Few things feel better than that first warm glorious day when it's hot enough to wear open-toed shoes, no socks. Or a dress sans tights, or even that bold choice of leaving the house without a jacket.
But for me, finding the right swimwear companion can be a bittersweet moment. Do I want to be sunning myself in that wonderful vitamin D? Course! Do I want cute pics for instagram? Absofrickinlutely! Do I feel slightly nauseous about shopping for the first swimsuit of the season? You bet your sweet Greggs I do.
For some a vacay is just around the corner, and for others, good weather brings a road trip to your nearest sun trap so it's best that we get our bathers in order. Sure, you may have approximately 10 sun kissed bikinis lurking your drawers, but swimwear is one section of our wardrobe that could always use an upgrade, especially with all these new fangled shapes and prints that are out rn thanks to modest fashion. So forget about those tan lines and get comfy with this seasons must have item, the swimsuit.
Keep scrolling to see my top picks covering the slinky dinky, the over the shoulder bolder holders, and all the high rise you can lengthen your leg to and feel your very best this Summer. Just please, don't forget that sunscreen!
One style suits all
OK so I can vouch for this one personally (even in the above pic!) Never in my whole swimwear shopping experiences have I been more surprised than by this swimsuit. Comfortable, suitable for big or small boobs, nips at the waist, high rise but not obscene, this ASOS number gets 10/10 from me and it's available in just about every signature colour you can imagine.
In the pink
Get into the colour of the season in this super flattering cut smocked swimsuit. It's rouched fabric is very forgiving and the slinky straps will make you feel super sexy. Bikini what now?
This swimming costume may be low cut with a high rise, but please do not underestimate it's contrasting print powers. With this shape and those colours, you are sure to knockout anyone in this bad boy.
Some people stand in the darkness
However, you are not one of them! This incredible Baywatch style dupe is absolutely awesome (if you are brave enough!) With high rise legs, arms, back and well, everything, this is the smallest swimsuit of the bunch. But I couldn't not, right?!
Bring this seasons slogan tee's to the sea with this retro style, sports luxe CK classics swimmers. My Calvins indeed!
Urban Outfitters, £50
Feel fifties style flirty in the flattering swimsuit to end all flattering swimsuit. This is another tried and tested shape that will look good on just about anyone and everyone.
For Luna Swim, £71
Let this striped swimmers hug your ever curve. With inbuilt shaping wonders inside, I have a feeling this will turn into "ok this is all I am wearing" on holiday (super cute under shorts!)
The IT Suit
OK can't get more 2017 culty than a lace up, highlighter yellow, high rise swimsuit. Instagrams at the ready!
Forever 21, £25
A chic, modern and simplistic animal print. Now there's a sentence I never thought I would say, but it's weirdly too!
If there's one last piece of advice I can give you, from one girl to another it's put the polka dot piece down, it's time to try something new. Have fun with swimwear, it may be daunting once on but if you feel good, gurl you look it too!
Lazy Oaf, £58
Header image by Forever Yours Betty