With luck, those crunches and culinary restraint have paid off because, like it or not, it's swimsuit season. And Universal Gear, at 1529B 14th St. NW, is laying out a gorgeous beach-going buffet. ''They're beautiful!'' says store manager Yemi Memgistu of her lineup. ''I love the 'Scotch and Soda.' They're so hot!'' Check out the collection online at www.universalgear.com, or call 202-319-0136 for more information.
Board, Not Boring!
Universal swim trunks
Universal Gear puts its stamp on these Universal swim board shorts, complete with drawstring and pockets. These shorts, in multiple styles, are flying off the shelves. ($39.50)
Pretty In Plaid
For those who go retro, these Original Penguin 1st Ramp shorts sport an angular, plaid design and Munsingwear's penguin logo. ($59.50)
Scotch and Soda
Slip into a tropical paradise with these detailed Scotch and Soda palm tree board shorts. The catch of the day will be the glances in your direction. ($74.50)
If it's not the shorts you want getting noticed, Andrew Christian's box-cut trunks will show off that summer body you've worked so hard for. These fade-resistant suits promise ultraviolet-ray protection where it counts the most. ($49.50)
Bring new meaning to "beach bum" with Pistol Pete's swim briefs featuring a sea serpent and bubble print -- though it's not necessarily the design that will get the compliments. ($49.50)