Personally, I prefer a summer smorgasbord; a romantic week here, a party weekend there..after all, variety is the spice of life and summer is a time when a girl ought to sample as many spices as she can handle off the spice rack.
How to keep just the right amount of heat in the mix? With the right swimwear, of course. So whether you’re jetting to a clandestine Caribbean hideaway or downward dogging all the way to Goa, here’s how to turn it up this summer.
The Party Island Princess
The Place: Ibiza, Florianopolis, Hvar, Ko Phi Phi
The Purpose: You want cocktails from fish bowls, DJs with entourages and private villa parties that turn an after-hours get together into a three-day affair.
The Piece: A striking one-piece is the number one essential for any disco-debutante: the Aziza with its fishnet power panels will keep all eyes riveted on your form as you dance from pool to powder room to pedalos into the sunrise.
The Pose: Worn with this season’s ruffled ra-ra skirt and bondage heels to cut an 80’s silhouette, keep a margarita in hand and keep twirling under the disco ball.
The Health Retreat Hottie
The Place: Tulum, Bali, Kohala
The Purpose: You want chakras at dawn, green juice for breakfast, ethically-sourced goji berries to rub on your temples pre-meditation, and a piece of turmeric root to kick start your wild weekend of warrior poses.
The Piece: The Lexxi with its sporty lines and streamlining criss-cross effect will caress your taught ligaments leaving all others in the shade.
The Pose: Accessorise the Lexxi is your hair pulled back in a bun and your legs wrapped around your head in the Tarakvasana pose, otherwise known as the Handstand Scorpion.
The Romantic Hideaway Heroine
The Place: Bora Bora, The Maldives, St Lucia, Favignana
The Purpose: You want rose petals on the private pool, candlelit dinners on a secluded beach, eyes meeting over a plate of lobster, sighs of passion behind gently wafting muslin drapes.
The Piece: The Bettina swimsuit is the perfect balance of sweetly feminine (thanks to so-SS16 flouncy ruffles) and furiously foxy (plunge front, Brazilian back) – perfect for a spot of island seduction.
The Pose: Pop an orchid behind your ear and a slick of eyeliner flickering out from your eyelashes, and get ready to competitively mooch your way to getting a honeymoon suite upgrade.
Written for Agent Provocateur, edited by Emma Salter