Solving the summer swimwear dilemma

With the sun shining and summer on the horizon, our thoughts are turning to beachwear. More and more swimwear is creeping its way into the High Street stores and it’s difficult to know which to invest in for summer. There are the age old problems of dressing right for your body shape, and looking high fashion in the high heat, but these can easily be solved.

Possibly the most stylish option to go for is the monokini, following this season’s trend for cutaway clothing. Effectively the monokini is a hybrid of the one piece and the bikini. If you’re worried about having your tummy completely on show, this is an excellent way of covering it – but still looking stylish.


The high street this summer will leave you spoilt for choice. Photo: ippei + janine

The most sought after swimwear pieces are Herve Leger’s bandage one pieces, looking ultra sexy and high fashion. To get the look for a much more affordable price of £22, check out ASOS’s cut-out suit with ring. These bandage monokinis work best on those with a boyish figure, but to get more of a girlie silhouette, or pear shapes to accentuate your thin top and curvy bottom half, for a sexy silhouette.

For those that want a monokini that is less ‘spray on’, and more of a stylish cover up, try New Look’s Embellished Zebra Trikini. This swimsuit combines this season’s swimwear animal print trend and has a panel that goes down the centre so you feel less exposed.

Model favourite ‘Pistol Panties’, has found itself inspired by the fifties with their swimwear collection. Worn by Kate Moss, Sophie Dahl and Jade Jagger, it’s easy to see why it’s so loved. This fifties style bikini aptly named ‘Marilyn’, is a gorgeous way to look sexy and chic.

For a celebrity look, with a smaller price tag, check out Topshop’s fifties style bikinis. Their bow print bikini at £28 will do the trick, or their Polka Dot Push Up bikini at £25, which will give you an excellent shape by giving a great bust and polka dots distract away from a curvy bottom.

This style can suit any size, as long as you’re confident with your body shape. They’re great fun and will make you feel like a supermodel on the beach. However, if you prefer a one piece there is an excellent selection to choose from.

Unless you’ve avoided the High Street since New Year, you will have noticed nautical fashion is everywhere. Predictably, the trend filtered into swimwear as it goes hand in hand, and for larger curvy figures, Oli offer the perfect solution.

Red or Dead’s 50’s style swimsuit will flatter your figure no matter what your size, and has the perfect mix of vintage style. It is priced at £62, but well worth the splurge, to look the most stylish on the beach.

So there you have it, when it comes to this year’s swimwear, you’re spoiled for choice, no matter what your figure. So there are no excuses for not going to the beach this summer!

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