit you in the right suit — also has a large selection of cover-ups ranging from the classic tunic and terrycloth to dresses that can work as a cover-up (check out the red and tan batik-print dress by Pura Vida or the camel-colored maxi dress by Lucy Love in soft jersey).

Also head there for flip-flops, beach bags and big, floppy hats.

It may not carry swimsuits, but Cloverleaf (2825 Wilshire; 840-5556) has some seriously great finds for your day at the pool. I always love trying on the sunglasses at this adorably quirky shop — they range from classic shapes to over-the-top awesomeness (pink sparkly cat-eye glasses, anyone?) To go over the swimsuit, check out the simple tunics by Mud Pie and Monoreno, but honestly, lots of Cloverleaf’s easy summer dresses could pull double duty at the pool.

There are also terrycloth towel cover-ups by Room It Up complete with elastic along the top and Velcro. Also check out the beach towel sets that come with a towel tucked inside a matching terrycloth beach bag. And — this is genius — don’t skip the lounge chair covers (in bright, fun patterns) by Buckhead Betties.

Finally, keeping your hair in check.

Headscarves and elastic headbands at Cloverleaf will keep your pool-wet hair from getting too unruly.

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