It may be cold outside but if you’ve planned a destination wedding or an exotic honeymoon your mind may well be on hotter climes.
Either of the above will call for some serious summertime shopping and fortunately we’re just starting to see collections for the warmer seasons ahead roll out as the dregs of the January sales are pushed aside.
And with Spring/Summer ranges comes an abundance of killer swimwear, which is an absolute must for all you beach babe brides.
Having recently discovered New Look’s impressive lingerie collection, I noticed that the High Street favourite also has a stunning choice of swimwear. From cute two-pieces with matching cover-ups to sexy one-pieces with flirtatious cut out detailing, brides-to-be will be spoilt for choice. Better still the designs carry very modest prices tags meaning ladies can easily splash out on two or three different options for their honeymoon wardrobe.
As a starting point ladies might want to consider which style of swimwear suits them best: faithful halter necks, bare-all bandeaus, tops with straps for extra support, tie-at-the-side bottoms, high waisted designs or classic brief bottoms.
Then there’s the question of colour and design. Luckily, New Look has all areas covered with bright, patterned and neutral offerings.
Perhaps the most striking pieces within the collection are the orange caged top and bottoms and the lattice two-piece design. Both use attention-grabbing cut away detailing to draw the eye. The caged design offers slightly more cover-up with a long-line bikini top but its vibrant hue will not suit all skin tones so choose with care. The lattice design – in one of Spring/Summer’s hottest colours khaki – is also bound to turn heads. It’s very much posing-poolside style swimwear though as unless you undo and roll down the detailed part of the top you will be facing strap mark hell!
Further cut-away options can be found in plainer designs, such as the simple yet stunning white halter neck design and the sophisticated black caged bikini.
More practical pieces come in the form of bralette tops. We’ve seen them on the clothing catwalks and now the midriff revealing tops have spilt over into the swimwear department. Not only are such designs on-trend but they offer a little more cover-up and way more support than skimpier designs. Ladies with larger busts looking for maximum support should also consider crop top bikini designs which are big news for 2015. New Look’s Aztec print design is a stunning example, offering on-the-go-girls comfort and style.
As well as a choice of detailed cover-ups, I’m a big fan of the beach trousers New Look has included within its Spring/Summer collection. The sheer, patterned and lose-fitted designs are easy to throw on both two and from the beach or for lazing around the beach bar – I’ll drink to that!
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Black Crochet Cover Up, £14.99
Black Caged Longline Bikini Top £9.99, Black Caged Bikini Bottoms £7.99
Pink and Black Bikini Top £14.99, Pink and Black Bikini Bottoms £7.99
Black Printed Longline Bikini Top £16.99, Printed Beach Trousers £14.99
Black Bikini top £14.99, Black Lace Beach Trousers £16.99
Blue Ruched Bikini Top £14.99, Blue Ruched Bikini Bottoms £7.99, Blue Tile Print Cover Up £16.99
Aztec Printed Crop Top Bikini £14.99, Aztec Printed Bikini Bottoms £7.99
White Halter Neck Bikini Top £14.99, White Cut Out Bikini Bottoms £7.99
Striped Bardot Bikini Top £12.99, Striped High Waisted Bikini Bottoms £11.99
Black Low Cut Swimsuit £19.99
Khaki Lattice Bikini Top £16.99, Khaki Lattice Bikini Bottoms £9.99
Orange Caged Longline Bikini Top £16.99, Orange Caged Bikini Bottoms £7.99
All prices correct at time of publishing.