July 5th is National Bikini Day in the UK. Although there are so many different national days that you can celebrate, many of them are modern inventions. Some stretch back in time, however.

Bikini Day started in 1946. Parisian fashion designer Louis Reard began it. This was when most swimwear was still swimsuits, and to popularise the new and daring trend of a two-piece design, he created a celebration around a visit to the beach.

The way you celebrate the day is simple. You can update your wardrobe with a few new designs, you can go to the gym and get a few lengths of the pool in rather than go to the weight room, you can enjoy some time in the garden, or you can visit the beach. The earliest years saw a lot of people deciding to take short trips abroad or to seaside resorts. In 1946, this was rare, but with the war over, Americans stationed in Paris and many other new developments, the world felt smaller, people were getting wealthier, and there were great opportunities.

National Bikini Day should be known as International Bikini Day though, as this day has spread all over the world. If you want to take part, it is an excellent chance for you to update your swimwear wardrobe and go out in the sun sporting your new design. Of course, it is a unique opportunity to get some items from the latest seasonal collections that are coming out.

Now is the time of year that bikini wearers add items to their wardrobe the most, in anticipation for the height of summer. So many designers, retailers, bloggers or fashion lovers need to keep their eyes peeled for new and exciting designs, or perhaps even sales.

Our swimwear buying guide will help you find the perfect poolside attire to make a real splash this summer…

Big Belly

Draw attention away from your tum in a swimsuit with sexy cut outs or side ruching detail. Try one pieces with control panels for extra support – there are so many on the high street right now and you’d never know they’ve got hidden control, these suits are seriously sexy.

Floral Swimming Costume mandco

Bright floral print tummy control multiway swimsuit
£32 mandco.com

Simple Swimsuit Joe Browns

Joe’s Simple Swimsuit
£29.95 joebrowns.co.uk

Moontide Above Board Square Neck Suit

Moontide Above Board Square Neck Suit
£69.95 ukswimwear.com

Does my bum look big in this?

Don’t be tempted to hide your bum and hips in hipster boy shorts, they make everything look bigger. Highcut briefs are the best way to slim down a generous derrière!

Anita Comfort Abigail Bikini

Anita Comfort Abigail Bikini
£89.95 ukswimwear.com

MAGISCULPT Black Minimising Bikini Top

MAGISCULPT Black Minimising Bikini Top
£28.00 simplybe.com

Tropical Banana Halter Bikini Set

Tropical Banana Halter Bikini Set
£24.89 dresslily.com

Hour Glass?

Your curvaceous body suits a classic bikini with a bra style top (plus underwiring for support) and leg-lengthening high-cut bottoms. Don’t
be afraid to show off your stomach – it’s all about your vava-voom curves, after all.

Pour Moi High Line Double Strap Bikini Top

Pour Moi High Line Double Strap Bikini Top
£26.95 ukswimwear.com

Fantasie Bikini Top

Fantasie Bikini Top
£71.00 simplybe.co.uk

Breton Cody Bikini Top

Breton Cody Bikini Top
£22.50 fatface.com

Apple Shaped?

You have perfect pins with balanced shoulders and waist; a full bust and a round tummy. Highlight your lean legs with high cut bikini bottoms and tummy shapers. Tankinis are excellent at hiding muffin
tops and untoned tums. Dark, solid colours create a lean silhouette.

V by Very Mix & Match Blouson Tankini Top - Tropical Print

V by Very Mix & Match Blouson Tankini Top – Tropical Print £25.00 littlewoods.com

Together Ethnic Geo Blouson Set

Together Ethnic Geo Blouson Set
£40.00 simplybe.co.uk

Simply Yours Halter Tie Tankini Top

Simply Yours Halter Tie Tankini Top
£28.00 littlewoods.com

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