Some of you may not have started your summer countdown as yet (we know, where has the year gone?!) But for those of you already counting down, you’ll know that you can count the number of weeks until summer arrives on one hand. Cue the coconut oil and an Aperol Spritz!
Chances are, if you are one of our counter-downers, you have a drawer stashed full of swimsuits, but you firmly believe that girl can never have too many bikinis (and for the record, we concur!). If you’ve lost track of what month it is and haven’t invested in a new swimsuit since 2009, well that’s perfect too, because there’s no better time to get your swimsuit game in check than right now!
Here at The Urban List, we’re avid swimsuit lovers. Why? Because swimsuits go hand-in-hand with beachside cocktails, poolside side picnics, summer road trips and sun-kissed skin, and there’s really no reason not to love that little list.
Whether you’re into to prints, pop colours, one-pieces, two-pieces, tie-sides, bandeaus tops or bold silhouettes, there’s a shiny new swimsuit out there for everyone. We’ve picked our top eight swimsuits—just to make your summer countdown feel all the more official…
#1 The ultimate beach to bar one-piece
It’s almost harder for us to find a Zimmermann swimsuit don’t love rather than pick our favourite! This floral printed one-piece is the perfect swimsuit to see you through sun-drenched days on the sand to sipping on your favourite cocktail at sunset. Pair it with shorts for the beach or wear it underneath a white silk skirt or palazzo pants for the bar—it easily doubles as a bodysuit, which makes it all the more worth the price tag.
Lucia Plunce 1 piece available from Zimmermann stores nationally and online.
#2 The bikini of choice for Instagram it-girls
Haven’t heard of TRIANGL? Oh, they only have a measly 2.7 million Insta-followers. Their signature bikinis are all crafted from premium neoprene and realised in the brightest of summer shades. One of the best features is that you can also pick your top and bottom size, depending on how you like your bikini to fit. If their Instagram feed is anything to go by, a TRIANGL bikini is your one-way ticket to an envy-inducing summer… But you’ll need to purchase your own inflatable flamingo.
TRIANGL Brigitte bikini in Citrus Berry available online.
#3 The one that’ll give you the worst tan-lines (but will be worth it)
Tan with caution. The Ester one-piece by OYE blends mesh sheer panels with criss-cross Lycra which is a recipe for tan-line disaster… But the swimsuit highlights all your best features whilst creating a slimming illusion thanks the to carefully placed panels.
OYE Ester one piece available online.
#4 The prettiest swimsuit we could find
Peony pink? Tick! Modern frilled edges? Tick! The scalloped-edge bikini by New York label, Marysia Swim guarantees poolside prettiness; it’s girly with a little bit of a grown-up edge.
Marysia Swim Antibes scallop-edge bandeau bikini top available online.
#5 The new classic
No swimwear-wardrobe is complete without a classic black bikini. The And I Drove You Crazy Bikini from Alice McCall is a mod-take on a seaside staple; finished with sports-luxe inspired detailing, statement full coverage briefs and accented with fun cut-outs and is complete with the tick of approval from the bikini-queen herself, Tash Oakley.
Alice McCall And I Drove You Crazy Bikini is available online.
#6 The best bikini for boho-chic lovers
This super cute bikini could actually also double as a the bikini of choice for Instagram it-girls, as this little crochet duo has been spot on everyone from Julia Restoin-Roitfield, Dree Hemmingway to Cara Delevingne. Available in fun, bright colours—it’s perfect to pair with salty, tousled beach waves.
Kiini bikini Yaz crocheted cotton and neoprene triangle bikini available online.
#7 The one that is actually functional
Hang on, you mean you’ll actually be swimming in your new swimsuit? Just kidding. But for those who take things a little more serious in the water (from surfing to water-skiing to paddle-boarding) you’ll need a swimsuit that’s both comfortable and supportive, and well, stays in its place. The Upside Printed Snapper Tank and Pant is just as cute as it is functional, promising to stay put in even the roughest of waves.
The Upside printed Snapper tank and pant is available online.
#8 The one in a colour you never knew you liked
Olive isn’t a shade that automatically springs to mind when we think summer. Steer clear of a new neon orange or predictable white bikini, because you’ll be pleasantly surprised with how many pieces you have in your wardrobe that this bikini matches with. This must-have olive hue pairs perfectly with all shades of grey, neutrals, denim, black, navy and even pink, and we’re certain you’ve got a great summer dress to wear atop this swimsuit.
Zulu & Zephyr The Palms Harness bikini available online.
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