Archive for April, 2010

New Bikini Top Style

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

We’re all familiar with the triangle top, halter top and strapless bandeau styles of bikini tops.  Pretty much every bikini you see out on the beach is one of these three.  Happily, every now and then a new style comes out that catches our attention.  Yay for change!  It kind of looks like a halter that was put on wrong, doesn’t it?  But I like the  keyhole effect in the center that’s created by the crossing straps.  Aside from the interesting tan lines you’ll get, what do you think of this new style??

Unique Bikini Top

The White Bikini

Monday, April 26th, 2010

What do Raquel Welch and Ursula Andress have in common?  Aside from being the red hot sex symbols of their time, they are both well known for their practically iconic white bikinis.  There’s something about these curvaceous and tan beauties in a classic white bikini that stood out and out lasted any other style of the time.  Over the years, the white bikini has proven to be a classic and is still a style that lasts to this day.  Nowadays it may be a halter top, maybe it’s crocheted, perhaps there’s a little decorative accent somewhere.   Although little details change here and there, there’s no mistaking the white bikini.  It’s undoubtedly a trend that’s here to stay.

Ursula Andress

Then

Miranda Kerr

Now

Metallic Bikini

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

The popularity of metallic fashions has always been in waves.  Like the ebb and flow of the ocean, this trend often comes and goes; it never really had staying power.  Everyone few seasons we see metallic shoes, bags, dresses and even shiny metallic pants, but after the oohing and aahing dies down everyone goes back to wearing what they were wearing before all the hoopla began.  When it comes to swimwear, however, it seems that these shiny fabrics are attracting a huge following and finding warm welcome than their landlocked counterparts.  More and more designers are putting out metallic bikinis and more and more women are snatching them up.  Perhaps we’re bored of the basic bikini or perhaps on the few opportunities we do get to head to the beach, we want to be in something that will make a memorable statement.  Or maybe we all secretly want to be Princess Leia in a gold bikini, but regardless, it seems like this trend could be one to stay.

Metallic bikini

The Shoulder Bandeau

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

The one shoulder style has been a popular trend in fashion, so it’s not surprising that this single strap style has found its way into the world of swimwear.  A new twist to the classic strapless bandeau style, this one shoulder suit could prove to be popular for women with larger chests, because unless you have gravity-defying assets, it’s pretty much impossible to wear a strapless style comfortably and confidently.   You’re tugging at it, checking if it’s still on properly.  And forget about trying to run after the ball.  So could this new bandeau style be the answer?  Can you really have both style and support?  Or just a weird tan line?

Shoulder bandeau

Thong Bikinis!

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Ok ok, unless you live under a rock or live on an Arctic tundra, you may have noticed that swimwear is getting smaller and skimpier.  Interesting contrast to the days when women were supposed to be properly dressed and covered from head to toe, right?  Well, thankfully we’ve evolved from those days and are much more open minded.  So back to the topic of shrinking swimwear.  I have noticed that, given a choice, most people opt for sunny climates.  It is this same preference that drives college co-eds to Cancun, honeymooners to Hawaii and vacationers to take cruises around the Caribbean.  Let’s face it: we love the sun.  And for women, it seems we love the sun so much so that we’re leaning towards exposing more skin to those rays by minimizing the amount of coverage our swimsuits give (c’mon, you know you’ve undone those ties before to avoid tan lines).  So with all this in mind, it’s not surprising that thong bikinis are now a popular option.  Granted, not all woman are comfortable flaunting their assets but maybe this trend, too, will catch on over time.

thong bikini

Do the polka!

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

I wore my fair share of polka dots when I was little.  Polka dot skirt, polka dot sneakers, polka dot backpack, even a polka dot headband (I was 8, don’t judge).  Now that I’m no longer a wee one I wonder about these fun little dots.  Where have they gone?  Are they no longer allowed to be worn over a certain age?  I can’t remember the last time I saw anything polka dotted in the stores, so I had to smile when I came across this multi-colored multi-dotted bikini.  Certainly there are occasions where one must dress appropriately (think job interview or church) but when it comes to swimwear, I believe that you should wear something fun.  After all, you’re out at the beach to have fun and frolic right?  So the same rule applies.

Polka dot bikini

Fun, funky and unique

Monday, April 5th, 2010

I’m all for individuality and being unique.  I believe that in a world with over 6 billion residents, we each have to do a little somethin’ somethin’ to stand out from the rest of the crowd.  So ladies, when it comes to standing out from the rest of the beach-goers or pool-side tanners, what would you do to stand out and get noticed?  One of my friends swears by donning a cool hat, because really, how many people do you see seaside sporting a hat?  But let’s focus on swimwear: what cool and unique look do you look for when you shop for a suit?  Or if you’re tired of the same old, same old, would you want to rock a style like the one below or something even more distinctive and unusual??

funky bikini

Crochet Monokini

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

With all things in fashion, styles evolve and trends come and go.  One of the fairly newer things on the swimsuit scene is the crochet bikini.  This style has been around for a few years but hasn’t really picked up for the obvious reason: it’s, well, crochet.  Bikinis are usually made of Lyrca or spandex, the fun stretchy material that clings and fits.  Crochet, however, is a knit and I imagine these kinds of suits are a mix of appropriate materials but one has to wonder, does a suit like this wear well when wet?

The monokini (along with the tankini) is one of the latest styles spawned by the bikini.  It’s a suit that’s part bikini and part one-piece maillot.  No doubt beautiful designs with fantastic embellishments have been made in this style, but I have to wonder if anyone really wears them.  I image that spending any amount of time in a suit like this results in peculiar tan lines (especially this one with the crochet design), and if you’re sitting up does the front panel droop out?

Undoubtedly, it’s a sexy suit with the peek-a-boo top and Brazilian bottom but I’m still hesitant to throw it on.  Would you venture to wear it the next time you go on vacation?

crochet monokini