Swimming in the sea is one of my favourite things in the world but on occasion it requires some mettle, especially if we are talking about taking a dip along the wild Atlantic coast of Ireland in December. Other than a willing spirit and a
swimsuit, you don't need any expensive gear to get into the water but I have learned the hard way (I have lost count of the times I've been hit by a wave and looked down two minutes later to discover that I am exposing myself to innocent onlookers) that finding a swimsuit that doesn't ride up/down or a sturdy bikini is harder than it looks. Finding a cute one is twice as tricky. Instagram is littered with sexy bikini shots but trust me, none of them will last kissing time in the ocean or even at your local pool or lido. Wild swimming with the wind and waves calls for a little pragmatism but that doesn't mean your summer cossie has to be ugly. Style and substance, that's what we need here.
So for women who don't want to lounge by the pool, here's a selection of cute swimsuits that can stand up to lengths in the lido and stay put in the sea...
This soft striped one-piece looks simple from the front but the deep back adds some sex appeal.
Quiksilver Womens - One-Piece Swimsuit, $70, available at
Nike Swim number is top of my list. Sexy, sporty, fully lined and made from chlorine-resistant fabric, these swimsuits are built to last. (Other cities are available.) NIKE SWIM
Nike City Series U-Back One-Piece Swimsuit, $47.95, available at
In my quest to find sensible swimwear that you can do backstroke in, I noticed A LOT of the options were black. This bright and super comfy Ellesse two-piece was a nice discovery.
Pomum Bikini Top Multi, $20, available at
Malus Bikini Pant Multi, $12, available at
Made from a mix of recycled materials, at £35 this zesty orange one-piece from Arket is practically a steal. With a low back and thick straps, the bold shade means you'll stand out.
One-Piece Swimsuit, $35, available at
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If you are more of a pool person, this sporty two-piece is a good option – bright, with support and coverage for your fitness training. It's made of recycled chlorine-resistant fabric for long-lasting wear. The top is cut with a wide back opening for freedom of movement.
Fitness Solid Bikini, $42.95, available at
A print, hurrah! This high-end swimsuit is fully lined for support; if you're after a one-piece that will keep everything in place and has personality, this is it.
Mare Crochet-Knit Swimsuit, $380, available at
Just a bit more fancy than your average LBS (Little Black Swimsuit), stretchy technical fabrics are woven into the material alongside thick straps, which makes this Araks one-piece ideal for swimmers. You could wear this out of the pool, too, with a pair of denim cutoffs. A cut above the rest.
Ursa V-Neck Cutout Swimsuit, $240, available at
Packing a playful punch, this printed Ganni creation pays homage to the psychedelic trend while being sturdy enough to last as many laps as you can.
Low-Back Swimsuit, $120, available at
A little detail goes a long way. Staying true to this season's earthy neutrals, this rust bikini is elevated with keyhole detailing. Designed with a square-neck top, easy clasp and high-waist bottoms, it's got support and style.
Tort Ring Bikini Top, $35, available at
Textured Bikini Bottoms, $35, available at
If you want a one-piece that's simple and fun, problem solved. This magenta Prism creation screams business in the front, party in the back, with a double-strap crossover and flattering high cut.
Mykonos Swimsuit, $175, available at
This tank top-inspired piece is ticking all the boxes. Mimicking a high-cut '90s neckline and made from 80% recycled polyamide, this breathable, movable jade green swimsuit is a sporty dream.
One-Piece Swimsuit, $25, available at
This Patagonia bikini has a very cute wildlife print and removable side cups and is made of recycled nylon. Plus, Patagonia products are built to withstand wear and tear, so this will last for years.
High Neckline Bikini Top, $65, available at
Low-Rise Bikini Bottoms, $55, available at
Serving as multipurpose swimwear and workout gear, this adidas and Stella McCartney collaboration makes a brilliant case for chic/practical swimwear. We love the lightweight highlighter orange fabric and this one rates highly for comfort and has quick-drying technical fibres.
adidas by Stella McCartney
Bikini Crop Top, $65, available at
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Bikini Shorts, $50, available at
Sometimes, simplicity is key. For those venturing to warmer climates during the summer, a white bikini is the perfect staple. Solid straps and crossover detail offer great support for those with larger busts and come complete with elasticated bottoms.
Bikini Top, $14.99, available at
Bikini Bottom, $8.99, available at
We can get on board with these rainbow stripes. Additional side boning and lightly padded cups are the real winning features on this one-piece.
Multi Stripe Swimsuit, $42, available at
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