It hits over 15 degrees in the UK and we've got only one thing on our mind: sunbathing. But to do that, we need bikinis - and lots of them. Here's our edit of the best bikinis in stores right now.
Bikinis aren't just a holiday essential (though now the sun’s out, we are forever-dreaming about banana daiquiris on a sun-drenched beach), when the weather peaks in the UK all we can think about is catching those rays - in the park, beer garden, at the lido, on the office roof terrace, in mum's back garden, anywhere - so it’s time, finally time, to take the plunge and buy this summer’s bikini.
These are the key styles we'll be shopping for 2017:
1. The bandeau bikini
Our go-to style is the bandeau, simply because bandeau = zero tanlines. Paolita and Zara are tickling our fancy this year with great printed numbers that are nice enough to wear to lunch with a high-waisted trouser, if you’re feeling brave and the dress code allows.
2. The high-waisted bikini
If you’re a retro babe and love a high-waisted bikini then you have to try one of Lisa Marie Fernandez’ offerings. Perfect for gals who have broad shoulders or a bigger bust, this is a great style to work those proportions. If you’re looking for a bikini specifically for a large bust then Heidi Klein should be your go-to. Her bikinis come with a wide back strap for extra support.
3. The micro bikini
The micro bikini has become a huge trend over past few summers so if you’ve got the body and the confidence, flaunt it! Love Stories Intimates is our ultimate go-to for these, they have tonnes of cute printed styles which you can mix and match. Crochet bikinis are also still a firm favourite at InStyle, so if you are looking for something itsy-bitsy, try Kiini or Anna Kosturova. There’s a chance you’ll love these bikinis more than your holiday itself!
4. The surfer girl bikini
Not everyone goes on holiday just to lounge on the sun bed, so if you’re heading somewhere for a bit of watersport action you’ll need something that won’t fall off (we’ve all been there!). Kurt Geiger has a long sleeve bikini that’s perfect for all you surf chicks out there.
Whether you're looking for something bright and fabulous or you want to keep it chic in a black or white bikini, we’ve found a style that you’ll love. Warning: these won’t be around all summer so get in there quick and shop our edit of best bikinis to buy right now.