Every summer we are inundated with beach and summer fashion and pictures of women seamlessly wearing fifteen necklaces teamed with hats, glasses and cover ups galore. Yet, when we attempt to replicate these styles we seem to look a little more explosion in an accessory store rather than channeling effortless summer chic. So, here at Kini, we decided to throw together a list of what will be trendy on the beach this summer and how you can actually wear it without looking OTT!
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Hats are always a great idea on the beach, they protect your hair and skin whilst easily adding glamour to your beach side look. Fedoras are the hat of the moment, and look to be huge this summer, they are so popular that after a summer packed with Fedora flaunting, the Brits will still be wearing them well in to Autumn and Winter this year!
Our favourite fedora is a simple woven straw style which can be paired with pretty much any bikini or accessory and can be dressed up or down. Gwen Stefani has gone for a casual but cool rockabilly vibe here, and her straw fedora adds glamour to a laid back look.
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If you do decide on a coloured fedora, the golden rule is to clash rather than match the colours; matching your hat to your kimono may seem like a great idea, but like Ke$ha’s ensemble, it can look over-complicated and a little more Wicked Witch of the West than summer goddess.
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The two biggest eyewear trends this year are the cat-eye, which consists of a winged frame, and the round retro style, most famously worn by John Lennon.
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Much like you would choose your bikini based on your body shape, you should take your face shape into consideration whilst selecting your sunnies. Almost every face shape can get away with a pair of cat eye sunglasses; however, girls with round faces should be cautious of round lenses as it can accentuate the circular shape.
Frameless round sunglasses are a retro style staple for the beach and teamed with a woven fedora and cut off denim shorts create a trendy rockabilly look, as seen on Haim, who have this look perfected.
For a quirky and colourful look, Cosmopolitan suggest wearing cat eye glasses in bright coloured frames tying into the colour bright trend which is set to be huge this year. Avoid a coloured or busy hat if you are going for this style, but do consider adding clashing chunky tribal jewellery, another summer staple this year, for brightening up your bikini. Kate Hudson opts for colour blocking, here, as she matches her peach framed cat-eye sunglasses to her beach dress.
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Although kimonos have been trending for a while, this summer the Japanese style garment is expected to get even more popular. Loved by fashion bloggers and high street chains alike, the kimono is versatile enough to be worn as a beach cover up or as a light spring jacket and is one of the few items that can be worn by any type of body shape. Labelled as ‘the fashion hit of the year’ by the Daily Mail, the kimono can be worn in any colour, length and style.
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Here at Kini, we are loving silk style kimonos decked out in bright colour and bold prints. There are almost no rules when it comes to the kimono, it looks stunning both on it’s own or paired with a fedora, sunglasses and jewellery for a boho look. Avoid matching the colours of your kimono too closely, instead, like Jessica Alba, try clashing your kimono with your bikini for a bold and eye catching look. Head over to The Fashion Tag for more ideas about wearing a kimono this summer.
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Distressed denim cut-off shorts are set to retain their position as summer wardrobe favourite this summer, not surprising as they can be paired with anything and still look bang on trend. Light or faded denim seems to be the fashionista’s fabric of choice with a frayed or ripped cut off. Nicole Ritchie rocks the classic Levi cut-off here, for ultimate summer style.
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If you are feeling a little more adventurous, we are loving the printed botanical shorts that are seriously fashionable this season. Dolce and Gabbana went head over heels for florals with their Garden Party trend, something which also works fabulously on swimwear, and this has inspired some stunningly bold shorts. A little more difficult to style than denims, but worth the effort as they will earn you massive fashion points. Try mixing with a block colour or even a matching top to create a stand out set. As far as accessories go, understated and simple will work best with these loud shorts, so go easy on the jewellery and think plain framed sunnies and a woven fedora. Leave the kimono at home with this outfit, as you don’t want to overpower your look.
Whichever your short preference, make them high waisted as this is a huge trend for shorts and bikini bottoms alike!
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Taking our inspiration from Valentino’s Spring/Summer collection , which may have come straight from the pages of National Geographic, we are all over tribal style this year with its bold and eye catching prints. Tribal is a stunning print for the beach as it is vibrant and bright with intriguing folk lore undertones. A great print for swimwear, tribal styles also translate beautifully into jewellery and chunky tribal jewellery is looking to be a big and bold trend for this season. Stack it up, clash it or get hold of one statement piece, either way it adds a beautifully bold edge to your swimwear. This looks amazing teamed with a coloured kimono and a tribal print bikini, but steer clear of mixing with florals!
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Written by Georgie Morris