Thursday, June 9


With summer fast approaching, we are all eager to jet off to somewhere fabulous and hit the beach, but for us females that means the time-old decision about which swimwear pieces we'll be wearing and how many we'll be taking! As you can probably guess as it's hard to reinvent the bikini swimwear doesn't exactly have it own set trends, in fact I think its fair to say that it hops on the bandwagon of all the current clothing ones for example last year cut-out swimwear was a huge trend because cut out clothing was highly prominent on the catwalk. Before going into detail about current swimwear trends, I think its important for everyone to grasp what will suit their figure type the best. The reality is exactly the same as clothing, that when it comes to swimwear of course not every cut and style is going to flatter every figure. The swimsuit is the only socially excepted time to wear a tiny piece of material to cover your body in public, so therefore people will be watching. You can't wear a swimsuit that you wont feel confident in and choosing your perfect style should always come down to what you're most comfortable with.
If you have a fuller figure then embrace the vintage trend and use it to accentuate rather than try and hide your curves. Try halter-necks or cupped styles and anything that brings in the waist to play to an hourglass shape like a swimsuit with a belt, most certainly I would suggest trying high waisted bottoms. If you are not confident showing your stomach then I know that many stores have released swimsuits with 'tummy control', to hold it all in while you show it all off. If you're a pear shape or have a small bust, then definitely use ruffles to your advantage by adding volume at the top half. Ruffles around the bust can make it seem visually larger to the unsuspecting eye and cupped styles with padding are very useful to create those curves that everyone longs for. If you are top heavy once again I suggest ruffles, but this time add them to our bottom to balance your hips with your bust. Please do avoid string bikinis if they don't offer any support (you don't want any nipple slips in the water) instead stick to structured styles and halter-necks. Those of you with short legs, then to lengthen your body you should pair a printed bikini top with a block-coloured  bottom with a high cut thigh this will draw the attention upwards, it's all about the psychology you see! Finally for athletic figures, if you have little curves then definitely make the most of styles that will show off a toned physique. You are the lucky few who can certainly pull off those more skimpier styles like string bikinis and bandeau tops, but i suppose what do they say? If you've got it, flaunt it!

Now, time to delve into those 2011 summer trends. To begin, Vintage-inspired swimwear the features of vintage pieces are usually either one-pieces with cinched-in waists, sweetheart necklines and halters or a bikini style with high-waist bottoms and fuller-cupped tops. On vintage pieces look out for hyper prints like gingham checks, Hawaiian and nautical themes, Vintage swimwear allows women to find a distinct and feminine way for their swimsuits to stand out by the pool and at the beach.

An unusual swimwear style seen on the catwalk of late is that of the crochet bikini. Influenced by the return of 1970s fashion, crochet bikinis, crochet swimsuits and open weave pieces this style offers that underlying ooze of sex appeal that few swimwear pieces have but that every woman wants. The perfect crochet swimwear doesn't just show off the body but also its intricate wide stitch catches the eye and distracts people from any flaws they may notice. You need to be very careful when choosing your actual crochet piece as there is a fine line between sexy and grandma, sexy and porn star! Make sure the crochet holes are not gaping too far but also be careful that the crochet is not too tight that it looks like it has been knitted.

Even though the one shoulder is not the swimwear trend, it's still a great look and very easy to wear. For this season make sure your one shoulder swimsuit has a thick, single shouldered strap and there is a colour contrast between the strap and the rest of the bikini. 

Finally digital prints have been seen everywhere on this seasons catwalks, and what do we know they have come straight into summer 2011 swimwear, Swimwear that features a bold print should come as no surprise have always been popular. For this season, however the style takes its queues from the sports-as-fashion street wear trend and sees the print applied to swimwear that is more functional then fashionable.

So that's it all done, I have taught you all you need to know about this season summer swimwear must haves. Now go forth, prepare to top up that tan and strut those beaches like you own them!

[All swimwear shown in images are available from H+M, instores and online]


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