Five bikinis that will instantly update your holiday wardrobe

Posted by
Sophie Tobin
backgroundLayer 1
Add this article to your list of favourites
Stella McCartney Monogram Blue Triangle tie-side Bikini

Whatever your summer holiday needs, these on-trend, minimal bikinis have you covered

Holidays are coming and if, like us, you’re forever in search of the perfect classic bikini, yet find yourself drowning in a sea of eighties-inspired swimsuits and embellished or embroidered bikinis, then our edit of minimal two-pieces is for you.

The Stylist fashion team’s failsafe choice of swimwear is the humble and often overlooked triangle bikini. A great base for your holiday wardrobe they look as good under vests and dresses as they fare in the water. Here is our edit of the best designer and high street styles available to buy right now. 

  • Stella McCartney Monogram Bikini, as chosen by Kitty McGee, Executive Fashion Director

  • “Stella McCartney’s logo swimwear is the chicest way to channel this season’s nineties trend for minimalists. I’ll wear mine under high-waisted denim shorts and a short-sleeved shirt with Teva sandals.”

    Blue Monogram Bikini Top, £135, Stella McCartney

    Blue Monogram Bikini Bottoms, £110, Stella McCartney

  • Hunza G Gigi Seersucker Bikini, as chosen by Polly Knight, Fashion Editor

    “Hunza G’s one size fits all swimsuits and bikini’s are delightfully fuss-free. This longline bandeau with straps is more practical than a strapless style but still has that sporty vibe which I love.”

    Gigi Seersucker Bikini, £180, Hunza G @ Net-a-Porter

  • Holyday Jemima Bikini in Olive, as chosen by Arabella Greenhill, Fashion Director

    Triangle Bikini in Olive greenby holyday swim

    “For me the best swimwear is the simplest and most functional. I like minimal styles in classic colours and Holyday have some brilliant options. A handful of bikini’s with some flat leather sandals and silk midi dresses and that’s my holiday wardrobe sorted.”

    Jemima Bikini top, £60, Holyday (

    Jemima Bikini briefs, £60, Holyday (

  • John Lewis Rainforest Rib Bikini, as chosen by Helen Atkin, Fashion Assistant

  • “A simple, well-fitting bikini can be so hard to find on the high street. John Lewis’ new swim collection has some really lovely plain styles like this ribbed triangle style which comes in bright blue, teal and mulberry and will be as useful at the beach as it will on more active holidays too.”

    Rainforest Rib Bikini Top, £19, John Lewis & Partners

    Rainforest Rib Bikini Briefs, £16, John Lewis & Partners

  • Mango Striped Bikini, as chosen by Sophie Tobin, Fashion Intern

  • “This style is perfect for wearing to and from the beach as a crop top. Paired with some high waisted loose shorts and a chunky sandal, this bikini is great for doing a few laps of the pool and wearing into the evening.”

    Striped Bikini Top, £19.99, Mango

    Striped Bikini Bottoms, £17.99, Mango