Monday, April 27, 2009

Summer 2009 Swimwear Trends - The Monokini, Cut Away and One Shoulder Bikini

The hottest most major must-have for the summer season this year is the one-shoulder bikini that turned heads at the London Fashion Show last season. 

Inspired by one-strap wonders in haute couture that sashayed down the runway in 2008 - evoking all the beauty and power of the Greek goddess look -  swimwear designers elegantly adopted the style into a bikini that's now all the rage from St. Tropez to California.
Sexy show-it-alls will also be wowed by another 2009 trend in swimwear, the cutaway monokini that cleverly uses a one-piece  or "bandage" wraparound that provides a bikini-style optical illusion that can be breathtaking.

As the photos clearly show, 2009's cutting edge style is not for everyone - just yet. Although reedy 20-somethings will probably want to dive into the deep end, other designers are adopting the style to their clientele's particular tastes and shapes so watch for more variations on the theme as the summer continues.

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Colors of Summer 2009

Every season in defined by colors in the world of fashion.

This summer is bringing together the spirit of nature with the 60s to give us a palette of yellows, greens and browns for elegance.

On more casual summer days at the beach look for the blues and violets of the sky and water mixed with sunshine bright yellow or sunset oranges to reflect the back to nature feel of the season.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

How to Buy a Swimsuit That Flatters Your Body Shape

Want to flatter your shape in a stunning swimsuit at the beach or poolside this summer? Here are a couple of simple but expert tips and tricks to finding just the right swimsuit for your body shape.

General rule 1: Buy a swimsuit that's slightly larger than normal, but don't go overboard - you don't want your swimsuit swimming away! Slightly bigger sizes have the dual advantage of being more comfortable while hiding any unsightly bulges.

General rule No. 2: Choose a design featuring bright colors or patterns to accentuate your better features. Your ideal swimsuit will also feature darker colors (at the top, bottom, or middle) for the parts you want to hide or disguise. Black is fine, but any darker hue in green, blue or burgundy will do the trick to achieving a flattering, slimming effect for a large bust, hips or tummy. 

Specific advice by body type:

Long & tall banana shape -  Bandeau tops or tankinis will give the illusion of a more curvy body, while bright, colorful prints will help break up your long, vertical silhouette. Create further balance by choosing a design with horizontal lines or diagonal stripes.  

Apple shape -  There are two schools of thought on how best to accentuate an apple shape. One advises basic black and darker colors. Another puts the focus on wild and bright tropical designs or polka dots to disguise a rounder middle. We'll go for the wild design (it does the job and is lots more fun), but try both to see which one flatters your apple figure more. Whichever one you choose, be sure to opt for high-cut legs and a plunging neckline to avert attention to your middle. Also look for a fitted swimsuit with a defined waist with Lycra or spandex support.

Pear shape -  One of the most common women's body types, pear shapes can be accentuated with a bright, printed top and a subdued bottom. To achieve the look you want, experiment with mix and match separates, or a bikini or tankini top with padded bra, and a black bottom. 

Hourglass -  If you've got a Jennifer Hudson or Dolly Parton figure, lucky you! With this shape anything goes, but accentuating your waist will help to bring out your most voluptuous look.

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