Tis the season to splash around and have a whale of a time, for the summer taxi of ‘fun’ is here to take us on a ride to FUN Central. And what does fun central entail I hear you ask? Well does swimming on the beach count, or how about a good ol’ trip to the secret beaches that only exist in my imagination? Your probably confused and that’s ok, regular readers know I like a good ol’ chinwag (translation talk a load of s**t LOL), but the point I am trying to make is this; I like to play make believe because secretely I am still a kid at heart and those who know me understand my obsession with all things summer. Despite living in the world’s most tempremental country- how can it be rainy one day and sunny the next? I like to create shoots where I pretend that I am not freezing my tits off in the middle of summer . Equally, standing in a swimming costume outside a mural, appears to be a common thing in Shoreditch, but that does not mean that my nips don’t get a little frosty. After all, I tried a bikini shoot and boy was I uncomfortable so I stuck to wearing ‘one piece swimsuits’ instead which are much more my style anyway.
But as usual I am rambling to the point of no return; sometimes I get sent swimsuits that are so gorgeous, but I am not confident enough to wear it in public i.e. a triangle bikini in the middle of the street is never a great idea for all the pervy drunks that roam around at the weekends, prowling around like wild cats. So I came up with ways where I could style a ‘swimsuit’ for regular use and voila, this post was born. From styling swimsuits with mini skirts and chokers to creating a beach cover-up look, swimsuits are not just relegated to the beach my huns. Oh no, I have worn ‘swimsuits as tops’, underneath clothing for winter and even as underwear, because why the hell not? Chances are they are so much cooler than regular underwear too and you know me, I have a thing for all things floral!
- Wear Your Swimsuit As A Top & Style With A 60’s Mini For A Retro But Modern Vibe
Ah yes the sixties, the land of the Twiggies of the world and all things black and white. Thanks to Mary Quant we have been blessed with the casual hero item ‘the mini skirt’. While the sixties was famed for their innovative styling skills, I don’t remember seeing any supermodels walking around tucking their swimsuits into mini skirts but then again, we are always rewriting history so who knows. But in my eyes, there is nothing more chic than a vibrant printed swimsuit, tucked into 60’s micro mini, especially when you customized your swimsuit yourself. Thanks to personalized store ‘Contrado‘ I was able to submit one of my street art photos, from my favourite street artist Jaycaes and watch them transform his design into a breathtaking, wearable swimsuit. And Guys and Gals, its not just swimsuits that they personalize either, oh no dresses, tops and shoes galore. #YOURWELCOME
To keep the swimsuit and mini look fresh, opt for modern summer colours, like yellow, blue and pink, while mixing bright printed textures on the top half with a more softer, pastel selection of colours on the bottom half. This stops you looking like you stepped out your house and decided that today was the day that you would wear a swimsuit, but ya know that is not necessarily a bad thing! Accessorize with a rough denim choker for a 90’s meets sixties remix, that is guaranteed to bring some smooth funky music into your life.
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2. Layer A Halterneck Swimsuit Over A 50’s Midi Skirt For A Ladylike Twist
Halternneck swimsuits can easily be mistaken for ‘leotards’ or bodysuits which make them an ideal choice for 50’s midi skirts, as they are classy, elegant and all the things that I am not. While inwardly photos make me look like I am some calm, collected alien from outer space the truth is I am a bit of dork, even if I like to dress like Kate Middleton. And speaking of royalty, channel your inner Monroe by pairing a 50’s style halterneck swimsuit-preferably floral to tie into the vintage theme- with a 50’s floral midi skirt, paired with pastel courts to create a ladylike twist. Ideally keep your swimsuit within the same sort of ‘colour ratio/frame’ and ‘print variation’ as your skirt so that it gives you the illusion of wearing a two-tone tropical dress. The great thing about this look is apart from looking so goddamn regal, is that it is wearable and while vintage, still current enough for modern day.
*original swimsuit from Hunker Moller
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3. Kimono +Bikini+Gladiator Sandals=Perfect Beach Cover Up
Now I am not what you would call an exhibitionist- I realize how ironic that sounds considering I just shot a swimsuit shoot in the middle of Shoreditch so hear me out- bikini’s make me feel uncomfortable, because I am still learning to love my body after struggling with BDD for most of my life, so I tend to wear swimsuits as opposed to bikini’s. However the great thing about this little gem of a bikini is that the bottoms are briefs and the bikini top is triangular, meaning that it ‘covers you’ more than a regular bikini. It gets a thumbs up from me as I am very conscious of my ribs poking out and my stomach, which is why a kimono therefore becomes the perfect accompaniment. Plus it looks fashion forward, while the clash in prints adds dimension to the look. Not to mention how rocking the gladiator sandals are, although faux leather as opposed to faux suede sandals might be more practical for a ‘beach inspired’ look.
But then again this is me and ‘un-practical’ is my middle name, you could wear a tutu to the beach for all I care, just be you!
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4. Pair A Halterneck Swimsuit With A Belted Kimono And Heeled Sandals For Beach Party Feels
I told you I am a fan of ‘halterneck swimsuits’ but instead of creating a 50’s inspired vintage look, this floral halterneck is paired with rocking beach essentials to create the ultimate beach/pool party outfit. Queue the highly in-practical rope tie faux suede heeled sandals with the ever glorious silk kimono that I evidently can’t get enough of, while a mint green belt contrasts against the khaki, autumnal colour of the wooden heeled sandals. Sunglasses are optional but ya know me, if there is two things I am known for-asides from the obvious street art aesthetic- is that A. I wear hats and B. I wear sunglasses. While you may think it is for asthetic reasons, one of the biggest reasons that I wear sunnies is because my eyes are very sensitive so I end up squinting in a lot of photos, so naturally sunglasses become the perfect antidote!
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How Will You Wear Your Swimsuit This Summer?