Sizzling styles that prove every body is a bikini body

From curve-flattering two-pieces to gender neutral designs and stylish mastectomy swimsuits, there really is something for everybody this summer, writes Denise Smith. Now all you have to do is hit the beach
H&M green one-shoulder swimsuit, €22.99

H&M green one-shoulder swimsuit, €22.99

Penneys monochrome bandeau control swimsuit, €14, and black v-neck control swimsuit, €14;

Penneys monochrome bandeau control swimsuit, €14, and black v-neck control swimsuit, €14;

Next red strappy swimsuit, €83

Next red strappy swimsuit, €83

Kahm The Éire long-sleeve swimsuit in emerald green, €70

Kahm The Éire long-sleeve swimsuit in emerald green, €70

Kahm The Éire long-sleeve swimsuit in fire, €70

Kahm The Éire long-sleeve swimsuit in fire, €70

Nasty Gal cut-out swimsuit, €29

Nasty Gal cut-out swimsuit, €29

Zara draped swimsuit, €32.95

Zara draped swimsuit, €32.95

Santa Marta floral mastectomy bikini, €98, roches.ie

Santa Marta floral mastectomy bikini, €98, roches.ie

Simply Be halterneck tankini, €57.50

Simply Be halterneck tankini, €57.50

Penneys neon underwired bikini top, €9, and matching bottoms, €6

Penneys neon underwired bikini top, €9, and matching bottoms, €6

San Diego multi-way mastectomy swimsuit, €88, roches.ie

San Diego multi-way mastectomy swimsuit, €88, roches.ie

Swim skirt, €34.95, trans-missie.com

Swim skirt, €34.95, trans-missie.com

Gender neutral swim zip top, €62.95, and shorts, €47.95, tomboyx.com

Gender neutral swim zip top, €62.95, and shorts, €47.95, tomboyx.com

Matching shorts, €47.95, tomboyx.com

Matching shorts, €47.95, tomboyx.com

Vibrant Island underwired swimsuit, €57.50, simplybe.ie

Vibrant Island underwired swimsuit, €57.50, simplybe.ie

Unisex swimsuit, €96.95, beefcakeswimwear.com

Unisex swimsuit, €96.95, beefcakeswimwear.com

Maternity floral swimsuit, €40, marksandspencer.com

Maternity floral swimsuit, €40, marksandspencer.com

Gingham wired padded bikini top, €30, and high-waisted bottoms, €20, marksandspencer.com

Gingham wired padded bikini top, €30, and high-waisted bottoms, €20, marksandspencer.com

In a world where our worth is too often equated with our weight, here are six words I want you to repeat after me — every body is a bikini body. Now that’s out of the way, I’m not going to lecture you on what swimsuit best suits your bodyshape, or wax lyrical on the best coverups to flatter your curves, instead, I’m asking you to dive right into whatever swim fits that spark joy.

From eco-friendly suits made on the shores of Ireland to mastectomy swimwear, classic one-pieces, bold bikinis and trans-specific collections, you can truly make a splash this season and embrace all that summer, and your body has to offer — it’s all about being comfortable in your own skin.

As always, hot weather season brings a fresh batch of fun swim trends to try, but a certain Irish company is making the most waves. Creating sleek swimwear from old fish nets, carpets and nylon scraps, Donegal sisters Áine Boyle and Sally Anne Sherry have created the label Kahm.

The former competitive swimmers are the driving force behind Ireland’s first sustainable swimsuit label — if you’re a sea swimmer or intend on hitting the surf, add this brand to cart immediately.

Because one size doesn’t fit all, roches.ie, has a line of post-mastectomy swimwear that unites practicality with poolside style for the one in nine women who have been impacted by breast cancer in Ireland. While transmissie.com is showing up with the chicest offerings for those transitioning.

On the highstreet, poppy prints, blinding neons and the one-piece are giving the ultimate in beach vibes. H&M’s collection is bursting with vivid colours and chic mix-and-match pieces that will give you an instant dopamine hit — and as an added bonus they’re made using more sustainable materials

Penneys is also on a sustainability mission and has beach glam covered, with styles that look like they’ve been plucked from the catwalk but for a fraction of the price. Next is also coming in hot with bold statement sets that bring the glamour, while Simply Be has the ultimate plus range. So please, don’t sit in the shade.


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