It looks like we may be getting the green light for foreign holidays soon (please Boris), though the best swimwear can also come in handy if you’re staycation-ing this summer. There’s nothing wrong with sunbathing in your garden or on your balcony, making sure you’re protected your skin with SPF moisturisers and eyes with sunglasses naturally.
Some of my favourite designers and high-street stores have just dropped their swimsuit and bikini collections, and they’re a sight to behold.
Parisian label Sézane is launching its Le Bain collection on Sunday 18th April, and it includes some wanderlust-inducing styles shaded in bright hues and adorned in refreshing prints.
For super timeless, sustainable styles I always turn to one of my favourite Australian brands, Matteau (the square cut swimsuits are so flattering), as well as UK label Hunza G. Other great brands include Marysia, Solid & Striped, Faithful and Mara Hofman, and on the high-street you can’t beat ARKET, COS and H&M.
Shopping for swimwear can be as annoying as shopping for underwear, but follow our quick guide for the best swimwear based on your body shape below, and we promise it’ll be a game changer.
Best swimwear to hide your tummy
The classic swimsuit is perfect if you’re looking for a bit of coverage, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. This season, swimsuits come in all cuts and prints, so you can have fun with your holiday wardrobe. Look for pieces with a control panel to give you that extra support.
Best swimwear for pear shapes
Pear-shaped bodies, where you are heavier on the bottom and narrow at the shoulders, are typically difficult to buy for. They key is to balance things out. Draw attention to the top with a bold print or ruffles, and keep the bottom plain.
Anna Paola, founder of Paolita swimwear, says, ‘If you’re feeling daring, a plunging neckline will draw attention to your top half.’
Best swimwear for apple shapes
Apple shapes tend to be have broad shoulders, full bust and tummy, and slimmer legs. Opt for darker colours that will create a slimmer silhouette, and swimsuits with tummy control but a high cut to highlight toned legs.
Best swimwear for curves
Hourglass figures suit the retro swimwear trend beautifully. Typically, the high-waisted bottoms on retro bikini sets accentuate the small waist and curvy bust and rounded hips.
Best swimwear for athletic figures
For boyish or athletic shapes, playing around with prints and textures is the solution. Anna says, ‘Frills can help create the illusion of curves, and triangle tops are perfect for breaking up straight lines and adding curves.’
Best swimwear for plus size figures
There are so many great plus size swimwear brands to choose from these days, that you really don’t have to limit yourself to a boring one-piece. Try a monochrome bikini with a high waist, or if swimsuits are more up your street, try a design with tummy control and a contrasting neckline to draw the eye upwards.
Best swimwear for small busts
To create volume, you can go crazy for bold prints or frills. Plus, bandeau tops were made for you.
Best swimwear for big busts
Needless to say, if you’ve got a big chest, support is what you’re after. You’ll probably want to shop somewhere you can buy the top and bottom separately, this is really a scenario where a size S set won’t cut it. Don’t be afraid to go for cups as they’ll give you that extra boots, and thick straps and underwires are your friend.
Anna adds, ‘Halter and underwired bikini tops offer the perfect amount of support. Tie side bikini bottoms are perfect if you have small hips.’
Part of the new swim collection, this frilly bikini is the perfect retro nod to Riviera holidays.
we love this ultra simple swimsuit by London-based sustainable swimwear brand Half Baked.
A black swimsuit with v-neck in wrap design, draping and gatherings. The powernet lining shapes and holds for extra support. This piece is partially made with recycled polyamide. When using recycled polyamide, it means material that otherwise would have gone to waste, gets another chance.
Look no further than lululemon for durable, sustainable swim pieces that have you covered.
Hunza G's blue 'Gabrielle' bikini has been ethically and locally made in England from the label's signature seersucker. The top has a bandeau silhouette, while the briefs have high-cut legs.
This fully lined swimsuit features narrow, adjustable shoulder straps and cups with removable inserts that shape the bust and provide good support.
Ephemera is inspired by retro patterns from the 1970s to create the orange and pink floral print on this Maui swimsuit. It’s crafted in Australia, where the label is based, from smooth, quick-drying jersey with a V-neck framing the defined bust.
Crafted from a recycled fabric with a ribbed quality, this bikini is a vibrant addition to your holiday repertoire.
This signature piece features a plunging deep U-shaped square bust line with scoop back, and it comes in various colours.
This bikini is giving us some serious 80s vibes.
In this season's must have shade, this bikini top features removable cups with adjustable and convertible shoestring straps and a clip back closure, while the matching pants feature the same clasp detail.
Cut from quick-drying fabric with lots of stretch, it has molded cups for ample support. The seamless fit means you can repurpose yours into a bodysuit by layering it under jeans.
Crafted from a stretchy jersey fabric made from a recycled polyamide blend, this bikini features a two-tone rib structure.