From the exuberant style New York Magazine calls “not for the faint of heart” comes Betsey Johnson’s 2009 collection of designer swimwear and coverup dresses. The whimsical, feminine, lively, and frill-friendly designer introduces her signature retro glam and pinup styles to her swimsuits. From underwire push-up tops, skirted bottoms, fuchsia lining, and colorful flower embellishments come a variety of mini collections inspired by the 50s and 60s glam. Among the favorites so far are the Chez Rose Bikini and Dress (below).

The entire collection’s coherence comes in the fun, feminine, flirty fashions that exemplify Betsey Johnson’s persona. The 2009 swimsuit collection is almost inspired by lingerie, but without feeling like you’re in your underwear when you wear it. You get the distinct feeling it was created to make you prance around your bedroom.

A great thing about the collection of cover-ups is that they all in essence, day-to-night wear. It is easy to wear a dress from this collection over your swimsuit and then go home, throw on some heels, add lipstick, and wear it for a night out. Our mind wanders into all the occasions that would be ideal to don Betsey Johnson’s dress cover-ups… in yachts, island retreats, cruise getaways, pool parties, and the list goes on.

But apart from the collections versatility, the best thing by far about these dresses is its price tag. While a regular Betsey Johnson dress can set you back $300-500 on average, our selection of coverup dresses are only in the $90-200 range. Affordable, fashionable, and sexy. Not a bad way to complement your swimsuit. Hope they have a red carpet at the resort you booked!

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