My favourite 7 swimsuits from Instyle’s Editor’s Pick of Summer 2011

For Summer 2011, Instyle magazine has come up with an ‘Editor’s Pick’ Swimwear Guide  for differing female bodies. 

From their authoritative summer 2011 swimwear list of 16, here is my preferential short-list of 7.

My top 7 swimwear for summer 2011
Extracted from Instyle’s Editor’s Pick Swimwear Guide for 2011

  1. For pear-shaped girls:
    1. Emilio Pucci printed one-shoulder swimsuit, £250, Net-a-Porter 
      Delicious – I love this one and find it adorable!
  2. For petite-bodies:
    1. Pink frill bikini top, £14.99; briefs, £9.99, River Island
      So cute and flirty, but I’d have to be very brave to wear it!
    2. Fading striped cut-out swimsuit, £42, French Connection
      Chic yet casual – definitely worth a try.
  3. For boyish figures:
    1. Stunning snake-print bandeau cut-out swimsuit entitled “Amalfi”, £186, Melissa Odabash
      Drop dead gorgeous, but would I really look like that?!  I don't know smile
  4. For busty women:
    1. Sophina collection “Maldives” underwired halter bikini top, £30; briefs, £20, Figleaves.com
      I think I’d feel securely sexy in this one.  In love
  5. For hour-glass bathers:
    1. “Nauti Red” cut-out swimsuit, £142, Paolita Voyage collection
      Mind-boggling – how on earth does that work?  But so stunning.
    2. “Zimmermann” 1950s-inspired bikini, £199, Rigby & Peller
      Some serious sex bomb alert, but I’d be worried about the strapless top.

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And to satisfy the practical side of me, here are Instyle’s tips on how to care for your swimwear to make it last that much better.

Tips to care for your swimwear
Extracted from Instyle’s Editor’s Pick Swimwear Guide for 2011

  • Try to rinse your swimsuit in fresh water as soon as possible after being in either salty or chlorinated water.
    :: I tend to sunbathe after swimming… the fast way to fading fabrics!
  • Don’t wring your swimwear, it will pull the fibres and stretch it out of shape.
    :: It’s so stretchy it’s practically impossible to get any water out by wringing.  Instead I wrap it up in a towel and give it a good squeeze and squash.
  • Let your swimwear dry naturally and out of the sun.
    :: Often I leave it hanging from the washing line in the bathroom or the towel rails.  Actually, it dries fastest in an air-conditioned hotel room.
  • Try not to leave wet swimwear folded as it could cause the colour or print to bleed.
    :: Last time I did that it grew some kind of mouldy smell… urgh  Sick smile .
  • Avoid wearing your best bikini in jacuzzis.  Anna Paola says: “It will destroy it! It’s like boiling it in chlorine for extended periods of time.”
    :: I do that ALL the time!  OMG, oh well, why stop now?  Send a kiss
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