Holiday season is in full swing, and if you’re one of the lucky ones looking forward to swapping the city for a far-flung beach resort (in which case we’re jealous), chances are you left buying a new swimsuit for last minute. We get it: it’s not an oversight, but simple pragmatism. What’s the point of buying it in advance if you were planning to drop down a size or two before the holiday? Alas, whether that has happened or not (most likely the latter, but don’t worry, we’re not from the ‘beach body ready’ shame brigade) you realise you’ve got 2 days left and need to get moving. In panic, you rush to Topshop or Zara and end up with a crazy neon swirl printed bikini or a swimsuit with cut outs that will make you look like a human stencil once you’ve tanned a bit.
Yep, finding the right beach/poolside attire is not easy – especially when you’re not a supermodel and want to look original and sexy – and you’re not a fan of cut outs and ‘summer’ prints. Well, if you’ve got some cash to splash, get acquainted with one of our favourite swimwear brands – Lisa Marie Fernandez. Taking inspiration from ready-to-wear trends rather than the LA beach, you’ll find here everything from retro 20’s vibes through relaxed denim swimsuits, and ending on leather-look, S&M-style bikinis. All very directional, but the one style we’re obsessed with this summer is their ruffled styles – from the one shoulder, asymmetrical ones, to the more straightforward flounce version above. Ticks all the SS16 trends (maximalism/Victoriana/oversize) and what’s most important, covers up all the problematic areas. Beach chic? Beach magic, if you ask us.
Lisa Marie Fernandez Mira navy flounce swimsuit, about £400, available from lisamariefernandez.com