California Breeze: All Meshed Up


Nichole Ciotti in Kingdom & State

Now that Memorial Day has come and gone, it’s officially summer, right?! It sure felt like it in the Bay Area as I was sweating my buns off running errands in 100-degree weather today, while my friends were messaging me looking for things to do in San Diego in a much more temperate climate. I was dreaming of a pool day, a fruit smoothie, and slipping into my newest design piece with Kingdom & State, the mesh-one-piece.

Last spring, I had the opportunity to create a small capsule collection with Kingdom & State and was so excited when they asked me to partner on a swimsuit this season. Eeee! Cue me starting to plan out all of our 2016 summer vacations in my head when then invited me to partner last fall. I knew what I wanted this suit to look like right away.

My design wishlist: a completely black one-piece (my favourite colour), mesh inserts somewhere, and halter-style. Basically, this suit needed to be as chic as hell, but still casual-cool. At the end of the day, I wanted the person wearing it to feel sexy and confident.

Nichole Ciotti wears Kingdom & State

I love the cut of this suit because it really accentuates the shoulders rather than the lower half of the body. It features a mesh sweetheart panel at the bust and mesh panels on the side of the suit. The sweetheart neckline adds a touch of sweetness to my dark power colour.

Nichole Ciotti Kingdom & State swimsuit

Kingdom & State brought my vision to life beautifully and I’m so happy to say that my favourite suit this summer is one that I helped design. Be sure to follow me on Instagram to find out where I take my mesh one-piece this summer and how I style it! It’s going to get a lot of summer lovin’.

Nichole Ciotti, the writer behind Vanilla Extract, shares her style tips in her Fashion Column ‘California Breeze’ here on Your Coffee Break every week.

Nichole Ciotti

Nichole is writer behind the blog Vanilla Extract;, where she shares great fashion advice and amazing eats.