Summer Style: Cut It Out

Growing up, my mother almost never let me choose my own clothes, largely because I had a tendency to pick out horrible things. I specifically remember writing her a letter begging for black and hot pink biker shorts she had deemed “trashy.” My letter was a beautifully worded treatise on the importance of having the same spandex shorts as everybody else and I was certain it would change her mind. I left it in the bathroom where I knew she’d see it and waited with a hopeful heart for the positive response I never received. I was eight years old. Looking back, I’m thankful for my mama’s watchful and classy eye, because those shorts were in fact trashy. But around that same time I did manage to smuggle one item through her fashion Customs: a green and pink one piece bathing suit with cut out sides that I’d be wearing today if it still fit. To this day, I don’t know what possessed my mother to let me wear such a provocative garment at such a young age, but I’ve always been thankful for her lapse in judgment. I’ve been looking for replacement for years, but have never been able to find one. This season however, runways from Sao Paulo to New York featured swimsuits with increasingly inventive cut outs, designed to highlight the body while showing less skin than their two-piece brethren. Think one-pieces aren’t sexy? Think again, but slather on the sunscreen to avoid super bizarre tan lines!


1. Salinas 2. Tsumori Chisato 3. Ashley Paige 4. Tibi
5. Gideon Oberson 6. Christian Lacroix 7. Ben De Lisi 8. Ungaro
9. Gottex 10. Salinas 11. Marc Bouwer 12. Gottex
13. Kushcush 14. Blueman 15. Iceberg 16. Movimento
17. Jeremy Scott 18. Poko Pano 19. Cia Maritima 20. Shay Todd
21. Three as Four 22. CNC Costume National 23. Shay Todd 24. Sonia Rykiel

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