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Hot 2012: Fashions that Sizzle by the Pool

So maybe you’re taking summer classes to get done early with school, or maybe this summer you just need a break from sticking your nose in all those books? Even if you can’t actually get into the water this season, you can make sure you look your hottest when you are hanging at your friends’ swimming pools, by the beach, or in the hot tub. This summer, you can look your sexiest no matter your shape with 2012’s swimwear trends.

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Going Retro

The vintage look is back, and has made its way into swimsuits. Fashion favors the high-waisted bikini with coordinating bandeau tops. For a slimming effect, use a solid-colored bottom with a patterned top.

If the Marilyn Monroe look just won’t do, consider a sexy number that has an abundance of ruffles. Fluttery triangle tops with classic tie bottoms look both feminine and delicate, without covering up too much. Mix a little vintage in by using a delicate flower-patterned A-line dress with a little ruffle at the hem. Choose a cover-up made from a light, airy fabric such as chiffon or classic cotton for the cool summer breeze.

Modern all the Way

Another new trend for hanging out by the pool this year is metallic fabric. Call it silver, bronze or gold, these shiny metal hues make even the palest of bodies look tan. A sexy cut-out one piece paired with chunky wedges and a floppy hat will ensure that you are the best dressed woman casually sipping a pina colada at your next pool or beach party.

Some may not favor the metallic suited look, but have no fear — you can still incorporate this season’s cutting edge trend by wearing metallic hued jewelry. A couple of tips to make sure your poolside hangout is the most enjoyable: first find costume jewelry made of metallic-hued plastic. Actual metal can burn the skin when out under the sun for long periods. Second tip — go big or go home. A tiny silver pendant isn’t going to make a statement but, a strand of big, round faux pearls says something. Make it big enough to recognize from across the pond.

Zany Prints and Hot Summer Nights

Big tropical prints, toucans, animal prints and other warm-climate flora and fauna says you are too hot to touch. Find a suit that fits your body’s curves, but choose to go a little on the wild side by using a bold print. Make it a bright color too. This year is all about pattern and color, so if you’re considering a bright pink and orange zebra print bikini, now is the time to go for it. Other big prints to look out for include:

  • Bandana scarf prints
  • Chain motifs
  • Digital prints.

Whether you are making all A’s or avoiding the lectures this summer, there is no reason why you can’t look dazzling by the pool. Pick up these leading trends to look your best hanging out with your friends at home or on a hot vacation with your friend’s from college. Wherever you will be sun bathing this summer, you’re sure to turn heads of you go with one of these bold trends.

Alexa Thomason is a graduate student in Chicago who spends her free time browsing vintage stores, traveling, and creating art. She contributes at http://www.artroommelody.com – blogging about creative inspirations and trends. Keep up with her on Twitter: @lexathomason

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  • Kathleen Lisson April 28, 2012, 4:43 am

    I agree with Alexa on bold prints and love the sunhat you have posted! I have also seen a lot of sunhats in the ‘hot’ orange and pink colors that we’ve been seeing colorblocked so much this spring.

  • ANNIE May 15, 2012, 11:16 pm

    love love the collage!
    very resort chic =)

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