For serious summer chic, ride the waves in a two-piece or even a one-piece from the coolest brands around
The Bikini Brand From Hawaii
High-waisted bikinis that are stylish but sexy. Tick. Cut-out detailing but still supportive. Tick. Quirky colour combos and prints. Tick. Newcomer to the UK, Acacia Swimwear might just be our the best under-the-radar swimwear brand we’ve spotted this summer. Go to Beach Cafe for a selection of the Hawaii-based company’s one-pieces, bikinis and beach cover-ups. We think we could be onto a winner here gals.
Acacia Swimwear Monica Bikini, £234, at Beach Cafe
When Our Favourite Scarf Brand Starts Designing Bikinis
This season sees Athena Procopiou move into bikinis and one-pieces to wear with her colourful kimonos. That’s a perfect holiday outfit right there we say. Expect lots of bright and bold prints as seen on her kimonos and ready-to- wear collections but in a cool boho way. We love the low sexy back of the one-piece below and after seeing the rest of the collection we can safely say we now can’t wait to go on holiday.
Who Does The Ultimate Crochet Bikini?
Lisa Maree Crochet Bikini, £100, at Beach Flamingo
The Stylish Bikini Brand Only Fashion Editors Know About
Where do Fashion Editors actually shop? That will be Essentiel Antwerp – the insider brand that is on all the cool girls speed dial. For summer we can start stocking up on their bikinis too, not just in Belgium either. These stylish bikinis are available in the UK in their ‘Essentiel Beach’ collection. Look out for their quirky colour combos and halterneck styles. A halterneck flatters a pear shape – its shape helps to broaden shoulders which in turn balances out widr hips. Boom.
Claudie Pierlot, the girly preppy Parisian brand, is launching its swimwear for the first time in the UK. In true Claudie Pierlot style it’s full of quirky fun pieces that don’t take themselves too seriously. Dolphin print bikini anyone? Not just bikinis though, the collection is also full of cute accessories. We have our eye on the quilted bum bag.
Dolphin print bikini, £135, at Claudie Pierlot
Not only will you look the coolest girl on Benirras beach but with Lily & Lionel‘s hidden tummy control panels in the one-piece swimsuits, cutting-edge technology from Gottex and one-of-a-kind prints, you are winning all round. Wear on their own or with Lily & Lionel matching trousers and camis. Bikinis are £130 and one-piece swimsuits are £160.
The New Bikini Brand To Watch
We are just putting it out there, but the Aussies get it right when it comes to bikinis – hello Seafolly, Jets and NLP – but they should watch out as there is a new up and coming label on the scene. #JustSayin. Bower from Australian fashion duo Fiona Ryn and Rupert Tapper has gone straight to our must-have list. The collection is full of sexy sport-inspired pieces – think classics but with a edge, whether it’s a cross detail halterneck, super-low back on a one-piece or a update on the triangle bikni with a added extra thick band. Throw in luxury quick-drying fabrics with UV protection and its safe to say we are obsessed.
Red bikini, £150, Bower
Vitamin A at Beach Cafe is your answer. Created by a Cali gal with fans like Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Alba, we are jumping on board. Vitamin A favours the sexy triangle shape in their designs and we like it. Look out for multi-strap details and crisscross front designs. But it’s not all sexy and stylish designs, there are also innovative matte jersey fabrics to look out for, helping to create figure-flattering perfection. Boom.
Vitamin A Rothko bikini, £189, at Beach Cafe