Swimwear inspiration: mismatched bikinis

While lying on the beach in Skiathos I was also on bikini watch – seeing what styles people were wearing and what stood out. And the results are pretty conclusive – my favourite bikini looks are actually mismatching tops and bottoms. I saw loads of people wearing tops and bottoms that were not a matching pair, and it looked great! I don’t know why I was surprised or why I hadn’t thought of it sooner! I think it gives off a laidback vibe and shows a bit of creativity and style too – why be constrained by which pieces the shops say go together?

As an extra bonus, it’s much easier to find great prices when you’re not looking for a matching pair in your size. Shop for separates and save a bit of money on your swimwear – you can easily find bikini bottoms in your size for under £5 in the sales, and you wouldn’t need to worry about finding the matching top with it!

Here’s my easy guide on how to wear mismatching swimwear:

Colour block brights

Pick plain pieces in bright and bold colours. I love bright blue with pink, orange, coral or yellow.

colour block bikini

Top from H&M; bottoms from Oasis

Print clash

I like the print clash look, but keep it tonal and in the same colour family so it doesn’t look too messy.

Print clash bikini

Top and bottoms from Oasis

Combine textures

I love lace and crochet bikinis, but that doesn’t mean it has to feature on both pieces. I think you can still look “put together” with a print top and textured bottoms if you tie them together with a colour scheme.

Orange and blue bikini

Top from South Beach Swimwear; bottoms from H&M

Or tie them together with a trend, such as the bohemian vibe created by a paisley/scarf print and cut out bottoms.

Bohemian bikini

Top from New Look, bottoms from River Island

Co-ordinating detail

Even though you’re not wearing a matching set you can still tie the pieces together. The fish-themed charms on these bottoms tie in well with the digital print sunset beach top.

Digital print bikini

Top from New Look; bottoms from River Island

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