Want to rock killer swimwear this spring and summer?

Swimwear trends to know
Olivia Lidbury

Dial up the style and rules the waves with everything from tie-dye prints to matching cover-ups 

Whether you’re off to a far-flung holiday destination or simply planning to catch some rays in the garden or park, swimwear that fits well, flatters and comes in a style that echoes the rest of your wardrobe will score highly on the feel-good factor.

Need something new, but not sure where to begin? Then you’ve come to right place for your know-it-all trend briefing. And remember that if you treat your itsy-bitsy pieces well, they’ll see you through many seasons: always rinse after swimming in chlorine-treated pools, hand-wash with a gentle solution where possible and air-dry (never tumble-dry).

Twist-front flourishes

You know how each season there’s a special detail of note on swimwear (in past years, it’s been scuba-style zips, previously hardware)? Well, this is the year of the twist – a simple (but, crucially, supportive) feature to elevate otherwise plain styles in one easy move. You’ll find this flourish on bandeaus, costumes and bikini tops alike, with some complementary bottoms getting the twist treatment, too. Impactful but timeless, this style won’t look dated when the next big thing comes along.

The soft touch

By this, we mean the advent of super-comfortable crop tops, which bralettes in the lingerie department have undoubtedly paved the way for. Free of underwires (although do look out for adjustable straps), these are the sorts of tops you might even be able to pull on for a yoga session before hitting the waves.

Swimwear trends to know

Go matchy-matchy

If you’re really discerning about your poolside attire, then treat yourself to the matching cover-up to your swimmers, which brands are increasingly offering now (all of the below come with complementary swim pieces). Say farewell to clashing prints with a sarong (which we have Whistles to thank for resurrecting), wafty kimonos and our favourite look of all: this orange-print shirt-dress by Great Plains (above), which comes with both a co-ordinating bikini set and a swimsuit. 

To tie-dye for

It’s a close-tie with gingham, but thanks to the affection for all things Y2K (yes, we’re looking at you, bucket hats and cropped cardigans), tie-dye is the front-runner in the print department. A spirited alternative to spots and stripes, chuck on an oversized white shirt to combat the midday sun. Just don't try to do tie-dye at home – with swim garments, this is best left to the professionals.

The little black cossie

Okay, so this is more of a stalwart than a trend, but the beautiful basic is one to fall back on if classic is your bag. Sophisticated and neutral, the joy here is finding a cut that suits your silhouette: bandeaus are ideal for curvy figures, while plunging necklines can help enhance your shape. And the LBC is a secret weapon, in that when it’s time for sundowners, you’ll be ready to prop up the bar after slipping over denim shorts and a pulling on a Panama hat.

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