Holiday swimwear: choose a striped bikini or swimsuit this summer
There’s nothing more exciting than getting ready for your annual summer holiday.
This year, be adventurous and swap your staple black swimwear for a fun attention-grabbing printed swimsuit or bikini.
The high street is full of fun prints and we’ve rounded up the best including styles from Debenhams, Next and New Look.
If you’re looking for a more covered up style, this narrow striped style (above, right) from Zara’s little sister brand Stradivarius is only £19.99 and has a low cut back and narrow straps for ultimate tanning.
Model wears (left): Striped bikini top, £14.99; bottoms, £9.99, both New Look. Sunglasses, £3, Primark. Earrings, £13.18 Betty & Biddy
Model wears (right): Striped swimsuit, £19.99, Stradivarius. Sunglasses, £70, Boden. Earrings, £13.14, Betty & Biddy
Holiday swimwear wardrobe: pick a tie front bikini for added oomph
There’s a print and cut to suit everybody so forget what you’ve been told about vertical stripes – this print is surprisingly flattering as it draws the eye up and down your torso, elongating your body and creating the illusion of a slimmer figure.
Those with slender figures should try a bold wide stripe bikini from New Look (top left).
With it’s athletic cut, it will emphasise your physique and add curves. Holly Willoughby was spotted in a blue and white wide stripe swimsuit on holiday earlier this year.
Alternatively, smaller busts will get a boost from this tie front style from Sixty Ninety which will add extra oomph.
The stunning colour combination of orange, black and magenta will highlight sunkissed skin.
Model wears: Striped tie front bikini top, £35; bottoms, £35, both Sixty Ninety. Earrings, £9.99, H&M
Summer holiday swimwear: go bold in abstract prints from Debenhams
For an eye catching style, check out this abstract colour block swimsuit from J by Jasper Conran at Debenhams.
The bold colour clash and low cut halter neck work together to create a fashionable impact.
For an added dose of summer style, try adding accessories to your sunbathing outfit.
Statement earrings are still a big trend so complement your swimwear with a pair in a colour from your bikini or swimsuit.
Betty & Biddy have a great selection of styles that will get you looking glamorous.
Model wears: Abstract print swimsuit, £42, J by Jasper Conran at Debenhams. Earrings, £13.18, Betty & Biddy.
Sets of two bangles, £8 each, Accessorize. Ring, £120, Pebble London.
Summer Holiday Swimwear: Emma Pake has great printed designs
If you’re looking to invest in a swimsuit or bikini, Emma Pake is the new name in swimwear to know.
The designer already has a cult following among the fashion pack and it’s easy to see why – her styles are cut to flatter your figure and come in an array of fun geometric patterns.
Plus, they all have unique details such as lacing or semi-sheer elasticated panels to add interest.
Model wears (left): Lace up back swimsuit, £240, Emma Pake
Model wears (right): Patterned swimsuit, £225, Emma Pake. Earring, £13.18, Betty & Biddy
Summer Holiday Swimwear: this chevron bikini from Next is only £30
If you want to add extra glamour to your summer swimwear, check out Next’s bronze and black chevron patterned bikini.
The subtle shimmer will make you look like a golden goddess in the sun and the entire set comes in at a bargain of only £30 so there’s plenty of money left over for a cocktail or two.
Model wears: Bikini top, £16; bottoms, £14, both Next. Earrings, £14.99, New Look
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Accessorize 020 3372 3052, accessorize.com ✉
Betty & Biddy bettyandbiddy.com ✉
Boden 0330 333 000 boden.co.uk ✉
Debenhams 0344 800 8877, debenhams.com ✉
Emma Pake emmapake.com ✉
H&M 0344 736 9000, hm.com ✉
New Look 0344 499 6690, newlook.com ✉
Next 0333 777 8000, next.co.uk ✉
Pebble London 020 7262 1775, pebblelondon.com ✉
Primark 0118 960 6300, primark.com
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Stradivarius stradivarius.com ✉
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