As we draw closer to the imminent bikini season, our attentions turn to what we'll slip into when the beach beckons. So if ever there was incentive to put down that slice of cake and pick up a celery stick, it's now, as we look back at some of our favourite beach idols wearing this season's hottest bikini trends.


We were totally floored by the flawlessness of this shot, where Elizabeth Taylor absolutely dazzles in an exotic print bikini. Multi-coloured and abstract, we're inspired to slip into our sahara print Azul bikini underneath the swaying palms during a tropical escape.


The ultimate pin-up girl, Marilyn Monroe is well acquainted with the bikini and we love this early shot of the actress in a nautical-inspired striped two-piece. So, if you're headed to the French Riveria or a similarly-cool coastal destination, don't forget to pack our jauntily-striped Nixie bikini.


Ok, we admit, it might have more to do with the seriously sexy hair/smoky eye/nonchalant glance, but we do love this shot of bombshell Brigitte Bardot in a floral print bikini. A perrenial summer print, you can't go wrong with some blossoming blooms poolside (this is proof). Try our lotus print Azul bikini.


She's not called 'the body' for nothing, you know. Elle Macpherson looks h.o.t in this itsy bitsy black bikini. Perfectly accessorised with gold jewellery and a surfboard, Elle is our inspiration for packing our black Fiji bikini for any sun-soaked holiday. Classic, but skimpy and very, very sexy.


An iconic bikini moment, when Halle Berry emerged from the surf - as Bond Girl Jinx Johnson - switching those hips, we watched in awe. But Halle aside, that bold pop of orange against the turquoise sea has us sold on a bright and juicy bikini like Puka in coral (minus the weapon belt).


Cameron Diaz has got to be the sporty girl's bikini icon? Forever running, splashing about or surfing, Cameron's bikini bod is impressively-athletic and her bikinis match, with a similarly-sporty vibe. Our Maui bikini in taupe and mint would surely earn Cameron's seal of approval?

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