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16 of the best black swimsuits to buy this summer

Because this classic one-piece is a holiday essential

By Abigail Southan and Rosie Davenport
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The good thing about buying a black swimsuit is that it's a true investment, so it will see you through this summer and look just as good for years to come paired with chunky sandals and a chic straw bag. This classic one-piece never dates and it’s super flattering, which is why we think every woman should have one in her repertoire.

If you don’t, or yours is looking a little tired, why not treat yourself to something new for summer 2023? Designers and high street stores have really upped the style stakes when it comes to swimwear this season and there are so many great options to browse – from retro halternecks and alluring plunge styles to clever control swimsuits.

If you don’t know where to begin, let us help you out with our edit of the best black swimsuits available to shop now. Be quick though – the best swimwear always sells out fast…

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Best black scalloped swimsuit

M&S Padded Scallop Plunge Swimsuit

Padded Scallop Plunge Swimsuit
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Best black scalloped swimsuit

M&S Padded Scallop Plunge Swimsuit

£35 at Marks & Spencer

This plunging black swimsuit looks much more expensive than its affordable price tag, and the scalloped trim gives it a flirty feminine edge. Team it with a striped linen shirt (With Nothing Underneath is our first stop for these) for effortless poolside glam.

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Best black halterneck swimsuit

Boden Santorini Swimsuit

Santorini Swimsuit
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Best black halterneck swimsuit

Boden Santorini Swimsuit

Now 20% Off

This Boden swimsuit nods to the '50s with its retro square neckline, ruching and halterneck strap. Plus, the body sculpting lining and lightly padded cups offer just the right amount of support.

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Best black ribbed swimsuit

Cos Square-Neck Ribbed Swimsuit

Square-Neck Ribbed Swimsuit
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Best black ribbed swimsuit

Cos Square-Neck Ribbed Swimsuit

Cos' ribbed number has an ultra-low back, flattering square neckline and slender straps – sometimes the simplest swimsuits are the most effective. Wear yours with oversized sunglasses and a white linen shirt to nail beachy cool.

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Best black one shoulder swimsuit

WAT The Brand Emily One Shoulder Swimsuit

Emily One Shoulder Swimsuit
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Best black one shoulder swimsuit

WAT The Brand Emily One Shoulder Swimsuit

Asymmetric swimsuits are on-trend again this year – especially WAT The Brand’s monochrome style which easily doubles as a top. Take yours from the beach on to dinner with wide-leg trousers.

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Best black button-up swimsuit

& Other Stories Button Up Swimsuit

Button Up Swimsuit
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Best black button-up swimsuit

& Other Stories Button Up Swimsuit

Stories is the high street destination for swimwear this summer. The brand always proves you don't need to spend a fortune to achieve a chic holiday look. We love this classic swimsuit – the square neckline and covered button details make it feel designer.

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Best black crinkle swimsuit

Hunza G Domino Embellished Seersucker Swimsuit

Domino Embellished Seersucker Swimsuit
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Best black crinkle swimsuit

Hunza G Domino Embellished Seersucker Swimsuit

Hunza G’s swimsuits come in one size, which means you don’t have to worry about finding the right fit for you – the super stretchy, ribbed fabric works on all body shapes. We particularly like the flattering scoop neckline and tortoiseshell accents on the brand's Domino style.

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Best black swimsuit for swimming

M&S Halterneck Swimsuit

Halterneck Swimsuit
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Best black swimsuit for swimming

M&S Halterneck Swimsuit

This black swimsuit is part of Marks & Spencer's Goodmove activewear line, so it's designed for serious swim sessions. It has a high square neckline and a scoop back with supportive strap detailing – the perfect combination of sporty and stylish.

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Best black high leg swimsuit

Aspiga Recycled V-Neck Ruched Swimsuit

Recycled V-Neck Ruched Swimsuit
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Best black high leg swimsuit

Aspiga Recycled V-Neck Ruched Swimsuit

You wouldn't be able to guess this black swimsuit is partly made from recycled plastic bottles. The stretchy costume is from Aspiga's new sustainable swimwear line. It features flattering ruched side seams, supportive built-in cups, high cut legs and a plunging V-neckline.

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Best black ruffle swimsuit

Eberjey Jane Smooth One-Piece

Jane Smooth One-Piece
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Best black ruffle swimsuit

Eberjey Jane Smooth One-Piece

You've probably already heard of Eberjey's luxurious silk pyjama sets but did you know the brand also does swimwear? The ruffled hem on this Jane style is super feminine and the on-trend square neckline offers ample coverage. What's more, all Eberjey's swimsuits protect you from the sun (up to UPF 50+).

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Best black and white swimsuit

Alexandra Miro Whitney Belted Swimsuit

Whitney Belted Swimsuit
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Best black and white swimsuit

Alexandra Miro Whitney Belted Swimsuit

Not only does this belted black swimsuit from Alexandra Miro nip in your waist, but it also creates the illusion of a longer torso, thanks to the cleverly-placed contrasting side panels. We like how the gold buckle elevates it for beach clubs or spa days but can also be detached when you fancy an ocean swim.

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Best black plunge swimsuit

Boden Levanzo Ruched Halter Swimsuit

Levanzo Ruched Halter Swimsuit
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Best black plunge swimsuit

Boden Levanzo Ruched Halter Swimsuit

Now 20% Off

Boden has done it again with this halterneck black swimming costume. Flattering yet supportive, the sculpted lining and padded cups hold you firmly in while giving you a hint of cleavage. We also love how the crossover ruching defines the waist.

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Best black bandeau swimsuit

Net-a-Porter Eres Les Essentiels Cassiopée Bandeau Swimsuit

Eres Les Essentiels Cassiopée Bandeau Swimsuit
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Best black bandeau swimsuit

Net-a-Porter Eres Les Essentiels Cassiopée Bandeau Swimsuit

Everyone needs a bandeau swimsuit and Eres is a great brand for simple yet sophisticated swimwear. We love the top detail and super sleek cut.

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Best black shirred swimsuit

Whistles Shirred Tie Strap Bikini Top

Shirred Tie Strap Bikini Top
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Best black shirred swimsuit

Whistles Shirred Tie Strap Bikini Top

Whistles’ black swimsuit is cut from a smocked fabric, which makes it super stretchy and comfortable. Its straps are adjustable too; we’ll be wearing ours bandeau style with the ties fastened around the back.

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Best black racerback swimsuit

Arket Racerback Swimsuit

Racerback Swimsuit
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Best black racerback swimsuit

Arket Racerback Swimsuit

Now 40% Off

This sporty style swimsuit from Arket is made from ECONYL® – a sustainable fabric spun from recycled nylon waste and fishing nets. It's the perfect wild swimming go-to.

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Best black zip-up swimsuit

Net-a-Porter Cover Swim Stretch Recycled Swimsuit

Cover Swim Stretch Recycled Swimsuit
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Best black zip-up swimsuit

Net-a-Porter Cover Swim Stretch Recycled Swimsuit

We love this sporty zip-up style – it's half scuba gear, half swimsuit, and it provides UPF 50+ protection on sunny days.

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Best black tummy control swimsuit

Panache Anya Riva Balconette Swimsuit

Anya Riva Balconette Swimsuit
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Best black tummy control swimsuit

Panache Anya Riva Balconette Swimsuit

This ruched swimsuit ticks all the boxes for flattering swimwear – a balconette neckline, tummy control and a simple cut.

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