Swimwear for the Caribbean Season
Zimmermann 'Ticking' Bikini, €294
Monochrome If you are searching for timeless glamour, monochrome designs are flawlessly elegant whilst being right on trend. Look to designers such as Melissa Obadash for sophistication and simplicity. In many instances less is more, and monochrome is one such instance.'Mazzi' swimsuit. Plus, if you're in the area in February during carnival season, this suit channels the vibrancy of the local culture. Alternatively, why not opt for a one-shoulder design? Just as glamorous as cut-out suits, one-shoulder swimsuits, such as the 'Jamaica' by British designer Melissa Obadash, are more practical and easier to wear but the asymmetry of the design adds intrigue and flare.
Cover-ups It is essential to have a beautiful, lightweight cover-up for those moments when you have had too much sun (if there is such a thing!) or when you sit down for a scrumptious lunch on the aft deck. Kaftans, sundresses, and sarongs are a great way to dress up your beachwear for when you want to go ashore, perhaps enjoy an afternoon cocktail, or simply cover up. It is often possible to find matching swimsuits and cover ups by the same designer — a practical, stylish and convenient solution.
Gentlemen Gentlemen too are spoilt for choice: bold colour, prints and patterns, elasticated or drawstring waist? For many, the best men's trunks are those that can be teamed with a pastel polo shirt and a straw boater for the quintessential, smart casual 'at sea' look. It is recommended to keep function in mind when choosing men's swimwear, but that is not to say one must sacrifice form.Fashion Trunks Vilebrequin, the iconic French swimwear label, offers a lovely range of trunks that come in sizes for both men and boys. A delightful idea, both father and son can showcase their playful style in an array of bright designs.
Vilebrequin 'Medusa' Men €180 Vilebrequin 'Medusa' Boy, from €90Sports Trunks In the midst of the many heavenly islands and translucent ocean who could refuse the thrill of water sports? Jet-skis, water slides, and water sports all require a sturdier pair of trunks. Drawstring styles are recommended for the adventurous gentleman. Loro Piana, available at MrPorter.com, has a tasteful collection, as seen below, equally suitable for relaxing on deck as for thrill seeking in the water.