Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Jantzen Goes Red in Parnternship with the American Heart Association

As Jantzen gears up to participate in the American Heart Association’s Red Dress show, October 15th in Miami, we want to share some helpful heart tips with you.

Did you know that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women? Meaning us gals need be sure to exercise each day and make healthy choices! A perfect use for your Jantzen is swimming. If you can make the time to swim some laps each day, it will do your heart a lot of good: When you swim breast stroke or backstroke, you're burning around the same amount of calories as a fast walk or a slow jog.

Be sure to wear your Jantzen to the beach barbeque, but remember to eat baked, not fried. For example: Take an average potato, bake it, and you have 110 calories and 0 grams of fat. Take that same potato, turn it into french fries, and you have 380 calories and 18 grams of fat.

We invite you to take the Go Red Heart Check-Up today at

Thank you to our friends at the American Heart Association for bringing awareness to women everywhere about heart disease prevention.

Friday, August 28, 2009

"Faking It"

There are a few tricks to “faking it” in a swimsuit (hiding areas, drawing attention to areas, etc.). Designer Lisa Dixon explains:

Here are a few that I think really work well:

1- If you want to draw attention away from your hips, look for a suit that has a lot of “action” at the top. By “action” I mean fabulous hardware at the shoulders or neckline, or any kind of intricate treatment at the neckline, shoulder or bust area. This naturally brings the viewer’s eyes up and away from the problem area.
You can also choose a suit with wider straps; this will broaden the look of your shoulders, helping hips look narrower.Suits that are darker at the bottom are visual minimizers, so try not to wear very light colors on the bottom; keep the light colors at the top of the suit.Solid dark bottoms and printed tops also work well to draw attention upward.

2- If your upper portion is broad or you are very busty and your legs are thin you want to try to “balance” the difference. To create a balanced look you can opt for a skirted bottom; a flippy, flirty skirt would work well. Even a two-piece with shorts will add the volume that you need to the lower part of your body to balance the top. You can also choose a suit with a wide, square neckline to narrow the shoulders.
And always get a suit with the proper support for a large bust: underwire, sized cups and endurance backs (t-backs) are a good option.

3- If you have a straight figure without much of a waist, you can create the illusion of a smaller waist by choosing a suit with a belted waist or a cummerbund look.Princess-seamed suits create a bit of an hourglass look and also elongate the torso.My personal favorite way to create a smaller waist is to use shirring at the waistline; it creates a waist and also hides the tummy.

4- If you want to create the illusion of a larger bust you have a few options:
The first would be to choose a suit with a padded bra or cookie inside the bra.
Another option is to choose a suit with either ruffles or shirring at the bust, which creates a fuller look. (This trick also works well if you want to create a rounder bottom – but on the backside, obviously.)

Now that you’re armed with these tricks of the trade, enjoy playing up your assets, ladies!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Top 10 Travel Must-Haves

Top 10 Travel Must-Haves (Jantzen Senior Designer Lisa Dixon’s tips for what to take on that beach vacation)…

Every time I go on a tropical vacation I always tell myself that I’ll only pack what I know I’ll need, yet nevertheless I always wind up with 2 giant suitcases filled with things that never get worn – usually never even get taken out of the suitcase – and I am almost always over weighted at the luggage counter.

I finally made a list of must-haves and I am promising myself that I will actually abide by it next time (at least I will make every attempt to!).

# 1- at least 3-4 different swimsuits (Jantzen, of course!)

# 2- at least 3-4 different cover-ups such as sarongs/pareos/tunics (the pareos are great; they can be worn wrapped around your swimsuit or also tied into a dress that looks good enough to wear to lunch and around town, etc. And you can never go wrong with a great tunic or big shirt)

# 3- sun dresses! This is probably what you will be wearing most of the time anyway, since they are lightweight, airy and perfectly tropical.

# 4- a pair of flip flops; 1 or 2 pairs of nice sandals that look great with a dress, pants or shorts; and a pair of water/trekking shoes that can be worn in rocky waters but can also be worn if you plan to do some sporty activity like hiking or biking

# 5- as far as pants/shorts go, opt for lightweight linen or cotton and capris – don’t pack jeans because they almost never get worn (it’s just too hot). If you plan to bring camouflage-printed shorts or military fatigues be sure to check ahead on the destination’s rules, as some Caribbean countries do not allow them.

# 6- a few good t-shirts/tank tops or, in my case, halters tops (I live in halter tops)

# 7- a fabulous straw beach hat to accent your glamorous Jantzen suits and a baseball cap for sportier days

# 8- a hoody or sweater just in case you get caught in a sudden tropical storm

# 9- a digital camera so you can post all your fabulous shots on Facebook

# 10- the largest pair of movie star sunglasses you can find – it’s all about the glamour!

# 11- (sorry I just couldn’t do it in only 10!) A great straw/beach bag with a zipper (or at least a zipper compartment) for money, passport, etc.

Don’t worry about sunscreen, bug spray and all those liquid toiletries. Unless you are going to the most remote destination I am sure they will sell them at the local drugstore, and you won’t have to worry about them leaking in your luggage (For some reason mine always leak. I swear sometimes I think the TSA guys loosen them as a joke.).

Don’t forget to pack anything that that you cannot live without (medicines, must-have cosmetics, etc.) in your carry-on, as you won’t want to be stranded without those things if the airlines lose your luggage.
You may also want to put a swimsuit in your carry-on so that you can begin your vacation while the airline is arranging to get your luggage to you.

Leave expensive jewelry at home since you don’t want to have to worry about it and it will look out of place in a tropical place anyway. Opt for tropical shell and semi-precious stone jewelry or buy some while you’re there.

Have fun, look great and send us some pics in your Jantzen!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Jantzen's Summer Reception

On Saturday July 18th Jantzen held a reception for all retail partners and local media at the Wolfsonian-FIU on Miami Beach. Guests enjoyed delicious food, induldged in "Jantini's" and had a chance to view the 6th floor exhibit where 100 years of Jantzen history is currently on display now through October 11th.

Here at Jantzen we are excited for the 2010 collection (seen on models below) to hit stores. A new addition this season will be the Heritage Collection where vintage suits are used as inspiration for new suits, now we can all channel our inner "Pin Up girl" of the 50s or even our "Groovy Goddess" of the 70s!!

Stay tuned Jantzen fans....

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Visit "Beauty on the Beach: A Centennial Celebration of Swimwear" July 10 - October 11

Jantzen will showcase their 100 years of fashion in partnership with The Wolfsonian–Florida International University beginning July 10th during a thirteen-week exhibition entitled, Beauty on the Beach: A Centennial Celebration of Swimwear. The exhibition will highlight materials such as original artwork by noted artists, advertisements, packaging and bathing suits, and celebrity swim suits. Jantzen, always a leader in international exhibits, looks forward to sharing their treasures with a whole new generation.