Fashion Edit: Top 10 Summer Bikinis & Swimsuits

Fashion Edit: Top 10 Summer Bikinis & Swimsuits

After months of anticipation, the summer holiday season is finally here (even if the damp British weather is making us think otherwise). With a fortnight lazing on a poolside sun lounger or a summer holiday packed full of water-sport activities to prepare for, we’ve hand-picked the best swimsuits and bikinis that are at the top of our summer holiday wishlists.

Although buying new swimwear has often been regarded as an arduous task, there is now such a wide variety of different silhouettes and key patterns including florals, stripes and Aztec prints that will have you spoilt for choice. From sleek cut-out swimsuits to bright and vibrant printed bikinis, we’ve rounded up the best paradise-worthy swimwear styles to be seen in this summer; no matter where you may be heading on your holiday.

Marks and Spencer Tropical print swimsuit

Image credit: Marks & Spencer

Retro Glamour 

Boux Avenue Italy Retro Check Bow Bikini. Very Red Retro Control Underwired Textured Swimsuit

Very Underwired Textured Swimsuit – £35. Boux Avenue Italy Check Bow Bikini Top – £28 & Tie Side Briefs – £15.

Emulating the pin up era of the 1950’s, retro swimwear offers flattering high waisted cuts, bold feminine hues and striking monochrome patterns; it’s no wonder vintage style looks have remained so enduringly popular! Retro swimwear also lends itself to feminine touches such as flattering frills and bows for that glamorous finish that will accentuate your figure and ensure you are the belle of the beach.

This statement red swimsuit from Very is the perfect example of vintage glamour with its’ hourglass enhancing silhouette and under-wired support which helps to keep you body confident by the pool whilst emulating that screen siren aesthetic. Fit for any holiday goddess, the Italy check bikini set from Boux Avenue offers that classic retro glamour with its’ eye-catching monochrome print and black bow detailing; complete with subtle padding and underwire support , this bikini offers a confidence-boosting fit that will flatter any figure.

Vibrant Tropics

Next Orange print bralet and high waisted bikini briefs. Marks & Spencer High Neck Oaxaca Print Swimsuit

Next Orange Print Bralet – £22 & High Waisted Briefs – £16. Marks & Spencer Collection High Neck Oaxaca Print Swimsuit – £35.

A big swimwear trend for SS16, tropical prints spanning across vibrant florals, tropical leaf motifs and juicy fruit patterns in vivid, saturated shades create that instant holiday vibe. A trend that’s bound to turn heads by the beach, tropical prints transcend across both classic bikini shapes and athletic swimwear silhouettes, so there’s an island look to suit every woman’s preference this summer.

A favourite of the team’s, this zesty orange print bikini from Next offers a high fashion look in a flattering high waisted design that suits all body shapes; we’re loving the blend of tropical leaves with bursts of vibrant orange and the detachable halter straps are also a handy touch. A playful tropical print in a sports-luxe inspired shape, this swimsuit number from Marks & Spencer is crafted from an ultra-light microfibre fabric that offers a comfortable fit with as much support as traditional shapewear.

Flirty Florals
Debenhams Butterfly by Matthew Williamson Pink FLoral Plunge Swimsuit. Boux Avenue Honolulu Floral Print Bikini Set

Debenhams Butterfly by Matthew Williamson Pink Floral Cut Out Swimsuit – £42. Boux Avenue Honolulu Floral Bikini Top – £28 & Tie Side Bikini Briefs – £15.

Floral print swimwear has been a summer holiday staple for years and the offering is only getting better with each passing summer! Brands are now delivering an array of intricate floral patterns as well as eye-catching digital photo prints that are both feminine and fashionable. In a blend of both vibrant and pastel hues, floral swimwear is always a fail-safe holiday choice.

A statement look that’s not for the faint-hearted, this swimsuit by Butterfly by Matthew Williamson is a daring choice thanks to its’ plunging neckline and cut-out side detailing. Perfect for a summer pool party, this striking swimsuit is finished with a bold floral digital print that will look perfect paired with a flowing kimono and statement sunglasses. Offering a more traditional design, the Honolulu bikini set from Boux Avenue features all the expert lift and support you would expect from the lingerie brand that will ensure you make a splash by the beach.

Sports Luxe

New Look Black Mesh Panel Bikini Set. River Island Black Colour Block Cut Out Swimsuit

New Look Black Mesh Panel High Neck Bikini Top – £14.99 & Bikini Bottoms – £7.99. River Island Black Mesh Colour Block Cut Out Swimsuit – £35.

For the water-sports lover, sports luxe swimwear with streamlined, athletic shapes will ensure you can tackle snorkelling, jet skiing and any other beach-side activities with the up-most confidence. Even if the only activities you will be partaking in include sunbathing and a quick dip in the pool, you can still enjoy the athleisure aesthetic with mesh panelling, racing stripes and high neck shapes.

Featuring the on-trend high neckline, this classic black bikini from New Look is given a contemporary update with cut-out mesh panelling to the neckline and sides that lends a feminine touch to the bold athletic cut. The classic sports swimsuit has also been given a fashionable twist by River Island with this striking piece; it features bold stripe detailing as well as feminine cut outs to the waist and neckline.

Extreme Cut Outs

New Look Pink Aztec Print Plunge Swimsuit. River Island Grey Graphic Print Cut Out Swimsuit

New Look Pink Plunge Aztec Print Swimsuit – £22.99. River Island Grey Graphic Print Cut Out Swimsuit – £35.

One of the stand-out swimwear trends for summer includes extreme cut-outs. Giving the classic swimsuit a bold update, this season’s cut-out swimwear includes harness style straps, plunging cut outs and striking prints for a complete bombshell statement; these cut-out one pieces pack a daring punch that’s totally worth the tan-lines!

Pairing a quirky Aztec pattern with contrast black piping and a plunging criss-cross neckline, this New Look swimsuit flatters your figure with its’ clever cut that also looks great under skirts and denim shorts. To take the cut-out trend one further, this graphic print swimsuit from River Island features intricate cut out detailing around the waist as well as a harness strap neckline that emulates that cool girl holiday vibe.

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Banner Image: La Redoute Blue Printed Knotted Bandeau Top – £15 & Bikini Bottoms –  £11.


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