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What's left to plan?
Once you’ve nailed the destination and itinerary, how much thought and time goes into clothing and equipment? There’s no wrong way to approach this. Throwing a few favourite items into a well-used backpack is arguably the essence of free-spirited travelling. At the other end of the scale, if you're something of a super-planner, you may spend weeks researching the latest travel gadgets, bags and sportswear. In which case, browse our guide to this season's swimwear suitable for the fjords of Norway to the rapids of Madagascar. All carefully selected for their fast-drying fabrics, additional pockets or versatility.
Exotic beaches and sun-soaked festivals
We love Freya’s Rococo Bikini (above) for women who prefer their bikini to have a little secret support. Available to G cup and featuring softly molded cups, flattering gathered detail at the centre and delicate straps, it’s a head-turner in pops of bright paisley on crisp white. Perfect under your wetsuit at the Great Barrier Reef.
Hipster shorts provide more coverage and comfort for watersports than regular classic bikini briefs, and this design by Esprit (above) can be matched with a variety of top shapes. Seen here with an underwired plunge bikini top in blue and a soft triangle top in muted khaki tones. The Bilgola Collection is available in two colourways. Fast drying 84% polyamide and 16% elastane. Extremely versatile, hipster shorts can be teamed with a plain tankini for serious swimming, or with a cotton top and trainers for trekking.
If you like your athleisure on the edgy and subversive side, check out Gottex's yoga and running gear. Expect strong black banding with accents of mesh, cross tabs and abstract print. There's no mystery why it was the choice of numerous stylists and choreographers for dance videos during its debut season. Recently rebranded as Free Sport in 2019 and stocked in major high-end stores, the forthcoming collection of Free Sport is eagerly awaited.
Cannes, loved by Hollywood and the film industry, makes the Top 10 list of European Beaches on Bucket List Adventures, so if your travels include a sophisticated destination where glamorous classic styles and matching beachwear is more de rigeur than surfer bikinis, check out Alma, a new brand by Maison Mer SAS. Offering a combination of French classic silhouettes blended with Venezuelan inspired prints, this is swimwear for grownups who value exclusivity and effortless coordination.
Elomi has been creating fashion-forward swimwear in plus sizes for over 10 years now. This season's styles feature bold print and piped panels. We love Elomi Fierce (top left) in a brown animal print with beaded tassels and Elomi Island Lily in a strong blue and white tropical print (top right).
On a budget? Serious swimmers can pick up a bargain at Pour Moi? This UK powerhouse of swimwear and lingerie stock a wide range of chlorine resistant swimsuits with racer backs, elasticated secret support and tummy control panels. This pink and black print suit (above) is currently 20% off.
Lightweight, practical beach bags are a must-have for all beach holidays. Bang on trend, the Mombasa Canvas Beach Bag by Pour Moi in 100% cotton, is easy wash and dry with zip pocket to interior. Available in two colourways, Miami Brights in Mombasa (green/blue above right) or Red (above left).
Quicksilver’s Everyday Rager 18” Board Shorts in Nectarine or Black (above) are a good choice for quick dry, long board short in a relaxed fit. The rear pocket is patch rather than zip, so check out Mack Weldon’s zip pocket board shorts if you’re looking to keep your valuables with you at the beach.
Deserving of the world’s best surf beaches, O’Neill’s Hyperfreak Comp Boardshort is a quick dry style with no seams and no tie fly. Available in dark blue and mid blue (top left and right).
Mack Weldon Swim Trunks boast four-way stretch, zip pockets and quick dry fabric. Seen above in Taxi (yellow) and True Black Tropic.
>> Check out Bucket List Explorers Top 10 Beaches in Europe
Mums-to-be Have Bucket Lists Too!
It might be news that younger brands, such as H&M and Esprit now stock a wider choice of stylish maternity swimwear. This simple blue and white suit by Esprit (below) is non-wired and features wider straps for comfort, with lightly padded, bust support and flattering draping. Use it as top with shorts in tropical climes.
So that's a quick snap shot of swimwear styles around this season that could form part of your pack list.
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