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It's just a day at the beach

Published March 17, 2007

WHO: Melissa Tully, left, 19, from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va. WHY SHE’S AT THE BEACH: Time off from a spring break trip to Lakeland to build a Habitat for Humanity house. THE SUIT: She got her bikini at Target.
[Times photo:Lara Cerri]
[Times photo: Lara Cerri]
WHO: Dennis Webb, 22, from Dallas, stationed with the Coast Guard at its Sand Key station since January. WHY HE’S AT THE BEACH: On a break from work. THE SUIT: He bought his board shorts from a shop along the beach. He couldn’t remember which one.

The sun is shining, the volleyball courts are busy, the lounge chairs are full, and the tunes - even 'N Sync - are blasting. But taste in music isn't the issue this March day on Clearwater Beach. Taste in swimwear is.

As the sun and sand season revs up, we headed out to research what the people who give spring break its spirit are choosing for their time by the water.

We found no shortage of beachgoers willing to pose and talk fashion. What can we all learn from them and their perfect swimsuit bodies? Plenty. Women love two-piece suits for their mix-and-match possibilities. Try a tankini if your abs aren't this toned.

And men, no matter their shape, should stay with board shorts and other loose-fitting styles. Leave those bikini briefs at home.

Best tip: Once you choose the suit that looks and feels good, stop worrying about it and just have a good time.

Times designer Jessica Parker Gilbert contributed to this report. Sharon Fink can be reached at 727 893-8525 or


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