On Trend ~ Bandeau Swimsuits

December 30, 2016

Lise Charmel swimwear on Lingerie Briefs

Having just returned to the grey, cold countenance of New York in December, it does seem a bit counter-intuitive that today I am circling in on a swimwear trend. But for many northerners, winter is getaway time and in fact, my home base of Cabo is just beginning its peak tourist season. I never truly grasped the impact that beachwear has on the retail market until I began living in Mexico for a good part of the year. Waterside communities where one moves seamlessly from the sand to the supermarket dictate the fashion. Everything is framed by sun, water and blue skies. The beach is an entire school of taste, style and for me, ideas. I would have liked to have photographed strangers in their swimwear, but I wasn’t up to any push back. So to begin our 2017 swim reveal, I will use what I have from in my archives to reflect what I have seen on the beach. First up: the bandeau neckline.

Lise Charmel swimwear on Lingerie BriefsLise Charmel

Fantasie swmwear on Lingerie BriefsFantasie

Huit and Freya Swimwear on Lingerie BriefsHuit & Freya

Antigel Swimwear on Lingerie BriefsAntigel

Huit swimwear on Lingerie BriefsHuit

Fantasie swmwear on Lingerie BriefsFantasie

Fantasie swmwear on Lingerie BriefsFantasie



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Contributing Authors

Ellen Lewis, Publisher of Lingerie Briefs: My merchant’s curiosity has taken me on a swimwear journey from the Miami Swim show to many shops whose robust businesses claim between 10 – 20% generated from swimwear. We began this swim column in order to highlight this potential. My research has led me to a very interesting conclusion: Swimwear is a fit business parallel to Intimates, but Swim stores and Bra Fitting stores approach the process in very different ways. Fit is priority, absolutely, in both venues, but the similarity really stops there.
Kimberly Berger is the founder/owner of Lion’s Lair Boutique Located in Islamorada in the Florida Keys. Established in 1996, Lion’s Lair Boutique has become paradise for the well-endowed and hard to fit woman. Specializing in larger cup sizes and plus sizes, Lion’s Lair offers the largest selection of cup sized swimwear, lingerie and clothing in the United States, quite possibly the world. Kimberly and her staff were the first to introduce the ‘swim bra’, an underwire garment that is designed to be worn under a tankini shell. The ‘swim bra’ offers the larger cup customer the same support as a bra but is made out of fabrics designed to get wet. Kimberly shared the concept with the designers at Eveden and shortly thereafter Elomi Swimwear was born. Designers from all over the world come to visit and consult with Kimberly and her staff who have truly become the voice of the consumer. It has become a destination store to woman seeking hard to find sizes, and an exceptional shopping experience.