Whether you’re an OG Baywatch fan, love the lifeguard look or simply know the shade suits your skin tone, red swimwear is almost always a good idea. Breaking up the sea of black and white styles, they will see that you stand out from the crowd and comes in a whole host of styles from classic cuts to more modern designs.
We’ve rounded up some of our favourite finds, from bikinis to swimming costumes, to suit a wide range of styles and body shapes to see you get off to a good start. Just don’t take the lifeguarding role too seriously if you’re still yet to get your sea legs.
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For seriously sexy swimwear, look no further than Lounge. With cutouts, metal hardware and thin spaghetti straps, this bikini certainly heats things up.
Lounge Cali Textured Bikini Set, $, available at Lounge
A go-to for any occasion, ASOS DESIGN has some great finds, including this white trimmed one-piece.
ASOS DESIGN Curve Scoop Neck Swimsuit In Shimmer Red, $, available at ASOS
Mango Striped Texture Bikini, £40.98
Keeping comfort at its core, this stretchy striped bikini is great for those who like to swim, and it’s made from 77% recycled materials too.
Mango Striped textured Bikini Top, $, available at Mango
Mango Brazilian Bikini Bottoms Striped Texture, $, available at Mango
A one-piece that looks like a two-piece offers the best of both worlds. It’s chic, colourful and incredibly cool.
Beach Riot Ribbed Celine One Piece, $, available at Free People
Calvin Klein may be famous for its underwear but don’t go sleeping on its swimwear section. With the same classic cuts that made the brand so famous, it’s simple yet timeless.
Calvin Klein Brazilian Bikini Bottoms – CK Texture, $, available at Calvin Klein
Calvin Klein Bralette Bikini Top – CK Texture, $, available at Calvin Klein
Bringing an added element to red swimwear, this animal print pick is one of our favourite finds.
River Island Plus Red Zebra Print Plunge Swimsuit, $, available at River Island
Solid & Striped is famous amongst fashion fans and this skimpy swimwear style makes it easy to see why. It’s also made with over 75% recycled materials, making it more planet-friendly pick.
Solid and Striped The Iris Bottom, $, available at Solid and Striped
Solid and Striped The Iris Top, $, available at Solid and Striped
Although your tan lines may look a bit funny (although we encourage everyone to stay out of the sun) this swimsuit is rather daring in its design.
Boux Avenue Santorini Ruched Swimsuit, $, available at Boux Avenue
With a one-size-fits-all approach that stretches from a size 6 to 16, Hunza G is the brand to go for if you regularly fluctuate in size. Its crinkle-cut fabric is also instantly recognisable, giving it an immediate fashionable seal of approval.
Hunza G Juno Red Crinkle Bikini, $, available at Liberty
One of our favourite jewellery brands Hey Harper is now selling swimwear. Made from 80% recycled materials, it looks just as gorgeous as the brands bracelets, rings and necklaces.
Hey Harper Copacabana Wired Bikini Top, $, available at Hey Harper
In a perky polka-dot print this bikini is incredibly cute. The high-waisted bottoms provide a great amount of coverage (no super thin crotch here) while the tie-front top adds to the design.
New Look Curves Red Spot Tie Front Crop Bikini Top, $, available at New Look
New Look Curves Red Spot High Waist Bikini Bottoms, $, available at New Look
For anyone more fussy with fit, Pour Moi bikinis use bra sizing so you can be sure you’re properly supported.
Pour Moi Santa Cruz Underwired Non Padded Adjustable Top, $, available at Pour Moi
Pour Moi Santa Cruz Super High Waist Brief, $, available at Pour Moi
Budget-friendly fashion brand Monki is selling a simplistic swimsuit with a hidden tie design detail at the back – like a mullet, but for swimming.
Monki Red Tie Back Spaghetti Strap Swimsuit, $, available at Monki
Away That Day Rio Bikini, £114
Made from ECONYL (regenerated Nylon) with a carbon-neutral production, Away That Day focuses more on sustainability than some of our other options. And if you’re after a skimpy, tie-side bikini, you’ll be hard-pushed to find a better option.
Away That Day Away That Day Rio Top, $, available at Away That Day
Away That Day Away That Day Rio Bottom, $, available at Away That Day
Offering UV sun protection and chlorine resistance, this swimsuit is designed to see you through many a summer. It’s also made from 85% recycled fishing yarn that has been spun into a soft towelling fabric.
Finisterre Sula Swimsuit, $, available at Finisterre
H&M Padded Bikini Top & Bottoms, £22.98
More orange than red in our opinion, this H&M bikini has no fancy frills but is sure to be a good old basic in anyone’s swimsuit collection.
H&M Bikini Bottoms, $, available at H&M
H&M Padded Bikini Top, $, available at H&M
While we love to embrace our body shapes, some of us feel more comfortable with a little extra shaping. M&S combines shapewear with swimwear in this raspberry red swimsuit.
M&S Tummy Control Padded Ruched Plunge Swimsuit, $, available at M&S
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