Retro print swimwear: stripes

We’ve gone silly for stripes

If it feels like stripes have been hanging around for years, that’s because they have, and they are so enduring popular because they are just so wearable. They’re also,along with the polka dot, the perfect pattern for retro swimwear, to which we are hopelessly addicted. And spring/summer 2013 does not disappoint in the stripes department. Here are our favourites for the season. Don’t forget to also take a look at our top picks for polka dots.

Cath Kidston sailing stripe suit

First up, it’s the queen of kitsch herself, Cath Kidston. This Sailing Stripe Swimsuit, £40, brings to mind old posters, beach huts and English beach holidays all rolled into one, with a clean, contemporary cut that brings it right up to date. It’s already in our shopping basket.

John Lewis Candy Stripe Bikini

What can we say about the candy stripe? We just love it. And what’s not to like about skinny little stripes in bright colours? This cute Candy Stripe bikini from John Lewis caught our eye because of its longline shape and bold straps. You can buy it for £28 for the top and £15 for the brief.


This Multi Stripe Retro Inspired Underwired Swimsuit from Dickins & Jones somehow manages to be both playful and grown up. We love the colour scheme and the bold, black halterneck straps. £50 from House of Fraser.

Topshop navy push up bikini

It doesn’t get more retro than Topshop’s navy and white striped push up bikini. With its high-waisted briefs and twist halterneck top, this is the classic vintage swimwear look, and if it hasn’t found its way into your swimwear drawer yet, what are you waiting for? £30 from Topshop.

Marie Meili bikini

Also in navy and white stripes and yet completely different is this Marie Meili bikini. Mixing up the spots and stripes, this is stylish little number is currently a snip at £10 for the top and £8 for the bottom from New Look online.

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