Stand out in the style stakes with these beautiful bikinis
Fashion writer Nora Ashmawi selects 40 of the hottest styles for women on the beach this season.
Yamamay Bikini Dhs141
This cute beige and black floral print bikini with red buckle-like details is great because the strings allow you to adjust both the bikini bottom and top pieces to hug your body snugly and flatteringly.
Yamamay Bikini Dhs196
You can try this bikini for that ‘safe’ dark colour option, without it being too banal. The shiny details add a dimension to the piece, and the halter style will help those who have a tomboyish body look more feminine.
Yamamay Bikini Dhs262
If you’re looking for something different but not too wild, you can opt for this tasseled bikini top with a simple bottom. The tassels are perfect for those who want to draw attention to their upper half and away from their lower half.
Yamamay Swimsuit Dhs327
One pieces are making a huge comeback thanks to this cut-out style. The earthy colour and beading are an interesting touch and the cut-out gives the illusion of a curvy body so this is a great piece for those who don’t feel particularly curvy.
Yamamay Bikini Dhs295
Padding and adjustable strings make this piece good for those who have smaller upper bodies, and light colour will also work with those who are slimmer and the zipper details are a fun, unexpected twist.
Yamamay Bikini Top, Dhs131 & bottom, Dhs105
It can be fun to mix and match colours when bikini pieces are sold separately. If you have wide shoulders try this bottom with a solid coloured top.
Yamamay Bikini Top, Dhs131 & bottom, Dhs85
Colourful prints are a great way of accessorising without actually accessorising on the beach or at the pool. If you feel you have the perfect bikini body this set will accentuate that.
Yamamay Bikini Dhs262
This vividly colourful bikini comes in a bandeau top and high-cut bikini bottom which will elongate legs, so if you’re petite, this piece is perfect for giving you the heightened look.
Missoni swimsuit Dhs2,400
Love or hate this piece, it can actually be very flattering to many bodies. The piece is conservative but also has a daring plunging V neckline. The intricate pattern and colours would work well with the taller ladies and those who want to hide some skin.
River Island swimsuit Dhs250
There is a lot going on here—but in a good way. This follows all the guidelines to becoming the perfect piece for plus size women. The dark colour, the decorative studded embellishments, the sheer patches and the side cut-outs will all add a slimming effect.
Saks Fifth Avenue Dhs875
Diane von Furstenberg’s patterned one piece swimsuit will flatter those with a plus size body as it also covers a lot of the thigh area. The piece does have a very riskily low neckline though so be aware of showing too much cleavage.
Missoni bikini Dhs1 365
The colours here are beautiful and the zigzag pattern is unique, making this piece an interesting and (positive) attention-seeking one.
Ted Baker bikini Dhs395
If you want to look pretty in pink, this solid coloured set will be your friend. The gold coins are a classy touch but if you are a top heavy woman you may want to avoid much movement in this bikini top as it seems to lack the necessary support to prevent slippage.
New Look swimsuit Dhs159
If you’re bottom heavy this royal blue swimsuit is the piece for you, the details on the top area will draw attention away from your torso and the side cut-outs draw attention to your waist.
Whistles bikini Dhs295
Everyone knows the stripes rule, so it’s simple: if you are super skinny and can afford (or need) to add the illusion of some weight, invest in this piece.
Zimmerman, at net-a-porter.com Dhs1,035
Pearly blue will work with quite a lot of skin tones. The cut and style of this set is clean, and the high waist will cover some of the dreaded tummy fat. The strappy bottom will draw attention to your torso so unless you don’t mind that stay away from this piece.
Bloomingdales Top, Dhs375 & bottom, Dhs300
Vitamin A’s bikini is another great set for those who want a little tummy tuck. The little polka dots give this piece a chic look. Give it some oomph with a brightly coloured sarong when you’re out of the water.
Lisa Marie Fernandez, net-a- porter.com Dhs1,540
Simple, clean and mossy green. Though this is a darkly coloured set, you may have to be little to pull this one off as it’s not a lot of design and fabric. The zipper is a nice touch, but the overall look of this bikini is casual and bold.
Bloomingdales Top Dhs325 & bottom Dhs300
Vitamin A is good for the eyes, and similarly, this colourful frilly bikini is kind on our eyes however the bottom seems to have a slight scarcity of fabric so avoid this if you are self-conscious.
Agent Provocateur Dhs1,090
Who could miss you in this panther printed set? The white contrasted by the royal blue really makes it hard to ignore this feline piece. Bold colours like these complement medium to brown skinned individuals.
You can now carry your Lacoste fetish through to the water. The colours and stripes are very familiar to the brand so many are bound to recognise this as being a Lacoste set. However, the lack of padding and strings don’t make it as sport-friendly as some of Lacoste’s land gear.
This is a lovely bold pink bikini with little touches of golden details. The string-tied bikini bottom makes this a great set for the petite woman as it will elongate those legs.
Boutique 1 Dhs1,580
The vivid abstract designs give this Missoni bikini a call for attention. What’s great about the halter tied bikini top is that it allows you to adjust and customise the fit of the top to fit you, especially if you are larger on top and need that extra tightening.
Paisleys and flowers are so chic and should never go out of style. Pick this printed pair for an exciting look. The brief-styled bikini bottom is great for those with a larger torso and who are not too keen on putting on a show.
Etro, net-a-porter.com Dhs1,818
This ruffled bikini top is an instant boost for those who are small on top. The plain bottom with the continued ruffled strings are perfect for anyone with a pear-shaped body who is looking to even out the look for that perfect beach body.
This stripy zebra piece will look great on women with pale to ivory skin but can also be sported by all shades and the bandeau style top will befriend those with small topped bodies.
Animal prints can be very exotic and beautiful. Try this cut-out piece for a curvy, small-waist look. And the patterns will help relieve some of the attention from your chubby spots.
Hoss Intropia Dhs560
If you have a bit of a tan, try this bikini, the colours should work wonders. The stringy and scant bottom may be better suited to little bottoms since too much skin was never in!
Lisa Marie Fernandez, net-a-porter.com Dhs1,362
If you’re a fan of the superhero look, this leather-like set will be your pick. The serious black and bold stitching embodies attitude, fierceness and Catwoman.
Blue Glue Dhs380
This faux-snakeskin set is designed with some taste, if you want to be sure you won’t be sporting the same bikini as every other woman on the beach, chances are you’ll be safe with this set. It is not from the usual high street store and it is not in the usual style.
Hoss Intropia Dhs530
The design on this bikini may be suitable for many women, but the style isn’t. The extremely low-waist may induce a bulgy tummy look and the rounded halter top may induce spillage. This is to be worn by petit women only.
Hoss Intropia Dhs600
This bikini has a charming check pattern that makes the set look classy and chic, probably because it is reminiscent of Burberry. Pale, pink skin tones will really complement the pale blue and khaki of this set and the bandeau top will suit the woman that is smaller on top.
Popout and stand out this season with a bright and beautiful coral bikini like this one. The twist in the fabric is a variation from the plain style and the adjustable and padded bikini top is safe and flattering.
Vibrant colours and intricate patterns like those of this bikini are gorgeous for looking stylish in the water. Wear these colours as proudly as a peacock would.
Bloomingdales Top Dhs375 & bottom Dhs325
Vitamin A’s bikini set is actually quite a smart buy. The multicoloured set allows you to mix and match it with different solid coloured tops and bottoms. Buying this vivacious set will be like buying a small collection of bikinis if you pair it with the right colours.
Boutique 1 Dhs950
Melissa Odabash came out with this wonderful navy bikini. While it may seem plain to some, the cut is flattering and the white chain detail is a fun and exciting touch. This piece will work well with those with winter tones.
Women’s Secret Dhs210
Here is an example if a feminine and delicate bikini. The pale ruffled details pop against the navy blue set. The high-waist style will hide a small tummy and the bandeau top can be worn with or without a strap, making this an ideal set.
La Perla, net-a-porter.com Dhs1,948
This Copacabana bikini truly does embody a holiday spirit. The bright sunset orange looks great with the little purple details. The braids and knots give this piece a nice twist. The wide straps and padding make this a comfortable piece for those who are heavier on top.
This is a fun bikini because of its collage print. The mini skirt-like frill covers some leg for those who are conscious of showing off too much thigh. The padded halter top is cute and supportive. This piece will also look great on tall women as the print will break up their long bodies.
Marks & Spencer Dhs149
If you worried about not looking elegant in the water or on the beach, then this crystal studded set is just for you. Its sophisticated pale tone will look great on women with a bronze glow and the crystal details are sure to make you shine.
The checked pattern and halter top give this set a retro edge. If you are someone with pale skin and dark hair, try this set on for a complementarily beautiful look.
Bikini top Dhs66, briefs, Dhs54, briefs, Dhs54
Fuchsia never looked so good! This is a very feminine set that might be great for softening the look of those who feel that they have a slightly masculine stature. The top with its bow and frills are fun and chic, while providing the right amount of cover up.
Agent Provocateur Top Dhs675 & bottom Dhs525
Turn to this playful postal stamp print bikini for a feminine beach or pool look. The bows on the bikini top and bottom give the set a casual and cute look. If you are waist-less, this set is great for you as the bows at the bottom will give you the illusion of having curvy hips.
Boutique 1 Dhs1,675
This cheery set is unique and bound to gain some compliments. The Danubio bikini by Missoni is a colourful affair of geometric stripes and an orange noodle strap that gives the bikini top a halter top feel. The sorbet colours will complement women with pale to pinkish skin.
This set may as well be called the ‘elongator’. The bikini bottom is cut high on the thigh which will give the illusion of longer legs for those with short legs or torsos. Also, if you have a bottom heavy body, you can match this colourful, printed top with a plain, solid bottom piece for an evened out look.
Women’s Secret Top Dhs125 & bottom Dhs89
This set may be reminiscent of undergarments, but we assure you it is an ideal bikini. The padding, underwire, and straps are a gift for busty women and will give them the support they need to look graceful in the water, while the intricate flower and polka dot patterns make the set attractive and girly.