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Belted swimsuits

Swimwear shopping has just been made a whole lot easier thanks to the belted swimsuit.

If there are two words that can strike instant fear into women it’s: swimwear shopping. Any other type of shopping and we’ll be there with bells on, but finding “the one” when it comes to a swimsuit can be tricky. Mainly because a) how do you choose between the thousands of styles out there? and b) what is going to make you feel most confident in the swimwear department? Well, we have found the answer to both questions; the belted swimsuit. 

Solid & Striped put the retro swim style back on our radar with their collection of printed and colourful styles, and now iterations can be found in all the designer and high street sections this year. 

Taking all the stress out of swimwear shopping (finally), this year is all about the belt detail that draws attention to the waist making it universally flattering on all shapes and sizes. 

New Look has created a version in their curves section for sizes 18-28, Simply Be have a selection of belted swimsuits suitable for cup sizes up to GG, and then there’s the new Swimsuits For All collection. Created by influencer Gabi Fresh, the new drop features the ‘girlfriend’ lilac belted beauty below (shop here) and it’s available in sizes 10-26 in cups D-H. 

It’s time to welcome the most all-inclusive, flattering and chicest swimsuit you’ll ever own. Continue to see our edit of the best belted swimsuits. 

Warning: you’ll want to shop the lot. 

Warehouse Breton stripe belted swimsuit

Warehouse belted swimsuit

There’s no doubt about it, Warehouse has seriously upped their swimwear game this season. 

Imagine this flattering vertical striped number with tan sandals and a raffia bag for the beach – swoon. 

£36, Warehouse

New Look curves red belted swimsuit

New Look curves red belted swimsuit

Giving us all Baywatch babe vibes, this swimsuit comes in sizes 6-28 making it suitable for many amazing women. It also comes in black too, FYI. 

£25.99, New Look

Solid & Striped the Nina belted polka-dot swimsuit 

Solid & Striped the Nina belted polka-dot swimsuit

This is the brand that put belted swimsuits back on the map, and we will be forever thankful. 

Playful prints, bright hues and contrasting belts means they’re the only poolside essential. Plus a Cosmo, naturally. 

£150, Solid & Striped

Topshop black ribbed belted swimsuit

Topshop black ribbed belted swimsuit

Another trend that’s, er trending, this season is the high-cut leg. 

We can all agree it’s a slightly tricky one to pull off, but well worth giving a go if you’re brave enough. Make a start with this Topshop black number. 

£28, Topshop

John Lewis & Partners Tropicana belted control swimsuit 

John Lewis & Partners Tropicana belted control swimsuit

In one of this season’s hottest hues and the key style – it’s basically a two-for-one buy if you ask us. 

Add this to the fact it’s under £40 and also comes in black and we can imagine it’ll sell out, fast. 

£39, John Lewis & Partners

& Other Stories belted rainbow stripe swimsuit

& Other Stories belted rainbow stripe swimsuit

This & Other Stories one-piece reminds us of pick ‘n’ mix sweets – in a great way. The round buckle and square neckline makes it look way more premium than the price tag. 

£45, & Other Stories

Adriana Degreas Porto belted swimsuit

Adriana Degreas Porto belted swimsuit

Style is all in the details – hence why we’re obsessed with this dream swimsuit. The vertical stripes with wide belt on the waist will create a dreamy silhouette. 

It’s so good, you can wear it as a top by adding a midi skirt, wide leg trousers or shorts for summer. 

£350, Adriana Degreas

Bluebella Mawson wired swimsuit

Bluebella Mawson wired swimsuit

If you’ve got a larger chest and want the extra support without losing the style points, then this is the one for you. 

Available in cup sizes DD to G, the cutout detail with adjustable straps and moulded cups are so flattering. 

£46, Bluebella at Simply Be

Want more summer inspiration? These are the 5 pairs of colourful sandals you need this season. 

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