Swimsuit guide: time to Swim in style

  • Shweta Mehta Sen, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: May 02, 2014 17:12 IST

The temperature’s rising swiftly, and the ­swimming pool has never seemed more enticing. If you’re confused about what swimsuit will work for your body type and what styles are in right now, use our guide.

We get swimsuit designers Shivan Bhatiya and Narresh Kukreja (SN), Nidhi Munim (NM) and Dimple Varma (DV) to answer the FAQs.

How should I accessorise?
Go for clean collars or chains with a statement pendant, or accessorise a solid look with a slim belt along with an artistically jewelled buckle. Accessorise swimwear with cover-ups like pareos and sarongs or take it up a notch by pairing them with palazzos and tailored linen shorts.

NM: Pool sliders are a must-have summer sandal. Distinctive gold cuffs and sunglasses are trendsetters. An oversized hat that protects you from the sun is a must. Also, fine gold chains worn with swimwear add a touch of glamour to your look.

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What styles are in this season?

SN: With sporty luxe being the biggest trend this season, retro high-waist bikinis and jersey bracelets will be big. Maillots and one-piece swimsuits will see covered versions, but with slashes and cut-outs that strategically reveal skin. Bold trikinis will also see a cult following. DV: A bold and slinky piece with a cut-away back or ­sensual tie-up. It’s covered, yet has a point of interest.

NM: Monochrome is one of the hottest trends right now. Try smart colour-clocking or chic nautical prints. They look great on all body types. Bustier tops, ’50s-inspired high-waist bottoms and ­bandage swimsuits are all in.

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What colours and fabrics should I choose?

SN: Opt for jerseys that allow your body to breathe while shaping the body contours. The colour palette is going to be dominated by canary ­yellow paired with ­monochromes as well as aqua clashed with fiery corals.

Light, breezy silk and cotton blends are perfect swimwear fabrics. Bright, primary colours like yellow, apple green, red and fuchsia are simple and ­stylish.

NM: Bold prints in bright colours on surf-inspired swimwear are a trend to watch out for.

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