On paper, Jessica Garcia would not have made a good Musketeer. The founder of Ola Feroz swimwear in Boca Raton (805 E. Palmetto Park Road, olaferoz.com) is anything but a one-for-all designer, tailoring each hand-created piece to the individual. Here, the graduate of Florida Atlantic University (with Venezuelan ties) discusses what’s most important when hunting for the perfect bathing suit.
Fabric first: “You’re going to have different fabrics that look good on you—[based] on your skin tone and your features. Fabric choice is No. 1.”
Lifestyle: “We pick styles that go with what they’ll be using the suits for. If [customers] are going to be mostly lounging, there are certain styles for that—[compared to the more athletic person] rolling around in the sand or water skiing.”
Body type: For bigger busted women, try a wrap top that’s supportive and doesn’t put strain on your neck. For those with wider hips, make sure your bottom isn’t hip-accentuating. If you’re small-busted, look for 3-D detailing. [See product sidebar for examples.]
Personal touch: “Find a place that’s going to cater to you and give you the time. ... My customers are here for almost an hour. They want to try on the suits. They want to hear my opinion. Go to a place that isn’t going to rush you, that’s going to give you that one-on-one attention.”