Until quite recently, bikinis and swimsuits were often sporty and LOUD. Arguably, this made sense: If your retinas were being scorched by an acid-green bandeau and floral briefs, you were less likely to notice any thigh wobble or Boxing Day belly. At least that’s what I told myself.
The problem was that brightly patterned swimwear did not match many of my clothes. Acid green florals under my plain white t-shirt was not a look I loved. So it has been a relief to meet this season’s batch of bathers, which are much more mellow and relaxed. “There are a lot of tonal pieces now,” says Tara Morris, PRIMER’s shopping editor. “They’re khaki or earthy colours, and flatter most skin tones. I’d wear them with a cotton oversized shirt dress, a linen bucket hat and a pair of neutral slides.”