Summer is officially here, which means it’s time to put away the functional safe costume and opt for swimwear that’s a touch more glam. Whether you’re looking for something flirtatious and floral, classic and chic or bold and bohemian, find your perfect pool partner. Here’s our edit of the 10 best swimwear brands to shop in 2020, with prices from £15 to £280…
Pull & Bear
This ‘V-neck Swimsuit‘ from Pull & Bear is flirtatious and fun with its floral print, crossover straps, high-cut leg and plunge neck with removable padded cups . Made with recycled polyester, it has a conscience too. This one is sure to turn heads at the pool – add a pair of denim shorts and gold hoops to complete the look.
Boardies is a privately owned business with offices in London, Bali and California (we know, the dream right?). All of their designs are created in-house. Their bold, playful prints translate beautifully across bikinis and boardies alike, meaning there’s something for every member of the family. We’re in love with ‘The Tropical Cheetah Triangle Top‘ that is not only fun but has a conscience too, made from regenerated materials such as fishing nets retrieved from the ocean.
Didn’t know that Nike did bikinis? Head to the beach or lounge poolside in the ‘Nike Essential Bikini Top‘. Minimal coverage and optimal security is the name of the game, with a design that’s perfect for catching rays or taking a dip. The T-back provides light support and a custom fit, with adjustable straps and a narrow under-bust band.
The epitome of French chic, this two-tone ‘Philippine Swimsuit‘ is sure to turn heads at the pool. Corset stitching gently holds in the tummy and shapes the waist to create a flattering profile. The technical fabric is lightweight, fast-drying and is resistant to sunscreen and chlorine which means you’ll get plenty of wear from it. It comes in Navy/Black, Scarlet and Navy/Cobalt.
Effortlessly encapsulating the laid-back Australian beach lifestyle through their swimwear collections, Seafolly are renowned for bold colours and innovative bikinis and one pieces. Priding themselves on high quality design and fabrics, their eclectic textures channel the label’s philosophy. We love this ‘Yellow Bandeau Bikini Top for some serious summer frolicking. With no boned sides, clasps or fastenings it’s comfortable and great to swim in too.
London-based label Whistles are renowned for clean silhouettes and premium fabrics with relaxed fits to keep you comfortable. Their swimwear range doesn’t disappoint. We love this Whistles exclusive Tortoiseshell Ring One Shoulder Bikini in black. The epitome of chic that’s also super comfy thanks to its soft, stretchy swim fabric.
This mixed monochrome ‘Recycled Twist Front Cut Out Swimsuit‘ from ASOS is a summer staple. Not only does the plunge neck, cut-out detail, twist front and high-cut leg bring a touch of old school glamour but this costume has a conscience too. Made with recycled polyester – plastic bottles and textile waste are processed into plastic chips and melted into new fibres, which saves water and energy and reduces greenhouse gas emissions, too. Cool, right?
£39 – £68
With a flattering fit and fabric, this vintage-inspired bikini top, made for a C/D cup, lets you comfortably wade in and out of the water from dawn ’til dusk.
Zimmermann’s strapless Fiesta Swimsuit features different colourful scarf-inspired prints that call to mind ’70s bohemian styles. It’s made from a smooth stretch fabric and has knotted ties at the cutout side. Wear it with oversized shades at the beach.
Self-Portrait’s swimsuit has a plunging front and elegant halterneck ties. Made from contrasting panels of smooth stretch fabric, it’s ruched at the hips and partially belted. Complement the rich colour palette with gold jewellery.
Out From Under
This seamless, Ribbed Bikini Top by Out From Under is perfect for sporty types with smaller cup sizes. It features a scoop neckline, wide shoulder straps with a cropped hem allowing you freedom of movement. Pair with the Out From Under classic bikini bottoms to complete the look. Only at Urban Outfitters.
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Spin instructor by morning, co-founder of DOSE by day. Shara’s fitness favourites include a sweaty yoga class, reformer pilates, HIIT and spinning of course. Her Spotify list includes nothing but tracks you can spin to. She doesn’t go a day without eggs and avocado and travel is always on her mind! Dreams of Malbec and vodka cocktails.