Swimwear buying guide


Swimsuits and bikinis come in an array of styles that alter each season according to trends and fashion. It's important to know the features and benefits of each style, as some can assist in enhancing your figure, whilst others may draw attention to areas of your body you'd like to avoid! Here's our guide to choosing the perfect swimsuit for you.


Bandeau swimsuit
High Apex swimsuit
Control swimsuit
Specialist swimsuit


The John Lewis own brand swimwear is "mix and match", allowing you to choose a different style of top and bottom, and also great if you're sized differently top and bottom.

Bandeau bikini
Triangle bikini
Cup size bikini


Bikini brief
Hipster mini brief
Tie side brief
Fold down brief
Hipster mini brief
Adjustable shorts

Colours & patterns

Patterns are great for women of all sizes as they cover all sorts of areas that you may want to divert attention away from! Dark colours are slimming, while pale hues, metallic and shiny fabrics can exaggerate your size. Selecting a swimsuit that is lined helps with reducing transparency.

All our swimwear is suitable for wearing in water, but some fabrics are more suited for seawater and chlorinated pools. Swimsuits decorated with beading and embellishment are more likely to deteriorate more quickly in seawater or chlorinated water, so perhaps save them for sunbathing and the occasional dip!