Tuesday 17 October 2017

Make a splash - this season's standout swimwear

Have you gone from dreaming of a white Christmas to longing for sandy beaches and sun on your skin? Before you pack, consult our fashion editor's comprehensive wrap on standout swimwear to suit every destination

Daphne top €60; foil bikini bottoms €28, Monsoon
Daphne top €60; foil bikini bottoms €28, Monsoon
'Cocoa Island' bandeau one-piece, €119, Fanatsie at Arnotts
Butterfly by Matthew Williamson Kaftan €51
Butterfly by Matthew Williamson, €63, Debenhams
J by Jasper Conran Sarong €33, Debenhams
Brown Thomas JETS Electrify Bandeau Swimsuit €150
Pareo print cover-up, €79, Simone Perele at Brown Thomas
Embroidered kaftan, €20, Penneys
Snake print one-piece, €255.44, Melissa Odabash at Harvey Nichols
Plus-size tiger print plunge bikini top, €25
Plus-size tiger print bikini bottoms, €17, River Island, available in sizes 18-24
One-piece, €47.50, all M&S Collection
Bikini top, €35; bottoms, €19, M&S Collection
Primark €16 each
Bairbre Power

Bairbre Power

There's nothing quite like a dramatic flick of the mercury and plummetting temperatures to make you want to swap snow flurries for winter sunshine.

If you are one of the lucky ones heading off on a beach holiday, the good news is that the stores are well equipped and the latest beachwear collections have arrived, swift on the heel of cruisewear. The early arrivals of SS17 beachwear tick lots of boxes depending on whether you want want fit, function or frolics.

Monsoon is a high street store well worth checking out regularly because they introduce some very high-end touches at affordable prices. My favourite in their latest collection is the 'Daphne' off-the-shoulder top, pictured above, with matching 'Lola' briefs. The navy top has flecks of glistening gold foil which makes it look far more expensive than its price of €60.

Meanwhile, over at Arnotts, I spotted the one-piece 'Cocoa Island' from Fantasie with its attractive black and white print. I'm always a big fan of the strapless one-piece - for tanning purposes - after coming home one year with an annoying criss-cross strap effect. This one-piece is also a good friend to anyone anxious about Christmas indulgences as the body of the swimsuit is lined with a light control mesh which will smooth out any lumps on the body rather than reduce any width. Ideal for big busted girls, it is available in cup sizes from 34D to 38F.

'Cocoa Island' bandeau one-piece, €119, Fanatsie at Arnotts
'Cocoa Island' bandeau one-piece, €119, Fanatsie at Arnotts

I've included some other pieces to suit all shapes and bank balances. Have fun in the sun!

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