It’s hard to go a day without seeing beautiful celebrities on the beach in the very latest swimwear trend. Of course we only ever see them in magazines or newspapers but in this way, even though it may provoke some jealousy from us, we can see what’s considered the most popular and fashionable swimwear of the moment.
For those who don’t want to experience jealousy at seeing celebs flaunt their toned bodies on idyllic islands, there are a few tips below to help you keep on top of the latest trends:
1. Prints, patterns & detailing
Animal prints are well and truly back in fashion, however, in a non-traditional sense. For instance instead of a black and white zebra print, you will instead find a neon orange version. Geometrical patterns are also on trend, as are costumes that have diagonal or vertical stripes (or both!) Detailing is also extremely popular at the moment, so try and find costumes that really stand out. Look for ruffles, sparkles, costumes with belts and even costumes that are layered. The more detail the costume has, the better.
2. Choosing your colours
To be honest, black and white costumes, on their own or mixed, are always going to be popular, simply because they give off such a classic and elegant impression. However, if you are willing to mix it up a bit, choose more vibrant costumes that come in colours like, bright pink, lime green and dark red. Costumes that are fluorescent may at first seem a bit too much but trust that they will show off your tan perfectly.
3.Choosing your swimwear fabrics
You might think that there isn’t really a wide choice of swimwear fabrics but you would be wrong. In addition to the usual Lycra, you can find costumes that are a mix of cotton and Lycra, tricot, polyester, nylon spandex or tricot. Each material has its own advantages and is popular in its own right; however, it’s best to try a variety of materials before you buy so you can see which you find the most comfortable.
4. Wide selection of bikini styles
Bikinis will never go out of fashion. However, new styles are always being introduced so if you have had your bikinis for a few years, it’s probably time to upgrade. The usual style of bikini can be made to look more up-to-date by incorporating a push-up bra or side-tie bottoms, obviously taking into account colours, materials and detailing too.
For the more risqué ladies and the extremely toned celebs, string bikinis are very popular. Be warned though that you need to have the figure to pull this off. Another popular style this season is the bandini bikini, often seen worn by Kate Moss. This style incorporates a strapless bandeau top and looks really chic and more importantly, prevents strap tan lines.
For ladies that wish to keep up with trends but not show off too much skin, a camakini or tankini are excellent options. Both cover up the top half yet have normal bikini bottoms. They allow women to feel a bit more comfortable yet also look super feminine and pretty and are, obviously, also on trend this season.
5. Accessorising your swimwear
Over the past few years, we have seen countless pictures of celebs who seem to have spent hours on their swimwear outfit, taking time to select each accessory to suit their costume. Victoria Beckham is one such example and a good one to keep track of for she is certainly in the know when it comes to fashion.
Fashionable accessories can be anything from matching bags to hats, sunglasses, flip flops, kaftans and sarongs. Without doubt the easiest accessory to find is often jewellery, from bangles and necklaces to ankle bracelets and dangly or hooped earrings.
If you really want to pull off the swimwear fashion statement of the season, try matching your swimming costume to a killer pair of heels!
Gemma Sly writes for Leia Lingerie. When not blogging, she can often be found looking for places to buy swimwear of her own.
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