The best swimwear for your body shape

Whether it's lounging on the beach or swimming in the pool, there's a swimsuit to suit everyone - here are the ones Mumsnetters recommend

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For the large of nork

1. Cleo Lucille bikini top (£32) and bottoms (£18)

There's no reason your bikini can't be as supportive as your bra - Cleo specialise in underwired bikinis, meaning there's less chance of, er, feeling the breeze whilst you're splashing around.

"I am a big fan of Cleo bikinis, which have tops that are essentially my favourite everyday bra in bikini form. Quite a few of them have tie bottoms, which can be very flattering."

2. Seafolly Goddess swimsuit (£88)

This classic swimsuit by Seafolly doesn't come cheap, but it's specially designed for larger busts, and its design is timeless - you'll be wearing it for years to come, which makes it an investment. Keep saying that to your wallet.

”Seafolly! I have an amazing costume. Well made, beautiful cut, indestructible.”

3. Simply Be Magisculpt bikini top (£17.50) and bottoms (£11.50)

If you prefer a bold pattern, florals are a safe bet. Red is flattering for pretty much everyone, and this set is also designed to keep wobbly bits in check - two birds, one stone and all that.

"Simply Be have a great range of swimsuits and they go up to the bigger sizes. A lot of them have Magisculpt in them, which helps hold in the bits you might like least."

For masters of illusion

4. Toast striped bikini top (£20) and high-waisted bottoms (£20)

Horizontal stripes create curves - it's a fashion fact. If you're on the short side, high-waisted bottoms will also elongate your legs - particularly useful if you don't fancy tottering about pool-side in high heels.

"Toast do a nice high-waisted bikini."

5. Mantaray triangle bikini (£22) and textured bikini bottoms (£15)

If you're not confident about your bust, you can always try a bit of visual trickery - tie-side bikini bottoms draw the eye, and - believe it or not - make your hips look smaller.

"I'm slightly pear shaped and I always go for a bottoms with a side tie. They can be adjusted as necessary - tighter for swimming, looser for hanging on the beach so they're not cutting into your flesh at all (never flattering)."

6. Panache Anya bandeau bikini top (£32)

A well-fitting bandeau needn't squish your boobs down - this underwire style from Panache makes the most of your assets, and goes with practically anything.

"Bandeau styles are great for slim/boyish figures."

For keeping your wobbly bits in check

7. Boden halter tankini top (£29.20) and fold-over bikini bottoms (£13.45)

If you're self-conscious about your stomach, a tankini is a practical solution. Available in a range of prints and colours, you can also switch the top for a bikini if that's more your style.

"I've got a podgy lower tummy and find that bikini bottoms with a fold over top suit me best as you can adjust how high you want them."

8. Speedo Water Gem swimsuit (£25.40)

If you're serious about swimming, this Speedo number is the way to go - Mumsnetters rate its ability to keep everything in place, meaning you won't be worrying about exposing yourself whilst you're doing laps or supervising an excited toddler.

"It gives you a nice shape even if you are trying to hide a few pounds."

9. Floozie by Frost French bikini top (£28) and high-waisted bottoms (£20)

The versatile, vintage-inspired bikini top can be worn as a halter or bandeau, whilst the high-wasted bottoms provide a nice amount of coverage. You can never really go wrong with black, and the dainty daisy pattern makes it a little more adventurous.

"I got the best bikini this year - have a horrible tummy but this covers a multitude of sins and the top is flattering. The fit of the bra is amazing!"

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