Tuesday 6 December 2016

Beach babes: Bairbre Power goes in search of the perfect swimwear

Fashion editor Bairbre Power goes in search of the perfect swimwear

Published 16/07/2011 | 05:00

Left, shorts, €15, and top, €8; right, cropped
coloured jeggings, €11, and crop neon tee, €10, all Dunnes
Left, shorts, €15, and top, €8; right, cropped coloured jeggings, €11, and crop neon tee, €10, all Dunnes
animal-print bikini top, £16.50, and matching skirt-dress, £24, both mandco.com

Poolside glamazon or surf girl chasing the rips? Whatever your seaside motives -- fashion or function -- there's a huge choice of swimwear options that will take you from beach poser with full make-up (and jewellery!) to athletic girl who wants to taste the seawater, as opposed to iced mimosas.

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The F&F collection at Tesco is particularly strong this year. It has an impressive selection of affordable, co-ordinating accessories and appealing kaftans for chic cover-up, ideal for those early days of the hols when you're feeling a little shy about peeling off. The new Balbriggan store has a particularly strong fashion offering.

The tankini has to be one of the best swimwear innovations in recent years, and Heatons has cool ones that will hide your mid-zone, if you are anxious about not having toned abs.

With colour blocking so big this summer, no one will suspect you are wearing two odd bikini separates, strategically selected to suit your body type. The pear -- small on top, big on the bottom -- seems to be the most common shape in Ireland. You can help create the illusion of a longer, slimmer leg with a side-tie.

Rock that retro look poolside with high- waisted, 1950s-style bottoms that accentuate hourglass figures, so you can play up your boobs and booty.

Specalist brands such as Long Tall Sally have some brilliant beach options for leggy girls who want comfortable one-pieces for long torsos, and their ruched front styles are very flattering.

Sun worshippers, meanwhile, will appreciate the gold, metallic-hued bikinis from Penneys, which amplify tans to perfection.

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