It’s Monday and July is almost over, that can only mean one thing: Sweet n’raw’s Summer Special has come to an end (only a couple of more posts about beach and bikinis and then we are done). As August approaches, I am getting armed and ready with everything you need to know about the coming season, Fall 2013. Today I have for you another style from our Bikini Season 2013, one I’ve been wanting to do for so long. As you can probably tell by looking at the illustration, I have been overdosing on Magic City episode, falling in love over and over again with that 1950s Miami fashion. Seasons ago, a high-waist bikini was unthinkable, at least for me. Granny bottoms? No, thanks! But they have grown on me, so much, that the underwired top with a cute retro bottom is a winning combo for me. The pros about retro swimwear? Bottoms can help with tummy control. Underwired tops can lift any boob, no matter the size, no matter where it’s hanging. The prints are always prettier and lovelier. And never underestimate the sexiness of a vintage-looking one-piece. Are you sold on retro beachwear yet? If not, keep on reading baby!
The High Waist: As I mentioned before, retro swimwear is all about the high-waist bottom. You can go for a strapless top, an underwired one or a tie-front bandeau. My advice, I like my bottoms a little cheeky! Since you are covering part of your stomach and low back, a little butt cleavage never hurts!
- Norma Kamali
- Dolce & Gabbana
The Underwire: It’s cuter than halter or triangle bikinis, it offers support, it can have padding to push those girls up, what’s not to love? The cuter the print, the better it looks! Zimmermann and J.Crew have a great selection.
- River Island
Scallops and Ruffles: Ah, the Lolita thing… Polka dots, ruffles, scallops, it doesn’t get cuter than this! Ever since the scallop shorts got so trendy last season, I have been obsessed with them. In a bikini top, they look so pretty! And the ruffles, well the ruffle bikini has always been a classic!
The One-piece: A classic that not many girls dare to wear. A classic than can be sexier than a teeny tiny two-piece. And when it has that vintage vibe, it’s glamour all the way! Give it a shot!
- Charlie by Matthew Zink
- Dolce & Gabbana
Need some accessories for that retro bikini? Here’s a selection you can find online!
- Tie-front shirt, Peridot
- Glitter flat sandals, Charlotte Olympia
- Mint dungarees, Topshop
- Floral shorts, Alice + Olivia
- Pink sunnies, Dolce & Gabbana
- Yellow sundress, Topshop
- White bikini top, Melissa Odabash
- Floral bikini bottoms, Dolce & Gabbana
- Scalloped one-piece, Topshop
- Shalimar perfume, Guerlain
- Peach Peek-a-boo bag, Fendi
- Mad Men special edition nail polish, Estee Lauder
- Tropical Wedges, Pura Lopez
That’s a wrap! We are about to finish with our Summer 2013 cover so stay tuned!
Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: Net-a-porter, Polyvore, Farfetch, Zara, Topshop, J.Crew
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