If anyone’s qualified to offer up swimsuit styling tips, it’s Hannah Davis. Not only is the 25-year-old a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model (she graced the cover of last year’s issue) and a co-host with Tim Gunn on Lifetime’s Project Runway: Junior, where she doles out advice to the next generation of fashion designers; she also grew up in Caribbean paradise, on the island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Her best advice? When it comes to a bikini, sometimes less (fabric) is more. “People think that if you wear giant bottoms, you can have full coverage,” she tells writer Amy Spencer in our April issue, on newsstands this Friday. “But full coverage makes everyone look wider! Less is more in a lot of cases.”
And when it comes to swimsuit styles, Hannah is an advocate for the classic string bikini: “You can wear [the bottoms] forever because you can just adjust the sides,” she says. “You go on a vacation, you’re having fun, you’re like, ‘Ok, I’m gonna loosen this up a bit!'”
For more swimwear inspo from Hannah (plus super-cute poolside accessories), check out these shots from our April photo shoot.
Hannah’s wearing: Lisa Marie Fernandez bikini ($315; saksfifthavenue.com).
Hannah’s wearing: Michael Kors Collection swimsuit ($436; saksfifthavenue.com).
Pretty in purple
Hannah’s wearing: Lisa Marie Fernandez one-piece swimsuit ($380, net-a-porter.com). Beth Richards robe.
Hannah’s wearing: Duskii one-piece swimsuit ($180, duskii.com).
Styling by Karen Shapiro. Hair by Davy Newkirk using Kératase at The Wall Group. Makeup by Lauren Andersen for Avon at The Wall Group. Manicure by Allison Burns at Crosby Carter Management.