Great ideas for beach season

How to accessorise a simple swimsuit for a stylish summer

We should thank our lucky stars that fashions for swimsuits this year have favoured one-pieces and more forgiving, retro-inspired bathing looks that lend themselves to fantastic accessories and easy cover-up options.

Let’s face it, for all of us hoping for a scorching Olympic summer, we are more likely to be wearing our swimsuit under our shirts for the summer months, as recent year’s unpredictable weather looks set to continue.

However, following 2011 and 2010, April looks set to be a hot one once more (remember it climbing towards the high 20s last year? almost as shocking as our 30 degree October!).  Given this unpredictable weather, the skin care specialists advise us to be very prudent and to always wear sun screen when leaving the house. After all, if you really want to look hot in a bathing suit, you must care for your skin as much as possible. High street favourite Next has launched its 2012 swimwear range, including a collection by Geri Halliwell no less, so now’s the time to start getting prepared for the beach season.

Cream floral bikini from Next
Cut-away swimsuits in eye-popping styles are huge this year – think sporty, futuristic cuts and bright colours with a big leisurewear/neon sports influence – and accessorizing these bad boys is all about letting the colour sing. Acid yellows – gonna be huge in the summer months – look great with blue denim. Think about pairing with cut-offs, or indigo full-trouser jeans, and gold bangles.

Necklaces and swimsuits – especially if there’s a complex bias-cut or laser-cut aspect to them – are not very happy bedfellows. Your accessorizing eye should focus more on your feet, your wrists and your head.

Try a hippie-influenced bandanna or silk scarf – last autumn’s heritage and conservative trend which brought back tweed and silk scarves artfully draped over the shoulders can easily be updated for the summer. Go for the poppier side of pastels, with bright mint greens, pinks and corals, and a splash of a soft grey if you want a neutral.

For ladies looking towards the simplicity of the black halterneck swimsuit or bikini – and we’ve seen a lot in the upcoming collections on the high street – don’t play it so safe with your accessories. Big and gold is the way to go. You can get away with a long dangling chain.

Charms are huge this year – but worn as pendants rather than bracelets. Try a watch or animal – horses and parrots are the favourites. In fact, you’ll see them popping up on swimwear patterns all over this summer! We hope that this article helps you choose the most fashionable swimwear. However, if you want to have a uniform and long lasting tan, you must remember to follow the advice of skin care specialists and use appropriate sun block lotions.

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