Meet the Monokini

Thursday, 8 May 2014 - 6:25am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

Upgrade your closet with season's chicest swimwear picks

The summer is high on cut-out details in pattern and styles. The peek-a-boo element introduces an element of sensual drama to a regular monokini pattern.
Understand your body type, analyses your worst features and conceal them with strategic design styles and invest in suits which highlight your best features - the breasts, the waist or the hips.
Designer Aniket Satam cautions, "Be careful in selecting right placement of cut-out details as it's meant to be give a weeny bit of skin show and not end up looking a skimpy trashy beach pickup."

Sporty luxe
"Sports Luxe is this season's biggest trend and swimwear is at the heart of this trend. Expect to see swimwear in the form of bralets in jerseys as well as experimental latex paired with high-waist bottoms, maillots will see fuller coverage but slashed and cut out to reveal the skin. The colour palette is canary yellows paired with monochromes as well as aquas paired with fiery corals," says designer duo Shivan and Naresh.

Colour block in style
"Break through the "slimming" myths of deep monochrome colour swimwear and safe neutral palettes, instead opt for a tropical palette of vivacious shades of flaming orange, sun burst yellow, lagoon blue. Inject some fun by having some serious colour blocking which would cut your body-lines in interesting colour zones highlighting ones assets and concealing ones cellulite zone," adds Satam.

Say hello to the Mono-kini
Aniket says "The itsy-bitsy bikini days are over as the modern women wants a contoured streamlined styles which highlights and accentuates their figure. Unless one has Miss ten body type, flat stomach and great abs, avoid the skimpy two piece style.The major trend is about sporting one piece swimsuits with interesting patterning and colour, contrasting highlights. Right cutting, construction support and detailed bespoke tailoring is key for right fit, comfort and utility."

The art of accessorising
"Accessorise swimwear with a family of cover-ups like pareos andsarongs or take it up a notch by pairing them with palazzos and tailored linen shorts," say designer Shivan and Narresh.

What's out
"Tribal, floral and tropical prints on swimwear are completely passé in this season of sports luxe. Stay away from loud prints that scream the age old stereotypical prints and embrace solids and blocks to shine by the beach or the pool this summer," says Narresh Kukreja.

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