Bikinis – Weekly Wishlist

It’s time to think bikinis! The sun is shining, we’re all feeling happier, and thinking of our summer holidays, yeah?

And bikinis. Invented in 1946 by Frenchman Louis Reard, bikinis are the best-selling beachwear. More popular than swimsuits, bikinis come in all sorts of shapes and designs, from itsy-bitsy, to retro, big pant styles which are more and more popular every year.

Debenhams has a huge selection of brilliant bikinis, and 12 of them have made it on to our very summer Weekly Wishlist.

Maybe you favour a frilly little Floozie by FrostFrench bright summer yellow number (£39)? Or a racy, silver metallic bikini (£20) you can wear from beach to bar? Another versatile style, the fab J by Jasper Conran black mesh detail bikini top (£28) could see you from beach to bar. Maybe the matching bottoms (£22) too?! Be a bit bolder in a similar style from the same designer, but in bold purple (£50). Another beachwear-meets-dancewear style comes from Red Herring, with their long-sleeved top (£26) and matching bottoms (£16).

weekly wishlist Debenhams bikinisJ by Jasper Conran’s mesh insert continues on his graphic blue patterned bikini (top £26, bottoms, £20), and there’s also mesh detail on the bold yellow, black and white graphic print two-piece from Gorgeous (top, £29.50, bottoms, £18).

Florals are big this year. Maybe floral bikinis are your thing? There are plenty of styles to choose from. Reger by Janet Refers classic big rose print looks great on big pants (£24, and a halterneck top, £32). Floozie by FrostFrench’s red floral and dotty retro style bottoms (£26.50) and top (£16.50) are for pin-up fans everywhere. Red Herring’s pale blue floral and feather set (£32) is retro-tastic, as is Floozie by FrostFrench’s polka dot and tropical fruit bikini with a pink bow (£46.50) – we adore this one!

Finally, Butterfly by Matthew Williamson’s muted floral print works beautifully on his cut-out pants (£20) and halter style top (£20).

All of these bikinis are or will be available at Debenhams stores and – and there are plenty more where these came from!

Bikini Style – what’s yours?

Hooray! The sun is out. Summer is officially here (for a few days at least). It’s time for no tights, short skirts, and, well, your bikini!

Okay, maybe your bikini is more for your holidays than home, but no matter where you wear it – a weekend  at the local beach or park, abroad on holiday, or with shorts at a festival, even, you need to first identify your bikini style.

Do you let it all show in the skimpiest bikini around? Do you prefer the high-waisted retro bikini trend? Or maybe a sporty bikini is more your bikini style?

The high-waisted bottoms, and longer bra top retro bikini style is a great way of embracing your inner starlet! This style mimics the old Hollywood movies stars of yesteryear. Perfect if you are a wee bit self-conscious about your tummy.

bikinis retroClockwise, from top left: Black, floral and leopard top, £14.99, bottoms, £9.99, New Look, ice cream bikini top, £26.50, bottoms, £16.50, Floozie by FrostFrench @ Debenhams, zig zag top, £12.70, high-waisted bottoms, £11.20, Red Herring @ Debenhams, nautical striped bikini top, £16.99, bottoms, £12.99, Kelly Brook @ New Look

A bikini should be fun, so if that’s your bikini style look for bold prints and patterns. This season fruit prints and florals or tropical prints are a great choice.

bikini bikinis funClockwise, from top left: Lemon print bikini top, £16, bottoms, £12, BHS, fruity/sweet bikini top, £26.50, bottoms £14.50, Floozie by FrostFrench @ Debenhams, tropical print top, £20, bottoms, £11.60, Mantaray @ Debenhams. black floral bikini, £30, BHS

Fancy a bit of frou-frou fun with your bikini style? Then add frills! Ruffles on the top half are great for those of us who need a little help up top!

frilly bikinis bikiniClockwise, from top left: White laser cut bandeau top, £14.99, bottoms, £7.99, New Look, green frill top, £9.99, bottoms, £7.99, H&M, pastel tropical print top, £12.80, bottoms, £9.60, Red Herring @ Debenhams, floral and polka dot frill bottoms, £20.80, bottoms, £11.20, Ultimate Beach @ Debenhams, black lace frilled top, £12.99, bottoms, £7.99, H&M, floral frilled top, £24, bottoms, £14.50, Floozie by FrostFrench @ Debenhams, blue laser cut frilled top, £14.99, bottoms, £7.99, New Look

Maybe you just prefer a simple, sleek, sporty bikini style. Want to show off those abs you’ve worked hours on in the gym? Then this is the bikini style for you – sports luxe is huge this year.

bikini bikinis sportyClockwise, from top left: Grey and black satin bikini top, £12.99, bottoms, £6.99, green mesh top, £12.99, bottoms, £7.99, all H&M, racer mesh top, £24.99, bottoms, £14.99, Superdry, red bottoms, £7.99, racer back top, £12,99, H&M

Maybe not quite an itsy-bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini, but the skimpier the better, in any pattern, any colour might be your style! Side-ties on bottoms, bandeau or triangle tops, and not a lot left to the imagination.

Bikini bikinis skimpyClockwise, from top left: Aztec print bandeau top, £7.99, bottoms, £6.99, H&M, leaf print bikini, £40, Butterfly by Matthew Williamson @ Debenhams, grey and black bikini top, £24.99, matching bottoms, £14.99, white and blue logo bikini top, £19.99, bottoms, £14.99, all Superdry, zebra bikini top, £3.99, bottoms, £3.99, H&M, Blue striped top, £9.99, bottoms, £7.99, New Look, red strappy bottoms, £24, matching top, £26, French Connection

Please note that we always endeavour to feature items that are available in Ocean Terminal, however sometimes items featured may be out of stock, and prices may vary due to seasonal reduction