If you don’t already own a minimalist black bikini, you’re certainly going to want one after seeing these brilliant outfit ideas. High-waisted bottoms are (thankfully) on trend, and the top gives just the right kind of support. Looking to the best and essential summer trends, we’ve created five looks using this bikini.

1. Bohemian inspired

Get inspiration from the Bohemian trend, such as woven items and tasseled details, and your summer look is sorted. Adding a hat such as this is a necessary and good choice. A peasant-style dress is the ideal beach cover up, and works brilliantly over the swimsuit.

Bikini Top, R249, H&M Bikini Bottoms, R249, H&M Dress, R629, Zara Hat, R449, Only @ Superbalist Earrings, R1300, Henriette Botha Shoes, R379, H&M

2. Party time

Use the bikini top as a cute bandeau by removing the straps and the swimsuit becomes a party starter, plus the accessories are the right kind of sparkle for the party season.

Bikini Top, R249, H&M Bikini Bottoms, R249, H&M Clutch, R559, Zara Skirt, R559, Zara Earrings, R779, Country Road Shoes, R1299, Mimco

3. Très elégant

A flowing, sheer-black kaftan will turn you into a beach goddess. A metallic woven clutch and tiered earrings will add glam, and the shoes are sensible because heels for the beach are just never a good idea, okay.

Bikini Top, R249, H&M Bikini Bottoms, R249, H&M Kaftan, R Clutch, R299, H&M Earrings, R399, Country Road Sliders, R599, Country Road

4. Retro ready

With high-wasited frill-hemmed denim shorts and gingham shoes, this look is the best kind of throwback. The sunnies keep the look ultra glam too. Simple and easy, just how we like it for long summer days.

Bikini Top, R249, H&M Bikini Bottoms, R249, H&M Shorts, R99, Mr Price Shoes, R559, Zara, Sunglasses, R169, Miss Maxi @ Superbalist

5. Sports star

For the sports (and sportswear) enthusiasts, a transparent vinyl backpack and classic sneakers are the dream team. Add bright yellow culottes and mirrored sunnies, and you’re good to go.

Bikini Top, R249, H&M Bikini Bottoms, R249, H&M Sneakers, R1999, Reebok @ Superbalist Trousers, R559, Zara Sunglasses, R229, H&M

Now that you’ve finished reading and are feeling totally inspired, best get shopping ASAP!