Friday 17 November 2017

Will Irish women embrace long-sleeve swimsuits this summer like Kendall Jenner? This stylist gives her opinion

Kendall Jenner going paddle boarding in a white swimsuit Cannes on 24 May 2017 Photo credit: KCS Presse / MEGA TheMegaAgency.com
Kendall Jenner going paddle boarding in a white swimsuit Cannes on 24 May 2017 Photo credit: KCS Presse / MEGA TheMegaAgency.com
Kendall Jenner going paddle boarding in a white swimsuit Cannes on 24 May 2017 Photo credit: KCS Presse / MEGA TheMegaAgency.com
Kourtney Kardashian in a red bikini takes a walk on the beach with her friends in Mexico. Picture: Splash News
Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

An Irish stylist has revealed whether the long-sleeve swimsuit trend is here to stay for the summer - or if it's something Irish women will avoid completely.

Kendall Jenner turned heads in Cannes (again) this week when she was photographed on a yacht wearing perhaps the most unusual swimsuit style yet: a Midsommar long-sleeve, bardot-style one piece.

With underboob set to be one of the biggest trends for bikinis this summer, will long-sleeves be its swimsuit counterpart?

Red carpet and TV stylist Laura Mullett told Independent.ie her thoughts on whether Irish women will be bold enough to embrace the unusual trend.

Kendall Jenner going paddle boarding in a white swimsuit Cannes on 24 May 2017 Photo credit: KCS Presse / MEGA TheMegaAgency.com
Kendall Jenner going paddle boarding in a white swimsuit Cannes on 24 May 2017 Photo credit: KCS Presse / MEGA TheMegaAgency.com

"Kendall Jenner and her sisters always try to experiment and push the bounds of conventional high-end and high-street style. One thing is that a lot of Irish girls won't want is a reverse farmers tan - not a good look!"

While the off-the-shoulder style and long-sleeves may not be the most practical for lounging in the sun, Laura said that what matters most is how the item of clothing makes you feel.

"The funny thing is I've found Irish women don't always prioritise practicality. Because we can basically have four seasons a week (sometimes a day!), we are inclined to interpret as we go.

"In my field, fashion and function can combine of course, but the feel good factor trumps all! If someone is feeling the business they will take the plunge. Irish women have an obsession with capped sleeves and the fitted Bardot will make many nostalgic for the 80's when Madonna wore separate sleeves and above the elbow gloves with her gúnas."

However, Laura noted that the style is most likely to be followed by the younger, trend-driven generation, and may be restrictive for women with larger busts.

"I think this style works well for the Missguided/Pretty Little Thing/Boohoo generation. The likely suspects are Irish girls from 19-years-old upwards that are playful and brave with their style and like to embrace celebrity driven trends. These girls like fast fashion.

"This swimsuit style can be restrictive if you're bustier. I find the Penneys control swimsuits the perfect swimsuit for size 16-20 because they're glam and uber flattering to your figure.

"Colours like cobalt blue, watermelon coral and jewel green look vibrant and chic in swimwear. The keyhole capped sleeve style is a great alternative if the Bardot isn't your vibe yet you want to funk up your one piece."

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Dublin native Laura added that swimsuits can also be worn as part of an outfit, which is helpful if you're trying to pack light.

"Just like underwear as outer wear became popular last season, swimwear as a base garment to replace a body or leotard can actually be a chic component to an outfit, whether for holiday day vibes or for night-time style.

"The white swimsuit Kendall is rocking would be cute with a boho maxi skirt or even teamed with high waist shorts and espadrilles. As the one piece takes centre stage, I think the Bardot swimwear silhouette is really feminine."

If Kendall's statement one-piece isn't on your fashion radar, Laura said that there is a huge selection of other trends to choose from for summer '17.

Kourtney Kardashian in a red bikini takes a walk on the beach with her friends in Mexico. Picture: Splash News
Kourtney Kardashian in a red bikini takes a walk on the beach with her friends in Mexico. Picture: Splash News

"Online Irish retailers like Rio Soul Beachwear and Custom Vintage Dublin offer amazing, true to size crochet bikinis and monikinis to the Irish market. I would recommend Accessorize for crochet swimwear too that looks so ornate yet so on trend.

"Acidic brights are huge for summer, so think larger retailers like River Island and Penneys who have bold colours that you can layer up with a kaftan or kimono for beach to bar glam. Another swimwear trend is accessorising with body chains and fine jewellery. When it comes to separates another micro trend is to mismatch - don't be afraid to mix monochrome high waist bottoms or low rise bottoms with a colour pop bikini top. Confidence is key."

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