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5 Iconic Swimwear Scenes: How You Can Get The Look

If you were asked what the most memorable swimwear scene in the history of the movies is, what would your answer be? We had a little straw poll here at Simply Beach and have compiled our top 5. These are movie scenes that perfectly capture the era they were made and have influenced bikini and swimsuit design ever since. Here's our list, along with some bikinis and swimsuits to help you get the look. 1. Ursula Andress white bikini – Dr. No (1962) Who can forget Ursula Andress emerging from the sea as Honey Ryder in the 1962 James Bond movie Dr. No, with a shell in her hand and a knife at her hip? This now infamous white bikini was an obvious influence on the one Halle Berry wore as she stepped out of the surf as Jinx Johnson in another Bond film Die Another Day, 40 years later. This classic has been a definite influence on so many swimwear designers over the last 50 years, none more so than today. The wide set shoulder straps and supported cups on the bikini top and thick belt on the bottoms make  this the most flattering and figure enhancing bikini; its cult status is no surprise. The  Freya Magic soft tri bikini (pictured above) is a flattering bikini, perfect for that Ursula Andress beach goddess look, or how about and a red hot Sunseeker Hawaiian halter top bikini (left) for more of a Halle Berry. The fab thing about both of these designs is that they miraculously manage to cover all the right places whilst still looking stunning.  The bikini bottoms may be big, but they're bang on trend too.  This is the most fashionable, wearable swimwear for all shapes and sizes. 2. Elizabeth Taylor's white swimsuit – Suddenly Last Summer (1959) The late, great movie star and style icon Elizabeth Taylor showed how the simplest swimsuits are often the most striking. This film from the late 1950s depicts a time of classic, understated glamour. One of cinema's most famous movie stills shows the actress kneeling in the surf in a plain white swimsuit with oval cut out under the cleavage, effortlessly cool, staking her claim as the ultimate movie siren with a star power that many would argue has never been matched. Get yourself some old-time movie star glamour with this white Seafolly Goddess Monroe Maillot swimsuit (pictured right)   3. Angelina Jolie's black bikini – Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life (2003) Again, proof if ever it was needed that simple can be the most effective. Now, admittedly it is Angelina Jolie wearing the plain black halter neck bikini, but you'd be hard pushed to find a more flattering cut, with its wide top straps and generous pant. This is a style you just can't go wrong with, its an understated design classic. You could wear this design in 2011 or 2021 and it would still look timelessly cool. 4. Bo Derek's swimsuit –  '10'  (1979) Everything about this look says late 1970s. Bo Derek running along the sand was iconic for two reasons. First, the hair that sparked a massive trend - plaited in cornrows with beaded trims - then that swimsuit. The late 70s was a time when it became more acceptable to bare more on the beach, and Bo Derek did just that with this skimpy light brown number, instantly propelling her to cult sex symbol status. This beach scene has become an iconic one in the history of film. Braid your hair and look to Gottex for the ultimate 10 look. Be warned – most definitely not for the shy and retiring!   5. Cameron Diaz's white bikini – Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003) This skimpy white bikini with ties at the side shows a surfboard carrying Cameron Diaz as the epitome of health and vibrance. This bikini is cute and carefree, depicting a laid back surf vibe. This is again a classic design, with the side ties harking to the 70s. This is a look that's huge this summer and it can be widely found amongst our swimwear brands. Get the look with this sweet little Seafolly Goddess halter bikini

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