Building your swimwear wardrobe – bikini style guide

Swimwear shopping has an undeniable way of filling us with dread each and every year. It’s even worse than jean shopping in its ability to make even the most body-confident among us feel a little insecure, and that’s before you even begin on the number of different cuts and styles there are around these days.

The goal is to create a capsule swimwear wardrobe, with styles that can be pulled out and worked for just about any occasion. Here are my top tips for what to include…
Bikini basics - style guide to building your swimwear wardrobe

The mix-and-match bikini basics

Mixing and matching swimwear has been a huge trend for years now, with some stores going as far as to sell block colour basics in a number of different styles, allowing you as the consumer to choose the top and bottom that you feel works best for you.

There’s no need to stick to buying swimwear in just one colour either, as there’s no rule to say that the black bandeau bikini top you bought last year can’t be teamed those high-waisted white shorts you’ve had your eye on this year. Summer style is all about letting go and having fun, and swimwear is no exception.

The classic one-piece

Even those who assumed we’d seen the end of the one-piece swimsuit will have to admit that over the past couple of years they’ve come very much back into style. There’s something so nineties about them, while styles like this swimsuit from Tu at Sainsbury’s even come with the added benefit of additional tummy control.

Opt for a simple black swimsuit and you can’t go too far wrong, while it’s always a good idea to have something a little more colourful in your collection too. After all, nothing says nineties style quite as much as Baywatch red.

The flirty swim dress

Swimdresses are perfect for adding a little more coverage without scrimping on sexiness. In fact, there’s something inherently flirty about swimwear that features a little skirt or ruffle detailing. Swimdresses tend to have a naturally retro vibe, so opt for sweetheart necklines and polka dot patterns to really embody the look of a 1950’s screen siren.

Cutout bikini - style guide to building your swimwear wardrobe

The trendy cut-out

Cut-out swimsuits can seem a little daunting at first, but choose the right style for you and they can actually be incredibly flattering. What’s more, wearing them on rotation with the rest of your swimwear wardrobe is going to reduce the likelihood of any unfortunate tan lines.

Cut-outs that appear around the side of the waist and hips immediately give this area a slimmer appearance, helping to dispel the myth that more coverage is better for anyone wary of their midriff on holiday.

The failsafe tankini

Love them or hate them, tankinis are a valuable addition to any swimwear wardrobe. Offering the practicality of a bikini and the coverage of a one-piece, they’re ideal for days when you’re feeling less than body confident.

There are countless tankini options to choose from, with celebrities including Beyonce and Reese Witherspoon proving that the style is no longer saved for more mature ladies.

What’s your go-to swimwear style?



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