International travel is still up in the air, but no matter. The UK weather is blessing us with a heatwave, and I’ve found the best bikinis for you to take with you on your next staycation, or simply enjoy in the comfort of your garden/balcony.
Two-pieces can be off-putting, but choose the right cut and shape, and they’ll be your most flattering piece of swimwear. And where swimsuit trends come and go, you can always count on a classic bikini to stand the test of time, just make sure you don’t scrimp on the quality.
Not sure where to start? GYKO swimwear founder Sophie shares her top tips for bikini shopping, from which styles suit your body shape to which fabrics to look out for.
Best bikinis for small busts
‘Want some extra lift without lots of structured padding? Look for double lined tops which feature ruching in the middle or halter tops that lift and draw inwards. Avoid tube tops which flatten and often slip down’.
Best bikinis for large busts
‘Just because you have a larger bust doesn’t mean your bikini should have to look like a supportive bra. Opt for thicker shoulder straps and under-bust banding instead of underwire. You’ll still get all the support you need and as long as the straps are adjustable you should find the perfect fit’.
Best bikinis for short women
‘To elongate your legs opt for a high-cut bottom or one-piece or choose a pair of bottoms that you can style above your hip such as a tie-side’.
Best bikinis for hourglass figures
‘You know that perfect pear of high waisted jeans you have which you feel nips in your waist just perfectly? The swimwear version of this can be found in high-waisted bottoms which feature a tie mechanism at the waist, or panelled swimwear with simple vertical and horizontal seams which do the same trick’.
How to buy a timeless bikini
‘Colour is everything, it’s fun to choose colours you wouldn’t usually go for. Whilst I love being bold, if you find yourself always choosing bright colours and being annoyed at the colour they fade to next summer (note: good swim fabric shouldn’t do this so check-in on the quality first), then why not try earthier tones, a rust or khaki green – natural colours look brilliant on a wide range of skin tones’.
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 this season. Opt for airy fabrics such as silk or linen, in simple hues or prints that will enhance your swimwear rather than clash with it. Make sure you accessorise with a gorgeous beach bag too.
Where to buy bikinis online
Scroll down for our edit of the best bikinis for summer 2021, including some beautiful triangle bikinis, bandeau tops and high-waisted bottoms.
The Eva bikini was inspired by Eva Longoria and the 2000s. This triangle top is fully adjustable andideal for minimal tan lines. Paired with a low waisted cheekini bottom also reminiscent to the decade.
Sometimes the simplest designs are the best, and this high waist bikini will truly stand the test of time.
The perfect nod to the '90s, this Burberry bikini is crafted from the houses iconic archival check. Pair yours with a linen shirt to the beach and denim cutoffs for the next heatwave.
Maiyo is known for its fun, maximalist crochet designs and this lurex bikini is no exception. The underwired cups will offer great support too.
Casa Raki's navy Sol bikini top is crafted from a recycled nylon blend, in line with the label's sustainable vision. It's cut to a figure-enhancing shape with bustline darts and padded cups supported by underwiring, then finished with a tie at the back. Wear it with the matching high waist briefs.
Lilac is one of SS21's hottest shades, so why not wear the trend poolside with this budget-friendly bikini?
Remove the straps of this bikini to create a bandeau top, and mix and match the bottoms depending on how much coverage and support you want.
This bikini is giving us some serious 80s vibes.
Faithfull The Brand's 'Marta' bikini has been handmade by local artisans in Bali, where the beautiful coasts surely inspire the designs. Streaked in zebra stripes in honor of the community's great appreciation of nature, it's cut from recycled polyamide blended with stretch.
Hunza G's 'Duo Edie Nile' bikini has been locally made in England from the label's ribbed 'Nile' fabric. The 'Pistachio' top has a bandeau silhouette, while the 'Chestnut' briefs have a retro high-rise waist.
The brainchild brand of Emma Grede and Khloe Kardashian has just added styles to its bestselling Always Fits range, designed to stretch up or down a size whilst keeping its shape, so you buy once and it fits always. I love this animal style print.
Designed with a plunging neckline, the metal dealing adds a feminine feel to this non-underwired bikini top, which comes with a matching bottom. The style is available in loads of other colours too.
This triangle-cut bikini top and matching bottom are made with ECONYL® yarn derived from nylon waste and recovered fishing nets. The leopard print is surprisingly classic.