Bikini Breakdown

We’re not sure why we get so excited about swimwear – since there are so few occasions we actually get to wear it in good old Blighty! Perhaps it’s that spring lulls us into some sort of  wistful fantasy – that two days of scorching sunshine on the trot, surely means a heat wave is on the way – right? Or maybe it’s simply the promise of a trip to sunnier climes?… either way, you’ll hopefully be grateful of our input on the swimsuit score.

 

TEMPTED BY TASSELS?

With fringing featuring on the catwalk for the last few seasons, it’s no surprise really that swimwear is following suit.  Don’t get ya tassels in a twist if a fringed two-piece isn’t your thing though, just fling on a fringed cover-up instead.

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Pink Fuller Busts Tape Trim Fringed Plunge Bikini Top £19.99 – New Look   /   White Abstract Print Fringed Bikini Top £22.99 and Bottoms £7.99 – New Look   /   Navy Chevron Trim Fringed Bikini Top £14.99 Navy Tassel Tie Side Bikini Bottoms £7.99 – New Look

 

TAKE THE PLUNGE

Maybe it’s just our appreciation of classic style, but we’re loving that the one piece has found its place – back by the pool. A plunging neckline turns an otherwise simple swimsuit into a beautiful alternative to a bikini. Plus it’s perfect if you don’t feel like daring to bare all in a skimpy two-piece! Chic, elegant and every bit as sassy as a bikini – we’re rocking those 70s and 90s vibes.

plunge

Blue Space Dye Swimsuit £30 – Next   /   Beach Collection Yellow Floral £36 – Debenhams   /   Black plunge Halter Neck Swimsuit £14.99 – New Look

 

CUT-OUT THE MIDDLE – WOMAN!

Embrace the ‘less is more’ mentality in a totally current way. A cheeky cut out – or even a few, can bring a bit of an edge to the most simple piece.

cut out

Cut-out bodysuit £19.99 – ZARA   /   Swimsuit with lacing £24.99 – H&M   /   Black cut out bikini top £12.99 & bottoms £12.99 – New Look

 

LOVE THOSE LACE-UPS

Another trend that’s worked its way from the fashion runways to your beachwear essentials – lacing is the latest craze to grace our beach bods for SS16. Slightly cheeky or ever-so sophisticated? We can’t decide, but we love it!

lace up

Geo eyelet swimsuit £ 28 – Next   /   Orange print eyelet bandeau bikini top £16 – River Island   /   Swimsuit with lacing £24.99 – H&M

 

HIGH TIDE AHOY!

Say goodbye to your itsy bitsy teeny-weeny bikini! High-waisted swimwear is here. We’re loving this retro-inspired suit – updated for 2016 with sheer panelling, cut-outs and plenty of prints. They’re curve enhancing and elegant – and if they’re good enough for Beyoncé they’re good enough for us.

high waist

Reger by Janet Reger Lotus Bikini £30 – Debenhams   /   Beach Collection Sarasa Twist Suit £36 – Debenhams   /   Floozie by Frost French Sunflower Bikini Print Top £26.50, Bottoms £20 – Debenhams