Shay Todd contrast ruffle bikini: for instant wardrobe malfunction

Ruffle-bikini

We had originally bypassed this bikini when we spotted it at Net-a-Porter this morinhg, thinking that although it wasn't to our taste, it was probably only a minor fashion offence, if that.

Then Fashion Police reader Matthew wrote to us to point out what had been staring us in the face all along: the fact that this "ruffle bikini" is, in fact, exactly that. It's a gigantic ruffle, with no visible means of support, or, indeed, anythinhg to stop it flying up in an ocean breeze, leaving you flashing the girls to the world.

And you know what? We think he's right:

Ruffle-bikini

Going by the evidence in front of us, we'd say this is, as charged, just a giant ruffle. We see no evidence of any "bikini" underneath. And really, it's so skimpy that if there was one, we're sure we'd see it. Let's examine Exhibit B:

Ruffles

We're sill not seeing much evidence of "bikini" here. And we ARE seeing some suggestion of "mannequin boob". So, now we're leaning towards the opinion that even if there IS something resembling "clothes" under that ruffle, the fact that it's designed to LOOK like it could fly up at any second, leaving us naked as the day we were born, is enough to qualify it for a caution, at the very least.

What do you think, jurors?

9 Comments

  • April 29, 2009

    Anna

    I’m just really hoping that there IS something under it. If not, that’s just not okay. How could anyone wear that? It’d provide absolutely no support.

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  • April 30, 2009

    Jenny

    This is horrifying. You might as well cover yourself with some stray beach leaves. Or seaweed. Or flotsam. Gosh.

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  • April 30, 2009

    Maddie

    If it had been made with a purple sports bra type thing underneath to match the bottoms then i would find it very very cute and would probably wear it if i had the body for it… but just as a ruffle its kind of scary.

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  • April 30, 2009

    Bethany

    They wouldn’t dare…. would they?

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  • April 30, 2009

    Riali

    Maybe they mean it as an intermediary between a regular bikini and a topless beach? Like, “I’m not quite comfortable going topless, but I don’t want to look like a too much much of a prude either.” It seems like a pretty limited demographic, but it’s possible.

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  • April 30, 2009

    Riali

    Maybe they mean it as an intermediary between a regular bikini and a topless beach? Like, “I’m not quite comfortable going topless, but I don’t want to look like a too much much of a prude either.” It seems like a pretty limited demographic, but it’s possible.

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  • April 30, 2009

    Janers

    someone clearly got a bathingsuit coverup skirt shipment confused with the bikini tops

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  • April 30, 2009

    Ricki

    Guilty as charged!
    Look at that lil’ scrap of flowy, almost transparent fabric, it is guilty if I ever saw guilty!
    Ricki

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  • May 20, 2009

    Shiro Gutzie

    We only wish we had thought of the stray beach leaves concept. Unfortunately, we play it a lot safer. There is a fully constructed and supported top underneath the ruffle flounce. (Not to say we have anything against exhibitionists and nudist colonies.) How do I know this? I’m sitting next to Shay Todd who designed the swimsuit and we are both laughing uncontrollably. Guess what the next collection will be? You guessed it. “Peep Show Tops”

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