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