Elvis Presley showing off his surf skills in the movie Blue Hawaii, Getty Images.
The 10 best swimwear style moments
Sun, sea and sand – there’s no better setting for summer style than the beach. We count down ten of the most iconic swimwear fashion moments for this week’s Hit List.
10. TAYLOR SWIFT’S RETRO STYLE
Taylor Swift’s name has become synonymous with a kind of retro all-American style, and her nostalgic swimwear choices prove this – fun prints, high-waisted briefs and halter tops conjure up dreamy images of beaches in days gone by.
9. CAMERON DIAZ IN CHARLIE’S ANGELS
As the daring Natalie in Charlie’s Angels, Cameron Diaz was in prime position to show off some serious swim style. She chose a sporty white bikini for a day of surfing, in a look that suited her athletic style perfectly.
A natural beach babe, Beyoncé has always been a swimwear star thanks to her keen eye for accessories like straw hats and sunglasses. While she looks good in anything, it’s clear that Beyoncé is best by the beach.
7. DEBORAH KERR IN FROM HERE TO ETERNITY
Set on a military base in Hawaii, 1953’s From Here to Eternity has the perfect backdrop for scandal and style, and Deborah Kerr’s sleek and sexy halterneck one-piece made for an iconic moment in swimwear history.
6. BO DEREK IN 10
A tan swimsuit and a head braided into cornrows provided the basis for Bo Derek to find fame, sex appeal and style icon status in the 1979 film 10. The classic scene inspired costumes, homages and parodies in the years since.
Nobody looks more at home on the beach than Rihanna, and a simple yellow two-piece shows off her strong style. Natural wavy hair and an arm of delicate bracelets tick the right boxes for a charming, fashionable swimwear look.
4. SEAN CONNERY IN GOLDFINGER
Sean Connery as James Bond can pull off any look. Proof, if you needed it, was in 1964’s Goldfinger, when his choice of cover-up – a baby blue terrycloth playsuit, inspired by Victorian men’s beachwear – raised a few eyebrows among discerning viewers.
3. ELVIS IN BLUE HAWAII
The musical Blue Hawaii was a big hit for Elvis in 1961, and his fitted shorts-and-shirt beachside combo set the trend for men looking for a tropical kind of leisure look, with a charming floral lei to finish the look.
2. PAMELA ANDERSON IN BAYWATCH
It’s the big swimwear moment of the 1990s – Pamela Anderson’s scarlet one-piece on the set of Baywatch. The skimpy suit, with its high-cut legs, may not have been the obvious choice for a lifeguard, but as CJ Parker, Pamela made the legendary look her own.
1. URSULA ANDRESS IN DR NO
The Swiss bombshell made the entrance of her life in Dr No, when the Bond girl sashayed out of the water onto a Jamaican beach in that iconic off-white two-piece, accompanied by her trusty conch-hunting knife.