Saturday, May 15, 2010

Braving Brazilian bikinis - by Dehouche

One of the most universally recognised symbols of Rio must be that of a goddess like beauty wearing the smallest bikini imaginable, lounging on an idyllic beach and cradling a caipirinha; it’s enough to strike body dysmorphia into the heart of any woman. If you’re venturing to Rio from the Northern Hemisphere’s winter, the very thought of squeezing your snowy white figure into one of these creations can be enough to make you want to turn around and get straight on the plane home.

However, luxury travel experts Dehouche, who base themselves in Rio, suggest you instead embrace the ‘fio dental’ or ‘dental floss’ bikini. Despite seeming alarmingly small at first, the styles produced in Brazil are actually kinder to most figures than European or US styles. What’s more, the last thing you want when you arrive at Ipanema’s glamorous posto 9 is to hear people whispering ‘fralda’ as you strut down to the water’s edge (that’s nappy or diaper to you and me). However, if you really don’t feel ready to take the plunge and feel veritably naked at very the thought of donning a ‘fio dental’, Dehouche can recommend several stores in Rio where you’ll find a halfway heaven of flattering, yet slightly less revealing styles.

The latest style to hit Rio is the ‘tomara que caia’ which literally translates as ‘hope it falls down’ and is a strapless top, often twisted at the front and tied at the back, which allows Brazilians to properly show off those strap marks they’ve spent all their lives cultivating. In Brazilian culture, the more defined the tan line, the sexier, and these marks should be shown off at every opportunity. One word of advice from Dehouche is to just be careful when you go to play in the waves as when the current’s strong, the ‘hope it falls down’ can very easily do just that. Ask Dehouche’s personal shopper to help you find a style which mutates between the conventional and the ‘hope it falls down’ (by the means of removable straps) and you’ll avoid this unwelcome fate.

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