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Style ideas and tips on hitting the right note by the pool


The summer season is upon us and with that comes swimwear. Stella McCartney has just launched her Team GB designs for the Olympics. This includes the outfits for the hugely successful swim team, which we all remember doing extremely well in the Beijing Olympics and are hoping to perform well again.


And whilst we won’t be wearing that kind of Olympic lycra by the pool, we can hope to put in a solid style performance to match the likes of Rebecca Adlington and other swim heroines and heroes. For women after a sport finish to their swimwear, a tankini is an excellent choice and can easily be accessorized to suit a variety of outfits and times of day.


The advantage of the tankini is that the top half is essentially a tight strappy top, so you can immediately pair it with jeans or shorts and have a workable outfit to take into cafes and restaurants without feeling exposed.  There’s also a great range of tankinis hitting the high street right now – Next, for example, has a particularly impressive range.



Black wow tankini from Next, £24


Whilst some of us will spend our office hours ogling these new ideas for dressing for spring, it’s worth putting the time and thought into your pool or beachside outfits as well, as that much longed-for summer holiday may spring up sooner than you think – or the hottest day of the year might arrive tomorrow with no warning.


Wedges and mules are huge trends for your feet, and if you want to add luxury and elegance to your swimwear, nothing screams ‘I’m in St Tropez’ like a hot yellow cut-out swimsuit or bikini with denim shorts and slip-on mules. It’s the kind of thing you can imagine the tenants of Beverly Hills 90210 doing on a regular basis.


Don’t forget to think about your head as well. Silk scarves and bandannas have overtaken the turban as spring/summer 2012’s favourite head accessory. If you’ve got a single colour bikini, a brightly patterned headscarf adds that vintage touch whilst staying bang-on ‘now’. Pinks, yellows, golds, citrus lime greens and oranges are the colours to be playing with.


And for those of us who want the swimwear to do the talking, go to town with this season’s tropical prints – birds, palm trees, Hawaiian-inspired hummingbirds, kingfishers and more.

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