Your Top Beachwear Q’s Answered!
Say hello to a fuss-free holiday wardrobe.
Q I'm bored of sarongs, what other fashionable cover-up options do I have?
Resort wear kaftans are a hot new trend and make for great cover-ups at the beach or pool-side. Sheer fabrics, wide sleeves and loose silhouettes suit all body types. Go maxi length for full coverage, or wear a thigh-skimming, sexy one. Tip: belt your kaftan at the waist for a slimmer look.
Q what’s the one key swimsuit trend for the season that everyone can wear?
Cut-outs were all the rage on summer runways. Monokinis are aesthetically pleasing, covering your areas of concern and highlighting your assets—they’re a great alternative to bikinis. Pick a side cut-out if you have a narrow waist, or a cut-out top to bring attention to your cleavage.
Q I’m more of a beach lounger, than swimmer, and want to look glamorous while sitting around. What should I wear?
Look to embellished bikinis to make a statement. Sparkles, sequins, rhinestones, beads and even cute bows are chic, and will ensure the spotlight is on you.
Q I love wearing jewellery— how can I take the glam-jewel look to the beach?
As long as you don’t plan on getting wet, you can go as glam as you dare. We like the thought of working chunky cuffs and statement necklaces with a solid-hued swimsuit. Daisy halter top, ` 1,184, and briefs, ` 1,353, both Accessorize
Q i’m flat-chested and looking for the perfect swimsuit. Any ideas?
Ruffle trims, small prints, moulded cups and halter neck tops are your BFFS. They help add shape and volume, give your breasts a lift, and make you look curvier.
Q I'm curvy, and planning my vacation. What’s the best swimsuit for my body?
Vintage swimsuit styles from the ’40s are super flattering on curves. Go for broad side-ties to create a break in the widest part of your thighs. Colour-blocked onesies focus attention on the centre of your body, giving you an hourglass shape.
Shape-up swimsuit, Marks & Spencer, ` 3,995
Q My y tummy area is a problem. What swimsuit would work best for my body type?
You can fake a smoother and tighter stomach with a high-styled banded one-piece. Empire waists, sweetheart necklines and one-shoulder suits in busy prints help distract the eye from focusing on your waist. A sexy option: opt for a plunging halter top to draw the focus upwards.
Q I'd like to channel this season’s print trend on the beach. Any ideas?
Floral, geometric and tribal prints are hotter than ever for 2012 swimwear. Dolce & Gabbana and Pria Kataria Puri played with tropical themes and motifs like pineapples and parrots, which are sooo cute and scream beach babe alert. Remember, a little bit of print can go a long way.
Tribal-print, River Island, 2,366 ` Tobias oneshoulder, Sunaina Roshan, 6,669 ` Ombré, belted, Emilio Pucci, price on request Tropical-print, Marks & Spencer, 2,453 `
Tropical leaf printed, ASOS, ` 2,961 Kristie, Agent Provocateur,
Floral, gold key-hole detail, Pistol Panties,
` 15,959 Printed longline bikini top, ` 1,873 and bikini brief,
` 1,362, both ASOS
Bandeau top, ` 1,099 and bottom, ` 699, both OVS Industry Gem-detail top,
` 2,099, and bottom, ` 1,959, both La Senza One-piece with attached drape,
Hemant & Nandita, ` 12,000 Gypsy-inspired top, ` 1,181, and bottom, ` 2,199, both River Island Embellished two
piece bikini, Sanchita, ` 8,495
Cutwork swimsuit, Hemant & Nandita, ` 13,000
Pearl detail diamond cuff, and bi-colour chunky cuff, both Jagat Jewels, price on request Chunky crystal
necklace, Forever New,
Fringe-detail striped wedges, Sanchita, ` 10,495
Geo-print brabikini, Marks & Spencer, ` 2,957
Sweetheart neckline swimsuit, Debenhams,
` 2,449 Zebra-print top, ` 1,199, and bottom, ` 899, both OVS industry Underwater-print lattice swimsuit, ASOS, ` 1,873 Gingham top and high-waist briefs, ASOS,
One-shoulder swimsuit, Beyond
Retro, ` 5,008
Crop-top inspired bikini with briefs, Taxxi & Vitamin K,
` 9,657 Luscious Lady, Pistol Panties,