The best bikinis are a bit like lingerie: tricky to find, but once you have found the ones that fit you perfectly, you're guaranteed many confidence-boosting holidays.
Choose the right cut and shape, and and two-pieces can easily be your most flattering piece of swimwear, no matter your body shape. Where some swimsuit trends come and go, you can always count on a classic bikini to stand the test of time. The key is to not scrimp on the quality.
Keep scrolling to shop my edit of the best bikinis for each body type.
Best bikinis for small busts
You can create the illusion of bigger busts by adding detail to your top half. For example, look for double lined tops which feature ruching in the middle or halter tops that lift and draw inwards. It's best to avoid tube tops since they flatten the chest and often slip off when diving into a pool or riding a wave.
Best bikinis for large busts
At the risk of sounding obvious, support here is key, but that doesn't mean you need to go for a granny-style bra. Look out for thicker shoulder straps and under-bust banding instead of underwire, as well as adjustable straps.
Best bikinis for short women
You can easily elongate your legs by opting for a high-cut bottom, such as the 90s styles that are so popular right now. If that feels too bold, choose a pair of bottoms that can be styled above your hip, like a classic tie-side.
Jacquemus triangle bikini - £150 at Net-A-Porter
Jacquemus adds an extra set of straps to the classic triangle bikini, giving this 'Peirado' style the same cool cutout effect as its ready-to-wear. It's made from light-green stretch fabric and has adjustable ties. Wear yours with the coordinating briefs.
Best bikinis for hourglass figures
If it ain't broke... there's a reason 50s style high waist bikinis are the most flattering on hourglass figures. You can now shop styles which feature a tie mechanism at the waist, or panelled swimwear with simple vertical and horizontal seams.
Floral underwire top and high waist bikini - £125 at Tona
Tona champions all bodies and provides contemporary designs that embrace every shape. Sizes range from 8-20 and all underwired tops are available in cup sizes 32DD to 38G. Unlike the industry standard, Tona creates all of her samples based on a size 16 and FF cup to make sure bikini styles are made to support every single curve.
How to style a bikini
Great bikini tops can easily work as daytime outfits, paired with the right high-waisted trouser or skirt. If you can't be bothered to layer, you'll be pleased to hear sarongs have made a huge comeback for SS22. Opt for airy fabrics such as silk or linen, in simple hues or prints that will enhance your swimwear rather than clash with it. And don't forget to accessorise with a gorgeous beach bag and summer sandals.
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Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.
Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).
Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.
However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.
Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.
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