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20 of the best swimsuits

With a flattering cut, the correct amount of support and stylish designs all to consider, trying to find the best swimsuit can feel like more of a challenge than hunting down a great deal on your dream destination. Narrow your search with this handy style guide and you’ll be feeling like a Bond girl on the beach in no time…

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Swimsuit, Bondi Born

Best swimsuit for: sporty types

If your off-duty style leans towards athleisure and clean colorways, meet your new beach BFFs: Bondi Born and Matteau. Both labels originate from Australia’s famed shorelines in Sydney and put swimwear to the test, focusing just as much on precision-fit for being active and comfortable at sea as looking sleek and polished poolside. Meanwhile, Melissa Odabash has earned the sartorial recognition of everyone from Kate Moss to Eva Longoria – and her sleek ‘Kos’ swimsuit in a neutral khaki has maximum beach-to-bar mileage; simply pair with linen trousers.

Best swimsuit for: body sculpting

Whether you want more support or a discreet boost from your swimsuit, Haight and The Attico have you covered. Haight’s square-cut ‘Brigitte’ one-piece is cut with front darts that give it a tailored effect, while the stretch crepe and high-cut legs ensure a flatteringly sculpted silhouette – it’s so sleek, you can take it out to dinner after a day spent basking in the sun. The Attico’s metallic blue swimsuit, with its directional racer-front and back, draws curves on even the most athletic frames. Those wanting a little more fabric, however, should look to Emilio Pucci – its printed swim dress features a sculpted low back and additional coverage across the hips.

Swimsuit, Zimmermann

Best swimsuit for: poolside posing

If your Pinterest board is brimming with pictures of Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert’s directional style, look to the pretty printed and ruffled offerings of Zimmermann – its paisley-print swimsuit is just the ticket for poolside glam, offering that elusive laid-back look that feels both bohemian and polished. Meanwhile, Isa Boulder’s glossy, ruched swimsuit in a pale apple hue feels distinctly ’90s in mood (ideal worn with a minimalist beach mule), and Agua by Agua Bendita’s floral-print style has a vintage edge that feels both flirty and feminine.

Best swimsuit for: hitting the surf

If water sports are on the agenda and you need something more technically sophisticated, Lisa Marie Fernandez’s ‘Farrah’ swimsuit comes in a figure-sculpting neoprene with capped summer sleeves. Do note, though: the fabric is so figure-hugging that you may need to go up one or even two sizes. Also check out Abysse’s ‘Billie’ swimsuit, with its super-stylish open-back design. Plus, it’s sustainable, too, having been crafted from Repreve, which is made from recycled materials that are kinder to the ocean. For something that looks a little sportier, the label’s ‘Elle’ swimsuit features a flattering zip-up front and a racer back for true freedom of movement in the water. Win-win.

Swimsuit, Abysse

Best swimsuit for: leg lengthening

To flatter long legs or create a leg-lengthening effect, Norma Kamali’s cult ‘Marissa’ swimsuit has been king since its creation in the ’70s. The retro silhouette features high-cut legs, a deep scooped back and low sides to elongate all frames and create an hourglass effect. It can also double up as a beach-to-bar bodysuit under jeans or a maxi skirt. Hunza G’s textured number in a powdery pink hue is also great for showing off sun-kissed limbs – and avoiding awkward tan lines.

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