BIKINI SEASON 2013: The Free Spirit

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Good morning, my sweet readers! This is the fourth post from our Bikini Season series and on that I have learned to love and wear. I’ve never been a music festival kind of chick and I am not fond of tye-dye. But when it comes to beachwear, the Free Spirit style is as chic and effortless as it can get! It’s all about mixing and matching unexpected bikini prints, adding feathers or fringes for that bohemian touch, taking animal prints to the next level (no patterns, the digital face of that animal in all its glory), wearing cropped tops (think embroidery, think crochet, think ethnic tees) with short, short, distressed, denim cut-offs (details like studs, lace or threads make the look even more interesting). Even if you the Free Spirit trend is not your cup of tea, don’t neglect it until you try it! But first, the selection of bikinis and one-pieces you’ll need to start putting together your look. Ready?

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Tie-dye: A tie-dye bikini set is definitely a must inside your closet. Both top and bottom are perfect for mixing and matching duties. Wear one or the other with a floral top or a paisley bottom.

  • River Island
  • VIX
  • Raquel Allegra
  • Khol’s

Paisley Princess: Paisley has been around always when it comes to beachwear, that’s why the perfect piece must belong in that bikini drawer of yours. Paisley looks good with solids but it also looks great with more prints and why not? With another paisley pattern!

  • Zimmermann
  • ETRO
  • Zimmermann
  • Dolce & Gabbana

Digital Print: It was a matter of time, digital prints took over the pret-a-porter world seasons ago. It was only natural that swimwear followed. Whether you go for a retro beach setting or a wild lion’s face, this style is a fun twist to your usual flower bikini.

  • Topshop
  • New Look
  • We Are Handsome
  • We Are Handsome

Top with a fringe: I’ve been skeptical about this style and the truth is, it’s everywhere! I have big boobs so the fear of the frill, ruffle or fringe has always been there, staring at my face. My advice for big chested girls like me? Triangle with a little fringe. If you have less boobs, wear ’em all!

  • H&M
  • Nelly’s
  • Tilly’s
  • New Look
  • Nelly’s
  • Charlotte Russe

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What will you need to pair up with your Free Spirit bikini of choice? Here’s a selection:

  1. Saddle bag, OrYANI
  2. Gladiators, Zara
  3. Wayfarers, Ray-Ban
  4. Crochet top, Topshop
  5. Knit shorts, Haute Hippie
  6. Tiger one-piece, We Are Handsome
  7. Scarf playsuit, Fashion Union
  8. Caged wedges, River Island
  9. Gem necklace, ASOS
  10. Nail polish duo, Chanel Le Vernis
  11. Head chain, River Island
  12. Classique Summer scent, Jean Paul Gaultier
  13. Fringe bikini top, H&M
  14. Leopard bikini bottom, River Island

And we are done for the day! I’m taking a few days off to go to my lil’ piece of beach heaven so I’ll be blogging from there!

Lots of love and sweet kisses…

Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources:  Net-a-porter, Polyvore, Farfetch, Zara

All texts, illustrations and collages are made by me, it’s forbidden to re-post without previous request (sweetnrawme@gmail.com) and images must link back to this site

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