The best bikinis for making a splash this summer

Ellie Goodman

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25 April 2022

Bare-all bikinis and trending two-pieces to beat the heat in this summer

25 April 2022 | Ellie Goodman | If you purchase something via our website, we may earn an affiliate commission.

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fter two years of cancelled plans, seaside staycations and last-minute locator forms, this summer promises the return of proper holidays. And whether you’re off to Crete or Cardigan Bay, why not take the opportunity to make a serious splash in some new season swimwear? From barely-there bikinis to trendy tankinis, read on for our guide to the best two-piece swimsuits to pack for summer 2022 – just don't forget your SPF.

The best triangle bikinis

Isa Boulder weavestring triangle bikini top, £198and recycled-fibre blend bottoms, £85, matchesfashion.com 
Net-A-Porter x Jacquemus Peirado triangle halterneck bikini, £80, and bikini briefs, £70, net-a-porter.com

Triangle bikinis – equally as chic with a pair of denim cutoffs as they are worn solo – prove a popular choice for stylish sunseekers every summer, so there are plenty of options to pick from. Meticulously crafted from recycled Italian Lycra by local artisans at the brand’s Bali studio, Isa Boulder’s pastel pink woven bikini puts a modern spin on classic triangle styles with its halter neck collar. Jacquemus, meanwhile, has given its Peirado bikini the same signature cutout treatment as its ready-to-wear for the brand’s Net-A-Porter partnership.

Faithfull the Brand Flora bikini top and Andez bikini bottoms, approx £70 each, faithfullthebrand.com
Zimmermann Lola Waterfall frilled bikini, £240, farfetch.com

If you’re looking for a more classic style in which to soak up the sun, Indonesian B Corp-certified label Faithfull the Brand has you covered (or not) with its vibrant Flora top, which we’ll be pairing with the brand’s Andez bottoms come tanning time. Alternatively, Zimmermann’s frilled Lola Waterfall bikini features a playful floral print that perfectly encapsulates the lighthearted, laid-back vibes that epitomise swimsuit season.

The best one-shoulder bikinis

Abysse Jones one-shoulder bikini top and Jean bikini bottoms, £90 each, brownsfashion.com
Isabel Marant Salome abstract-print bikini top and Sonny briefs, £90 each, matchesfashion.com

No longer banished to the annals of early-Noughties nostalgia, one-shouldered silhouettes are making a massive comeback for summer 2022. Abysse has expertly tapped into the trend with its geometric-print bikini – complete with adjustable shoulder strap and elasticated underband, so you can be sure it’s not going anywhere once you take the plunge – while fashion-set favourite Isabel Marant has taken the lead from retro sporty styles for her abstract-print iteration.

PatBo Cindy one-shoulder bikini top and side tie bottoms, £179 each, farfetch.com
Norma Kamali Diana one-shoulder ruched bikini top, £140, and bikini briefs, £110, net-a-porter.com

If you’re not looking to immerse yourself entirely in this summer’s retro revival, look to PatBo’s bold polka dot style. Cut in a vintage-inspired silhouette, it pairs perfectly with the brand’s high-waisted bottoms for an Old Hollywood look. Elsewhere, Norma Kamali has brought the trend firmly into 2022 with its Grecian-inspired, draped style. Modelled after the brand’s popular Diana dress, this contemporary style is ideal for long lunches by the beach that keep flowing well into happy hour. 

The best bandeau bikinis

Adriana Degreas solid bandeau bikini, £235, brownsfashion.com
Mara Hoffman Abigail printed recycled bandeau bikini top, £138, and Zoa briefs, £129, net-a-porter.com

A favourite of sun worshippers worldwide thanks to its versatility and lack of pesky, tan-line-causing straps, the bandeau bikini is a true It Girl summer staple. Adriana Degreas has kept things simple with its classic all-black style, while Mara Hoffman’s bold multicoloured bikini is certain to make a splash pool-side.

Marysia Antibes bandeau bikini top and Antibes reversible briefs, £110 each, harveynichols.com
Oceanus Lara pink embellished bikini, £250, oceanusswimwear.com

Marysia’s sunshine yellow scalloped-edge bandeau puts a sweet spin on the classic style and looks fabulous with a tan, but if you’re planning on doing more soaking in the sun than you are in the sea, opulent London-based swimwear brand Oceanus is for you. Its Lana bikini has been hand-beaded with crystals and bugle bead tassels for the perfect beach party-ready look.

The best high-rise bikinis

Hunza G Bettey Nile two-tone seersucker bikini, £145, harveynichols.com
Vanessa Sposi high-waist briefs, £80.15, and balloon-sleeve bandeau, £113.90, vanessasposi.com

Where beaches were once awash with women wearing itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny string bikini bottoms and even – gasp! – thongs, vintage high-rise styles have seen somewhat of a revival over recent summers. Universally flattering and undoubtedly chic, Vanessa Sposi’s high-waisted knickers and balloon-sleeve top evoke retro French Riviera glamour, while Hunza G’s one-size-fits-all seersucker bikini makes the case for mismatched separates.

Emilio Pucci Giallo-print bikini briefs, £180, and Bandierine-print bandeau, £170, matchesfashion.com
Oséree Lumiére high-waist bikini, £195, brownsfashion.com

Renowned for its resortwear, Pucci doesn’t disappoint – live la dolce vita in its playfully printed high-rise briefs whether you’re sojourning in Amalfi or Abersoch. Oséree, specialising in swimwear that transitions seamlessly from beach club to night club (for those brave enough), makes a serious statement with its metallic-finish bikini.

The best fuller-coverage and supportive bikinis

Ganni crochet highi-neck bikini top, £125, and string bikini bottoms, £105, ganni.com 
Frankies Bikinis Peace strapless bikini top, £100, and Tia printed bikini bottoms, £75, brownsfashion.com

If traditional, barely-there bikinis aren’t your thing, look to fuller coverage styles like Ganni’s high-necked crochet bikini – not a typical choice for beachwear but ideal for days spent sauntering along the seafront. Alternatively, Frankies Bikinis’ psychedelic longline bandeau does the trick just as well, while nailing the Y2K trend we’re seeing everywhere this summer.

Form and Fold The Tri cross-strap bikini top, £90, and The Slate mid-rise bikini bottoms, £45, farfetch.com
Zimmermann Tropicana chain-embellished underwire bikini, £285, net-a-porter.com

Those of us blessed with a fuller bust know all too well how hard it can be to find a bikini that flatters while keeping everything comfortably – and securely – where it should be. Fortunately, vintage-inspired underwired styles – like Zimmermann’s chain-embellished bikini – are trending, with a slew of brands, including Melissa Odabash, Fisch and Evarae, offering up their own takes. Australian brand Form and Fold, meanwhile, has nailed the supportive swimwear game with its range of D+ bikinis. The brand’s ultra-flattering Tri top both lifts and supports without the use of uncomfortable underwires so you can frolic freely in comfort without risking any awkward slips.

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