(style) Swimsuit shopping: the struggle is real. But our pick of the best cossies for non-teenage bodies is here to help

For those of us with legs, bums, boobs and tums that look much better with clothes ON than off, the swimsuit struggle is real.

Holidays are FUN. Shopping for swimwear is basically NOT FUN, unless you really love your body.

But now and then it has to be done. And although I’m generally a believer in the style mantra: 'it’s how you wear it, not how much it costs’, this is one wardrobe area where splashing a bit more cash - or at least giving it more thought than a last-minute dash around Gatwick Accessorize - will pay dividends in the deep end.

Yes, some high street styles may help draw the eye away from wobblier bits or create the illusion of longer legs/smaller waist/a tighter tum (see ASOS) but what will really help boost the confidence levels come stripping-off time is quality fabric and a clever cut that will stay put.

And so, with thanks to some stylish travelling friends, here are the D|R picks of the one pieces that will have you covered this holiday season...

1. Tummy control: Icon Bardot Off-The-Shoulder Shaping Swimsuit £50 Figleaves.com  

1. Tummy control: Icon Bardot Off-The-Shoulder Shaping Swimsuit £50 Figleaves.com

 

2. 'Lose 10lbs in 10 seconds': Network Jenna Miraclesuit £137 simplybeach.com

2. 'Lose 10lbs in 10 seconds': Network Jenna Miraclesuit £137 simplybeach.com

3. Fake a waist: Seafolly Deep V Malliott Swimsuit £90 House of Fraser

3. Fake a waist: Seafolly Deep V Malliott Swimsuit £90 House of Fraser

4. Great for boobs: Carol One Piece £185 Vix Paula Hermanny

4. Great for boobs: Carol One Piece £185 Vix Paula Hermanny

5. Sexy without being skimpy: Jets by Jessika Allen £150 beachcafe.com

5. Sexy without being skimpy: Jets by Jessika Allen £150 beachcafe.com

6. Clever cut and flattering print: Icelandic Skin Marilyn £150 monaswims.com

6. Clever cut and flattering print: Icelandic Skin Marilyn £150 monaswims.com

7. For tall women/long bodies: Ruched Plunge High Leg Halter Swimsuit £11 (sale price) ASOS.com

7. For tall women/long bodies: Ruched Plunge High Leg Halter Swimsuit £11 (sale price) ASOS.com

8. Create some curves: Skye and Staghorn Plunge Swimsuit £91 (sale price) ASOS.com

8. Create some curves: Skye and Staghorn Plunge Swimsuit £91 (sale price) ASOS.com

9. Tummy control and underwired up to 38GG: Lucky Star Halter Suit £40 Figleaves.com

9. Tummy control and underwired up to 38GG: Lucky Star Halter Suit £40 Figleaves.com

10. Secret Slimming: Colour Block £29 M&S

10. Secret Slimming: Colour Block £29 M&S

11. Secret Slimming: Plunge Swimsuit £19.50 M&S

11. Secret Slimming: Plunge Swimsuit £19.50 M&S

12. Halterneck: s.Oliver £45 swimwear365.co.uk

12. Halterneck: s.Oliver £45 swimwear365.co.uk

13. Serious strapping and wrapping: Purple Wrap £58 LASCANA swimwear365.com 

13. Serious strapping and wrapping: Purple Wrap £58 LASCANA swimwear365.com 

14. Built-in bra (up to 38F): Freya Remix Frilled Suit £65 freyalingerie.com

14. Built-in bra (up to 38F): Freya Remix Frilled Suit £65 freyalingerie.com


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