It's prime time to test your bikini smarts. But first, help me dissect this Quadranga Red Asymmetrical Bikini ($142). I can handle sexy, but the bottom piece is borderline crazy — check out the revealing back! One thing's for sure: It would get a girl noticed right away. What do you think, would you wear it, or is it too revealing?
If you dig swimwear that looks like lingerie, then look no further than this Agent Provocateur Zahra Swimsuit ($790, coming soon). The corset tie detail is super sassy, the low-cut cups incredibly sexy, the satin fabric oh-so-sleek. But I would rather wear this in the bedroom than on the beach. What about you?
This swimwear collection is one of the first by Isaac Mizrahi in his new position as Creative Director at Liz Claiborne and his skill at understanding the most basic consumer needs is perfectly demonstrated. The first set of deliveries in the collection, or Cruise 1, consists of suits you would want to wear when you're not in the beach bum mindset yet, like navy and white suits in polka dots, stripes, and solids. The second set of deliveries, or Cruise 2, is full of bright prints and fits the state of mind you're in after lounging at the beach for a few days (or, hey, weeks). We love Mizrahi's fresh, all-American take on swimwear--especially because it's so flexible.
You can always depend on Agent Provocateur to be a lot saucy and a little sweet. That's just the vibe of their newest Summer swimwear line. The pinup-style shapes are super cute and the colors run from fierce fuchsia to nautical prints. There's one thing that underscores it all: sex appeal. The pieces run $90-$240, so if you're in the market for something to make a splash, check these out.
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H&M's swim collection has been released, which means we can now look forward to super sunny days!
The new head of design Ann-Sofie Johansson made sure to incorporate colors and the ethnic trend. “We wanted to create something very colorful and light, with stand-out print. We were inspired by hot holidays in Africa, India, Hawaii and South America; hence ethnic-style prints such as tropical flowers and leaves, ikat designs, dip-dyes and ombre effects.”
H&M fans can expect bohemian maxi dresses, kimono-sleeved beach cover ups, and lots of earthy bikinis. Accessories include fringed scarves, African-inspired bold jewelery, and raffia-soled flip-flops and peep-toe espadrille wedges.
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You may know Figleaves.com for their lovely lingerie selection, but they also stock some sexy swimwear. Swimwear that happens to be on sale, right now, as we write - cute little bikinis, tankinis, and one-pieces galore.
Me, I'm taken with this Huit Cuba Libra underwire swimsuit, $100 (originally $124). The cut looks so flattering, with the cute little feminine skirt and the sexy underwire top. Plus, I love the color: chocolate brown with a hint of fuchsia. Yummy!
One-piece swimsuits are definitely having a comeback! This week's Life and Style takes inspiration from the sexy Eres swimsuit Penelope Cruz wore while vacationing on the beach. Their picks are all great, but I especially love the hourglass-shaped plum suit from Victoria's Secret - that one-piece shape always makes you look like you have the tiniest waist!
To see some more of my favorite one-pieces, read more
I have an issue with adults dressing like little children, and this Juicy Couture Swim Skirt, $60, found by Candace04 in the Love It or Hate It? group, falls into that category. I think the fact that it's baby pink doesn't help the situation. It would be more appropriate for a toddler. What do you think about it?