Bikinis? So last year!
If the traditional calendar is to be believed, we should be in the midst of long summer days and balmy summer evenings right now. Erm...yeah. But regardless of whether the weather does a U-turn or not, you still have an excuse to go out and buy new swimwear, as the new York Sport village, complete with two swimming pools, is set to open in August.
Traditionally viewed as the dowdy equivalent to the bikini, the swimsuit has made its annual return to the high street, but this year IT’S HOT. Largely influenced by the sports-luxe trend resulting from our sudden national interest in sport, both designer labels and high street stores are taking the swimsuit and making it sexy.
Florals are still big and the poolside is no exception. From this subtle-print swimsuit to some of the brighter prints available, there’s something for everyone.
If you really feel like splashing the cash and standing out from the crowd, this ladybird swimsuit is bound to get you noticed!
Ted Baker have come up trumps again with this nautically inspired swimsuit. Whether or not you believe the theory that horizontal stripes pile on the weight, the cleavage-enhancing cut is sure to distract attention elsewhere. The halter neck back also means no strap tan lines!
Boy leg swimsuits are also becoming increasingly popular, and are certainly more practical for the serious swimmer! This polka dot offering adds an air of 50s glamour to the pool side.
If you’re a risk-taker, play tan roulette with this macramé waisted swimsuit. If you angle it right, you could probably turn yourself into a portable chess board, handy for beating summer boredom when the sun goes in.
As seen in dresses as far back as Christmas, the cut-out waist trend has now hit the swimsuit market. For pastel simplicity this zigzag print costume is perfect. Even Adidas, a big label this year due to the Olympics, have embraced the trend with this slightly macabre-looking offering
If it’s a good, old-fashioned, classic bikini you’re after, the high street has put its twist on the traditional this year, with high waisted shorts and bralet tops for those who feel like stepping away from the traditional. Whichever way you look, tropical colours and animal prints are in, so step away from last year’s offerings at the back of your wardrobe and be brave! Even the dullest of British Sundays can seem like the Caribbean with a splash of colour.