ad collaborative post // When it comes to finding the perfect bikini for the fast-approaching summer season, there are a few boxes that must be ticked for it to be deemed worthy of a place in our carefully curated swimwear wardrobe.

Whether you’re looking for a staple basic for a white sandy beach or a cheeky cut in a gorgeous print that’s made for relaxing poolside, a piece that flatters your figure and makes you feel incredible can sometimes feel impossible to find.

To help you in the search, we’ve put together a step-by-step guide on finding your perfect bikini and bikini tops, along with some stunning style inspiration from our latest collection to get you in the mood for those long summer days ahead.

1. Know your body type

Knowing your body type and which styles and cuts give you the support, coverage and confidence you need is the ideal place to start when shopping for your perfect bikini. From petite frames to fuller figures, with an almost endless array of swimwear options available, there’s a style to suit everyone.

2. Decide how much coverage and support you want

If you’re looking for a style that gives the option of less coverage and adjustable support, the classic tie triangle bikini is the perfect pick. With multiple ways to tie, you can easily create various looks with a single style, keeping you looking fresh all summer long.

For medium coverage and support, a bandeau top is our go to. This style usually features structured sides and padding for a flattering finish and often comes with removable and adjustable straps, meaning you can decide on the level of support and finished look.

For a style with the most support, opt for an underwired balconette top. With a vintage inspired silhouette, this bikini top provides similar support to that of a bra, with padded cups and adjustable straps to achieve the perfect fit for you.

The level of coverage and support you’re after will help to determine the best cut for you. Pictured left to right is the Anastasia Tara Tri top, Ramo Zippora Bandeau top and Santa Rosa Sasha Underwire top. Images: Tigerlily.

3. Choose the right fabric for you

The most common bikini fabric is a soft, stretchy polyester as it’s durable, wearable and has a beautiful finish. This fabric is ideal for all your summer activities, from relaxing under a parasol at the pool or surfing your favourite break down at the beach.

If you’re looking to experiment with textures and fabrics and want to add some bohemian luxe to your look, opt for a crochet bikini. Although best reserved for basking in the sun, taking a quick ocean dip or layering with your favourite over swim, this material is still just as wearable as the classic polyester but gives a chic, elevated finish.

We use high quality recycled fabric to craft our classic swimwear. Pictured left is the Rosalie Vega Bandeau top and right the Capri Tara Crochet Knit Tri top. Images: Tigerlily.

4. Decide on your colour palette

Are you ready to dive into a summer of bold colours and eye catching prints or are you keen to keep things lowkey with a staple monochrome style?

Add interest to your look and explore animalistic, geometric and bohemian inspired prints in bright hues or soften your style with patterns in earthy, muted tones. For a timeless bikini that you’re guaranteed to love season after season, opt for a monochrome finish in a bold colour or classic black and white. If you’re undecided on whether to get creative or keep things simple, finding out the best colour for your complexion is a great place to start.

Get back to basics with a monochrome bikini set or make a statement with colourful prints and animal inspired patterns. Pictured left to right is the Santa Rosa Sasha top in black, the Tayanna Tara Tri top in multi and the Tora Devon Bandeau top in amber. Images: Tigerlily.

Skip the hours spent scrolling online and trying on endless styles in store and follow our step by step guide on finding the perfect bikini for you. From the fit to the fabric and everything in between, we’ve got you covered.

Check out Tigerlily’s collection of bikini tops and find the ideal piece to see you through summer.

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