The Styling You Annual Swimsuit Edition 2021

The Styling You Annual Swimsuit Edition 2021

Nikki Parkinson Fashion 6 Comments

The Styling You Annual Swimsuit Edition 2021 is here and like last year we’re showcasing swimsuits on a range of women of different ages, shapes and sizes. It’s your annual reminder that your body is already beach ready. Just get it in a swimsuit and get to the beach.

If you’re new around here, welcome. This is a safe space for you to challenge your internal critic and make this summer the summer you get into a swimsuit. I’ve been vocal about this, putting my body on the line and on this blog since 2013. Last year I roped in more women to join the cause – and we appeared in a national newspaper magazine. This year we’ve got even more women sharing swimsuit looks. Each woman chose a swimsuit that makes them feel good when on and suits their swimsuit lifestyle. Swimsuits were gifted. Photos are by Kate Luke Photography.

If you asked any of the women below, they would tell you that being photographed in a swimsuit is not something that they are jumping out of their skin with confidence to do – and these are women who are used to having their photos taken on a daily basis. The thing is, they’re just like you. They have all the same insecurities that you do, that we all do. I don’t consider it a brave thing to be photographed in a swimsuit and have it published on the internet but like one of the women photographed below (hello Brooke!) I do consider it a bold thing to do, something that calls on every bit of work you may have been doing on body acceptance

But the reason they say yes (thank you gorgeous women) is that they know that if by showing up in their togs, cossie, bathers or swimsuit that they just might help change the mindset of just one woman. Maybe that woman is you? Maybe this is the year that you don’t sit on the side of the pool or stay on the sand? Maybe this is the year that you get in the water and you made one hell of a splash? 

This is one woman’s story – a DM I received the night before writing this post:

“I’m a mum of two and have struggled with weight gain since pregnant with my first 7.5 years ago. I’ve never shifted the weight – 40kg – down 20kg but the weight is still there. I decided after your swimsuit campaign last year that my body is strong, my kids want their mum to play in the sand and teach them to paddle board. They don’t want me hiding away. And guess what? They DO NOT care about wobbly, dimply bits. So I’ve vowed again this summer to make the most of my time in a swimsuit on our family holiday at the beach every single day.”

The Styling You Annual Swimsuit Edition 2021

Back row, from left: Kate @itskatejanmaree, Jan @retiring_not_shy, Sonia @sonish_space, Lisa @lisacox.co, Stace @stace_mcgregs, Nikki @stylingyou, Rebecca @ilovethatskirt
Front row, from left: Karen @styleloving2, Jasmine @prettychuffed, Brooke @what_brooke_wore, Charity @her__simple.life

For more swimsuit tips and my 15 swimsuit confidence commandments watch and listen to the IGTV video below.

Styling You Annual Swimsuit Edition 2021

Scroll on for inspiration from some incredible women, who quickly said yes to helping me create the Styling You Annual Swimsuit Edition 2021 to inspire and motivate. Please follow them on Instagram.

Do also check out each of the independent swimwear labels they’re wearing. Each of the labels chosen for this feature actively promotes the same swimsuit messages I do.

I’d love to also send a shout to Ellenny Swim (which I featured HERE) – they have some fabulous new designs coming this season, which I’ll share very soon. And my favourite rashies – the ones that I reach for every summer to throw on over my swimsuits are from The Acqua Brand.

More than ever, small independent labels need our support. You’ll also find amazing women behind these labels giving incredible customer support and advice. Reach out to them for help with sizing and styles.


It’s me! @stylingyou wearing Marvell Lane

54, blogger, author and fashion designer

Swimsuit details

Top: Ava bikini top in new colour fuchsia (landing October 30), wearing 14DD

Bottoms: Olivia bikini briefs in new colour fuchsia (landing October 30), wearing 16

Hat: Anannasa 

Special offer

Enter STYLINGYOU10 for 10% off site-wide at Marvell Lane

Why do you feel great in this swimsuit?

I love a bikini for practicality when in and out of the pool at home. You can easily go to the bathroom. HAH. And I can stay in them all day with just a cover-up over the top. Why I love this particular style of top is because the support is next level. It’s doing bra-like magic to my bust but with comfort a priority. If you’re a busty lady up to size 18, then this Byron Bay-based brand should be on your radar. There are a number of different pant styles available – this is the new Olivia style and it’s a good mid-waist option that suits my short-waisted torso.

What would be your message to a woman reading this post who fears getting their body into a swimsuit?

Life really is too short to sit on the sidelines. One of the greatest joys in my life is swimming – always has been; always will be. I can’t imagine not going in the water when at the beach (well, when it’s warm!). The thing is, no-one’s really looking at us. They’re not. They’re actually too wrapped up in their own negative self talk to give two hoots about what we look like in a swimsuit. Just do it.

Styling You's Nikki Parkinson wears Marvell Lane swimwear - Styling You Annual Swimsuit Edition 2021


Brooke @what_brooke_wore wearing Contessa Volpi

39, stylist and writer

Swimsuit details

Janet one-piece (coming December), wearing size 12

Hat: Inca Hearts Coco Luxe hat

Special offer

Save 10% with the code LOVE10

Why do you feel great in this swimsuit?

Made from a beautiful and luxurious Italian Lycra this one-pieces hugs, supports and sculpts my curves in all the right places. It’s subtle and sexy, and the tie details at the shoulder add a little extra sass. And it’s Australian-made from recycled materials giving it an extra feel good factor.

What would be your message to a woman reading this post who fears getting their body into a swimsuit?

You deserve to enjoy the beach and/or the pool and getting in the water and feel the pleasure of having sunshine and water on your skin, and the rejuvenation that comes with that. And if that’s not enough incentive to throw on your togs, remember that most people are too busy worrying about what they look like in their swimmers to notice how you look in yours, so take a deep breath and get out of your head and into the water!

Brooke @what_brooke_wore wears Contessa Volpi Styling You Annual Swimsuit Edition 2021


Kate @itskatejanmaree wearing Artesands

29, digital designer and content creator

Swimsuit details

Top: Tropo’logical Yellow Cezanne Midriff Underwire Bikini Top in 18

Bottom: Botticelli High Waist Swim Pant in 18

Special offer

Enter STYLINGYOU10 for 10% off full-priced items

Why do you feel great in this swimsuit?

I love a great print and some sneaky bust support and this bikini gives me all that and more! The bright pattern gives me the summer holiday vibes I’ve been dreaming of and the high waist and this particular high waist and supportive style of bikini holds my curves in all the right places so I feel confident in showing them off.

What would be your message to a woman reading this post who fears getting their body into a swimsuit?

There is absolutely nothing you need to change about your body to put it in a swimsuit, your body is brave, strong and looks great exactly how it is. Don’t miss out on the fun stuff, the good stuff, the time with your friends and family or days in the sunshine because you’re worried about wearing a swimsuit. Find colours and styles (high waisted or sleeves) that you love and feel good in to help boost your confidence. At the end of the day you’re not going to remember what your thighs looked like, you’re going to remember the smiles, the laughs and the days you spent (safely, slip slop slap) in the sun, and that’s worth putting a swimsuit on for.

Kate @itskatejanmaree wears Artesands


Lisa @lisacox.co wearing Sunsoaked

41, media professional

Swimsuit details

Janie ruffle sleeve one piece in ambiente, size 10

Why do you feel great in this swimsuit?

This print is such a delight.

What would be your message to a woman reading this post who fears getting their body into a swimsuit?

Bodies of all abilities are worthy.

Lisa Cox wears Sunsoaked


Stace @stace_mcgregs wearing Saint Somebody

36, model and stylist

Swimsuit details

Top: Mystery Of Love in Paris blue (coming November 1) in 16

Bottoms: Sky High in Paris blue (coming November 1) in 16

Hat: Anannasa 

Special offer

Enter code STYLINGYOU10 for 10% off at checkout

Why do you feel great in this swimsuit?

I love the supportive crop top and the ultra high bottoms.

What would be your message to a woman reading this post who fears getting their body into a swimsuit?

Buy the swimsuit, invest in a suit that works for your body, jump in the pool make the memories, get in the photos!

@stace_mcgregs wears Saint Somebody Styling You Annual Swimsuit Edition


Jasmine @prettychuffed wearing Baiia

36, blogger, mum

Swimsuit details

Jasmine reversible bikini wrap top and bottoms, size 8

Why do you feel great in this swimsuit?

This swimsuit accentuates curves, I feel supported and just amazing! Can’t wait to hit the beach.

What would be your message to a woman reading this post who fears getting their body into a swimsuit?

Life’s too short! Get in that water. Lie on the sand. You’ll feel better for it, trust me.

Jasmine @prettychuffed wears Baiia


Charity @her__simplelife wearing Curvy Swimwear

30, office administrator 

Swimsuit details

Molokai three-tiered one-piece, size 20

Special offer

Save 15% until Octobe 26 with code JUSTFORYOU

Why do you feel great in this swimsuit?

I feel physically comfortable.

What would be your message to a woman reading this post who fears getting their body into a swimsuit?

As a bigger girl I have definitely had this fear! All bodies are different and beautiful in their own way. What I would suggest is to shop around. There are so many awesome businesses out there who sell comfortable supportive swimwear in various styles and colours to suit all body shapes and sizes. 

@her__simplelife wears Curvy Swimwear


Karen @styleloving2 wearing Une Piece

53, influencer, promotional and marketing co-ordinator

Swimsuit details

Top: Classic Square neck bralette in black size 14

Bottom: Never Say Never high waisted bikini bottom in black size 14

Special offer

Save $10 with code STYLINGYOU10

Why do you feel great in this swimsuit?

I feel confident, comfortable and supported.

What would be your message to a woman reading this post who fears getting their body into a swimsuit?

Don’t let fear stop you from enjoying life. I try not to over think it just go out and have fun with family and friends. Also, I need be an example to our children and grandchildren of confidence with our bodies in every size and shape.

Karen @styleloving2 wears Une Piece


Bec @ilovethatskirt wearing Infamous Swim

36, occupational therapist, mum, Instagrammer

Swimsuit details

Top: Gia top in candy leopard, L

Bottoms: Ginger bottoms in candy leopard, L

Shop the candy leopard collection 

Special offer

Enter STYLINGYOU20 for 20% off store-wide from 12am on Tuesday 19 October to 11.59pm on Sunday 25 October

Why do you feel great in this swimsuit?

It’s a gorgeous print, fun style and still practical!

What would be your message to a woman reading this post who fears getting their body into a swimsuit?

For me, it’s all about creating memories with my girls at the beach or in the pool. You won’t remember sitting on the sideline but they’ll remember you jumping in and swimming with them!

Bec @ilovethatskirt in Infamous Swim

Infamous Swim - matchy matchy for the whole family


Jan @retiring_not_shy wearing Capriosca

68, blogger, content creator

Swimsuit details

Acapulco Criss Cross one-piece

Special offer

Save 15% until Octobe 26 with code JUSTFORYOU

Why do you feel great in this swimsuit?

I love the classic black base, the firm fabric to hold me in and how the criss cross design creates the illusion of a waistline.

What would be your message to a woman reading this post who fears getting their body into a swimsuit?

There is a perfect swimsuit for every body. Work with a diversity conscious brand to find your ideal one and then get out and enjoy life, it’s too short to sit on the sidelines.

Jan @retiring_not_shy wears Capriosca


Sonia @sonish_space wearing Boteh

33, stockbroking compliance officer

Swimsuit details

Top: Calla FrancesC bralette, 12

Bottoms: Calla high-waist pant, 12

Why do you feel great in this swimsuit?

Firstly, it fits well, and I feel confident in it. It shows my curves which I am confident in flaunting, and I love the print and style of it too. Like the saying goes, when you look good, you feel good too. I’m every day beach-ready in any swimsuit.

What would be your message to a woman reading this post who fears getting their body into a swimsuit?

Learn to love your body at any stage of your life and be confident in it, regardless of what society standards may portrait. Your body is beach ready and go on and rock that swimsuit.

Sonia @sonish_space wears Boteh


Will you get your body into a swimsuit this summer?

Past Styling You Annual Swimsuit Editions

Styling You Swimsuit Edition 2020

Styling You Swimsuit Edition 2019

Styling You Swimsuit Edition 2018

Styling You Swimsuit Edition 2017

Styling You Swimsuit Edition 2016

Styling You Swimsuit Edition 2015

Styling You Swimsuit Edition 2014

Styling You Swimsuit Edition 2013

Will you get your body into a swimsuit this summer?

 

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  1. Love all these suggestions – the ladies look amazing and ready to hit the beach!

    I’ve recently discovered Longpiece swimwear which is made specifically for those of us with long torsos, amazing quality and all made in Australia, bought mine on http://www.longpiece.com

    Also love Baiia’s unique designs, might have to treat myself for Christmas!

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  2. Ah the ladies all look amazing! And so many beautiful swimsuits. I have to say I love Brooke’s black one piece. So elegant, and sexy

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