Winter is fast approaching and as the nights are drawing in, there is no better feeling than planning your escape to the sunshine. However, just like the catwalk, each and every season brings new swimwear and beachwear trends, with safari style set to be the trend of 2012/13. Here we tell you the key pieces to wear this style.
Exotic animal prints, alluring colours and light and airy fabrics are at the absolute core of this trend. Evoking images of a faraway land, the safari style is also one of the most versatile trends and can be enjoyed by all ages, shapes and sizes.
Snake print is the backbone of achieving the safari look and depending on personal tastes this can be either on swimwear or beach accessories such as kaftans and maxi dresses. Whilst this may sound like a daring style to choose, there is a snake print to suit each and every taste - paler hues such as beiges, golds and browns are ideal for those looking for a more subtle effect. For the more confident and daring, reds, purples and oranges are sure to stand out on the beach.
Whilst snake print is very much the core of this trend, the safari style boasts a range of colours. Think earthy tones of browns, golds and mink and you will be spot on trend. This is ideal as it means that all body shapes and sizes can embrace this trend by choosing swimwear that complements them as an individual. To complete the look, if possible consider swimwear with a rope finish.
The safari look wouldn't be complete without a straw cowboy hat which is an absolute essential to provide protection from the midday heat.
Another great thing about the safari trend is that it requires minimal effort so going from the beach to the bar or restaurant is simple. The key here is to think about which items are needed before embarking on your holiday in order to create a capsule beach wardrobe with items that can be mixed and matched to create different looks. When buying beachwear, look for light and airy fabrics such as linen and cotton as they will keep you cool during the hot weather.
Kaftans and maxi dresses are the absolute must haves, as both can be worn on the beach and dressed up in the evening. Both are available in a range of styles with halternecks and bandeau being the ideal options to maximise cleavage and to show off tanned shoulders. Alternatively for slightly more coverage look for batwing kaftans or maxi dresses with a deep V neckline.
Accessories tend to be kept to a minimum, with simple rope finish necklaces and plaited leather bracelets epitomising the safari feel.
It may sound obvious but heels have little place in re-creating a safari style, instead look for sandals or if a heel is necessary, espadrilles with a slight wedge.