Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Swim in Style

Peter Som Spring 2011 RTW Retro Floral Swimsuit Profile Photo
With Spring Break behind us and Summer right on its heels, Manatee High Students are  reluctantly packing away their warmly-lined Frye boots, favorite North Face fleeces, and beloved Terani scarves. The wardrobe of choice for off-duty students come April includes any and all things swimwear, and this year’s Spring/Summer collections offer plenty in the way of inspiration.

Along with the Mad Men-style tailored dresses from past Fall/Winter 2010 collections comes a swimsuit equivalent. The retro swimsuit look (circa 1950) has been favored by actresses Scarlett Johansson, Marisa Tomei, Megan Fox, and singer Taylor Swift, but despite popularity amongst celebrities, remains a bold hit-or-miss choice for the everyday beach goer. Classically chic and forgiving to one’s curves, the vintage-era bikini is definitely making a conservative comeback, as seen in Peter Som’s Spring 2011 Collection.

If the retro style is not up your alley, another way to keep your water-wardrobe looking fresh is with a splash of pattern. Any pattern will suffice, but ones that seem to be cropping up with the most variation are tropically themed. At one point considered tacky, the tropical palm tree-printed suits are back on the rise, as perhaps designers playfully showcase their sense of irony placing a once-tabooed print onto their high end merchandise. An excellent source for tropical printed suits is the always affordable Urban Outfitters.

The monokini has consistently been a style one either loved or hated throughout the past couple
swimsuit seasons and Spring/Summer 2011 is no different. Though there are plenty of versatile styles the monokini can transform into, the suit still remains controversial in terms of its popularity, but has managed to stay on top for the upcoming swimsuit season. Bringing to mind the image of elegant glamazons who exist only in James Bond movies, the look is a tough one to pull off.
So many options to choose from to liven up our swimsuit collections means there is no excuse to be boring this swimsuit season. Whether you opt for a monokini, tropical print, or the retro-inspired, you’re guaranteed to make a splash!

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