Lying back and soaking up some rays, splashing out in a warm, blue sea or getting your heart racing on a dune-taming adventure; whatever you’ve got planned for your hot beach honeymoon, we’ve got the spot-on-trend beachwear for you…
Good as Gold
All that glitters is gold (sequins, that is) when it comes to this luxe, embellished Miss Selfridge two-piece. If you plan to soak up more sun than sea, it’s a poolside-posing essential. Once bronzed, just throw on a kaftan or shorts and the indigo shade will take you from beach to bar.
Blue embellished bikini, £28, Miss Selfridge.
Black (& White) Beauty
Monochrome is chic in just about any incarnation; and especially when it comes with a tummy-tucking panel. Structured and flattering whatever your figure, contrast it with a floaty white skirt for a laidback all-day look.
Tummy control body shaper coco bandeau swimsuit, £29.50, M&S.
High-fashion divas can tick two trend boxes in one in this Topshop swimsuit. Sheer micro-knits were a catwalk staple for S/S10 (we love the thoughtful belly-button detail here), and cut-out panels could be found all over the Fashion Weeks too. It might look scarily avant-garde at first glance, but think of it as a mid-way point from bikinis to bathing suits: sexiness with stomach shading…
Crochet one piece, £32, Topshop.
Moroccan shades of purple, green and blue lend a far-flung feel to this Fat Face bikini. Essential suitcase-candy if you’re honeymooning in an exotic hotspot, the proper moulded cups make it a top choice for bigger bra sizes; or anyone in need of a little lift.
Stripe 50s bikini top, £20; stripe 50s bikini bottom, £15; both Fat Face.
Pretty as a Picture
If there’s anything more feminine than pastels and flowers (not counting chocolate) it’s not on our radar; girlie girls will heart this pretty purple bikini. The beaded halter-neck detailing dresses up your neckline so there’s no need to get your fave necklace wet; just accessorise with white wedges or flip-flops when you go from sand to shops.
Lilac ditsy beaded padded bikini top, £10; lilac ditsy tie bikini bottoms, £10; both Dorothy Perkins.
A Good Sport
Graphic print and athletic chic are forward-rolled into one in this hot Nike bikini for sporty honeymooners. It’s underwired for full support while you volley a ball or catch a wave, while the high leg and triangle-centred straps mean you’re free to hop, skip and jump without putting more than your skills on show.
NikeWomen’s Gemani Swim Bikini, £30, Nike.
Embrace your wild side on your honeymoon in this Miss Selfridge bikini; triangles flatter smaller busts while the animal print gets attention. Wear with an open khaki jumpsuit or shirt teamed white shorts; you’ll strike a casual-sexy note that tells your hubby you’re prepping to pounce…
Animal triangle bikini, £25, Miss Selfridge.
We couldn’t help coming over all Special K at this scarlet-red M&S swimsuit, kitted out with handy tummy control and edged with sexy side-ruching. We reckon it could be as good for your heart as your waistline too, as 30% of each sale goes to the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer campaign.
Fashion Targets Breast Cancer tummy control swimsuit, £29.50, M&S.
Ocean Colour Scene
Forget the bikini-line blues in this Evans turquoise, low-leg swimsuit. Cute beading at the thigh and a deep v-neck top bring attention from your tum to all your best bits, while thicker straps provide ideal support for ampler busts.
Turquoise swimsuit, £29.95, Evans.
Florals never get old when it comes to spring/summer swimwear; so we’re going back to basics vintage-style in this retro-cute Topshop two-piece. Slip it under a peachy cardi en-route from suite to sands, or wear with cream or rose culottes for a total old-school flashback.
Flower print bikini, £25, Topshop.
Pretty in Print
This grown-up-pretty paisley bikini is versatile in more ways than one: the intricate gold embellishment and exotic florals score all sorts of style points, while the removable strap is a sun-junkie’s dream for stripe-free tanning.
Limited Collection floral bandeau bikini top, £22; Limited Collection floral print hipster bikini bottoms, £15; both M&S.
Double points for fashion followers in this animal-print cut-out swimsuit. The strategic centre strip draws the eye away from your stomach to your curves, while the central halter neck leads the look upwards to make short bodies seem longer.
Animal one piece swimsuit, £28, Topshop.
Between the ditsy florals and the delicate frills, everything about this two-piece says ‘petite’. Little ladies with flatter chests can refocus the eye on the intricate detailing; and where bigger patterns can make shorter women look smaller, this mini motif’s proportions are perfect. And as for those sweet sherbet shades; well, they just add to the eye candy.
Ditsy frill bandeau, £25, Miss Selfridge.
Cruising for a Schmoozing
Who knew an investment piece could cost just £16? The naval blue and white stripes of the nautical trend are in style every summer, as super-size luxury yachts set off to cruise the globe. We love this bikini from Dotty P’s for its ruched loop and side-tie details; and the horizontal stripes and centre-strap are top-notch for enhancing smaller
Navy/white stripe bandeau bikini top, £8; navy/white strip rope tie bikini bottoms, £8; both Dorothy Perkins.
Put a Ribbon on it
Swap your shorts for a suit with confidence with this sweet, beribboned Topshop one-piece. The vintage cut is achingly cute and the frills add flirty femininity, while its open back is the perfect distraction for bottom-conscious bathers.
Rose bow underwire one piece, £30, Topshop.
Now you’ve picked your hot beachwear, why not find the honeymoon or minimoon to wear it on, or get up-to-date on all the latest bridal fashion…