2020 sucked. In 2021 I’m allowing myself to dream, thinking about traveling again. I have tentative plans. My diary’s full of the possibility of fun, and the thought of a trip to Lake Comodo, my first potential outing, brings a smile to my face.
It seems so long since I’ve been able to enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of foreign travel. The wonderful experiences that I took for granted. I’m loathed to admit it, but I’m even looking forward to sitting in an airport lounge and all the rituals of flying.
If I can travel this summer, safely and with the approval of the powers that be, I’ll be rebooting my poolside wardrobe. I’ve brushed off my bookmarks and taken a look at what swimwear is in vogue for 2021, searching for the bikinis and one piece swimsuits we should all be packing for our travels.
On Trend 2021 Swimwear Styles
With 2020 – 2021 travel restrictions and the related fall in sales, many of the larger swimwear brands are attempting to refocus their offerings, and many are branching into activewear.
Styles reflect this trend, and generally, 2021 swimwear offerings are muted. Brands falling back on tried and tested cuts and styles. But despite this, there is still lots to temp.
Regrettably, (very) cheeky bottoms are still a thing. A trend that every girl over the age of 21, apart from the most devoted poolside posers, were hoping would retire quietly to some remote little corner of the internet.
Hi-waisted bikinis still feature highly, and wrap-around tops are still on the most wanted list. Barely there, bandeaus appear everywhere – a new twist on a classic style from the ’60s. Personally, I’m loving underwire bikini tops and the over-the-top embellishments being used by many brands.
Best Swimwear Brands In 2021
So to the swimwear brands that matter in 2021. The styling gods at Indah win hands down for me. If you want to know what’s hot for 2021, or any other year for that matter, visit their website and lust over their inventive swim pieces.
But, in the interest of fairness, I’ve highlighted my other favorite swimwear designers and feature 2 key pieces from them all in the accompanying slider, (click ‘photos’ at the top of the page). I include either a bikini or one piece suit, following the order below.
Favorite of many prominent US influencers, Beach Bunny always features the most contemporary styles. Cut high and skimpy. You can’t go wrong with Beach Bunny. Their swimwear is always on-trend, and they consistently make some of the best one piece swimsuits available.
Even in a subdued 2021 beach bunny, don’t disappoint. Embellishments are key, and cuts are predictably skimpy. Expect cute, contemporary-styled swimwear from a huge range that has something for everyone.
One brand always at the front of the queue with new and deliciously contemporary swimwear styles is Beach Riot. Much like their US counterpart Beach Bunny, Beach Riot’s collection always contains the most contemporary swimwear available.
In these times, we see the brand trying to transition to activewear, styling queues seen throughout Beach Riot’s swim range. The look is less edgy and utilitarian. The feel is back to basics. Expect modern, bold, clean cuts and vibrant colors.
For Love and Lemons
Their swim offering is sparse, but my admiration for For Love And Lemons means I must mention their swimwear. I have a wardrobe full of the brand’s swim and ready-to-wear pieces, and they never seem to disappoint.
Bikinis and one piece suits are cut high to flatter rather than shock, actuated with unique ties and clasps. This season pieces are adorned with vibrantly colored floral prints. Expect hi-end designer quality, uber-contemporary swimwear with truly unique cuts to compliment.
Minimale Animale’s swimwear is just for the brave. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a girl swim in it. I certainly haven’t. Potential wardrobe malfunctions make it too dangerous to consider.
But in the appropriate setting, with a fitted bodycon coverup, this poolside dynamite can look absolutely fabulous. Think brunch at the poolside bar of the Four Seasons Cap Ferrat. Expect extreme cuts and edgy styling, creating unique, standout swimwear every poolside poser needs.
In 2021 Moveva’s pieces continue the elegant and timeless look of this hi-fashion brand. Lots of accessories and ties accentuate the classic cuts of Moveva’s one-piece swimsuits and bikinis. Sophisticated stuff.
Almost too good to be wasted by the pool. My tip, team with a cute, flowing coverup to create a perfect alfresco outfit for a warm summer evening. Expect the most sophisticated swimwear made from luxurious fabrics with metallic embellishments to match.
In my opinion, Heidi Klein makes the best fitting one pieces you can buy. Befitting the general mood, Heidi’s offering is somewhat subdued this year. But whatever the mood, the Binding Racer Back One Piece is a stand-out, this and every year. Don’t leave home without one.
Expect classicly cut, fabulous-looking swimwear made from expensive feeling textiles that you can actually swim in. Guaranteed to be the best-fitting swimwear you will ever buy.
Indah’s 2021 offering is as innovative as it is gorgeous. I feel this brand sets trends that others attempt to follow. A little daring, but every girl needs a Saturday night bikini, that with just the addition of a wrap, can make the transition from poolside to your luxurious hotel’s al-fresco bar.
Expect the most innovative designs, high cut and captivating, unlikely to be bettered, and will always make a statement by the pool of any 5-star resort.
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