03 September 2011

UPDATED: Summer is Coming

You know summer is nearly here when the fashion department gets sent approximately 15 million bikinis.

I spent yesterday at The Weekly unpacking said swimwear, ordering them by brand and lusting after summer. Just the sight of a bikini was enough to conjure the smell of salt, sweat & sand at the beach, the memory of warmer weather & minimal clothing, and the feeling of warm sun on your skin.

I hate Winter and I couldn’t help but imagine myself in (nearly) every single one of those bikinis, with a few notable exceptions, like Nancy Ganz. However, one 'kini in particular took my fancy.

Surely this is the cutest swimsuit you’ve ever seen in your life? This is from the Karen Neilson Collection, an Australian designer located on the Gold Coast. It's called the Cabot Cove 2 Piece. Her entire range of cotton swimwear has a distinct 50’s feel to it and is all equally as cute.

Also available from Miss Neilson is the (Top to Bottom) Picnic Check Frill Pom Pom, the Aloha Frill Plain and the Wonderland Frill 2 Piece.

Seafolly is a favourite of mine. They always have really cute swimwear, following the latest trends while maintaining a practical edge. This Summer, all their pieces are very feminine and flirty.

(L-R) Seafolly Shimmer underwire bra and pant, Seafolly Tea Rose bustier and skirted pant, Seafolly La Vita bustier and skirted pant

Seafolly Goddess Bella bandeau maillot

Tigerlily also has a lot of cute items coming out this season. Not only bikinis but also beach wear, I spotted a few items that would be great for throwing over your costume when going to the kiosk for ice creams.

Moontide is a brand I wasn't very familiar with previously, but they have a lot of cute, fun swim wear, like these two.

Although not my particular style, Zoe Elizabeth has a wide range of fun, patterned cotton bikinis available too.

I've noticed a lot of gingham coming out in time for summer. There was a definite nod to the 50's and other retro eras in a lot of collections. High waisted bottoms, frills and skirted pants were all very popular. Expect colour blocking, mix 'n' match prints and retro styles this summer. Start scrubbin' those pins and get the sun block out; summer is nearly here!

Miranda x

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