Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Guest post: Swimwear Style Guide


As we’re in the midst of a heat wave we thought we’d take the opportunity to take a look at some of this season’s hottest swimwear trends, don’t go on holiday without reading this guide.
It is so hot, like sweltering hot, but we’re not going to complain because we don’t want to scare off that glorious sunshine we’re seeing so much of at the moment. It comes around every year but the warm weather really does sneak up on us and we’re caught off guard sweating so bad in a brightly printed MSGM dress without that one essential summer item in our arsenal; the perfect swimwear.
For some reason by the time summer comes around again it will be a near certainty that I will have misplaced (lost) last year’s bikini. It’s not known where they disappear too but I have a feeling there is some sort of vortex where they go alongside a single sock and those other items that always seem to go missing.
Unfortunately it’s just one of those mysteries of life that we will never understand but instead of getting frustrated let’s rejoice in the fact that it means that we can use this opportunity to scour the internet for hours on end in search of this season’s best offerings.
The problem is there really is just so much to choose from that it really would take weeks to find the perfect bikini, so we’ve taken the hard work from swimwear hunting for you and come up with a little list of some of the top beachwear trends of the season.
So whatever your shape or style you’ll be sure to find the perfect fit for you…

 Cut out style swimwear has come from nowhere to become one of the most popular swimwear trends around. Fashion forward and the just right amount of sexy, a cut-out one piece is the perfect compromise if you’re not feeling like you’re quite ready to bare all in a bikini. Find a huge range of prints or opt for a block colour for a really punchy look. Look for a pattern that has different panels to create a super slim illusion but make sure you avoid wearing a cut out swimsuit with heels or run the risk of looking a little over the top. One tip; make sure you don’t forget the factor 50 to avoid interesting tan-lines!
  1. Ultimo Blue Sahara Cut Out Swimming Costume - £35 – New Look – If you’re one of those lucky girls with a super slim figure then this is a great option to show it off. The moulded cups lend added support for a fuller bust or help to create the illusion of curves if you have a flatter chest.
  2. Black Print Cut Out Bandeau Swimsuit – River Island - £25 – If you want to try out this trend without flashing too much flesh then this River Island one-piece is the perfect option and the panels make it super slimming to boot!
  3. Multi-Striped Cut Out Swimsuit - £28 – Styleanada.com – Add some stripes to your repertoire with this figure flattering item from styleanada.com, great for showing off a fantastic tan.
Fringing gives any beachy look a cool flirty feel, great for girls with a straight up and down figure who want to create the illusion of more curves. If you’re rocking a bit of a pear shape with a small bust and bigger hips then don’t feel like you have to avoid fringing; opt for fringing on top and a plain bottom to avoid drawing attention to problem areas, this will help to balance out your figure nicely.
  1. Fringed Bandeau Bikini - £26 – Miss Selfridge – This cool fringed bandeau is perfect for those with athletic figures and red looks great against a beach back drop!
  2. Hot Anatomy Halterneck - £65 – Nelly.com – This bright orange two-piece is the ideal choice for those with a pear shape, the long fringing on the top will draw the eye away from any problem areas.
  3. Gemelli Fringe Trim Bikini – Designerdesireables.com – Opt for hot pink this season for a really fun pool-side look, we love the mix of fringe and print.
The one piece is no longer simply reserved for school swimming competitions, they’re back and they’re seriously cool! They’re a great option whatever you’re figure and are can be just as sexy as a bikini and when it comes to print this season the rule of thumb is the bolder the better.
  1. We Are Hansom One Piece - £175 – Thecorner.com - This amazing rollercoaster print costume from We Are Hansom is a great option if you have a slightly fuller figure; the structured bra at the top will help support a larger bust and the panelled graphics are ideal to create a slim looking waist.
  2. Welcome to Paradise Swimsuit – Filles A Papa - £160 – This bathing suit is a fantastically retro cut and is from one of this season’s most coveted brands. Florescent is always a great colour to really highlight a hearty tan.
  3. Blue Digital Pool Swimsuit - £34 – Topshop – We love the graphics on this retro inspired swimming costume, it even has a removable strap to avoid tan lines when sunbathing.


High waisted bikinis are far and away our favourite styles of the season, they’re fantastically flattering whatever your shape and the perfect balance of pretty retro vibes and sexy beachwear. There truly are so many out there to choose from you’ll be sure to find something to fall in love with, here are our favourites.
  1. Blue Floral Underwired Bikini – Topshop - £34 – This beautiful floral bikini from Topshop will hide a multitude of sins; the high waist is a god-send and helps to pull your stomach in for you!
  2. Blue Check Baja Bikini – Roksansa Ilincic - £330 This bad boy might be slightly on the pricy side but we just can’t help but love everything about this bikini, the fun blue check and the pretty rush detailing on the bust, a real investment piece for sure.
  3. Bella Rose high waisted bikini – Seafolly –£110 -This retro bikini will have you wanting to hit the beach every day! From the cool floral print to the stylish chartreuse colour we absolutely love this baby.
Guest post written by www.farfetch.com