ASOS Penelope high waisted bikini

We're kicking off lingerie & swimwear month in style with one of ASOS' Spring / Summer 2013 'hero' products - the Penelope bikini. ASOS loves this bold floral print so much it completely takes over the beachwear section - there are various bikini options, my favourite being the ruched high-waisted bottoms and cup-sized top with removable halter strap shown above (also available in D+ sizes) but there are also classic briefs and a bandeau swimsuit, plus all manner of cover-ups, from floaty dresses to a very unexpected cropped, long-sleeved top. You might not want to mix and match the whole collection, but if you love the print you're almost guaranteed to find a garment that suits your style given all the options!

High-waisted bikini bottoms are one of the key Swimwear trends this Summer, but do be cautious when buying into this trend. With a style like this it's even more important than ever to make sure you buy the right size so there's no sagging or digging in. These ASOS ruched briefs come up true to size, so they're quite a safe bet. That said, consider your body shape when shopping - though you may think that more coverage is safer, curvier types may find that the smaller briefs work better overall. It's taken be a long time (and a good few purchases) to finally accept that high-waisted bikinis don't do my pear-shaped figure and short torso any justice whatsoever!