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Bardot necklines, ruffles and crop tops: standout swimwear to pack this summer

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Helen Booth

The best capsule wardrobe for a weekend away wouldn't be complete without a swimsuit or bikini, and now's the time to pick a favourite and place your order.

Whether your perfect sunshine holiday involves reading the latest bestseller while you relax on a sun lounger in Greece, swimming laps in a pool in the south of France, or partying at a beach-front club in Ibiza, there are classic swimsuits and bikinis that will see you through this summer and beyond, and others which nod to this season's big trends – like ruffles, crop tops and off-the-shoulder bardot necklines (so-called as the style was made famous by Brigitte Bardot, pictured above).

Come see our favourite picks from this season's collections.

  • Making waves

    This sporty Seafolly cossie was made for swimming or lounging, and just the ticket for beach-based sports, too.


  • Sunny side up

    This simple strapless bikini by Marysia Swim steals the show thanks to its pretty scalloped edge detailing. The top also has subtle boning at the sides to provide extra support.

    Top, £120,

    Bottoms, £125,

  • Cut it out

    This bright, floral swimsuit by Mara Hoffman would go well with a wide-brimmed sun hat and a poolside cocktail.

    Swimsuit, £205,

  • Teal touch

    This bikini has touches of teal and hints of yellow to balance out an otherwise monochrome colour palette, giving its floral print a graphic edge.

    Top, £10,

    Bottom, £10,

  • Cream of the crop

    This strappy number has a high neck and crop-style top for a bit of extra coverage.

    Top, £14.99,

    Bottoms, £7.99,

  • Join the dots

    This retro style set will give your holiday packing a throwback feel; the high waisted shorts and polka dot print have a definite 50s vibe.

    Top, £13,

    Bottoms, £8.50,

  • In the red

    This eye-catching 'kini will lend an extra edge to your envy-inducing Instagram shots.

    Top, £15,

    Bottoms, £12,

  • Plants on pink

    Bardot bikinis are everywhere this summer, but this is the ultimate version can be found in Topshop – it was designed by Kendall and Kylie Jenner, of course.

    Top, £25,

    Bottoms, £18,

  • Take the plunge

    This colour-block swimsuit comes with a flattering plunging neckline and side cut-outs to add interest.

    As well as being stylish, it will also hold its own for laps in the pool.


  • Flower power

    Ruffles are another big trend for 2016. To mix things up a little, this floral set from H&M can be worn either strapless or halterneck.

    Top, £12.99,

    Bottoms, £7.99,

  • Into the blue

    This Fifies-inspired suit was designed with Hollywood screen sirens in mind, but the simple, colour-blocked design brings it into 2016.


  • Splash of paint

    This watercolour print crop top and high waisted shorts combo will brighten up even the most overcast days.

    Top, £22,

    Bottoms, £20,

  • Surf's up

    Coral pink is the shade of the summer. This moulded triangle set takes up very little packing space, making it ideal for weekend getaways when you're travelling with cabin luggage only.

    Top, £12,

    Bottom, £10,

  • Fine print

    This two-piece tankini gives more than a heavy nod to the ikat trend of the past few seasons. Perfect for boho beach style.

    Top, £22.50,

    Bottoms, £14,

  • Plain and simple

    The grown-up leotard styling of this Prism swimsuit will appeal to anyone who's ever imagined themselves as a dancer or gymnast. Just leave the legwarmers at home.


  • Back of the net

    Alexander Wang cast the net wide with this coral bikini. The simple triangle design is perfect for chilling on the beach while the mesh sections give the set a sporty edge.


  • Check mate

    This classic gingham print swimsuit is versatile and timeless, but also has a cut out detail in the back to keep things on-trend.


  • Abstract idea

    Looking for something a little bit different? This Jeremy Scott scribble print cossie will attract lots of compliments.


  • Back to black

    A true classic, this Zara swimsuit will be the cossie that you can throw into your suitcase for years to come.


  • On the edge

    And that's a wrap! This cornflower blue bikini has contrast stitching around the edges, and a clever wrap style which hugs the body.

    Top, £28,

    Bottoms, £24,


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Helen Booth

Helen Booth is a London-based writer, digital editor and part-time maker who loves interiors, crafts and keeping tabs on trends. She also co-founded the weekly newsletter Lunch Hour Links.

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