Getting into the swing of summer is easier said than done. Remembering to apply SPF, popping on a sprightly sun hat and digging out your favourite summer dress is all a breeze compared to reacquainting yourself with your swimwear after a long winter. The first outing feels completely alien: so much so you might find yourself puzzling over the strings of a bikini top, only to pull it on and realise you’re wearing it upside-down. You’ll be surprised – and possibly thankful – to learn that the latter mishap is, in fact, on trend.
Where the Kardashian-Jenners go, their army of fans tends to follow. So when the reality TV clan started wearing their bikini tops upside-down, so too did a substantial portion of the population. Lyst reports that demand for upside-down bikini tops has risen by 49 per cent in the year to date, with green, hot pink and neutral versions the most popular colourways.
In April, Khloe Kardashian shared a picture of herself sunbathing in a lavender halter bikini, causing searches for purple swimwear to surge by 150 per cent in a single week.
The brand behind the ’90s inspired set, Sommer Swim, creates swimwear deliberately designed to look like it’s upside-down. Kendall, Kylie and Kourtney have all also worn styles from the retailer, favouring patterned, electric blue and cherry red “Xena” bikini tops respectively.
A wave of influencers and shoppers have duly bought into the trend, styling barely-there triangle tops either criss-crossed at the sternum or tied around their neck.
Ever the family trailblazer, model Kendall added a sun-kissed picture of her clad in Sommer Swim’s “Xena Baroque” bikini to her feed last March; Brazilian actors Bruna Marquezine and Ísis Valverde followed suit in January, while model Arantza Goett has also shared pictures of herself wearing inverted bikini styles.
The upside-down effect is achieved by positioning the gathered part of the bikini top, which would usually sit under the breasts, at the sides instead.
This means you can experiment with the style using the triangle swimwear already in your wardrobe – all those long-forgotten styles that have lain dormant for over a year and a half in the UK.
Wearing a triangle bikini as a bandeau – by tying the straps together in the centre to create a cut-out effect – has also become popular. Some swim brands even offer ready-made styles to save the hassle.
Getting yourself in a twist has never been so appealing.
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