If the recently held India Resort Fashion Week was anything to go by, Indian women are getting bolder with swimwear. From two-piece bikinis to monokinis and tankinis with suitable cover-ups, there was something for everyone.
Designer Sounia Gohil says women are willing to experiment much more today. “Currently, a vibrant colour palette is popular with shades like neon green and embellishments in red or coral. Digital and abstract prints with a bit of patchwork or crystals add a glamorous touch. However, dress depending on your body type,” says Sounia.
Designer Nidhi Munim says strong colours are back with hints of neon and unabashed brights that work with classic ethnic prints. “It’s a really nice mash-up of clashing prints, strong ’80s lingerie detailing, and a great blend of early ’90s glamour to sugary ’50s-inspired shapes. Indian women are working harder to get a bikini bod too,” she says. “Swimsuit covers are huge for 2013. They include ponchos, kimonos, kaftans, flowing skirts, tunics with slits, and cropped jackets. These look lovely added to one-piece designs and are also sexy in their simplicity,” adds the designer.
Experimentation in terms of fabrics include those that are UV resistant, anti-bacterial and even have a cooling effect on the skin. Mesh is super hot right now, lycra for swimsuits and soft chiffon and malmal for cover ups. Tankinis with short bottoms are a must-have says designer Gogee. She feels one-pieces have got more defined cuts this season and layered swimwear is in demand.
“Sarongs have been around for too long, opt for beach shrugs that come up over the swimwear making you look sexy and stylish. We’ve used lots of chiffons in our line,” she says.