I have never been straight up and down, in fact I have always had a big bum and hips. Post-kids I have evened out more and have more of a bust now. The one-piece makes me feel pulled in and confident. My musts are a decent coverage on the bottom half and a structured cup for some sort of support. 50s shapes tend to be the most forgiving, while high legs and 80s cupless styles are a no-go for me.
Another swimwear brand that we’re huge fans of is Anna Laub’s label, Prism. Her pieces are always fun, flattering and quick-drying. This pattern won’t date, and the monochrome disguises the underwired cups.
Reiss swimsuits aren’t heralded enough. They are brilliantly engineered, look luxurious and they tend to be designed with actual women in mind. I have this swimsuit – it’s very flattering on the leg and the panels are slimming, but it is narrow on the bum area, so it could be considered a little cheeky.
J Crew make fantastic swimsuits, with generous sizing, quality fabrics and sturdy cups. This piece has an added ruffle which might not flatter those with a larger bust, but it’s perfect for pear-shaped figures.
If you are planning to splash out, this is the one-piece to do it with. Karla Colletto fabrics are brilliantly sturdy and therefore smooth lumps and bumps. The delicate detail around the chest area will mean you can easily wear it as a body with a pair of palazzo pants over the top – suitable for post-beach drinks.
This is the perfect poolside swimwear for someone who can lounge by the pool and doesn’t need to lunge to grab a toddler. It doesn’t get more La Dolce Vita than a Dolce & Gabbana swim piece, and we think curves in the right places will only enhance it.
When it comes to practical, no-nonsense swimwear you can’t beat M&S. All their pieces are designed to last at least 30 washes. They are also the only ones you can guarantee you will be able to be as active as possible in without an accidental reveal.