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As the month of May passes by, it's easy for our minds to wander to the tropical climates of far off countries. 

Summer promises a long stretch in the evenings, flights to foreign lands and a need to dress for water-based activities.

Whether you're a fan of a Marbella pool party, or prefer wandering the beaches of Thailand, bucket of cocktail in hand, the high street always has us covered when it comes to sourcing some statement swimwear. 

Pink recycled material swimsuit €25.95

The Spring / Summer collections bring with them a renewed appreciation for bright colours and pretty patterns, and warmer weather simply begs to be complimented with a cheerful wardrobe palette.

While black is a slimming staple, there is no time like a holiday to splash some colour and print on your fashion choices. 

We have selected 12 of our favourite, stand out swimsuits you can nab online ahead of your holiday. 

Some may scoff at the concept of accessorising your swimsuit, but there is a lot to be said for teaming key pieces with swimwear to create an outfit that can go from poolside to party simply with the addition of a pair of denim shorts or a maxi skirt. 

Monkli zip front swimsuit €30.00

Add a straw beach bag and a shell anklet for a casual look, or don some strappy sandals and a neon bumbag for pool party perfection to amplify any of these beach babe lewks.

Celebrities favour delicate body jewellery with their swimwear, but being celebrities and by association, affluent, it is safe to assume that their precious metal jewellery isn't going to go green after being submerged in chlorine a single time. 

If you plan to opt for a delicate gold body harness or waist chain, it's a good idea to paint the jewellery with clear nail varnish to prevent the tell-tale sickly green hue of a tarnished affordable metal. 

Lilac plunge swimsuit €35.00

With shell jewellery becoming a major micro-trend this year, it was inevitable that we would see the return of the shell choker and anklet. Embrace your inner ocean goddess by teaming shell jewellery with a sports-influenced swimsuit to create a surf inspired aesthetic.

Sunglasses are a subtle way to add some style. Cat eye shapes are flattering on most faces, and sunglasses chains are making a comeback in a big way if you're feeling brave.

Whether you opt for a pop of colour or a punchy print, there is nothing more invigorating than injecting some tropical hues into a holiday wardrobe. 

ASOS Paisley swimsuit €44.24 

Monki square cut swimsuit €25.00

Weekday geometric print swimsuit €34.56 

 Zara two tone swimsuit €9.99

Neon yellow swimsuit €20.72 

 Printed swimsuit €29.95

Neon pink swimsuit €28.00

& Other Stories low cut swimsuit €62.21 

Weekday ribbed swimsuit €34.56

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Everyone has their insecurities and hang-ups about their bodies – and we are our own harshest critics.

In the world when images of Instagram and Victoria secret models are accessible at a touch of a button, it's easy to get discouraged.

That's why you NEED to heed this advice from our one and only, Louise McSharry. 

 

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As the broadcaster cooled off in the Irish sea with her little man during the heatwave, it sparked a pang of regret.

Taking to Instagram, the body confident expert said: "I feel a tinge of sadness about all the times I didn’t swim growing up because I was too afraid to be seen in a swimsuit. There are a lot of things I didn’t do in my teens and twenties because I was ashamed of my body."

"Thankfully I came to the conclusion that I deserved to enjoy my life rather than hiding away because of something as superficial as my body’s appearance."

 

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"I decided that if people judged me, it didn’t matter, that what mattered was living my actual life and not sitting on the sidelines watching other people going on sun holidays or swimming in the sea," she continued. 

"As it happens, I’m not aware of anyone making any judgement or comment since I started doing and wearing what I want. Maybe they do, but I think because I’ve decided I don’t care, I don’t even notice it if it is happening."

 

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"Not ‘when you lose the weight’, because you might never ‘lose the weight’ and actually you’re probably just fine as you are."

"One thing’s for sure, you won’t find yourself lying on your deathbed thinking ‘thank god I didn’t take my cardigan off on that really hot day’ or ‘I’m really glad I didn’t go swimming with my friends all those times.’ You deserve to LIVE, whatever body you’re in." 

 

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We couldn't agree more.

Now get out there into the freezing Irish sea and rock that swimsuit! 

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 Summer has officially arrived, and with it comes holiday planning. 

Whether you're planning to laze by the pool in Bali or party up a storm at a beach club in Ibiza, a statement swimsuit is a simple way to create a look with minimal effort. 

Add a straw beach bag and black sandals for a casual look, or don some strappy sandals and a crossbody for pool party perfection: 

Mesh Tulle Swimsuit €48.39, Spot print swimsuit €38.71

Hunza G Ring Detail Crinkle Swimsuit €168.67, Blue scallop lace up swimsuit €38.00

 Tassel Embroidered Underwired Swimsuit €62.30, Lace trim swimsuit €28.00

Tassel Embroidered Underwired Swimsuit €55.30, Orange ring swimsuit €35.00

Animal Print Swimsuit €13.00, Black rib bandeau tie side swimsuit €48.00

 

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Summer is just around the corner and as temperatures rise our thoughts quickly turn to exotic holiday destinations.

Whether you're planning a holiday with the girls or a relaxing week with your other half, it's time to start thinking about the all-important swimwear.

Even the idea of a 'two-piece' can fill many of us with dread, but with so many styles on offer, there really is something for everyone this season.

From monochrome bikinis to gorgeous beach cover-ups, here's our pick of some of the best beachwear on the high street. 

Red Mix & Match High Waisted High Leg Bikini
Top // €18.00
Bottoms // €15.00
ASOS Mix and Match High Waist High Leg Bikini 
Top // €13.83
Bottoms // €19.36

 

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Due to popular demand, global online retailer boohoo.com is delighted to announce it’s second collection with reality television personality and digital influencer Gemma Collins introducing swim & beach attire.

Gemma has rapidly become an aspirational figure within the fashion and beauty industry.

Her vast social following of over 2 million across twitter and Instagram alone has allowed her to express her witty and fun loving nature.

With the first GC x boohoo.com collaboration being a popular sensation Gemma, our brand ambassador is back and this time the collection encompasses all sizes from a 34-52.

In true Gemma Collins style, the campaign was photographed in Essex’s holiday hotspot, Marbella.

 

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The collection takes you from pool to party with a selection of slogan swimsuits, glamorous maxi kaftans and relaxed knot tie shirts in luxurious fabrics and bold baroque prints.

All inspired by her unique and daring style, there is something to get everyone looking poolside glam.

Gemma comments: "As you all know, I’m the Queen of Marbs – so filming here has made it extra special. What I love most about boohoo is that they go up to a size 24, they are always on trend – it fits amazing and makes you feel amazing!"

The collection will be available to shop from 23rd May on boohoo.com with prices starting from €21.

Check out some of our FAVE looks here:

 

 

 

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Summer is well and truly on the way, and we are dreaming of sunshine, beaches and delicious cocktails. 

If you're like me, you probably have at least one summer holiday booked (and your bag packed months in advance). 

Well, one thing I always struggle to pack are swimsuits – I never find nice ones that suit my curvy shape. 

Until now. 

The stun huns at Penneys have revealed their new swimwear collection – and I need it all immediately. 

The collection is made up of bright colours, flattering shapes and fun styles. 

There are a handful of eye-catching one pieces, with statements such as 'Tribe' and 'Malibu' printed on the front.

Bay watch alert also folks, as one of the nicest swimsuits is bright red, and sexy as hell. 

There's also a really groovy suit with a tropical print, and I can actually already taste the Pina Coladas.

Get me to the sun, right NOW. 

This cute number also comes ina two piece – so you've loads of choice. 

My genuine favourite swimsuit of the whole collection? The bottle green one with the cute little frill. 

How nice its this? I will need a spray tan, but I'm ready. 

Prices for this divine collection start at just  €2.50, which means we have an excuse to buy absolutely EVERYTHING. 

Summer, we're waiting.

 

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Summer 2018 is just around the corner and as temperatures (slowly) begin to rise, our thoughts can't help but drift to poolside cocktails and exotic holiday destinations.

Whether you're planning a holiday with the girls or a relaxing week with your other half, it's time to start thinking about the all-important swimwear – and who better than the Jenner sisters to teach us how it's done? 

Kendall and Kylie have just launched their second swimwear collection with online retailer Revolve, and it's fierce AF. 

From rainbow pinstripes to classic leopard print, the line includes a stellar selection of bikinis, one-pieces, cover-ups and sarongs. 

Here's some of our favourite pieces: 

While the sisters both appeared in the ad campaign for their first swimwear collection, this time it was only Kendall who showed off her toned physique in a red and white bikini. 

Of course, this is most likely due to the fact that Kylie has a newborn baby to look after and doesn't really have time for photoshoots – totally fair, tbh. 

The full collection is available now on revolve.com

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Yes, it's only March, but now is the time to be booking those days off work and planning your summer holiday. 

Luckily, the high street has the same idea in mind, with new summer stock flooding stores both online and IRL.

Monki is one of our favourite go-to brands, and their new swimwear drop has us dreaming of far-off places. 

Long-sleeved swimsuit €30,00, Minimalist swimsuit €25.00

From bright, punchy prints to streamlined minimalist designs, the Scandi brand is serving up swimwear we can Instagram all summer long.

Check out a few of our favourite pieces: 

Black bikini €27.00, Tropical bikini top €15.00

Striped ruched bikini €30.00  White frill back bikini €28.00 

Sporty bikini €30.00, One-shoulder swimsuit €30.00

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Yes, we know it's only January and that Ireland wont be seeing it's scheduled singular week of good weather until June, but we're already thinking of new season swimwear. 

If you're anything like us, you've been perusing the January airline sales looking for the best deals on flights to far-flung locations.

If you're lucky, you'll have booked yourself off on a holiday to a sunny destination, and you may already be considering what kind of warm weather wear you'd like to bring with you. 

Purple Banana Swimsuit €6.00, Retro Oval Sunglasses €3.00

Penneys is on the same wavelength, and the high fashion, low cost brand is already rolling out their new swimwear designs for 2018. 

Check out a few of our faves below, available in store in the coming weeks:

Orange Cutout Bathing Suit €14.00, Embroidered Cut-out €16.00, Broderie Swimsuit White €16.00

Tie Front Crop Top €7.00 Bottoms €5.00

Rib Ring Triangle Top €7.00, Daisy Co-Ord Shorts €7.00

Bandeau top €7.00 each

Textured Cutout Tie Front Swimsuit €14.00 White Beach Shirt €10.00

Sequins Triangle Top €9.00 each, Sequins bottoms €6.00 each

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Summer has well and truly begun and as temperatures rise our thoughts quickly turn to exotic holiday destinations.

Whether you're planning a holiday with the girls or a relaxing week with your other half, it's time to start thinking about the all-important swimwear.

Even the idea of a 'two-piece' can fill many of us with dread, but with so many styles on offer, there really is something for everyone this season.

From floral bikinis to gorgeous beach cover-ups, here's our pick of some of the best beachwear on the high street. 

 

New Look White Floral Mesh 

Top – €22.99

Bottoms – €12.99

River Island Bell Sleeve Kaftan – €45.00

River Island Green Floral Mesh Swimsuit – €50.00

Zara Floral Print Swimwear – €29.95

New Look Black Chiffon Double Layer Beach Playsuit – €24.99

River Island Khaki colour block bikini

Top – €13.00

Bottoms – €8.00

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While it may, quite literally, be snowing outside, Penneys is clearly looking to the future.

The bargain high street brand has just launched an absolute bikini bonanza, and it's making us dream of far-off locations and vacations

Mesh panel bikini top €7.00, and bottoms €5.00 each

The latest beachwear drop is hitting Penneys this month, and some of the looks are giving us major vacation inspiration. 

From floral swimsuits to Kylie Jenner inspired strappy sets, we're already planning our holidays around where we can wear these dreamy two-pieces. 

Deep V Swimsuits €10.00 each

We especially love the sexy strap detail on both of these high-cut swimsuits. 

While black may be super-slimming, we also adore the loud, tropical print on the other suit, perfect for a pool party. 

Turquoise bikini top €7.00, and €5.00, Copper bikini top €9.00, Copper bikini bottoms €5.00

These panelled bikinis are giving us major Triangl vibes, and we can't wait to get our hands on them!

Burgundy bikini  top €5.00, and bottoms €3.00, Pastel pink bikini top €2.50, and bottoms €2.50

These simple, mix-and-match bikinis are perfect to stock up on before a summer away.

The flattering shapes and subtle hues mean that they will still be in style next summer, if you really want to get some bang for your buck. 

Blue and pink bikini top €5.00, and bottoms €3.00, Triangle top €5.00, and bottoms €3.00

So while the sun may not have quite reached Ireland yet (that's an understatement),  we might have to stock up on a few of our favourite sets before they sell out. 

We'll be the bikini-laden one in the queue, so see you there. 

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It was exactly a year ago that Ashley Graham rocked a purple bikini on the cover of Sports Illustrated, demonstrating her curves in the most body confident way. 

While the fashion industry has come on leaps and bounds in promoting body diversity over the past few years, there is still a lack of variation in certain elements of bodily representation. 

There are lots of different body types on show, but all with perfect skin, not a hint of cellulite or stretch marks to be seen. 

 

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Ashley Graham has previously spoken out about her cellulite in a body positive way, but the leg dimples she showcased on Instagram do not feature on her bikini cover.

One company who wants to change the way cellulite and stretch marks are perceived is Lane Bryant, a plus size clothing and lingerie brand. 

The brand (who just recently started shipping to Ireland) is putting tummy stretch marks on the map by featuring the gorgeous figure of plus size model Denise Bidot in its latest ad.

While Kate Upton may be posing, stretch mark free, on the cover of this months Sports Illustrated, the Lane Bryant ad spread sits in among its pages, promoting body diversity in one of the world's biggest swimsuit magazines. 

Denise is totally un-retouched in the image, which features the slogan "My Confidence … Inspired by #ThisBody."

The campaign has been welcomed by women with open arms: "She looks fantastic and kudos to you for not airbrushing out her stretch marks! She is beautiful just as she is," reads one comment, under Denise's picture on the LB Facebook page. 

The image is completely gorgeous and promotes the idea that all bodies are beautiful, despite the perceived "flaws." And that's an idea we can definitely get behind. 

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