Summer trend alert! This season, we’re seeing tons of high-waisted bikinis in the swimwear department, from high-end labels like Chloe and Prada down to your discount retailers. Either these styles are a vintage throwback, or designers have figured out how to tap into a market of normally bikini-phobic women.
What do you think about high-waisted bikinis? Granny panties on the beach? Or swimsuit-tastic? Sound off in the comments!
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Anyone who says one-pieces fall into the senior citizen swimwear category obviously hasn’t seen Quiksilver’s McCall suit. This vintage-inspired number covers up more than a bikini would, but the monokini cut and deep V-neck sex things up. Put it on and you’ll enjoy your day at the beach twice as much as you would wearing a two-piece. Why? Because swimming won’t be a problem with no skimpy top to lose in the surf, and you’ll still make the boys drool.
Liberty of London must know that Americans are having a full-on love affair with the oh-so-British brand. The designs, which made a big stateside impression this year thanks to a genius Target collaboration and a Mac makeup deal, are now available as swimwear at Neiman Marcus. The selection is small but well-rounded and exactly what you’d expect from the luxe label. Signature prints and festive patterns make their way onto string bikinis, bandeau tops, and even a sexy cut-out one piece. Perhaps even cuter are the summery cover-ups: there’s a lightweight minidress, an oversized button-down shirt, and our favorite, a pink floral caftan with an iconic red, white, and blue floral motif. Only drawback? This bunch of Liberty goods doesn’t come with Target price tags. Maybe they could get on this? Please? [Neiman Marcus] Keep reading »
The fashion event we’ve all been waiting for is only 10 days away, people. That’s right, the Kardashian sisters’ swimwear line is available May 10th! Get excited! Make some noise! Oh, what’s that? You’re not a stripper? Nevermind then, you probably aren’t going to want to wear any of the overpriced styles the three Kardashians have come up with. Kim’s relatively simple bikinis were actually the most manageable, but her sisters couldn’t keep things under control. Keep reading »
American Apparel, purveyor of hipster clothing items that serve questionable purposes, has a new item for summer — a ladies swimsuit … with a hood! This sexy one-piece has a hooded halter neck, which, it seems to me, you have to wear up if you’re laying out in the sun because otherwise some unsightly tan lines are in your future. With beach season almost here, is this a swimsuit you could see yourself wearing? [$48, American Apparel via BuzzFeed] Keep reading »
Summer may be a few months away, but I personally think that there’s never a better time than now to start daydreaming about warm weather and beach vacations. But for some, the idea of rolling waves or pools might be more of a nightmare, because warm temperatures mean bathing suits and baring it all. If you’re not quite bikini body-ready (and let’s be honest, after the holidays, who really is?), here’s a bit of good news: Spanx, the company revered by many for their body-slimming undergarments, has decided to branch out. Meet Spanx swimwear, which sucks in just like their body shapers but is cute and fashionable — you’d actually want to wear it even if it didn’t give you perfect curves. More after the jump … [Glamour] Keep reading »
Behold Victoria’s Secret‘s latest invention—the “topless bikini” as modeled by Lindsay Ellingson. How very European of them. The suit actually has a removable bandeau option, but the idea is to go without. Which would mean that essentially this is just a pair of panties with some fancy strings. On the Victoria’s Secret website, you can check out a video promo for the suit, the tagline for which is: “Half the bikini, twice as sexy.” Which, depending on who you are, might read as “Half the material, twice as shameful/cold/naked/slutty/expensive.”
So we have to ask … Victoria’s Secret’s swimsuit designers must be men, right? What do you think of the topless bikini? [Elle.com] Keep reading »
Before I left for my trip to Costa Rica — more on that next week — I stopped by the newly opened Hollister store in New York’s SoHo neighborhood in order to buy an extra bikini. I had been to Hollister in other cities before, but my subconscious must have blocked the bad memories, because I truly was unprepared for the mental breakdown that shopping in that store causes.
Hollister is a division of Abercrombie & Fitch, and The New York Times’ describes it as “a beachy and laid-back SoCal lifestyle brand.” It is also hell. Keep reading »
A glimpse of Miami Fashion Week captures neon swimwear floating down the runway at the KRELwear show. In true South Beach style, attendees were required to wear bathing suits. Seriously. [Miami New Times] Keep reading »