Last Minute Swimsuit Styles
After the start of another temperamental British summer, many of us are jetting off on long-awaited trips to escape the regular downpours. With the impending winter months, some interesting lingerie and pyjama trends are emerging, in addition to explorations in swimsuit styles for those last-minute summer getaways.
1. Sheer & Lace
From the panelled bodycon dresses and lace bodies of spring/summer 2012, the lace trend moves into shades of neon to brighten up winter, or timeless black for a classic look. Just because the weather’s getting cooler, there’s no need to cover up! Take inspiration from catwalk leaders Issa and Marios Schwab, by flashing your best lingerie under black lace tops or lace panel dresses – Ann Summers currently have 50% off on selected lingerie. As this trend is more modest than the “underwear as outerwear” trends from 2010, try black or darker colours – such as deep purple or navy – to keep the look sexy, not trashy.
2. Panelled swimwear
For those not confident in bikinis, maybe cut-out swimwear is more your thing. In the Ann Summers sale, the glamorous range of aptly named “monokinis” accentuate curves whilst giving more coverage – make sure you liberally apply sunscreen to avoid awkward tan lines! Or to steer clear of tan-line mishaps altogether, see their range of sheer panelled swimsuits which show flesh without fully displaying it; the body-sculpting “Monaco” swimsuit, with gems decorating the deep neckline – think sunbathing in St. Tropez – is currently in the sale at £11 (act fast before they run out of your size).
3. Crop tops
With shows such as the plus size series of America’s Next Top Model, or curvy emerging actress Jennifer Lawrence, the rise of curvy over skinny has extended its influence into summer trends. Classic silhouettes, such as that of superstar Marilyn Monroe, have inspired the crop top trend. Crop tops, bralets and patterned corsets – such as the “Rose Print Corset” now £18 in the Topshop sale – are nipped in at the waist and bare a flash of stomach. Pair with high-waisted Levi’s shorts or a vintage midi skirt – think Rachel McAdams in 2004’s “The Notebook”. Instead of buying in the regular clothing sizes of 8-16, buy longer, retro-style bras that could pass for crop tops to get a much better fit up top – such as the “Nila Long Line Bra” from Ann Summers.
To brighten up bleak winter nights, perhaps advance into the foray of more exciting pyjamas! Often overlooked when doing new season shopping, nightwear doesn’t need to be kept in the dark. Whether in the recent sale or in the new A/W catalogue, Next is currently offering some sexy alternatives to your bog-standard flannel pyjamas or that free XXL t-shirt from 1998. Whilst keeping warm, add a flash of leopard print or a scalloped lace trim for a touch of night-time glamour, for example the white “Lace Shorts” at £15 from Next. In most of their pyjama sets there is an option of both matching shorts or longer pants for the ever-changing British temperatures; order as late as 9pm to be wearing your new nightwear the following evening!
Long gone are the frumpy one-pieces of the school swim team – sporty no longer has to equal safe.
Long gone are the frumpy one-pieces of the school swim team – sporty no longer has to equal safe. With Olympic-mania hitting the high street, activewear is the new swimwear. Speedo’s new “Speedo Sculpture” range, sold at Next: the deep V halternecks and hot pink floral swimsuits put sexy into practicality. Or Adidas, the official providers of the Olympic kit, have streamlined swimsuits and tankinis in bright shades for this year’s colour blocking trends, to take fashion into the pool and onto the beach this summer.