Posts Tagged ‘swimsuits’

Features, Gallery, Swimwear

One piece swimsuits are in again. Here are some of our favourites

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 4th, 2013

As we’re preparing to get our bodies beach ready for summer after the Christmas indulgence, it will be welcome news that the fashion folk at the New York Post have decided that bikinis are out and one piece swimsuits are in.

This is partly to do with the resurgence of the 1950s pin-up in today’s fashion, but also because we’ve been seeing more curvaceous ladies, such as Christina Hendricks and Kim Kardashian, grabbing the spotlight.

Even though it’s still January and we’re many months – and pounds – away from long summer days on the beach, we’ve had a look at what is on offer on the online high street. Just in case you’re planning a mid winter trip abroad to sunnier places or want something to focus on while you hit the treadmill.

For Luna - £59.95

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Fashion Crush, Gallery

ShinyStyle loves: Last minute holiday outfit ideas from French Connection

By Andrea Petrou on July 28th, 2011

Printed tunic

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Fashion Crush, Fashion News, Gallery, Swimwear, Trend Alert

ShinyStyle Loves: Matalan’s spring/summer 2011 swimwear range

By Andrea Petrou on June 1st, 2011

Pink bikini and patterned sarong

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Trend Alert

Trend alert: Nautical must-haves

By Shiny writer on August 2nd, 2010

The nautical trend has been huge this season with tops bearing anchors, dresses with stripes and shoes in staple nautical colours filling the highstreet.

Although the summer fashion season is coming to an end with stores gearing up for their autumn collections, there’s still lots of time to stock up on this style for your holiday, up-coming festivals and even into the next season, as it looks like this trend will be sailing through to autumn too.

The best thing about this trend is that it can be as subtle (think navy stripes) or obvious (think anchors everywhere) as you like. It can also be matched with just about anything.

We’ve picked our best five.



Swimwear

Speedo Shapeline: we review made to measure swimsuit for all shapes and sizes

By shinychris on March 2nd, 2010

Speedo Sculpture Shapeline Ladies Group Shot.JPGSpeedo has introduced a new range of swimwear for women. Shapeline is the result of a three year project during which Speedo Aqualab technologists scanned the body shapes of 5,400 real women.

The swimwear manufacturer claims the measurements many manufacturers use as the basis of women’s sizes are completely inaccurate. Since the 1950s when the measurements were first taken, women have become taller, larger round the waist, and have bigger hips and busts. Is it any wonder then that most of us can’t find a swimsuit to fit?

The swimwear manufacturer claims its new Shapeline suits are as close to a made to measure swimsuit as you can get. But does Speedo’s Shapeline live up to the hype?Shiny Style went along to Speedo’s London Covent Garden Store to find out.

The first difference with the Speedo Shapeline suit is you need to be professionally measured for your suit. Waist, hip, bust and body length measurements are essential to getting the right fit. The suit comes in sizes 10 to 20 and cup sizes 30B to 34G and the theory is once your individual measurements are taken into account you should get a costume which fits so well that it looks as though it has been made just for you.

Speedo’s research reveals that women’s bodyshapes fall into three distinct categories: Bottom Hourglass, women who have bottoms and hips that are bigger than their chests; Hourglass, women who have equally wide hips and chests; and Top Hourglass, women who have chests and shoulders bigger than their bottom and hips.

Speedo has developed three styles of swimsuits to enhance each of these body shapes: The Bustshaper, the Waistshaper and the Tummy and Hip Sculptor. I came out as a top hourglass with a long body so the Bustshaper was the suit for me.

Trying it on for the first time was an experience in itself. For a start it is not easy to get into. The Bustshaper has an integral bra inside which needs to be folded down at the front while you pull on the lower half of the suit. The costume itself feels a little bit like a corset and it is also quite difficult to fasten the bra up at the back. But it is worth persevering. Once the suit is on it looks fantastic.

Used to seeing my reflection in a swimsuit which cuts into my shoulders and squashes my bust into a mis-shapen doughnut just above my bulgy midriff, I was not prepared for what I saw. My bust was defined and up where it should be, my waist and tummy looked neater and flatter and the longer straps sat comfortably on my shoulders. No digging, no rubbing, no red marks. For once I didn’t feel depressed looking at myself in a swimsuit in the changing room mirror! I would be happy to stroll down the beach or lounge on the side of the pool in this suit all day.

Available from Speedo stores, Bravissimo, Fenwick and Rigby and Peller, The Shapeline is probably more for the recreational then the serious swimmer and at £100 it’s not cheap. But it does flatter your best bits, disguise the bits you don’t like and makes you feel amazingly confident . Surely that has to be worth splashing out on.

For more swimming-related stories visit Goggleblog.

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Accessories, Fashion News, Project Runway

Our apologies to Elisa, ruffled arm bands apparently all the rage

By Andrea Thatcher on January 3rd, 2008

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We take it back, Elisa is a genius. After trashing the weird arm bands accompanying her outfit on last night’s Project Runway, we glimpsed a bit of the the 2008 Agent Provocateur swimwear due out in March. Similar, no?

Did anyone else immediately think this grown woman was wearing swimmies because her Mommy wouldn’t let her in the pool alone without them? Perhaps victims of near-drowning incidents actually will go for this style – low oxygen to the brain and all.




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