Best swimwear for 2021
Nothing says summer like new swimwear. Who cares if it's the Med or the back garden, it's time to splash out. Whether it's eco, floral, striped, shaping, nautical or sporty, we've found your perfect bikini or swimsuit.
Banana Leaf Bikini
Ostra Brasil was founded in Brazil in 2009 – where else to go for beachwear than the spiritual home of the bikini? We love this head-turning banana print for its bonkers pattern and frill straps.
Top £45, bottoms £35
Palm Print Bikini
This padded smock effect bralette is right on trend, and at this price, why not bag yourself a plain and patterned ensemble so you can mix and match?
Top £14.99, bottoms £9.99
Delphine One Piece
This navy spot swimsuit with ruched design and adjustable side ties from Joules is ever so Margate-meets-Maine. Pair it with a sarong or shorts and you’re ready for a seafood platter lunch.
Diana Floral Bikini
Bold and floral, this triangle bikini from Rixo perfectly treads the line between pretty and sexy. Plus the tie sides and back means it’s uber-adjustable.
This scallop-edged orange swimsuit proves than going one piece doesn’t mean compromising on style. Grab it now ladies – it’s on sale.
Smocked Bandeau Bikini
If it’s going to be an English summer, there’s no more fitting a fabric than this floral print. The smocked finish is oh so pretty plus it’s got adjustable straps and flattering high waist bottoms.
Top £27, bottoms £23
Odyssey One Piece
Wearing a sporty swimsuit doesn’t mean you actually have to get off the sun lounger – you can just rock the look. This one-piece from British brand Stay Wild is made with fabric from recycled plastic and the zip is super sexy.
Seahorse Tie-Front Bikini
Fisch are the swimwear pros, nailing the coastal vibe along with using UV screening, eco fabric. This two-piece with soft cups and a tied front suits a smaller frame.
Top £110, bottoms £90
Striped Plunge Swimsuit
You can’t go wrong with jaunty stripes whether you’re in St Tropez or St Ives… And the little keyhole detail is a natty addition. With chlorine-resistant fabric, shaping panels and low back, this is a super flattering option and an absolute steal.
Sea Folly is a bit of a go-to for decent quality swimwear that doesn’t go sheer under water or disappear up your bum. This flattering cut will maximise your tanning and comes with a choice of bikini bottoms – hipster or retro wide.
Bikini top £65, bottoms £40
Violet Lake has every neckline, colour and style you could dream up, be it halter neck, tie-side, bandeau, bow, cross-strap… The ‘Bikini Mixer’ is the fruit-machine tool for mixing tops and bottoms so you can find your perfect combo.
Zenith Racer Crop Bikini
If you’re taking to the boogie board this summer, don’t spoil the sporty girl chic with some errant flesh popping out of a skimpy number. Go high support… but that doesn’t mean low fashion with this Finisterre twin-piece.
Bikini top £50, bottoms £30
With a super flattering neckline and slim padding this swimsuit from Boden is suited to most cleavages and the straps are adjustable for the perfect fit.
Duo Betty Nile Bikini
Remember those crinkle fabric bikinis of the 90s? Look no further than Hunza G. This wonder fabric means one size fits all – yes, seriously! Grab this striking two piece before it sells out, like much of the range.
Savannah Frill Swimsuit
Frill necklines are ever so 2021, and when combined with this maritime blue and white print and glam low back, you’re Cote d’Azur ready (or Carbis Bay, come what may). Ayla uses sustainable fabrics and does a line in mix-and-match separates.
Another brand that’s scooping plastic out of the sea and making fabulous swimwear, Medina is your go-to for the Bond girl look. Think belted swimsuits, utility bikinis, and matching hats. I spy holiday hot stuff.
Enja Graphic Print Swimsuit
Pink is still very much the hot hue whether it’s pastel, shocking or rose. And this one-piece from Sandro nails it. The bows on the shoulder are super cute but the low neckline brings in the sass.
Need shades to match your swimsuit? Find frames for every face shape here.