Just Rompin’ Around: Zinke Intimates (Brooks Romper)

Not that you would know it, Blog Reader, but I actually have a tan in this outfit post.  Yes indeed (shock, horror) – whilst to the rest of Austin I may appear ‘English rose’* (the freckles are just about to peep through) I’m actually mildly bronzed after a few weeks in the Texan sun. Hurrah!

This outfit post shows another of my typical weekend-in-Austin styles.  I’m still finding it hard to keep cool when needing to go out and about but this Brooks Romper from Zinke intimates is great.  I wear it a lot with my high-waisted shorts from Topshop and it’s perfect for layering – I throw a cardigan or sweater over it in the evenings (if at all, it was 88 degrees again here today!)

It is available in four colours (navy, henna {mine}, black and blush) has adjustable straps and a pretty criss cross back.  Made of crepe de chine – a lightweight fabric which gives it quite an opulent look with its glossy yet subtle texture – it has a lovely luxe feel against the skin.

My friend Lindsay of the blog That Je Ne Sais Quoi (you may have seen her guest posting here on StyleOnTheCouch about lingerie) attended the Zinke sample sale in NYC last week and picked up a few gorgeous pieces for me to style:

From left to right: the XOXO Romper, cropped top and Drew Cami in black. I’m thinking of putting together a little outfit for Austin City Limits tomorrow from this set here.  A little silk, a little denim – I’ll be good to go.  Thanks Lindsay!

Have a great weekend Blog Reader! And if you’re in town for Austin City Limits, enjoy!

Wearing: Brooks Romper from Zinke; Sunglasses, GUESS.  Shorts, Topshop.

*Quite possibly another word for ‘translucent’ hmph

Retro Swim

Dear Blog Reader, I’m now back In Gotham City and already missing the Texan heat.  If anyone is reading this in Austin and would like to give me a job there please send an email STAT – will blog and/or analyse for sun.

So, I pretty much hung out by Barton Springs most of this past week on holiday.   I’ve likely returned to NYC as pale and pasty as I arrived (I have two shades, English rose and lobster pink, hardly anything in between *sigh*) but no matter.  I was content to wear my lemonade Starboard one-piece by the fabulous Zinke Intimates, sitting on the banks of the lake and watching the world go by…

A capsule collection within my closet now belongs to Zinke.  I adore their lingerie collection which for 2012 brings us styles named Montauk, First Kiss, Summer Crush, Fireside, Scout and XOXO in a line that encapsulates a youthful summer. It conjures up images of holiday romances and student crushes on long, hot summer days and nights.

You can see me style Zinke’s All Things Nice lace jumper from fall 2011 here on the blog.

Image of Zinke Swim above: Pretty Little Underthings.

I reviewed Zinke Swim on StyleOnTheCouch after attending the collection launch – a very stylish party held in the space at top of the New Museum in Manhattan.  You can read that feature here.  A wonderfully retro-modern collection of one-pieces, swim separates and cover ups designed in a delightfully bright and pastel color scheme with some bold geometric (chevron) prints – it’s a fun, flirty and aesthetically pleasing collection.  The addition of bang on trend details like the peplum skirt in the Starboard swimsuit (which is just that, a skirt that is not attached so the suit can be worn with or without) makes this a very fashion forward line for the beach this summer.

Speaking of which, it’s not long until I head back to Europe for a quick stop in London before a short break along the south coast of Turkey for a friend’s wedding, Blog Reader.  If you’ve ever found yourself in this part of the world (Kalkan, Olympos around around) please leave me any tips and hints (places to see, things to do) below….

Hope you had a lovely weekend! xo

Wearing: Sunglasses, GUESS; Zinke Swim ‘Starboard One Piece’ in lemonade shade.  Shop the Zinke collection here, Blog Reader.

Zinke Swimwear Launch

Last night the Sky Room at The New Museum in NYC played host to the lovely team at Zinke Intimates for the launch of their new swim line.  Already a fan of their lingerie, I was curious to see what this youthful and fresh label would bring to swimwear.

Picture above: The New Museum. Photo credit: The Guardian.

Pretty pastels and highlighter pen colours were combined with geometric patterns and soft feminine touches in the new swim collection.  Features included bandeau tops tied with pretty bows, plenty of ruffles and simple, sleek cover ups that surely won’t be confined to the beach.  There was something both retro and modern about the new collection.  In trying to decipher the influence of different eras on the new designs I felt there was a splash of the 40s (seen in the full briefs) with a touch of a 70s disco fever mixed with crop tops and fluorescent colours that gave it an 80s feel.

My favourite piece from the collection was the yellow two piece (below) – the peplum detailing on this was just gorgeous.  This is absolutely coming with me to Ibiza next year.

The styling of the event was wonderful and the chunky wood and metallic jewellery deserves a post all to itself for sure.

What do you think of Zinke’s new swim line?

The swimwear collection will be available to buy soon.  Keep your eye on the Zinke website for further information.