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Make a splash in this summer’s sizzling swimwear

The holiday is booked. You’ve changed your money to the local currency and the passport is at the ready. Now all that’s left is to trackdown the perfect beachwear.

This summer, swimwear is striking. All bold prints, strong colours and statement pieces. This summer’s star buy is the one piece, which has been given an edge with plunging necklines and cutaway detailing. The perfect way to instant poolside chic.

Bandeau bikinis also made waves in a riot of colour. Rich, exotic colours and prints were homage to this seasons love affair with all things tribal. Beachwear has a definite bohemian twist (as seen at Etro’s Spring/Summer show), with layering and accessorising being key. To nail the bohemian look layer vest tops and jewellery over bikini’s, throw on some gladiator sandals and add a chic tribal print scarf.

 

 If you haven’t got a designer budget, fear not! The high street has done some great directional pieces for this season. Here’s a pick of the best bikinis, one pieces and beach cover ups.

     

Turn up the heat in this sizzling red bikini (£24 from Miss Selfridge). Not only is it bang on trend sporting romantic ruffles but it also works wonders on boyish frames. The perfect figure fixer! And after all that sunbathing throw on this cute dress (£28 from TopShop) and turquoise necklace (£12 ASOS.com) and you can head straight to the bar! Cocktails all round!

    

This bikini (£14 from Debenhams) encapsulates this summers bohemian feel. Throw on some beads and a hippy scarf (£20 New Look) And if you’re feeling daring, pull on these knee high gladiator sandals (£25 from TopShop) for some serious style credentials.

             

Go for grown-up hippy chic in this 70s-esque bikini (£24 Accessorize), embellished kaftan (£30 Accessorize) and Indian-inspired earrings (£6 ASOS.com).  

                

Be bold in this bohemian print bikini (£26 Accessorize), add statement jewellery such as this peacock feather necklace (£15 TopShop) and ring (£8 ASOS.com) and release your inner flower child.

              

Go for all out glamour in this cutaway swimsuit (£30 Miss Selfridge) and sumptuous accessories. (scarf £10 New Look, Bracelet £12 and earrings £6, both ASOS.com) Jackie O would be impressed! Now where did i anchor my yacht?

More High Street Holiday Hits

 COVER-UPS

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 Not only do these beach cover-ups capture the essence of this seasons laidback bohemian cool but they also take you from beach to bar (saving you room in your case for potential holiday buys!)

1.  Turquoise print dress, £25 Accessorize. This dress would look great with long gold beads and metallic sandals.

2. Flower print folk dress, £30 Accessorize. Not only a hit for the beach this dress would look amazing with stacks of wooden bracelets and heels. This cover-up is so versatile it could be worn for both sightseeing and sipping cocktails at the beach bar.  

3. This kaftan is great! It captures the laidback cool of this season’s beach wear whilst still being ultra feminine. Add a flower hairclip for a romantic edge. (Kaftan, £35 Accessorize)

BEACH BAGS

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Wear your style on your sleeve (or arm!) with these gorgeous hippy-inspired beach bags.

1. This bohemia print bag is bang on trend and perfect if you don’t want to go head-to-toe hippy. It would brighten up a classic bright swimsuit or bikini. (Bag, £35 Accessorize)

2. Turquoise and pink beach bag £10 from Accessorize.

3. Beautiful and ethical, what’s not to love? Grab this fairtrade bird print beach bag from Accessorize for only £12.

SANDALS

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You can’t go wrong with a pair of sandals on holiday, they’re classic, stylish and comfortable enough for pounding the streets whilst sightseeing.

1. Tan gladiator sandals £18 TopShop

2. Embellished sandals £35 TopShop

ACCESSORIES

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Accessories are the easiest route to channelling a trend, updating a holiday outfit or lifting a plain bikini. So hit the high street now for these little gems!

1. Layer this bird charm necklace over a strand of long beads for instant hippy chic.  Team with a plain loose cut kaftan and surfer girl hair for beach cool. (Necklace £8 ASOS.Com)

2. “Rock” this season’s bohemian look in this edgy feather hairband.  (£6 Accessorize)  

3. Flower hair clips, £5 (for two) Accessorize.

4. Peacock feather hair clip, £8 Accessorize.  

 5.  Scarf £10, TopShop.

 

Gemma Douthwaite

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 With thanks to PRShots.com, Elle, Vogue and Marie Claire

COMING SOON: Autumn/Winter trend focus, How to…update your wardrobe for autumn, Festival special, Bag and shoe report (autumn/winter).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will Lily make M&S Sales Bloom?

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              Lily Cole is the new face of M&S’ Limited Collection…

Stuck for ideas on where to look to update your wardrobe? I suggest you hot trot it down to M&S and check out their edgy new Limited Collection spring/summer range. They’ve recently got model of the moment Lily Cole on side in a bid to give their collection a fresher and younger appeal. Will it work? If this lot is anything to judge by I’d say a big yes. Still not convinced? Take a look at these instant summer wardrobe reviver’s…

         Tribal               Romantic             Nautical

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                        Sporty

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                       Soft Tailoring

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Tribal: Graphic print tribal dress £39.50, Black patent bag £29.50 and Gladiator sandals £25

Romantic: Chiffon floral dress £69, wooden necklace £15, ankle socks £3.50 and shoes £19.50

Nautical: Sailor dress £49.50, red patent belt £5 and red shoes £19.50

Sporty (from left) : Leather jacket £149, sequin graphic t-shirt £19.50, white jeans £35 and square toe pumps £19.50. 

Lime pleat dress £35, necklaces £9.50 each and Gladiator sandals £25

Lightweight parka £59.50, white vest £8, black leggings £9.50 and shoes £49

 Soft Tailoring: Emerald shirt £35, straight leg indigo jeans £35, clutch £9.50 and shoes £49.50

 Pictures thanks to Marks and Spencer (from instore leaflet which is available in shops now)

…And Coming Soon: Autumn/Winter ’08/09 style forecast

The New VOLUME…

 Make a bold statement and pump up the volume in this season’s key shapes…

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(Images with thanks to Vogue.com and Elle magazine. To see Elle’s feature buy February edition out now!) 

This look is all about the cut and shape of the material. Keep everything else simple and let the clothes do the talking. This summer turn up the volume and wear it loud and wear it proud!

Get the Look for Less…

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1. Floral dress, short and sweet and not a million miles away in style from Balenciaga’s spring/summer ’08 dresses!

2. This monochrome skirt is a deadringer for the Dolce and Gabbana one pictured above

3. This Black bubble hem dress is simple yet striking which is the essence of the New Volume trend.

And the really good news?

…They’re all from Warehouse’s Spring/Summer collection! They’ve not yet hit the shops but keep your eyes peeled because they are almost guaranteed to fly off the rails!

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 4.  Full netted skirt £28 from ASOS.com

5. Gingham full skirt from Oasis (New Collection)

6. Cream skirt £28 from ASOS.com

7. This black dress is bang on trend and definately embraces Miu Miu’s take on the New Volume trend ( see above) and it’s only £115 from Coast.

 

Coming soon on FashionBeat:

More Trend Focus (including shoe trends) 

Put these dates in your Diary:

New York Fashion week- Feb 1st-8th

London Fashion Week- Feb 10th-15th

Milan Fashion week- Feb 16th-23rd

Paris Fashion Week- Feb 24th- March 2nd

With thanks to PRShots.com for images

Gemma Douthwaite Ó