Classic swimwear is timeless – a black swimsuit, big sunglasses and red lipstick will never go out of style. However, this year’s new season swimwear is fun, playful and (best of all) flattering – many brands are now offering figure-control swimwear that ranges from swimming costumes with tummy-control panels to shaping bikinis with high-waisted retro bottoms. Vintage style is making waves in swimwear with 1950s and pin-up influences, and colour blocking completes its total fashion takeover with a foray into swimwear. Finally, beach cover-ups bring the sheer maxi trend from the city to the sunshine.
Vintage-inspired swimwear is everywhere this year. This floral and feminine bikini can be worn several ways – pair it with red lippy for a Lana del Rey look, or pin a large orchid in your hair and wear cat-eye eyeliner for retro tiki-girl style. Throw on a flowing midi skirt for a 1950s look and a bit of coverage when you head to the bar. Alternatively, go for wartime pin-up glamour in a stripy nautical swimming costume – these are more flattering than bikinis and very on-trend. All you need to complete the look is red lipstick (and, of course, a sailor cap and a wink). To really dial it up, wear your hair in victory rolls.
Colour blocking is everywhere, and the bright simple colours make it a very easy style to wear. Mix and match different coloured bikini separates – choose tropical colours for a fluoro Miami look, go for a happy sunshine yellow and light blue, or any combination you can dream up. Sure to be eye-catching, and for once, matching doesn’t matter.
Sheer drama comes to the beach with on-trend cover-ups. Channel your inner Florence + the Machine with this flowing black number, which is the ultimate multi-tasker for packing light. Wear over a classic black swimming costume to take it from the beach to the city, or wear over a black skirt or minidress during the day or to hit the bar.