Will Irish women embrace the under-boob trend this bikini season like the Kardashians? This designer gives her opinion
An Irish swimwear designer has revealed the biggest bikini trends for the summer - and they're more risqué than ever before.
When photos of Kim Kardashian's bare, untouched derrière in Mexico surfaced earlier this week, we couldn't help but notice another detail in the pictures: eldest Kardashian sister Kourtney's athletic, under-boob flaunting bikinis.
Side-boob was one of the biggest (and most controversial) fashion trends of 2016, but is under-boob set to take over?
Irish swimwear designer Carla Johnson, the force behind the popular Mona Swims range, told Independent.ie her thoughts on whether Irish women will be bold enough to embrace the risqué trend.
"I think the under-boob trend will be a pretty big trend this summer for sure, especially in hot countries and on the UK festival scene and Ibiza no doubt.
"I'm not sure how it will go down with Irish women, though. I think they generally prefer to cover up a bit more and be sexy in an understated way. Although in saying that, I'm sure they would be up for experimenting once the sun comes out!"
With multiple bikini changes daily during the Kardashian sisters' vacation with their friends, one trend remained constant: bum-bearing Brazilian and thong-style bikini bottoms.
Certainly not for the faint-hearted, Dublin native Carla said that she is unsure whether the Irish market is ready to sacrifice full coverage.
"I really don't think they would be popular on the Irish market, to be honest. Not for this summer anyway.
"I think Irish people are aware of what's important to strike the the right balance between swimwear that feels sexy and yet still feels comfortable.
"I think for next summer, some Brazilian style influences might make more of an appearance in the Irish fashion trends."
However, one trend that the NCAD graduate can see Irish women following is athletic-style bikinis, which mother-of-three Kourtney is also a fan of.
"The sporty trend is her to stay this summer for sure. I think this style is definitely more suited to the more athletic and slimmer figure but I also think there's some hidden support with some athletic styles.
"However, I do think its best to buy what is suitable for you and your body shape rather than whats on trend."
Tummy-conscious women will be overjoyed to hear that one-piece swimsuits are set to be the biggest trend this summer, which you can be as bold with as you like with.
"The main trend I see for this summer is one-piece swimsuits. Retro shapes such as 1970's style glamour with metallic influences, then the athletic style/sporty shapes have a nineties feel about them. There's even velvet swimwear making an appearance in the swim trends that I think is really cool and interesting."
While we look forward to jetting away on our holidays for months on end, shopping for swimwear is something that many women find daunting.
Although it may not be ideal, Carla suggests trying "everything on" in the fitting room to find the style you feel most comfortable in, as it might be the one you least expect.
"It's always best to try on a range of different styles of swimwear because nine times out of 10, the style you thought might not suit you will be very flattering and vice versa.
"Don't think too much about trends. Everyone's body shapes are different. Most people I see trying on swimwear are surprised at how good they feel wearing it.
"It's about feeling sexy and comfortable when on the beach. It's important to know what suits your body shape and skin tone and flatters your figure, bringing out the best of you and empowering you on the beach. Be true to you and your own personal, unique style.
"Also, just remember when you're on that beach in a bikini and cocktail in hand with a bit of tan, everything looks and feels better and for some reason all those body issues melt away!"
Visit monaswims.com to see the full SS17 collection.