Bikinis: The ultimate holiday

Bikinis are looking better than ever for 2016, and we’ve rounded-up all the best buys whatever your budget or shape…
Bikinis are about the most exciting thing to shop for in summer. Hello, holiday feeling.
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From bold patterns and bright colours to original cuts and unique shapes, we’ve handpicked the key styles of the season to get your suitcase shop well under way.

If you thought you couldn’t do a two piece, think again. From Melissa Odabash to Reiss, there’s a bikini style for every size and shape this season.

Still not convinced? Why not look to the new swimwear brands on the scene and head to Varley or Kiini, where ultra-cool statement pieces take centre stage.

We’re happy to admit that we find nautical-inspired pieces hard to resist come this time of year. For a sophisticated French Riviera vibe, we’ll be teaming our striped set with a wide-brimmed floppy hat and a slick of scarlet lipstick.

Want the perfect tan without having to compromise on style? Try a Prism or Zeus And Dioni bandeau bikini – they come in a variety of colours and prints.

Sports-luxe is a hot look this season and we’ve seen plenty of stores stocking swimwear that will help you nail the trend. For purse-friendly options that are still super chic, try Zara.

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Once you start flicking through our ultimate holiday-ready edit, it’ll become obvious that retro shapes and statement cuts are big news right now.

Both Mara Hoffman and Topshop are championing high-rise briefs – perfect for anyone feeling a little self-conscious about displaying their middle – while scalloped edges have proved to be popular over at Marysia.

Are you an fan of bikini bottoms with sides you can tie in a bow? Tory Burch and Eres are two brands you should certainly consider. Slip a 70s-inspired peasant blouse and pair of trusty denim shorts over the top and you’ll take your look from beach to bar. SolidAndStriped155

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