Now I will be curteous enough to give Sienna Miller enough credit to say she has been a trendsetter and style role model to many people. I found some of her 2004-05 outfits rather adorable and the girl does look great in ankle boots and miniskirts. However, of late, I thought she had gone off everyone’s style radar, as more and more people discover she has off days. This outfit was panned pretty much everywhere by gossip mags and the infamous Go Fug Yourself girls. Yet lo and behold, a few days later, mysteriously as the weather turned up a notch in London, I saw no less than five girls donning one-piece bathing suits with a mini skirt over it and some casual flip flops. I felt like I was walking through Copacabana rather than the infinitely more unforgiving suited up part of Holborn in London.
Three of the bathing suits, I recognised as these one-piece cut out suits from yup you guessed it – Topshop! Whether this heat wave clothing trend was sparked by the Miller effect, I have no idea or that they were all swimming in the morning and decided to just put on a mini-skirt afterwards – who knows! The point is, my opinion is that that this trend needs to be tread with EXTREME caution. I’m all for the ‘body is beautiful’ mantra but cut out bathing suits with a tight denim skirt unfortunately produces a kind of squelchy flesh overspill effect which I’m afraid, is just not nice – and looks mighty uncomfortable too! This seems to be a further development of the one-piece trend which I have embraced a little (found some lovely bodies and leotards which work well as basics with skirts over). As much as I respect London girls for having the initiative and guts to go for different trends, sometimes, I just have to put my hands up and say ‘No!’.
Azzollini suit & Gottex Silver bathing suit that MAYBE could work on some level that I have yet to figure out. The lines are clean and perhaps even ok to layer over a t-shirt. I have done the bathing suit over shirt thing ONCE in a crazy Susie Styling moment – maybe, just maybe?