While this summer got off to a bit of a slow start it’s definitely time to be buying swimwear if you haven’t already. Swimsuits have definitely changed a lot over the years and the advances in fabric technology means new pieces are more quick-drying and better wearing than ever before. However, there’s always the task of finding the right one for you which isn’t always easy with so many choices. We’ve come up with a few ideas to help guide you in choosing something that suits you but ultimately if you find something you love and it makes you happy then wear it.
We’re big fans of Lonely’s stunning collection of swimwear and their Alma swimsuit in Oxblood is our favourite piece from their current collection. This swimsuit is flattering on a range of shapes with its v-neck, high waistline and cut-out detail. The mid-height leg line works well on lots of sizes as well and the suit is fully lined for proper coverage. For those liking the cut-out idea Blak have just released their debut swimwear collection which is fittingly in all black and features this sweetly named Key to my heart crop with its key-hole detail at the bust. It’s a great style for those with smaller busts but who want a bit more torso coverage. It’s paired with a simple Blak bikini bottom.
Prints are a great way to make swimwear more fun and we love the cute tropical print of this Pink Pineapple Cocktail print swimsuit by Banned from Rita Sue. The detachable halter strap means you can make it more supportive if you have a fuller bust and the lower leg line gives it a more vintage feel while being flattering on curvier sizes. The Cactus Flower Bathers from Kate Sylvester are so pretty and also have a bit of a vintage feel from the delicate print and classic one piece style. This swimsuit has adjustable straps and works in perfectly with the other cactus flower pieces in Kate’s collection. This style would suit smaller busts as there isn’t much support in the chest.
Interestingly bikinis aren’t nearly as popular as they used to be with one pieces having made a triumphant comeback in the past few years. But that said there are still lots of bikini options around and we’re liking Robyn Lawley Swimwear’s Lucia High Waist brief and Midnight Walker Multifit top which are perfect for curvier women and feature the popular high waist style teamed with a sportier top. The black mesh detail and abstract digital print make this set feel modern and fresh. For those curvier women looking for a bit more coverage City Chic’s Retro Spot Underwire one piece is a fun take on a classic style that features retro polka dots. The underwire and wider straps makes it supportive for fuller busts with the suit fully lined for proper coverage.
Some swimsuits are so eye-catching it’s nearly impossible to look away which is how we feel about Emma Ford’s gorgeous geometry print Lula one piece. The high-cut 90’s style legline and high neckline make it more suitable for those who are long and lean with the low scoop back adding to the sexy feel of this swimsuit. Speaking of sexy, Moochi’s Desert Swimmer is positively sultry in design with its low v-neckline and delicate straps. We love the cleverly placed ruching and supportive internal padding for the bust which creates a flattering silhouette.
Stella McCartney swimwear Calypso bikini top $149.95 with Classic Stripe Bikini pants $99 (left) and Heidi Klum Swim Catalina Kisses Halter Bikini Top $65.40 with Catalina Kisses Classic Bikini bottoms $53.97 (right)
For those keen on colour the vibrant coral Catalina Kisses Bikini top and bottoms are a great choice from Heidi Klum Swimwear. The brand launched last year and has proven pretty popular this summer and we can see why. This is a great bikini for those with smaller busts but who still want support and prefer a classic style. Whereas the Calypso bikini top and Classic Stripe Bikini pants by Stella McCartney Swimwear are perfect for those who want something fun and can get away with the tri-style bikini top which has minimal support but looks great on those more tomboyish frames. We love the green and navy stripes matched with gold toned hardware for a timeless look.
If sport is more your thing at the beach or in the pool then Farmers Zest Resort Sportsuit is an affordable option that provides good coverage and ease of movement. The optical illusion created by the coloured lines creates a more curvy shape on those who are more straight up and down in the body. If budget is your main concern with swimwear then Glassons have some cool, well-made pieces like this printed one piece suit which has a fun batik print and cut out details. It looks like a more expensive swimsuit but is a really affordable price.