[Ad] I feel like I’m starting every post with a caveat about lockdown, and while I wish it wasn’t necessary, it seems somehow disingenuous to ignore it. I’m choosing to find the positives and, as far as possible, focus on looking forwards to when things are better. Because eventually, normal life will resume, and it doesn’t hurt to lose ourselves in some light relief in the meantime. Such as the very important subject of summer swimwear. Today I’m teaming up with Protest to share their 2020 collection of cool and contemporary surf bikinis and boardshorts.

Surf Bikinis
Protest SS20 Surf Bikinis.

About Protest

Protest are a design-led sportswear company, founded in Holland by a group of snowboard enthusiasts. Their mission is ‘to design fresh, fun, and sustainable sportswear for surfers, skiers, and boarders’ – but they also aim to inspire non-boarders alike. Their eclectic clothing range is aimed at the kind of fun crowd who love to have a go, and thrive on adventure and laughter. 

Paddle Boarding

Protest’s goal is to make technical, fashionable sportswear that’s both functional and accessible, from beginner to athlete, and every level in between.

The Protest Spring/Summer Swimwear Collection

The new swimwear collection has been inspired by travel around the globe. The designers at Protest have handpicked trending fabrics and fashionable details to create looks that are completely in vogue, while remaining dynamic for high-octane activity.

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Surf Swimwear

Some of the trends you can expect to find in Protest’s SS20 collection include:

Women’s Trends

The vibe I get from Protest’s collection is a combination of flattering vintage shapes, and quirky fun detailing. No matter your personal style, there’s something here for everyone.

Vintage Striped Bikini

Big Pockets

A personal favourite, who doesn’t love a dress with pockets? This is a very current style, and for good reason!

High Waist

A retro cut which is both stylish and flattering. Protest has combined this trend in their Special Bikini to create a bold, contemporary look which I love.

Neon Brights

There’s no missing fun neon prints. Protest’s take is a vibrant contrast of colour – striking yet classy.

Surf Bikinis

Broderie Anglaise

A gorgeous and more wearable alternative to lace, this embroidery technique is fresh yet feminine.


Ruched and striped, seersucker is flattering and very on trend. What’s not to love?

Men’s Trends


Tropical and exotic, combined with a cool vintage vibe. Available as recycled polyester board shorts.

Hawaiian Boardshorts

Daring Pink

A summery statement colour that pops, either alone or as a contrasting accent colour. 

Retro Stripes

A classic wardrobe essential, reimagined with a loose fit and a funky vibe.

Here are some of my favourite items from their Spring/Summer 2020 range:

Protest SS20 Surf Bikinis – My Top Picks

Protest have a range of bikinis, including push-up and triangle, but my personal favourites from Protest have to be these gorgeous surf bikinis:

Special High-Waisted Bandeau Bikini

Neon High Waist Bikini

Waffle Crop Top Bikini

Waffle Bikini

If you love Protest’s swimwear as much as I do then you’ll be delighted to hear they’re kindly offering readers a 10% discount using code refined10! The coupon is valid until 30 June 2020.

What’s your favourite summer swimwear trend?


Fashion, Sustainability

An award-nominated blogger and author, Kate is a huge advocate of personal growth, focusing on journaling to increase positivity and facilitate mindful motherhood. With a wealth of experience in breastfeeding and CMPA, Kate is also an expert baby sleep chaser. Her writing has appeared on Mothercare, Huff Post, and BritMums.

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