Fresh gallery: Dare to bare

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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.

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