The sun-kissed days of summer are just around the corner. Sunscreen spans the store shelves, college students rush to the beach in droves and children flood the tidal pools as a source of entertainment.

In the haste of taking a cool water dip, however, don’t leave your fashion sense behind.

This season’s biggest poolside and beach-goer trend is a true throwback to vintage swimwear.

Think “pin-up,” think “Marilyn” and look for the best boyfriend bottoms for your figure. The most flattering bathing suit will depend on the size of one’s derriere. A full-coverage suit works the same as one with minimal coverage: They both enhance the size of the bottom.

Look to show some skin, just not too much or too little.

Keep things cool and cover up with a pair of fabulous shades, a large brimmed sun hat and dresses that emphasize coverage with a stylish twist.

More insideCavortress floral bikini top

$80floral boyshort$72 Available at Hampden Clothing

www.hampdenclothing.com

Straw hat$38. Available at The Resort Shop www.theresortshop.com

Elizabeth and James sunglasses

$185. Available at Hampden Clothing.

Faboo Too girl’s dress/ cover-up

$68.95. Available at Charleston Children’s Boutique

www.charlestonchildrens boutique.com

Look 2

Faboo Too girl’s terrycloth cover-up, $68.95. Available at Charleston Children’s Boutique.

Seafolly stripe bikini top, $80 and boyshort, $69. Available at Salty Girls (www.facebook.com/saltygirls).

Element crochet short, $49.50. Available at Salt & Seaweed (www.saltandseaweed.com).