This year, we’ve seen everything from boho throwback and granny’s crochet to spectacular sequins and sophisticated layering. And with Moschino’s return to neons and animated pop art prints all the way to the earthy tones of Michael Kors and the grungy one pieces of Dsquared2, catwalks have been bursting with colour. For winter, we will see all the favourite hues, prints and trends condense to a capsule offering for winter sun holiday seekers and cruise season. Here are some essential winter sun swimwear trends to consider for the AW months ahead.

 

Jungle & Tribal Prints

According to fashion consultant David Shah, this print trend is a “tribute to Africa and the bold energy of the continent”. Earthy hues with vibrant pops of colour, foliage and florals, together with animalistic prints bring together a bold swimwear wardrobe. And it’s not about to stop for the AW season – these prints are perfect for a Caribbean cruise or an island destination in the Indian Ocean.

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It’s All in the Straps!

Gorgeous strap detailing can be seen on bikinis and two pieces this year and as inspired by the catwalks of Missoni, this trend also incorporates lace-up details, cut-out fabrics, bow and side tie details, and plenty of criss-cross straps.

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Draped Fabrics & Layering

As seen on the Michael Kors 2016 swimwear runway, draped fabrics and crossover layering is style that has been welcomed by all. Not only is this trend super flattering for all body shapes but it’s a timeless look that can appeal to the different demographics of winter jet setters. Young or old, layering is truly classic and will look extremely sophisticated on the beach or poolside.

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Stripes & Nautical

This look never dies; a forever trend, stripes and nautical pieces have a place in fashion every single year. For the AW16 season, the nautical look is all about accessorising and bringing together key holiday pieces such as oversized sunhats, sunglasses and chic beach bags. An ideal cruise look for winter sun chasers.

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All Black Glamour

Dark Dystopian glamour was forecasted earlier this year on the swimwear runways and catwalk designers such as Dsquared2, Wanda Nylon and Chanel all showed dark, grungy pieces with a touch of evening glam. All-black swimwear and cover-ups are truly fierce this season and they definitely have a wide audience appeal.

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