If you have been blessed with a peaches-and-cream complexion (or 'mozzerella' as the Italians rather charmingly say), working it on the beach can be difficult: without glowing bronzed skin,
the Brazilian beach-babe fantasy is not really an option. However, you can still be a bombshell. This summer holiday I will be working a new angle, taking my inspiration from the styles of the 1950s: think Gwyneth Paltrow in the Talented Mr Ripley and Amalfi Coast allure.
There is something delectable about looking demure in a swimsuit or bikini and often these more classic cuts have concealed panelling or super flattering ruching details to enhance boyish figures or to accentuate curves.
At cocktail hour, when the sun is setting, cover up with your boyfriend's frayed white linen shirt, which will offset the sweetness of this look to perfection.