With the Summer coming to a close but fashion weeks set to see you travelling (NYFW launches this week, with LFW and PFW right behind it), bikini shopping could well be on your agenda.
From beachside getaways to cool kid pool parties, the search for the perfect swimsuit may seem daunting, but our style guide has you covered. Here’s our selection of the best suits to be seen in from the continent’s best designers – plus a few accessories for him and her to boot;
Bantu Wax and acclaimed men’s swimwear label, Okun have swimming shorts in a variety of bold African prints, with Okun also stocking a selection of printed slip-ons which work just as well as espadrilles for lounging casually by the pool.
Tzar’s patterned t-shirts make for statement cover-ups, with totes like this one by Mayamiko Designed being small, light and easy enough to carry around as you networking poolside.
Embrace the bold tribal prints that Africa’s famed for with wax-cloth bikinis and one-pieces from Bantu Wax – one of the most popular surf brands owned by Ethiopian-American designer, Yodit Eklund. Plus, British-Ghanaian, Abenaa Pokuaa’s label, Ohema Ohene purveys traditional glamour in the form of a peplum Ankara bodysuit and wedges with soft, printed straps.
For accessories, totes are the go-to accessory if you’re partying by the beach, but look for those that include a matching make-up bag for emergency touch-ups at events, and rock some of the continent’s finest ethically-sourced jewellery to tie it all together.
Tropical prints will be the norm du jour for a sleek, stylish look. These prints can then be paired with a plain shirt with contrast ribbing for subtle variety. Monochromatic or muted print slip-ons give the outfit a solid base.
Keep things streamlined with retro-inspired high-waist, two-piece that’ll flatter most female forms. As well as long shirts, palazzo trousers like this tie-dye Design For Love pair from the online store, Grey Velvet, are another chic way to cover up while partying with the fash-pack.
As an alternative to wedges, Senegalese label Belya by Aissatou Sene uses wax and African print with leather, to create sensational shoes with Western silhouettes – just perfect for maximising on comfort between dips and getting down.
For a more athletic look, take inspiration from the elements with varying shades of blue, adding a pair of vibrant sneakers or bold slip-ons to finish off the look.
Simple patterns are often associated with being active, so to leave the impression that you’re a go-getting fashion-follower, try a geo-print or stripes, which are also reminiscent of that sporty, ‘I work out’-type of vibe.
For a sporty approach to your swimwear, make like tomboy beach babe Cameron Diaz and don a printed bandeau or halterneck swimsuit, with It-girl-wothy, printed sneakers.
Large beach bags and backpacks make the perfect accoutrements, while more ethically-sourced jewels like these from Amani Africa will add a feminine, bohemian flair to your athletic, tomboy ensemble.
Written by Karina So (chaosanddreams.blogspot.co.uk)