Board Shorts

If you haven't picked up a new swimsuit yet, you're likely due. After all, you hit the gym all winter (right?), so now it's time to reap the benefits. Whether you're looking for a bold patterned pair or a simple one in a bright shade, the ideal pair of board shorts should sit at your hips and remain above the knee. They'll still do their job of keeping the backs of your thighs away from surf wax without making you look like a slouch.

Shown left: $79.50 by Ralph Lauren

Feeling Pale?

If you're still rocking a gray, wintery pallor, opt for a suit in the blue family. It's been proven that wearing shades of blue will make skin appear less pasty. That will help until you get some natural color.

Fake a Beach Body

Avoid elastic waistbands which pinch soft stomachs. Your drawstring should be tied comfortably at the hips, yet tight enough to stay put with a tug. Darker colors and vertical stripes along the sides make for a leaner appearance.