Summer temps are growing hotter and hotter, but that doesn’t mean our love of wearing local designs has cooled. The time has come to scope out the Dallas swimwear scene, and as it always does, area fashion talent rises to the occasion. At a downtown show earlier this month, we discovered Whitney Bracey (pictured below). The Texas Woman’s University junior heads her own company, Mahogany Blues, founded in December 2011. Specializing in both limited-run and custom swimwear, her suits are sleek and flattering by design. “Swimsuits are one of the more difficult items to shop for,” Bracey explains of her motivation. Can’t we all relate? After learning to sew at the age of seven, she eventually focused in on the category most vexing for the female shopper. “I like filling in the gap for those women who can't find an amazing one piece, or who want a little more coverage than the typical bikini gives. I love the challenge of making swimsuits look sexy and chic without revealing every area of skin.” Bracey describes her ideal client as eclectic, modest, classy, and a jet-setter – “or someone who would like to be.” In addition to swimwear, she also designs cover-ups for versatility. The coral halter cover-up shown above caught our eye at the aforementioned recent presentation. We’d pair it with a sheer palazzo pant, no need to remove the pretty suit beneath when heading from the pool to drinks on the patio. We like Bracey’s refreshing perspective, and we look forward to following her emerging career. Mahogany Blues swimwear ranges in price from $80 - $240. For more information, visit MahoganyBluesSwimwear.com. Images credit DFW Style Daily and Mahogany Blues.