Up next in my Curve coverage is swimwear from Cleo and Panache! 🙂 For SS17, Cleo is full of sporty details and abstract prints while Panache is a bit more classic has both floral and geometric notes. Both collections are based around blue/greens (as swimwear frequently is) and there are some adorable suits! 🙂 I’ve skipped covering the continuity and black Panache swimsuits, because I don’t have much to say about them. But rest assured that they’re still making basics next season as well. Lets get to it!
So we’ll start with Cleo Hattie, back for a new season in a gorgeous geometric/tribal aqua and white. I fear bandeau bikinis, but this one is super cute and looks like it would perfectly set off a tan. It has removable halter straps, if you’re a baby about strapless things like I am. Strapless bikinis (like strapless bras) tend to run shallow, so you may need to size up or choose a different style if you have projected breasts. Up next is the very similar Panache Nina! I think it’s sort of funny how much these two suits resemble each other, but the Nina is a bit more grown up than the Hattie. The cuts of the tops and bottoms appear to be identical, and are likely the same as previous generations of Panache/Cleo bandeau suits.
Up top we have the returning Cleo Suki, in a gorgeous stripes indigo pattern. Suki is based on the Cleo Neve/Koko family, and is very shallow. I love the pattern, but unfortunately Suki’s shape would never work for me. Below, we have the Panache Sia, in an understated deep navy tribal. I love the moulded halter shape, because it looks so little like a bra! I believe that shape is based on the older Panache Savannah. The Balconnet shape is entirely new, so I’m interested to see how it works for people. It’s designed to be a more sporty, straight across cut and also comes in a Tankini (available 32 E-J, 34-38 D-J 40 E-H).
I’m seriously swooning over the floral on the Panache Florentine. I adore the watercolor effect and turquoise tones, and I love the belted one-piece swimsuit that goes with it. I wish it was available in a halter bikini, but this is definitely a beautiful color way. Up next is the Panache Elle in Cobalt floral. I like the contrast of the striped trim with the floral. It adds a little sportiness to what could otherwise be boring.
So onto the Cleo Lucille family, which has been around forever. For SS17, Lucille comes in a navy and white nautical rope print with a cute contrasting yellow trim. The range includes both a tie bottom and a classic one. Below we have the Panache Britt family, a retro-inspired nautical line. It’s in red and white this season, and I can’t help be reminded of Taylor Swift’s bikini. Like Lucille, the Britt family has been around for seasons in various color ways.
So this is the Cleo Isla, a new mix-and-match line of swim separates. Personally, I have an eternal undying hatred of this color orange, so I’m not the most objective judge here. The orange bottom is a brazilian cut, which I’m thrilled about because so many full-bust suits come with full coverage bottoms. The tropical bottom is a standard, gathered side brief. I’m interested to see how this range does, but I do love the concept!
Here we have the Cleo Gigi, one of my favorites for this season. It’s clearly inspired by the Triangl swimsuits which have been everywhere the past couple of years. I love the sporty black seaming, and the deep blue geometric print helps keep the suit unique. I’m a huge fan of the balconette style top (which has a removable halter strap I would likely never part with). The triangle bikini is both unlined and full coverage, both of which are things I hate in swimwear (but would be lovely for other people). The Gigi range comes with both a tie-side and classic bottom.
Finally, we have the Cleo Avril! My favorite style from Cleo/Panache swim this season. I adore the bright palm print, use of green, and sporty contrasting trim. I’m not sure how either of the cup shapes will fit, but damn is this color way too cute to not find out. I’m a sucker for a well done botanical print, and this definitely counts. Just think how perfectly this will set off a tan. Please, can I have one now? I need it! 🙂
What are your favorite styles from the collection? Any surprises?