There isn’t a much better feeling in life than the pure bliss of stepping off the plane, feeling the sunshine wash over you, and racing through customs to get to your hotel’s pool, or even the beach.
Bikini season is upon us and it can be a little bit daunting, especially if you’ve got a holiday planned. But looking good in swimwear isn’t difficult - it’s all about finding a swimwear outfit that makes you feel confident and comfortable - however that might look to you.
The range of swim outfits available in 2022 is vast: meaning there’s something for everyone and every body. Whether you feel happier in a full coverage swimsuit, or you prefer to opt for a bikini top and swimming trunks, there are lots of options to make you feel and look great. We’ll take a look at some of the pieces available, giving you all the inspiration and ideas you need to hit the beaches this summer.
Find your colour
It can be tempting to stick with what we know when it comes to swimwear - and for a lot of people, that looks like the colour black. Although black swimsuits and trunks are always going to be a classic look, if you want to try something different with your swimwear this year, experimenting with colour can be a great place to start.
Pastel colours, as well as being on trend, are a more subdued and subtle way to bring your swimwear to life. Mint greens, corals, and lilacs look beautiful on tanned and darker skin tones - not to mention the contrast they make against the deep blue sea. If you’re feeling brave, you could even go the complete opposite of black with a pure white bikini or swimming costume. Just don’t forget to make sure your fake tan has dried before you try it on!
Find your fit
Bikini styles change often - but in more recent years, high waisted and high hip has been at the forefront of the fashion scene. If you’re after a little more material, high waisted can offer support and security, as well as full-coverage bottoms. But if you’re hoping to have as minimal tan lines as possible, you might want to opt for a string bikini, or bottoms that are more of a thong or V-shape. This allows you to pull the bottoms up and over your hips, creating sleek lines.
Think about your bikini top too. Some tops barely offer any support, which can be great if you have a smaller chest. For others, however, a fuller bust can be tricky to cater for when it comes to swimwear outfits. Racer back bikini crop tops are a great option for this, as they provide more support and coverage - as well as looking great with shorts and sandals too.
If string tie bikinis fill you with fear (look, we’ve all experienced the heart-stopping moment when you reach the bottom of the water slide and have to check if the girls are still intact…), sports bra style bikini tops can give you a bit more confidence.
Your swim outfit should fit your body effortlessly. Too tight and you won’t be able to enjoy yourself or swim freely - too loose and you might find yourself in the situation we mentioned previously.
Find your style
If you’re confident in what you wear normally, use that when choosing your swimwear outfits. You don’t have to lose your personality when it comes to looking good in swimwear, including what you throw on before and after heading to the pool.
Jogger shorts, cycling shorts, swim shorts, oversized t-shirts - all of these are great options to keep you cool and dry when you’re not hogging the lilo. These are easy pieces to inject colour and personality into as well. We’re thinking flames on your swimming trunks, embellishments, slogans - even cargo pockets. Whatever ‘looking good’ in your swimwear looks like to you, make sure you’re comfortable, confident, and happy in what you’re wearing.