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20 of the best swimsuits

With flattering cuts, the correct amount of support and stylish designs all to consider, trying to find a new 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…

Solid & Striped SS19

Best for: Sporty types

If your off-duty style leans towards athleisure and clean-lined block colors, meet your new beach BFFs: Marysia and Matteau. With refined, active and pared-back designs, these sleek brands have earned a spot on the sun loungers of cool girls like Jeanne Damas and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. This season’s highlights include Matteau’s ultra-chic ‘The Square’ swimsuit, and Marysia’s ‘Santa Barbara’ one-shouldered style.

  • Matteau
    The Square swimsuit
  • Marysia
    Santa Barbara one-shoulder scalloped stretch-crepe swimsuit
  • Jade Swim
    Reel swimsuit
  • Broochini
    Luna swimsuit

Best for: Body sculpting

Whether you want more support or a discreet boost from your swimsuit, Heidi Klein and Eres have you covered. Heidi Klein’s halterneck style is flatteringly fitted with underwired cups and removable padding – perfect to subtly create cleavage for those with smaller cup sizes, while those with a larger bust will appreciate the support and lift. Eres’ swimsuits use peau douce fabric, which is super-soft and provides lift without the use of padding – the Les Essentiels line includes designs with varied levels of coverage.

  • Heidi Klein
    Smocked halterneck swimsuit
  • Eres
    Les Essentiels Aquarelle swimsuit
  • Solid & Striped
    The Veronica stretch-denim underwired swimsuit

Best 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 Johanna Ortiz, logo-printed numbers by Gucci and Versace, or Oséree’s backless, sequin-swathed showstopper, which can quickly double up as an after-dark top under a floaty maxi skirt. We also love the vintage feel of Lisa Marie Fernandez’s ‘Yasmin’ swimsuit, which creates a flattering hourglass finish thanks to its wrap-effect design and waist-defining belt.

  • Johanna Ortiz
    Cleating Hitch twist-front cutout printed swimsuit
  • Gucci
    Printed swimsuit
  • Versace
    Printed swimsuit
  • Oséree
    Sequined halterneck swimsuit

Best 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 long 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 Vaara’s ‘Isla’ swimsuit, which is made from an innovative stretch fabric that offers essential UV protection. Discreetly padded cups also provide extra support during energetic activities. Win-win.

Best for: Leg lengthening

To flatter long legs or to 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 figure. It can also double up as a beach-to-bar bodysuit under jeans or a maxi skirt. Stella McCartney’s leopard-print number is also great for showing off sun-kissed limbs – and avoiding awkward tan lines.

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