The best high waisted bikinis that are both flattering and stylish

You can't beat a high-waisted bikini

best high-waisted bikini 2021

by Aimee Jakes |

High waisted bikinis are a summer staple and for good reason, too.

They're incredibly flattering, emphasise your waist and to quote Taylor Swift, they just never go out of style.

They cleverly sit between the serious swimsuit and babein' bikini, meaning you feel a little more covered up, without flashbacks of your year five swimming lessons.

Important bit You are fabulous already and will look gorgeous no matter what you wear to the beach. But, if you want a helping hand in feeling more confident and emphasising your favourite bits, then we have got you covered...

...probably more so than the typical two piece, that's for sure!

SHOP: The best high-waisted bikinis 2021

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Coast High Waisted Tie Bandeau Bikini
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Add a pop of colour with this gorgeous swimset from Coast.

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If you're looking for something black and understated, we love this ASOS set. Just add an oversized linen shirt and you're good to go.

Horizon Padded Underwired Top
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Part of the Jess Wright x Pour Moi collection, this red bikini is perfect for poolside glamour (yep, your toddler's paddling pool still counts!) Shop the matching briefs (£18) here.

Kythira Cup-Size Bikini Top
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We love this super stylish bikini from Boden and it's currently a bargain in the sale. Result. Shop the matching briefs (£16) here.

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A stylish swimsuit that will look babein' with a tan. Available in sizes 16 and up.

Navy Paisley Tie Front Plunge Bikini Top
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Fashion-forward and purse-friendly, this paisley bikini is going straight into our basket. Shop the matching briefs (£6) here.

Textured Bikini Top
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This Simply Be bikini is the ultimate antidote to months of loungewear. Available in size 12 and above. Shop the matching briefs (£16) here.

Half Wire Bra Bikini Top
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This girly bikini will fast become your go-to. Shop the matching briefs (£15) here.

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If you're looking for something with a bit of support, this Panache number will see you through. Shop the matching briefs (£23) here.

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Gingham is a big trend for SS'21 and this sizzling two-piece is the proof. Shop the matching briefs (£9) here. Available in plus sizes here.

Palermo Underwired Non Padded Top
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The bold print and flattering design make this a true summer must-have. Shop the matching briefs (£20) here.

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A leopard print bikini never goes out of style.

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Things to look when choosing a high waisted bikini

Firstly, if you want to create a sleek silhouette, always choose a set which has a 'stretch-fit'. This will help pull you in (not that you need it!) and ensure the set fits well.

Secondly, look for styles that you can mix and match. We all know that suitcase space is essentially gold dust, so it's always great to rewear the same bikinis. We love neutral or animal print sets that we know will effortlessly go with everything.

Thirdly, go wild on the top half. If you're thinking business down below, feel confident to make it a party on top (not like that). Look out for tops with a difference, whether that be crinkle textures, plunging neckline or backless styles.

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