This year’s swim trends are tempting in their absolute prettiness, but I’m an editor who appreciates cost-per-wear as much as I do an impulse purchase, so it seems right to shine a light on the most enduring and elegant piece a girl can ever pack in her suitcase. IMHO, a perfect body-hugging black one-piece will never fail you. Especially because they are so simple and timeless. Like I said, I’m a believer in investing a little extra cash into pieces you wear on repeat, and that definitely stands for your swimmers. Why? High-quality fabrics last longer (being more resistant to chlorine and sun cream, for example), and there’s a greater attention and focus on fit.
That said, I do have one ultra-minimal Boden swimsuit that’s about five years old and is still going strong. Now that I know this is a relied-upon part of my vacation wardrobe, I thought it wise to invest in another, souped-up version for 2018: My new LBBS (little black bathing suit) is from Hunza G and features a rather flattering waist belt with a tortoiseshell buckle. It’s so good, in fact, that I bought it in raspberry red too. Almost every brand stocks a black one-piece, so I thought my editor’s eye could be put to good use to select the very best available now. Prepare to feel really, truly glamorous on the beach. Shop my favourite black swimsuits below.
Bad for tan lines; great for posing.
I know we're talking about black swimsuits, but you need to see the green version of this too.
The very same one I own.
We’re still not over these scalloped edges.
This style in a non-ribbed fabric has already flown out of stores.
Norma Kamali’s swimsuits are loved for their flattering cuts and svelte lines.
Subtle front cutouts and a crisscross back? This one ticks a lot of trend boxes.
If you're not a fan of cutouts, then try lace-up details instead.
We’re thinking big sunglasses, floppy hat and cocktail in hand.
This summer’s high-street hero.
The ring details add an expensive-looking finish.
The structure in this bathing suit makes for an incredibly flattering fit.
A sporty square neckline with a touch of glamour, you’ll wear this every holiday.
A little more boho than frilly trims.
Add shorts and you’ve got a holiday night-out look sorted.