SWIM When You’re Winning! (Or Sing When Your Swimming?)

26 July 2011


So . . . in case you hadn’t noticed: its summer! The office looks half deserted as people rotate off on holiday and back, everyone’s wearing sunglasses and having their lunch outside and, best of all – its outdoor swimming season.  All over London, plus other towns and the countryside, people are hitting the water hard! Add in a picnic and WHAT could be nicer?

We’ve winkled out the very finest of this season’s bikinis and one-pieces to give you a head start in the ‘swimwear round’ so to speak.

Now, it might seem silly to want to spend more the £100 on something containing so little fabric. However, just one glance at how cool the retro airbrush-art prints are, has swayed us in the opposite direction. Provided you washed it out properly and it didn’t whiff of chorine, these WE ARE HANDSOME cozzies are more than nice enough to wear with shorts as a top to the holiday disco. Unicorn print £185, and Windmill print £210 both from Net-a-porter. (top pictures)


A small brand that has absolutely come to dominate the high summer fashion coverage is Pistol Panties. We cannot recommend a thorough peruse of their very welcoming, kitschy website highly enough, to get a better idea of their full range. Whether you’re a lover of neon raver style, uber glam WAG cutaway styles or even a ‘50’s housewife throwback, you’ll find a fashion bathing suit here. Pistol Panties leopard print one-piece, £189, at foxandrose.com

For those of us who appreciate retro design but are not looking for an over-the-top statement, Quiksilver Women have sourced this season's prints from the surf brand’s archive and have a few brilliant pieces, which are guaranteed to wear and wear for years to come, without losing their stretch at all. Quiksilver one-piece - and might we add, we've tried it on and it's got BRILLIANT cutaway back and sides! - is £53 From Quiksilver

AND for those of you are really ARE sporty, the latest development in bikiniology HAS to be this brilliant new innovation from O’Neil’s! Their amazing, stay-on-in-waves Superkini is made with an ultra-fine Nanofront™ fabric that sticks to your skin and stays were it is supposed to be, reducing the need to readjust each time you catch a wave. Whether you’re a surfer, an adrenaline junkie cliff-jumper or simply enjoy going down the flumes at your local swimming pool and don’t want to worry about inadvertently exposing yourself, then the Superkini could be the one for you  . . . oh, and they come in jolly nice colours too. Superkini £49.95 from O'Neil

- Naomi Attwood


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