Rethink Your Swimwear Collection With These Statement Picks

Once upon a time there was one archetypal swimsuit for young women to have. Whether it was in a solid print or pattern, you weren't a PYT if you weren't sporting a triangle-top string bikini on the sands or poolside. Causing untold distress to millions of women all over the country, we can breathe a sigh of relief, for times have officially changed.

It started with the tankini, the monokini and has now become a full blown phenomenon for which we're grateful. No longer is one type of suit de rigueur. This season it's definitely time to up your fashion game on the beach by choosing a suit that truly reflects your taste and comfort level. From sexy one-pieces to bustier two-pieces, retro high-waists to sporty neoprene, sexy swimwear has never been so diverse exciting. Check out our picks to inspire your best swim season yet.

Women all over the world wear sexy swimwear of all different styles all year round

Women all over the world wear sexy swimwear of all different styles all year round. Whether at the beach, on a cruise, at a pool party, or relaxing in a jacuzzi, a bikini can make a woman feel and look as sexy as possible. The most sexy beachwear available are bikinis of any style. G-String style bikinis are generally the most sexy. These are ultra-revealing and made available in just about every type of print. Whether a solid colour, animal print, or with a sheer skirt attached, G-string bikinis are growing more and more popular this season, since they are about the most reveling bikini bottoms one can get. Women love them not only because they can make you look ultra sexy and daring, but because you can avoid big tan lines while laying out in the sun.

The best in sexy swimwear are bikinis of any style that best suit your body type. Women with smaller breasts can get padded bikini tops. Women wanting more shape can get under wire bikini tops to give them a little boost. If you are self conscious about your hips or butt, sheer skirts can be added so that you still look sexy but can hide your cellulite in these areas. Bikinis are designed to make women look and feel sexy, so search for a style that really suits your body type. Swimsuits should make you feel comfortable and proud of your body, rather than self-conscious. Confidence is key, but sexy swimwear can help you achieve confidence.

Sexy swimwear is important to show others that you have a great body and are just as worthy of showing it off as any other woman is. You may often see some women at the beach, or even some of your friends, who are completely covered. They might wear a ridiculous pair of knee-length shorts and an over sized t-shirt. Later they'll complain about how they have such bad tan lines. There are many swimwear styles to fit every size and shape. Bikinis can be bought as a set, or you can mix and match a different top and bottom to better suit your needs. Perhaps you want a more revealing top piece, but a less revealing bottom. You can buy a pair of hipster bottoms with a small string bikini top in the same colour or a contrasting colour or style so that it matches.

With summer just around the corner, it's the perfect time to start your search for sexy swimwear and find the best bikinis. The next step is to shed a few of the winter pounds you put on in the last few months so that you're ready to look the sexiest you have in a while!

The costumes of Downton Abbey travel to Winterthur

“Downton Abbey” has rekindled the world’s ongoing fascination with the rituals and sartorial codes of aristocratic British country home life in the 20th century, as “Gosford Park” and “Brideshead Revisited” did before it. To capitalize on the popularity of the period drama, a new exhibit at the Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library is offering an up-close look at 40 costumes from the show. From March 1, 2014, through Jan. 4, 2015, at the 175-room former estate of Henry Francis du Pont in Wilmington, Del., Sexy Costumes of Downton Abbey” will also compare the fictional British world of “Downton Abbey,” which chronicles the Crawley family estate starting in 1912, with its real-life American counterpart at Winterthur in the first half of the 20th century.

“I’m a historian, but sometimes history puts people to sleep, it doesn’t grab them,” Winterthur estate historian Maggie Lidz, one of the show’s curators, told me in a phone interview. “The show is more accessible, it’s gotten people really, really interested. There’s a British country house fascination, it’s an international symbol for people who understand the fantasy of it.”

She noted that fans of the show are fascinated by the minutiae of everything from table settings to what butlers should wear, military uniforms and the shocking harem pants that Lady Sybil sported in Season 1. While the focus is on the costumes, she said, there are anecdotes and comparisons to Winterthur sprinkled throughout to give visitors a sense of the differences in how great houses were run on either side of the pond.

The curators worked closely with British costume house Cosprop and Carnival Film and Television Ltd., which supplied the costumes, to present a show that examines both the upstairs and downstairs worlds of the British country house ecosystem — the elaborate social etiquette of its privileged residents and the strict hierarchies of valets, butlers, lady’s maids and other staff.

“A lot of research goes into that show, but it’s a drama,” Lidz said. She added that the show’s costume designers only have seven weeks to complete each character’s wardrobe for an entire season. Downton Abbey costume designer Susannah Buxton told Lidz that the costumes are ” ‘translations’ of period dress, inspired by the past but influenced by modern styles and enhanced for dramatic television effect.” Up close, Lidz said, it’s possible to see how the costume designers often use vintage fragments of lace or silk to build a new costume that is then dyed and distressed to look like a coherent garment that reads well on TV.

Visitors to the exhibition will learn that Lady Sybil’s outrageous harem pants were inspired by couturier Paul Poiret, who held a Parisian costume party in 1911 and required his guests to wear them. And while the pants look picture perfect on screen, Lidz said that the fragile vintage fabric used to construct them actually split during filming; the mended and frayed edges can be seen on the mannequin at Winterthur.

The exhibit also includes plenty of elaborate gowns, among them Lady Mary’s engagement dress, Lady Edith’s wedding dress and the Victorian-era fashions favored by Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess.

But Lidz said that the curators also paid attention to men’s clothing, which at the time was “more about status than self-expression.” There wasn’t much separating the white-tie evening dress of a butler and the master of the house, Lidz said, except for the quality of fabrics and subtle details of the tailoring. The butler’s suit would be heavier and stiffer than Lord Grantham’s, made of finer, lightweight wool.

But there were also coded items of men’s clothing you had to be in the club to recognize, like the boldly striped or decorated regimental (or rep) tie that signified membership in military regiments, clubs, sporting groups or social organizations.

Manly outdoor pursuits like foxhunting required a scarlet coat; shooting required tweeds, but not the tweed walking suit that was a staple of every country gentleman’s wardrobe. Lidz noted that the costume designers helped to signify that self-made millionaire Sir Richard Carlisle was not of noble stock when he made the sartorial faux pas of wearing tweeds designed for shooting on a country walk.

Lidz is currently at work on a book about the historical differences between British and American country houses and service spaces. The exhibition will be staged using minimal theatrical sets and lighting, video clips, early photos, images from 20th century fashion books and magazines and period photos from the house at Winterthur. During the 1920s, some 250 people lived and worked on the 2,600-acre property, which included a self-sufficient farm, dairy, post office and railroad station.

Stephanie Seymour try on sexy lingerie

She’s been naked for Playboy … and donned itsy-bitsy bikinis for Sports Illustrated … so it’s no wonder Stephanie Seymour wasn’t shy when it came to trying on sexy lingerie in Italy yesterday.
The 45-year-old model grabbed some racy outfits while shopping at Agent Provocateur in Milan with her 66-year-old husband Peter Brant … and tried them on right in front of the store window. It was awesome.

FYI — Peter Brant is a paper mogul who happens to be a frickin’ BILLIONAIRE!!!

So, good for him … and good for her.
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