Fresh gallery: Dare to bare

FRILL-SEEKER: Click or flick across to see the hottest styles. iPhone app users tap the 'Photos' tab.
FRILL-SEEKER: Click or flick across to see the hottest styles. iPhone app users tap the 'Photos' tab.
Billabong Goddess bikini $79.99; Billabong towel $39.99; Stylist’s ring Nation Street & Surf (02) 6041 3600

Billabong Goddess bikini $79.99; Billabong towel $39.99; Stylist’s ring Nation Street & Surf (02) 6041 3600

Roxy swim separate Lombok underwire halter $45.99; Roxy swim separate Lombok pant $29.99; Ripcurl Sundrenched towel $49.95 Wayne Ritchie’s Skiers Edge (02) 6021 4511.

Roxy swim separate Lombok underwire halter $45.99; Roxy swim separate Lombok pant $29.99; Ripcurl Sundrenched towel $49.95 Wayne Ritchie’s Skiers Edge (02) 6021 4511.

Maurie & Eve mesh swimsuit $110.00 Lookbook Boutique (02) 6045 8255

Maurie & Eve mesh swimsuit $110.00 Lookbook Boutique (02) 6045 8255

Cozi by Jennifer Hawkins bikini top $69.95; Cozi by Jennifer Hawkins brief $59.95; Paradise Club towel $29.95; Myer (02) 6042 2211

Cozi by Jennifer Hawkins bikini top $69.95; Cozi by Jennifer Hawkins brief $59.95; Paradise Club towel $29.95; Myer (02) 6042 2211

Cozi by Jennifer Hawkins bikini top $69.95; Cozi by Jennifer Hawkins brief $59.95; Paradise Club towel $29.95; Myer (02) 6042 2211

Cozi by Jennifer Hawkins bikini top $69.95; Cozi by Jennifer Hawkins brief $59.95; Paradise Club towel $29.95; Myer (02) 6042 2211

Seafolly pleated bandeau maillot $159.95, Stylist’s towel Naked Labels (02) 6021 1149

Seafolly pleated bandeau maillot $159.95, Stylist’s towel Naked Labels (02) 6021 1149

Seafolly Lucia bow front bandeau $89.95; Seafolly Lucia mini hipster wide leg frill pant $69.95 Naked Labels (02) 6021 1149

Seafolly Lucia bow front bandeau $89.95; Seafolly Lucia mini hipster wide leg frill pant $69.95 Naked Labels (02) 6021 1149

Seafolly Rio bandeau bustier $99.95; Seafolly Rio shirred side hipster $69.95; Stylist’s cuff. One Zach (02) 6021 1286

Seafolly Rio bandeau bustier $99.95; Seafolly Rio shirred side hipster $69.95; Stylist’s cuff. One Zach (02) 6021 1286

Vonzipper Havana bikini $79.99 Nation Street & Surf (02) 6041 3600

Vonzipper Havana bikini $79.99 Nation Street & Surf (02) 6041 3600

GALLERY: Click or flick across to see the hottest local swimsuit styles (iPhone app users tap the 'Photos' tab).

WITH the likes of supermodel Jennifer Hawkins wading in to swimwear fashion labels, it's no surprise the design of our humble Aussie cossies has come a long way.

This season many of the swimsuits - both bikinis and one-pieces - are leaning towards the feminine, the floral, the flouncy and frilly.

You'll also see modest boy-leg briefs teamed with halter neck tops and  figure-flattering one-pieces that are more stylish than skimpy.

There is a distinct nod to 1950s  styling, the era the bikini first made a splash around poolsides and across beaches.

Bows, gathered bustlines and even the odd feather grace the fabric of modern-day swimmers, elevating them from purely functional to highly fashionable.

Those who want a racier edge without the frills can find streamlined silhouettes with the odd mesh insert.

It's certainly going to be a vibrant summer across the Border for those who dare to bare.

STYLING: Kylie Duryea; PICTURES: Tara Ashworth; MODEL: Kate Mcauley; HAIR STYLIST: Billie-Jo McCarthy MAKEUP ARTIST: Bree Brown - Lola Wigg Hair Cafe (02) 6021 4119 SPRAY TAN: Ozibronze 0431 584 151 Dior Riviera Nail Polish Available From Myer.