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Tahoe Girls Talk Bikinis

Monday, June 25th, 2012

When Tahoe Mountain Sports asked if we wanted to try on their summer swimwear and put it to the test, it was a no-brainer. We get to wear colorful bikinis and hang out on the beach?! Um, yeah — we’re in.

Like kids in candy shops, Melanie, Kendra and I got to pick several outfits each with different bikinis and hats. And while shopping for bikinis is often a lot like shopping for jeans (dreaded, and you never seem to find the right one unless you’re not looking for it), trying on bikinis at Tahoe Mountain Sports made us feel like the models they wanted us to be. That’s because these suits are designed to fit and flatter the women we are. That is, girls who are active, who go to the beach to lay out and kill it paddleboarding, surfing, in a volleyball match, or wherever. These are suits that won’t fly up when you dive off the dock into the lake. And not only do the fit well, but they look good, too.

After the morning on Speedboat Beach in Kings Beach, we all left with more than one bikini in mind that we were just going to have to buy. Funny how that happens.

Here’s what we all had to say about the bikinis we loved the most.


Melanie mastering paddleboard yoga in a Next halter bikini top and Oakley board shorts

“When picking out bikinis to wear, the first thing I considered was color and print. I love color and fell in love with the bright Next suit prints right away. From there, it’s all about finding the perfect fit. I really like athletic-fitting halter tops and bottoms with good coverage since I always seem to be doing something active in my bikini — like swimming, paddling, climbing on boulders…”

“My favorite suit was the pink and black Next suit. It was super comfortable, had bright colors, and I loved the wide fold-over waist band on the bottoms. The top was really cute and had great coverage and support, too.”

 “I actually bought the Oakley board shorts already, and will probably end up getting a new Next swimming suit as well to wear with the shorts.”


Kendra in all her natural beauty with a bikini by Carve Designs
“I look for comfort and support in a bikini first! Then, I hope that it is super cute too.”
“My body, like most girls, is all mixed up with sizes. I am larger on top and therefore am constantly in search of a supportive bikini bra. The Carve swim line does just this. I loved the support and comfort they offer and the patterns and fit are flattering to my shape.”
Lole and Oakley have some adorable prints and designs this year. Their fun, bright colors are super cute with a tan.”
“In all three brands of bikinis, I love the fact that I can look summer stylish and still go out and kill it on the volleyball court without worrying that I am giving a little show without even knowing it.”


Julie exploring Tahoe’s clear waters and boulders in a bikini by Carve Designs

“I love stripes. And Lole has some really cute prints with stripes and contrasting colors this year. Something about horizontal stripes — I think they’re really slimming.”

“When I wear a bikini, I want to feel confident and comfortable. So a suit that fits well, doesn’t slide up, covers my bottom, and gives me support up top is huge. At the same time, I’m always looking for functionality that’s fashionable. I think that Carve Designs, Lole, and Next all hit that market really well.”

“One pieces are my new thing. With deep neck lines and bare backs, a one-piece can be very sexy. And they are so comfortable. The Lole Madiera One-Piece caught my eye immediately. It flatters and fits well.”

“Where do I not wear a bikini?! Beyond the usual summer, hiking, and beach activities, I’ve gone ice skating in my bikini, skiing in my bikini, and recently raised some money for the Tahoe City fireworks in my bikini!”

Lole Carribean Bikini Bottom
Lole Carribean Bikini Bottom
MSRP: $33.95
Carve Designs Catalina Bikini Top
Carve Designs Catalina Bikini Top
MSRP: $43.95
Next On the Bar Sports Bra
Next On the Bar Sports Bra
MSRP: $54.95


The Summer Bikini Photo Shoot

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Summer showed up early in Tahoe this year. May was one of the nicest in recent memory  — especially compared to last year, when we got a powder day on Memorial Weekend. And here at Tahoe Mountain Sports, we are taking advantage. We have a great collection of summer bikinis by Lole, Carve Designs, and Next by Athena that will fit and flatter any body type.

One fine May morning, we took our line of California Swimwear and a couple Big Truck hats to the beach to try them out. Here’s a few photos of the morning we went to work at the beach. Girls in bikinis under Lake Tahoe’s bright sunny sky with a few paddle boards? What’s better?

Lole Paradise Tankini
Lole Paradise Tankini
MSRP: $54.95
Big Truck Classic Trucker Hat
Big Truck Classic Trucker Hat
MSRP: $26.95


Summer Bikinis for the California Girl

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

For the woman who wants to play in the sun all day long, Tahoe Mountain Sports has the collection of summer bikinis and athletic swimwear for you. Our bikinis and swimsuits fit in all the right places, feature bright colors and floral prints and look good on a range of body types. Our summer swimwear is designed to support your body and keep up with you for any adventure, be it on a backpacking trip to a High Sierra lake or a surf session on the California coast.

Carve Designs, Lole and Next by Athena are three of our favorite brands. Each celebrates the healthy woman who spends her free time outside. Here’s a closer look at what these three companies are all about when it comes to bikinis and the sunshine.

Carve Designs

Tired of functional clothing that didn’t fit right, the two women surfers behind Carve Designs set out in 2003 to make their own apparel that would fit well and would be “functional, feminine and flattering.” Their experience shows. Today, Carve Designs is all about California swimwear and surfing. Carve’s summer bikinis feature a range of styles from bottoms and tops with thicker strings to tankinis with cinched ties at the hips to one pieces with plunging neck lines. The bottoms cover up and stay put. The colors in this year’s line are inspired by coral pinks, muted greens and sea blues. While Santa Cruz-based Carve Designs is all about the surf, we love the functional, athletic design for our adventures around Lake Tahoe, be it paddle boarding, kayaking or hiking around the Basin.


The swimwear in Lole’s 2012 collection is all about playful colors and stripes, with different cuts including string bikinis, boy shorts, fuller tops, tankinis and graceful one-pieces. To design its swimwear this year, Lole was inspired by “beach volleyball, weekend getaways, water activities, sand and sun.”

Born in 2002 in Montreal, Lole embraces a philosophy of well-being and builds clothing that is technical, versatile and responds to the demands of the active, urban woman. Lole wants women to feel good in their clothing — even in a bikini. Which is why they pay attention to a cut that fits well but flatters, and stays put when you want to jump off the pier into the deep end.

The Lole woman is active every day and has a never-ending curiosity for things outdoors. She loves and appreciates her surrounding environment and embraces her innate femininity. Lole strives to use renewable resources and recyclable materials to build its clothing, including organically grown and processed cotton and polyester fiber made from recycled plastic bottles.

Next by Athena

If you’re a woman who wakes up in the morning, grabs a cup of coffee, runs out the door and doesn’t stop between yoga classes, stand-up paddle board sessions, and soccer practice with the kids, until a glass of vino at a barbecue with friends and family that night, then Next by Athena is your brand.

Next by Athena swimsuits are designed for active women who are on the go. The Southern California-based company offers an array of sporty swimsuits all built with NextFlex, a quick-dry material to ease the move from the pool to the grocery store. From supportive tops and tankinis with built-in sports bras, Next bikinis are transitional pieces. This year’s collection features teals and nautical hues, as well as richer purples, blacks, and pinks, with floral and paisley prints.


Carve Designs Vista Full Piece
Carve Designs Vista Full Piece
MSRP: $71.95
Lole Tropic Triangle Bikini Top
Lole Tropic Triangle Bikini Top
MSRP: $47.95


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