22 May 2017

Bikini by Day

I can't deny being an introvert when it comes to swimwear, reaching for the classic, black triangle bikini when opportunity hits and discarding anything with colour (let alone pattern). The fine line between 'fashionable' swimwear and being loudly garish is one of those things that's a difficult art to master, and as much as I'd love to be able to rock a strappy, criss-cross cut-out mish-mash one-piece (perhaps more festival-goer than cast-away), my lazy-girl beach etiquette makes it slightly too high-maintenance and who can be dealing with those tan lines anyway. Swimwear is one of my favourite things to shop for pre-holiday, but each year I find it increasingly hard to feel satisfied with the high-street offerings in contrast to the likes of Net-A-Porter (namely Zimmerman and Mara Hoffman who continuously torture me). Alas, the bank account firmly disallows any sort of purchase from there right now, so high-street it was pre-Ibiza. 

A trend that I'm happy to jump on the metaphorical bandwagon with this season is crop-top style bikinis. Flattering on all shapes, easy to style and doubling up as a slightly risque top with high-waisted pairings, the crop is hitting the criteria crucial for minimal packing.  An ode to the 80's, the high-leg bikini bottoms style that's just about everywhere right now is leg-lengthening (refreshingly for the petite of us out there) and something a little different from those tie-side bottoms that have been around circa the nineties - don't get me wrong, I still have/wear many of these... Egg-yolk yellow/orange is a marmite shade that may offend some and please others (I'm firmly the latter), but, whatever your stance, you can't deny it's a sweet compromise between eye-sore neon and same-old neutrals. Can't guarantee that it's here to stay but this colour truly is everywhere right now.

Bikini Top - Topshop
Bikini Bottoms - Topshop
Bag - Zara
Sandals - Mango 



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