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Filled with a sense of optimism for the next few months ahead, I must say I have indulged in some minor retail therapy over the past couple of weeks, specifically and pretty much only in the swimwear category. The high street has really upped its swimwear game recently, offering an expansive array of luxe-looking pieces for very reasonable prices. 

Swimsuit trends can be fickle little things, and year after year, we watch as the fashion industry churns out one new disposal style after the other. Although this summer is no different, there are also plenty of fantastic high-quality options with real staying power, and these are the ones I’m always on the lookout for. Now more than ever, many of us realise the value of investing in timeless pieces that allow us to streamline our wardrobes, rather than expand them mindlessly, only to either hoard or throw things away next season after one single use.

I’m personally looking for mood-boosting shades and styles that will add a little extra joy to my day, and it appears that most high-street shops and designers are also headed in this direction. In terms of silhouettes, it appears we’re seeing a shift towards versatility, and when it comes to fabric, something sparkly is definitely on the horizon. So whether you’re planning a trip to the Algarve or even the local park or simply your sunny balcony, below are just a few of the swimwear trends you’re set to see this summer. 

COLOUR

This summer’s swimwear offerings are full of bold colours – not highlighter neons by any means – but vibrant and joyful summery colours like sunny oranges and cool lavenders. While I’ve always been attracted to bold prints, this summer I’m much more taken by the gorgeous rainbow of pastel hues.

Seamless Bandeau Bikini Top, Out From Under, £18.00
Pearl Button Ribbed Bikini Top, & Other Stories, £27.00
Ribbed Padded Belted Swimsuit £29.50
Swim shorts in yellow, PullBear, £9.99
Medium length small logo swim shorts in pink, Tommy Hilfiger, £45.00

SHIMMER 

Sheen and shimmer are absolutely everywhere at the moment, and make for a glam yet subtle update to the normal matte fabrics we’re used to seeing. They add a luxe touch to any swimsuit, without a doubt.

Lurex swimsuit with bows, Mango, £69.99
Maci – Fawn Sparkle, Triangl, $89.00

PRINTS

While colour blocks and shimmers are the major show-stoppers this summer, there’s really no avoiding prints, ever, especially this year, retro club, wallpaper-inspired florals entail pretty much what it says on the tin; any floral print that looks like it came straight out of the 60s, 70s, or 80s. It somehow feels oddly refreshing after the last few years of barely-there thong bikinis. 

Malady floral-print bandeau bikini top, Faithfull the Brand + Net Sustain, £91.00
Intelligence swim shorts with hawaiian print in white, Jack & Jones, £15.00
Swim shorts with dark based floral print short length, ASOS DESIGN, £16.00

SHAPE

For us ladies, it looks like low rise bikinis are on the out, as high-waisted options are set to make a big comeback at last. V-shape cuts are some of my personal favourites and are undoubtedly one of the most flattering shapes for all body types. As we all know too well, swimsuits are not a one-style-fits-all sort of situation, but multi-tie styles are definitely some of the most adaptable to different body types. Precisely because you can wear them in several different ways, the bonus is that it feels like you’ve invested in multiple pieces; it’s a win-win!

High Waist Bikini Bottoms, Zara, £14.99
Isle Bikini Bottoms, Free People, 138.00

Mix and match high leg bikini bottom with gold ring detail in black, South Beach, £14.00
Textured Bikini Top, Zara, £19.99
Celese – Apricot Rib, Triangl, $69.00

SHORTS! 

I really didn’t see this one coming for us ladies, but bikini shorts are in this summer! These used to be all the rage in the late 90s and early 00s, and being a bit of a tomboy, this was pretty much all I wore in my adolescence. Unexpected for sure, but I guess comfort really is permeating into all aspects of the fashion industry, as promised! 

ACCESSORIES & MUST-HAVES

As I approach my 30s, I’m always on the lookout for funky yet utilitarian beach bags that allow for my newfound organisational needs, as well as all my little beachy gadgets and must-haves. Long gone are the days where I’d set off to the beach empty-handed with my phone and keys in a tiny drawstring sports bag. If you’re a bit like me, Zara will become your best friend this year, trust. Bags and nifty pocketed towel bags aside, you won’t catch me anywhere without either my Chilly’s or Straits Apparel bottle. There’s nothing worse than sitting in the sweltering heat all day and taking a much-needed swig out of your bottle and it being warm! We pretty much all have them these days, but it’s definitely worth investing in a bottle that will keep your drink cool (or hot, if beach tea is your thing) all day long! It’s the little things that truly make all the difference.

Straw bag basket bag in natural, Mango, £35.99
Striped Wrap Towel with Crossbody Strap, Zara, £25.99
Water Bottle – Matte White, Straits Apparel, £12.00
Chilly’s Bottle, InMotion Gibraltar, £25.00
Multicoloured Woven Tote Bag, Zara, £29.99
Picnic Case, Zara, £79.99
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