Do you remember the Californian TV series Baywatch? Even if you never watched a single episode (such as myself), you’ll remember them as being Chandler and Joey’s favourite show to watch with Duck Jr and Chick Jr, the only thing you’ll probably remember are red swimsuits that the female crew flaunted as they ran across the beach to their oh-so-unfortunate drowning swimmer. And they are making a come back! Baywatch the film is due to show in 2017 with none other than the eternal Mitch (David Hasselhoff), so we reckon that this high-leg bikini trend that we are already picking up on will not die out anytime soon.
Can you pull off the high-leg bikini bottom? Well there is high leg and there is high leg. High legs can vary from anywhere just under the high hip to however high over it you like, and the higher the more of a 70s look you will get. A note to get the style right: it is generally understood that the higher the leg opening, the longer your legs look and that is flattering on any silhouette (unless you already have giraffe legs), whether you be skinny or curvy. However, curvy girls be aware that a bikini that sits above your high hip and therefore nearer to your waist than to your hips will accentuate your curves dramatically. If you don’t want that effect but still want to give your legs some length, leave those 70s high leg swimsuits and opt for a bikini that sits just below the high hip instead. It’s still a high-leg bikini cut, you just don’t have to go all Pamela Anderson with it.
You don’t have to opt for a one-piece either to get the look. Think high-leg bikini bottoms with a cheeky bum, paired with a cute little bikini triangle top or a push up moulded cup triangle.
If you want to shop the style, Sheridyn Swim has two new pieces in their basics range that fit the look, the High Leg bikini brief and the aptly named Show Off One Piece swimwear that come in a variety of colours and prints, and of course, in red.