Because there’s something reassuring – and quite Hollywood glamorous –  about slipping into a 1940s style swimsuit on a hot sunny day. It’s fun to do a bit of time travel with your swimwear and there’s plenty of retro inspiration about. Whether it’s a 40s style halterneck bathing suit, a 50s hourglass waist cincher,  a 70s cheerleader bikini, or a graphic 90s high-cut one piece to show off how long your legs really are,  take your pick and swim your way back to the future.

Norma Kamali Stretch-tulle Swimsuit (£156) 

Feel like a movie star on a Florida vacation in this 40s style Norma Kamali super sculpting halter swimsuit in baby pink.  All you need is a pair of sunglasses – the bigger, the better.

Karla Colletto Striped Wrap Swimsuit (£158) 

Karla Colletto's 60s inspired crossover wrap swimsuit is thoroughly modern in its simplicity. Imagine yourself somewhere tropical humming softly to yourself : “Tall and tan and young and lovely, the girl from Ipanema goes walking…”  

Heidi Klein x Sophie Anderson Rosario Triangle Bikini (£240) 

You’ll need some good old-fashioned Hawaiian Tropic dark tanning oil (UVA filter negligible) to make the most of this string bikini with cheerleader pompoms – perfect for a game of beach volleyball.

Hunza G Bandeau Bikini Set (£120) 

Red and rad, meet the Hunza G bandeau style swimsuit that embodies everything carefree and sexy about the 80s. Channel your inner Bridget Fonda and take in the Balearics in this seersucker Lycra mix bandeau guaranteed to cling in all the right places.

Mara Hoffman Striped Swimsuit (£270) 

Head to South Beach Miami in this 90s inspired Mara Hoffman’s graphic striped swimsuit and live la vida loca with your Ricky Martin look-a-like. Your life really is a beach.

Text by Kadish Morris

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