22 February 2016

Swimwear for the Caribbean Season

Thinking of chartering in the Caribbean this season? If so, you are sure to find yourself surrounded by some of the most exquisite, crystalline waters the world has to offer. Whether you relax on the sundeck, indulge in water sports, or explore any of the spectacular white-sand beaches synonymous with the region, almost any activity in paradise requires the perfect piece of swimwear… but where do you find that ideal costume? Below you will find some inspirational styles and trends to set you up for the ultimate Caribbean yacht charter.
Ladies For ladies, style of swimwear is the first decision to make. A classic bikini is ideal for sunbathing, whilst a one- piece is better suited to the more adventurous activities on offer in terms of practicality. Taste and fashion need not be compromised whichever your preferred ensemble as renowned designers such as Mara Hoffman, Melissa Obadash and Missoni, to name a few, have extensive swimwear collections. Retro The retro seventies style has recently been a common theme of the catwalks, and swimwear has not been left out of the equation. Zimmermann, available at Selfridges and Net-a-porter.com, have several items featuring vintage colour schemes and prints in a host of styles to suit all figures. 

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.

Dominica, Black, €290

Cut-out and Asymmetric The 'cut-out' swimsuit style has become a firm favourite on the swimwear scene in recent years and brings a fresh take on the traditional swimming costume we all know and love. A statement piece, a costume in this style is certain to turn heads and stand out against the idyllic backdrop of tropical landscapes. Keep the look up to date with a piece in this season's fluorescent shades such as the Agent Provocateur '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.

Vix Instabul range from €113

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 €90

Sports 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. 

Loro Piana, €290          Loro Piana, €320

Finally, the major advantage of swimwear is that it requires little room in your luggage so you can pack various options for all eventualities!