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Swimwear

Whether you prefer a bikini or a swimsuit, skimpy and sexy or chic and covered-up, you’ll find what you’re looking for in our swimwear section. From retro-inspired 50s designs to super modern shapes with graphic prints, anything goes when it comes to beachwear now, and we love hunting down the best that’s on offer. With options for all sizes, you just need to book that holiday!

Swimwear - all articles

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Celebrity swimwear of the week: Jessica Alba's Basta Surf reversible bikini

In keeping with Lingerie Month here at CQ, you'd be hard pushed not to notice that there's been a massive focus on all things we like to wear underneath. But now summer is (finally) on it's way, we're also looking at swimwear... Read more »

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Swimwear of the day: Zimmermann frilled floral bikini

While the French rule at lingerie, the Aussies excel at swimwear, and I find that 90% of my favourite swimwear brands were set up by Antipodeans. One such label is Zimmermann, the brainchild of Sydney-based sisters Nicky... Read more »

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Swimwear of the day: Gingham Girl DD+ bikini by Bravissimo

Today's swimwear pick is another pretty design for those of you who need a DD+ cup for some extra support on the beach. The retro-inspired gingham design is from the in-house label at Bravissimo, who are long-term experts at... Read more »

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Swimwear of the day: Retro fun 'poolside paradise' bikini

I always try and sneak a good retro piece (or ten) into our annual swimwear picks, and they don't get more retro than this fun find from ModCloth. It's the 'Poolside Paradise' bikini , with high-waisted briefs and a bra top... Read more »

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Swimwear gallery: Monochrome bikinis and swimsuits

We've already talked about how big the monochrome trend is this Spring , and you can't have missed the hundreds of striped, spotted and checkerboard pieces now filling every store - online and offline - as a result. But this... Read more »

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Swimwear of the day: Dolce & Gabbana reversible bikini

One of my biggest disappointments this season is that nobody on the high street has done a proper job of paying homage to Dolce & Gabbana's incredible Sicilian love story of a Spring / Summer 2013 show. It was one of my... Read more »

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Swimwear bargain of the day: £12 skyline swimsuit!

In the Catwalk Queen offices this is known simply as ' The Swimsuit ', because I have been incessantly stalking it since the George High Summer press day earlier this year. I'm so happy to be able to make it a part of... Read more »

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Swimwear of the day: Wrapover swimsuit from Next

I'm so grateful for the fact swimsuits are now a viable option for the under 40s again. When I was a teenager and student, if you wore a one-piece you were a complete social leper...but in recent years they've crept back... Read more »

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5 steps to picking a bikini or swimsuit to suit your body shape

Ladies, it's almost Summer. I know you wouldn't think it looking out the window right now, but the Sun is out there somewhere, and at some point in the coming months, you may be forced to wear swimwear in public. I know. It's... Read more »

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Swimwear of the day: Curvy Kate D+ 'Caribbean Curves' bikini

I promise not all the D+ recommendations during lingerie & swimwear month will come from my own collection, but there's nothing like a personal recommendation on size when you wear a larger cup! Curvy Kate have been a... Read more »

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Swimwear of the day: Retro hula girl bikini and one-piece by W.E.T

Fans of retro / fifties style swimwear will be in heaven with the German brand W.E.T, who produce modern takes on classic styles, in gorgeous kitsch prints like this tropical hula girl design. This is a new brand to me, and... Read more »

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Swimwear gallery: Animal photo print bikinis and swimsuits

Forget bog-standard leopard print or snakeskin. If you want to go down the 'animal print' route with your swimwear this season, you need to think much more literally! Bikinis and one-pieces are quite literally 'animal printed'... Read more »

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Swimwear of the day: Heidi Klein White Sands bikini

Never underestimate the power of a good white bikini. In fact, a style we featured back in 2007 remains one of our most popular images of all time on Pinterest. But while that little Victoria's Secret number may be long... Read more »

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Swimwear of the day: ASOS Penelope high waisted floral 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 -... Read more »

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Check out the new swimwear collection at Gorgeous Couture

Celebrity inspired retailer Gorgeous Couture have been catching our eye lately. Not only are they running a fabulous competition over at OSOYOU.com where you can get your very own bespoke dress made to your measurements,... Read more »

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Watch: Highlights from Miami Swim Fashion Week 2013

For swimwear one simply can't go past Miami. Which is why we thought it appropriate to bring you all the hottest swimwear designs fresh off the catwalk from Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim 2013 . Now... Read more »

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The secret behind Millie Mackintosh's beautiful bikinis...

We all know how much Millie Mackintosh loves to show off her amazing body , particularly in swimsuits. The Made in Chelsea starlet has been very active on social media lately, tweeting photos of herself in a variety... Read more »

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Weekend Fashion Poll: Swimsuit or Bikini?

A few years ago, most young women wouldn't have dreamed of wearing a swimsuit on holiday. It was bikinis all the way - mostly because all the swimsuits were either sporty or frumpy. Then a few years ago designers bought the... Read more »

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Ouch! 5 signs your bikini doesn't fit! (and how to pick one that does)

We've spoken before about the importance of a well-fitting bra and how to identify when things aren't righ t, but why is it that even women who know the rules seem to forget them when it comes to buying a bikini? A bikini top... Read more »

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Make a splash! Shop our top one pieces...

All this summery weather has really got us in the mood for a good dose of fashion-forward beachwear. This time last week in the midst of the persistent down-poors, it was hard to picture ourselves sunning ourselves on the beach... Read more »