Frills and fringe. Wild patterns. See-through fabrics. Straps that criss cross and encircle your body like a boa constrictor. These are the types of swimwear I am constantly confronted with when looking for a mature suit. Oh! And remember those one pieces with giant dolphin imagery reminiscent of the days of Lisa Frank? Horrifying. Really and truly. All of it seems so complicated!
If this year’s directional muses in The New Cool have taught us anything about our common style preferences, it’s that these days it isn’t about being the center of attention with such obvious methods (par example: strutting around the pool deck wearing a bikini with beaded fringe dangling about, balancing on your YSL tribute stilettos with a self-satisfied smize all in hopes of attaining Beyonce status.) Instead, it’s about venturing back into the simple, well-made pieces that feel as though they’ve always been yours. Even as a kid I chose solid swimwear – my favorite a tangerine number with white piping! I’d still wear that actually, and am now wondering if perhaps The Gap will re-issue…(Gap, if you’re listening….)
So, with the idea of pairing back in mind, a selection of my favorite solid colored swim for the season on the stunning Kathleen – because less is always more. And I think we’re all just trying to be that version of woman.