Brits brown their bits with tan-through swimwear

If you've ever spent two weeks on the beach gaining the perfect tan - then you've probably also spent two weeks watching your white bits get whiter. For bikini-wearing women, it can be very frustrating to then come home to show off your tan in a nice backless number - while at the same time displaying the tell-tale strap marks across your back.

However, happy holidaymakers can make the most of a sizzling British summer by wearing swimsuits that have been dubbed "the full monty".

Modest Brits will finally get to fulfill their naked ambitions for a flawless all-over tan by covering up with bikinis and trunks that let the sun in - but keep you covered up.

The cheeky creations come from British manufacturer Kiniki, which has seen a surge in requests from sun worshippers for its latest designs after securing a worldwide patent on the innovative material.

"These swimsuits are the perfect solution for shy Brits who don't want white bits," says John Walker, founder of Kiniki.

"The fabric is actually a fine mesh but you can't see through it as we have created an optical illusion that keeps your privates private. Covering up with Kiniki is the English way of going the full monty."

The fabric, Transol, allows 80% of the sun's ultra-violet rays to pass through it, allowing wearers to obtain that all-over bronzed look while minimalising tan lines. However, it is important to remember that the sun's rays can be very strong and will pass through the swimwear. Therefore, sun lotion should still be applied - even under areas covered by swimwear.

Established in 1976, Kiniki, based in Newcastle-Under-Lyme, has grown from a backroom business for mail order men's underwear into a manufacturing success story with more than one million sales a year under its belt. The swimwear is available for both men and women in a variety of styles and colours.

"The naked truth is that Brits are a reserved lot and want to cover up while also getting a great tan. You won't find us stripping off for the sauna or braving the beach in the buff," Walker adds.

Picture caption: Say goodbye to white bits with Kiniki. This article was downloaded from http://www.freefeatures.com.
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Tannn-through swimwear

Brits brown their bits with tan-through swimwear

If you've ever spent two weeks on the beach gaining the perfect tan - then you've probably also spent two weeks watching your white bits get whiter. For bikini-wearing women, it can be very frustrating to then come home to show off your tan in a nice backless number - while at the sam...

If you only had enough money left at the end of the month to buy either your groceries for the week or the latest pair of designer shoes, which would you go for? If this seems a difficult question to answer then chances are you could have "fashiorexia".

Almost a third of UK women would starve for their fashion, while half of them are spending more on clothes and accessories each month than they are on food. These shocking findings are from a survey conducted by celebrity fashion website Mycelebrityfashion.co.uk - prompting the new diet phrase "fashiorexia".

So far this summer, British women have been gorging themselves on fashion not food, with nearly half admitting to spending more on looking good than eating. 18 per cent said that they spent more than half of their wages each month on clothes and accessories.

Despite the credit crunch and reports that the public are now spending less on non-essential items, 49 per cent of fashion hungry shoppers are spending more on their appearance on a monthly basis than they are on food, according to the study of 4,315 women by the celebrity style website.

For most of us, if it came down to a choice of whether to buy food for the week or whether to buy a new top, you'd like to think the vast majority would be sensible and buy food. However, 32 per cent of women said that they would actually prefer to go without food if it meant making a fashion purchase and they even went so far as to confess to being "fashiorexic".

Even more worryingly, 28 per cent of women see nothing wrong with this lifestyle and even say their fashion "diet" keeps their weight in check. Unfortunately, they are not alone in their view as 52 per cent of 18-25 year-olds also agree that spending their money on the latest trends instead of food is a good way of watching their weight. With endless images of stick-thin celebrities in newspapers and magazines it seems the younger generation have also been influenced to put their looks before their health. More than 70 per cent of women aged 18-25 spend £150 or more, per month on clothing and accessories, while 16 per cent spend more than half their wages on looking good. However, it's not just the young that have these reckless attitude towards their health as 21 per cent of women in their 30s spend more than half of their wages on fashion purchases too, and more than half of these women admit to spending more on fashion than eating.

Speaking about the results, celebrity fashion website MyCelebrityFashion.co.uk Head Fashionista, Jill Tovey, says: "Fashion is clearly still a thriving industry, despite the economy. More people search for the best deals and bargains online rather than traipse the high streets and clearly are enjoying themselves whilst doing it. With regards to 'fashiorexia' I and MyCelebrityFashion would never advocate eating unhealthily for the sake of fashion and believe in balance." There's nothing wrong with wanting to look good but not at the expense of your health, after all what good will a wardrobe of nice clothes be when you're too sick to wear them?

Picture caption: So that's where this week's food budget went. This article was downloaded from http://www.freefeatures.com.
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Starving to be cool

If you only had enough money left at the end of the month to buy either your groceries for the week or the latest pair of designer shoes, which would you go for? If this seems a difficult question to answer then chances are you could have "fashiorexia".

Almost a third of UK women would starve for their fashion, while half o...

This is the time of year when brides-to-be are planning for the biggest day of their life. Dresses, cakes, venues, flowers - there are many things a bride needs support with. Talking of support, one of the most supportive things a bride can have is appropriate bridal lingerie.

Spending hundreds or even thousands of pounds on a wedding dress deserves to have the right foundation to look its best. The humble bra can change the way your dress fits. Because cuts and lines of wedding gowns change dramatically - some are strapless, others are off-the-shoulder - it is vital that you buy your dress first before you choose your bra.

Your dress will determine whether you need a bra to keep you up or push your cleavage together. One important thing to remember is to take a variety of bra styles with you when you try your dress on so that you can get a vague idea of what bra style you should go for.

Bra

You'll need a good, supportive bra to lift you up as you walk down the aisle and keep you comfortable for hours of dining, dancing and posing with your new husband.

Many bridal boutiques offer decorative bras that are as creative and extremely costly. While some of these elegant bras have unique proportions that can be quite useful with the right gown, you should make comfort your priority. You don't want insufficient support or annoying wires cutting into your sides on your wedding day. If you are buying with your special wedding night in mind, remember that you can slip into more provocative, flimsy lingerie when you take the gown off in your boudoir.

Before you buy, ask about the store return policy. You'll want to be able to try the bra on at your final dress fitting so make sure that as long as you leave the tags on, the bra is returnable for a full refund.

Regardless of which style you choose, try not to have unrealistic expectations for your bra. Ask yourself whether that massive boost is really worth making you feel incredibly uncomfortable to wear for a 12-hour stretch on your very special day.

Clever waist-pinchers

While old-fashioned girdles have long been out of style, you might try one of the several contemporary slimming supports that use Lycra or Spandex to hold your waist trim.

Clever knickers

As with the bra and slimming support, choose knickers that offer comfort over sex appeal: there's just no way to discreetly rearrange a pair of creeping knickers through a wedding gown. If your gown has an unusually slinky cut or is made of very thin material, you may want to use tights with built-in underwear for an ultra smooth look.

Tights/hold-ups and stockings

Unlike your bra and knickers, your legs may well be on view when it comes to your photographs so a bit of show is good in this area. Don't opt for a garter belt to hold up stockings: you will be uncomfortable and may end up with wrinkly knees and a day of endless attempts to hitch up your tights.

A garter, usually a gift from your bridesmaids, is best left as a pretty but superfluous item, teemed with a pair of sleek and sexy hold-ups that stay put exactly where you want them to.

Make sure you take your bra, slimming support, knickers and hold-ups with you for your final fitting, and jiggle around a bit to make sure everything stays where it should be: both your body parts and the lingerie.

Picture caption: Wedding lingerie needs to be supportive and comfortable. This article was downloaded from http://www.freefeatures.com.
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Supportive Bridal Lingerie

This is the time of year when brides-to-be are planning for the biggest day of their life. Dresses, cakes, venues, flowers - there are many things a bride needs support with. Talking of support, one of the most supportive things a bride can have is appropriate bridal lingerie.

Spending hundreds or even thousands of pounds on a...

Mud, cider, portaloos, mosh pits. It all adds up to a fashion nightmare really doesn't it? But if you're a dedicated festival goer you'll need to do something to get through a long weekend in a tent with only a wet wipe for washing with and nowhere to plug in a pair of GHDs. Take some tips from rockstars' chicks such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Moss and Dita Von Teese and look cool whether you're knee high in a mudslide or sweating it out in a sundrenched field.

The number one must have for any festival-goer has got to be the Hunter welly . Of course, not all of us have the spending power for a £50 pair of gumboots so provided you avoid patterns and choose from an ever increasing rainbow of colours, from classic Her Maj green to C3P0 gold, you'll have festie fashion pretty much wrapped up.

A very close second on the must-have list is a chic pair of sunglasses . Must cover the dark rings from last night's pow-wow and the fact that you've barely found room for mascara in your make-up bag, let alone eyeliner, concealer and shadow. Slap on a neon lippy, slip on your shades and no-one need be any the wiser that underneath it all you're looking like death warmed up.

While the sensible voice inside you is saying to pack jeans, jeans and more jeans, the seasoned festival-goers know that a dress is ultimately more festie-friendly. It's lighter and takes up less room in your bag, light cotton dries out more quickly than cotton and a cute pattern disguises stains. Not to mention that the quicker you can get in and out the loo the better.

When at any festival - from Glastonbury to Creamfields - there's little more useful than a nice big cotton scarf . It covers shoulders in the sun, it wraps you up when the night gets chilly, it provides coverage for three-day unwashed hair and, in a bright, noticeable colour, it can be waved to attract attention of lost friends.

Festival virgins will be amazed at just how huge festival sites can be. So be aware that you'll want to take everything with you - that includes loo roll - to avoid making trips back to your tent from the arena. A roomy but light satchel with plenty of pockets is ideal for carrying essentials such as lipbalm, spare socks, suncream and medicine. Make sure good, secure inside pockets are included for your phone and purse.

It may not be essential but a few items of cheap costume jewellery - oversized plastic rings, dangly boho earrings, an armful of silver bangles or strings of funky beads take up barely any room in your bags but can add character to the most basic outfit, make you feel a bit more glam in the face of sleeping in a tent and doing your make-up in a compact mirror and divert attention from mud and beer-stains.

Picture caption: Festival sites can be huge - and muddy.. This article was downloaded from http://www.freefeatures.com.
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Festival Fashion Guide

Mud, cider, portaloos, mosh pits. It all adds up to a fashion nightmare really doesn't it? But if you're a dedicated festival goer you'll need to do something to get through a long weekend in a tent with only a wet wipe for washing with and nowhere to plug in a pair of GHDs. Take some tips from rockstars' chicks such as Gwyneth Paltrow, K...
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