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Five designers on what's in with beachwear this monsoon. Read on to know more...

india Updated: Jun 27, 2010 15:54 IST
Hindustan Times

Ritu Kumar


sarongs and embroidered kurtis

Beachwear in the monsoon comprises of a variety of wraps, tunics, crinkled skirts in splashy colours and bright, printed


used as sarongs. A lot of people are also slipping on embroidered ‘kurti’ over swimsuits or a cotton jacket to ward off the chill. Naturally, crushed clothes look best on the beach.

Azeem Khan:
Sunflower yellow and vibrant reds

This year, beach fashion is stylishly feminine and distinctively individualistic. The colours this season are bright fuschia, sunflower

yellow, vibrant reds and classic black.

Pria Kataaria Puri:



and funky flipflops



in chiffon and cotton jersey, thigh to ankle length in greens, corals, turquoise blue and yellow are in. They can be teamed with big sunglasses and bigger hats, Funky flip-flops and sandals, chunky bracelets and rose clips. Also, don't forget the sun block.

Swapnil Shinde:
Gypsy ruffles are pretty and feminine

Prints, stripes, gingham checks, polka dots and plaid, you can go with anything. Gypsy ruffles look pretty, feminine and slim you down on a one-piece swimsuit.


and tunics are good cover-ups over 1950s style, vintage, high-waist shorts and rompers, and Betty Paige bikinis.

Lina Tipnis:
Black-and-white bands and nautical stripes

2O10 Swimwear is all about nautical stripes, animal and graphic prints and solid colours like electric blue and canary yellow topped with black and white bands on iridescent lycra. Vibrant orange and fuschia works well with the teen brigade while the adjustable slide-cup triangle bikini top is great for a well-toned body that can carry off a low-rise bottom, a high-cut thigh and stringy tie-ups. Off-shoulder swimwear is in vogue, with a braided tie-up or a metal hoop, flexi glass fastening.

Multi-hoop or crystal detailing at the mid-riff add glam to private yacht parties. Beach cover-ups with peacock feather, reptiles prints and floral graphics add a sensual touch.

(As told to Collin Rodrigues)

First Published: Jun 27, 2010 15:01 IST