Friday 28 October 2016

Fashion: Flirty florals for the... Hot tropic

Make a splash with vintage-inspired swimwear featuring flirty florals, modern neons and high-impact high-waist briefs

Published 26/04/2015 | 02:30

Firework kaftan €25; Red tie-front bikini top €12; Red bikini bottoms €6. In stores and online now.
Firework kaftan €25; Red tie-front bikini top €12; Red bikini bottoms €6. In stores and online now.
Tribal print cut-out swimsuit, €15; straight top sunglasses, lilac, €3; orange and gold bangles, €12; tribal detail earrings, €8. In stores and online early June.
Neon floral bikini top, €15; neon pink swim skirt, €8; oversized floppy hat, €15; cat eye sunglasses, black €3. In stores and online now.
Neon pink ruched bikini top, €15; neon pink side-split bikini bottoms, €6; Aztec woven shopper, €10; blue/green bead necklace, €15.
Tropical-print balcony bikini top, €15 and high-waist bikini bottoms, €10, in stores and online early May; red chunky necklace, €18; black cat-eye sunglasses, €3
Vintage floral print swimsuit, €20; rope detail wedge shoes, pink, €20. In stores and online early May.

All clothes and accessories: Dunnes Stores, Photographer & production: Daniel Holfeld

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Cue the sunshine! It's perfect timing as the exciting new swimwear collection arrives into branches of Dunnes Stores - with lots of hidden secrets, arming us with extra confidence on the beach.

This season, the fruit print trend is hugely popular and the bra top (left) is a winner on several fronts.

Cup sized for a perfect fit, it also has removable halter-neck straps. And the print is available in soft cup bikini version up to an E cup. The Bridget Jones-style high-waist brief has power mesh at the front, for subtle support that no one can spot. And speaking of secret support, the halter-neck top, available in B to E cups, is padded and it also has under-wiring for added support.

Just out of picture, the bikini briefs feature a cross-over skirt to create a flattering shape.

The 'firework' kaftan  was ideal for our Marrakech shoot, bursting with colour and embellishment.

The vintage-style one-piece (turn to next page) is lined with power mesh for tummy control, and there's an in-built shelf for added support. I loved the extra detail, like the gentle horizontal seaming on the sides and the retro buttons on the lower half. Best of all, the removable halter-neck strap means no dreaded tan marks.

Stylist: Roxanne Parker

Hair and make-up: Ellen Van Exter

Model: Olga Kent, M&P Models

Location: Ksar Char-Bagh, in Marrakech, Morocco

All clothes and accessories: Dunnes Stores,   

Photographer & production: Daniel Holfeld

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