By Aly Walansky
Despite wicked cold temperatures across much of the U.S. — it’s 27 degrees today in New York!!! – it is time to shed the layers and start looking for the must have wardrobe essentials for winter beach getaways…the swimsuit and its accessories. Veteran fashion industry expert and owner of Sylene of Washington, Cyla Weiner provides insights into 2011 swimsuit and overall cruisewear trends women should consider.
“Yet, regardless of a women’s physical appearance, in 35 years in the swimsuit industry, I have never met a woman who enjoys shopping for a swimsuit,” Cyla says. “Two things that are consistent is that women hate shopping for swimsuits and women always scrutinize their own bodies, whether they are a size two or a size 16.”
Help exists as swimsuit designers create swimwear with different body types in mind. Just as shapewear is a woman’s secret wardrobe weapon, Spanx continues to ride this wave with its great swimsuits, especially its tankinis with a choice of a high waisted bottom, Cyla adds.
Cyla says to trust her as the perfect suit does exist. She has outlined a few key body type issues and trends to help you find the suit that will make you feel and look fabulous:
Full & Small Busts: For the full bust Sylene of Washington is bringing back Aerin Rose suits. They go from D, DD, E (DDD), and F. They have bikinis, tankinis and one-piece suits. Another vendor that is coming back is Tara Ginna who makes suits up to a G cup also with many variations on bottoms. Another new line that Sylene of Washington has booked is called A.Che and they are cup sized suits only up to DD; however, this designer deals with the small busted gal who needs a little help. In particular, there is one top that Cyla plans on offering that will increase your bust size up to two sizes.
Large Thighs and Hips: We are bringing in many options in tankinis and bikini tops that have a skirted bottom, Cyla says as “this is a very flattering look for that body area.”
Color Trends: Colors are slightly changed – again – black with different shades of navy in all lines. Many combinations of black with navy have emerged creating a very sophisticated and fresh look. Animal prints are being offered in every line. Snake skin print in browns and blacks and greys and leopard prints in browns and newer versions in black with grey top the chart. “We love animal prints and have a fabulous monokini coming in from Melissa Odabash,” Cyla says. Prints have a wide range this season offering everything from tribal prints to paisleys, to various color combinations. Another solid color that was strong was a beautiful shade of spruce or forest green. We saw it in the Eres line and Karla Colletto’s line too.
Finishing Touches: Buckles in the swimsuit fabric or metal finishes is a trend for 2011. A Che and Karla Colletto both offer great suits with this attention to detail.
What are you looking forward to this swimsuit season?