Don’t forget to update your beach wear like you would your wardrobe. Co-founder of online beachwear boutique, Coco Bay, Belinda Robinson, shares her top five beachwear trends for summer 2011.
Avoid the annual mad dash for swimwear and enjoy a 10% discount too off Coco Bay’s 2011 beachwear collection. There’s even a new bikini collection for girls aged 8 to 16. Simply enter your unique code code CB11NT (valid until 20th August) at www.cocobay.co.uk or call 0844 8552175
As florals bloom on the High Street, we have also seen this feminine look take off on the beach from pretty daisies to strong tropical statement prints.
Tip: The floral look can be toned down by mixing with a contrasting print. This Ginja Tropicana Bikini softens the vibrant print by combining with a black polka dot trim and straps.
Monochrome continues to be a winner for the beach and we have seen some stunning takes on this theme this season. It exudes simple sophistication and is easy to wear on any skin tone.
Tip: Mixing a printed top with plain base pants can take optical pounds off the bottom (for most of us always a good thing!)
Always a favourite for the beach and this year’s sees some gorgeous on-trend brights. Poppy, Pink, Opal and Spa Blue bikinis and tankinis are the top picks for 2011.
Tip: Beachwear is no different to any other clothing, if you are going for block colours, choose a colour that you know suits your colouring. Spa Blue is our biggest seller this season – it complements skin tones beautifully and gives an instant tan!
Cinder Grey is the new black for the beach for 2011. Cinder bikinis can be kinder to the skin than black and you don’t need a deep Mediterranean tan to carry it off.
Tip: Mix with White or bright beach accessories to freshen the look.
Frills are everywhere this summer from big statement ruffles to subtle frill detailing which can add interest to plain bikinis and give beachwear a very feminine twist.
Tip: Frill detail on a bikini top or a one piece can enhance and lift the bust.