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Style story: Make waves with beachwear

Life's a beach in this summer's gorgeous new swimwear

  • By Lucy Wildman, Fashion Editor, Scene
  • Published: 00:01 February 9, 2012
  • Scene

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  • Image Credit: Grace Paras/ANM
  • Clockwise from top left: Kaftan Matthew Williamson @ theoutnet.com Sunglasses Marks & Spencer, Dh75 Yellow bag River Island, Dh575 Sun hat Next, Dh115 Leopard print swimsuit Marks & Spencer, Dh245 Chiffon tie sandals River Island, Dh250 Triangle bikini Topshop, Dh215 Shell necklace River Island, Dh75.
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Ursula Andress has a lot to answer for. Wading out of the water in her white two-piece, the blonde Bond bombshell created one of the most iconic cinema images of all time - and transformed the way women thought about beachwear forever.

But whether you're channelling Bond babes of yesteryear, or rocking the hottest catwalk cossie looks, every era is covered in this season's swimwear - from art deco to futuristic sports luxe and everything in-between. And ridiculous as it sounds, since it's probably the place where you'll wear the least amount of clothing - getting dressed for the sunlounger involves way more than just your swimmers and lashings of sunscreen.

How to look sizzling on the sand 

  • Flat-chested? Triangle or bandeau-style bikinis with ruffles add inches where you're lacking. Busty? Go for underwired or halterneck to support your chest. 
  • Kaftans look glam, hide a multitude of sins and will take you effortlessly from beach to bar in style. An oversized T-shirt does none of the above. 
  • Love Ursula's Dr No style? A white bikini's a classic, but make sure it's lined to prevent embarrassing transparent-when-wet issues. 
  • The swimsuit is having a moment in the style spotlight. Retro styles with built-in skirts are flattering for curvy girls, while cutaway cossies are for the stick thin or super body confident only. 
  • Remember your seven style staples - swimmers, sun hat, shades, sandals, sarong, suntan lotion and fab beach bag.

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