Over the years, we’ve searched high and low for the perfect one piece swimming costume – and by perfect we mean a flattering silhouette that doesn’t rise too high around the legs, that holds us in but not so we can’t breathe and most of all, looks chic and elegant. We’ve tried and tested and these definitely pass the test.
The Boden Santorini swimsuit (currently on sale at £48 down from £60) is one of their most popular items of clothing (it has a 4.5 star rating and comes in 14 different colour ways). We wore one on holiday six months after giving birth to twins and it was brilliant (although top tip, don’t try to put it on when either you or the swimsuit is wet. It gets stuck half way up your thighs!) It has a body sculpting lining, side boning with a hidden ‘under bust support shelf’ and extremely flattering halter neck straps. It’s also great value for money.
You need to pick your Zimmermann swimwear carefully. We find that most of the bikinis, for example, are for people with very small boobs as we pop out of them rather alarmingly. Their swimsuits, however, are a different matter. Take the Zimmermann Separates Sculpt Link or the Separates Rectangle Link which comes in a variety of colours and patterns some of which, such as this navy blue one, are in the sale (£140 down from £280 or new season is £270). They come with additional straps but we find that we don’t need them (for full disclosure, we are a D cup). It might feel a little snug when you put it over your legs but don’t worry because it fits like a dream once it’s on and also, it does stretch over time like your favourite pair of jeans. We also like the way that it doesn’t give us strap marks but that you can do the crawl in it. Elegant and comfortable, this one is a winner.
Yes, it’s expensive (sometimes if you’re lucky they go on sale) but we swear, this is by far our most glamorous swimming costume that we own. Norma Kamali’s Bill Mio ruched halter neck swimsuit (£325) has ruching but not old-lady ruching. This is more Sophia Loren. And whilst the ruching itself doesn’t pull you in, it does hide the supportive layer underneath. Pop on a large straw sunhat, a pair of sunglasses and you’re done.
A v shape in a swimsuit is always flattering as it draws attention away from other areas. The New Haven Halterneck plunge one piece from Heidi Klein (£182 reduced from £260) cleverly flatters with both a v neckline and the white lines that contour the body. Or there is the Marseille V Bar one piece (£154 reduced from £220) that comes in a variety of colours and a very forgiving ribbed fabric.