The most popular modern swimsuit - bikini - was released on July 5, 1946: the show took place in the famous French Molitor pool and caused a lot of indignation among the assembled audience. An open swimsuit was considered too revealing until the 60s, and later became ubiquitous thanks to cinema and actresses like Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte Bardot, who wore bikinis on screens and on vacation.
Fortunately, both mass market and serious fashion houses today offer many alternatives to open-toe swimwear for those who do not want to be naked on the beach. The reasons can be different: skin care, the desire to go in for water sports, religious beliefs - in 2019 we have the opportunity to choose the style of a swimsuit based on personal preferences.
Text: Tanya Reshetnik
Cycling shorts continue to conquer the world - after the gym and the city, the turn came to the beaches. The Fisch brand offers a top with a similar print to leopard shorts, and we advise you to experiment with those “tops” that you already have in your wardrobe: a catchy pattern will look great with a black top, white bandeau or halter in a metallic shade. Throwing a white shirt over it, you get a complete look for a snack in a coffee shop or walking around the city.
The closed version of the one-piece swimsuit - with a high cut under the throat and long sleeves - will appeal to those who have not yet compiled the exact scenario of a seaside holiday. In such a model, it is equally convenient to learn the basics of surfing and race to the buoys. A good choice for those who protect fresh tattoos from sunburn.
A minimalistic black swimsuit with long sleeves - this model has earned its popularity thanks to surfing, which is banally uncomfortable and unsafe to do in a bikini. It is also a good choice for those who burn easily even under a decent layer of cream - after all, arms and shoulders most often interact with direct sunlight.
The Adriana Degreas crop top will not escape the sun, but as an alternative to the usual bikini, a model with puff sleeves (another trend of this summer!) Will work perfectly. The top will be paired with both shorts and the classic version with deep cutouts on the thighs. And you can walk to the beach in such a swimsuit (and a denim mini) without even throwing a shirt over it.
The designers of Norma Kamali suggest not so much to hide the body as to drape - a top on one shoulder and high pants resemble the attire of antique statues and will definitely appeal to those who are tired of tight-fitting fabrics on thin ribbons. A big plus of such swimsuits is the absence of ribbons and ties that can rub against the skin that actively reacts to the sun.
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The light version for those who are not ready for fully closed models, but are tired of deep necklines and thin straps, is a one-piece swimsuit with a T-shirt top. This model will appeal to owners of large breasts: bandeau bodices and bras with shoulder straps usually do not have outstanding support or tend to slip. In such a swimsuit, you can safely play beach volleyball or conquer the wave.
Pretty little thing
The Pretty Little Thing neon cut-out swimsuit is proof that caps don't necessarily mean modest. The brand - an analogue of ASOS and Fashion Nova - specializes in fast trends and does not always boast of outstanding quality, but those who are tired of standard swimwear in lingerie stores will definitely find something unusual on the site. Fitting such a model into a bow for a party is also not difficult - you only need a lingerie-style skirt and sandals with thin straps.
The mass market does not stay away from the "closed" trend - a crop top with long sleeves and an unobtrusive print is suitable for surfing (if you choose a pair of leggings) and for relaxing by the pool.And for a walk along the embankment, such a model can be supplemented with a linen midi skirt or translucent bicycles.
Cynthia Rowley is an expensive American brand that produces, among other things, a wide variety of one-piece swimwear: from a floral version that looks like a short wetsuit to a full-fledged bright burkini that covers the top of the head. The serious, closed version we have chosen will be appreciated by those who love beach volleyball, cycling along the coast or table tennis: thanks to the shorts, you can not be afraid that the swimsuit will slip at the most intense moment of the game, and the long sleeve will save your shoulders and arms from the sun's rays. In any case, do not forget about the panama hat and sunscreen.
Beach slippers are an essential part of your bathing outfit if you are traveling to coastlines with pebble beaches, coral sea depths or active marine life. The F-Troupe brand specializes in a tight-fitting weightless model that can be worn in the city, and an abundance of colors will allow you to choose the right pair for any swimsuit.
Feiskini - literally "bikini for the face" - are popular in Asian countries: the habit of sunbathing for the local population is not found, and fair skin has been held in high esteem since ancient times. For European beaches, perhaps, the option is radical (if not actionist), but it will save those who are desperately struggling with pigmentation or, forgetting themselves, did acid peeling and other aggressive beauty procedures before going to the sea.
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