Swim takes to the street

When the temperature soars and the air becomes thick with summer’s growing humidity, a change starts to occur. People’s perceptions of what counts for daywear shifts along with the mercury. What may have felt daring for spring’s more moderate climate melts into the commonplace, and swimwear suddenly takes to the street – all at once a celebration of summer and a refuge from it.

Thankfully 2012′s bikini options are far reaching. It doesn’t matter if it’s a one-piece swimsuit or two-piece, you can accessorise it for the street as well as the beach. In this shoot by Kelly Defina for Fashionising.com, the concept of swimwear-as-streetwear is given a makeover by stylist Mercy Watson. A vintage high waist can just as easily be brought into the modern day with bold colour and edgy accessories; a bandeau bikini top finds a happy medium against relaxed crochet shorts.

swimwear as street wear

Click the thumbnails for full pictures:
Street Fiesta by Kelly Defina for Fashionising.com
Street Fiesta by Kelly Defina for Fashionising.com
Street Fiesta by Kelly Defina for Fashionising.com
Street Fiesta by Kelly Defina for Fashionising.com
Street Fiesta by Kelly Defina for Fashionising.com
Street Fiesta by Kelly Defina for Fashionising.com
Street Fiesta by Kelly Defina for Fashionising.com
Street Fiesta by Kelly Defina for Fashionising.com
Street Fiesta by Kelly Defina for Fashionising.com
Street Fiesta by Kelly Defina for Fashionising.com
Street Fiesta by Kelly Defina for Fashionising.com
Street Fiesta by Kelly Defina for Fashionising.com
Street Fiesta by Kelly Defina for Fashionising.com
Street Fiesta by Kelly Defina for Fashionising.com
Street Fiesta by Kelly Defina for Fashionising.com
Street Fiesta by Kelly Defina for Fashionising.com
Street Fiesta by Kelly Defina for Fashionising.com
Street Fiesta by Kelly Defina for Fashionising.com
Street Fiesta by Kelly Defina for Fashionising.com
Street Fiesta by Kelly Defina for Fashionising.com
Street Fiesta by Kelly Defina for Fashionising.com
Street Fiesta by Kelly Defina for Fashionising.com

With bubblegum hair and makeup by David Cranson adding to the youthful street wear vibe, model Zoey is truly ready to brave the heat in style.

For the full shoot by Kelly Defina, click on the thumbnails above.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.