Short of standing in the street in your underwear there is nothing which makes us ladies feel quite as exposed as standing on the side of the swimming pool in a swimsuit.
The thought of bumping into the yummy mummy from the school run while all your wobbly bits are barely concealed by a skimpy lycra cossie is enough to make us abandon all thoughts of heading to the pool in favour of slouching on the sofa with a cup of tea and packet of hob-nobs.
But help is at hand. Most of the big swimwear manufacturers are now producing ranges of body sculpting swimwear which keep your tummy trim, thighs in check, disguise a bigger bust and give you a leaner silhouette.
These are not just for larger or older swimmers but for anyone who needs a bit of a confidence boost before making the long walk from the changing room to the poolside.
Read on to see some of our favourite body sculpting suits.
This swimsuit has wide straps and bust support. The V shaped front is flattering and a new fabric Speedosculpture® helps pull in your tummy helping you look slimmer
This suit has a ‘booty lift’ which helps give you a perter bottom, bust support and tummy control for a slimmer, more flattering silhouette and adjustable straps so that you can get the best fit for your body length.
And for those of you who don’t mind splashing out a bit more the Miraclesuit Rialto £142 comes in a lovely red colour, has a very pretty sweetheart neckline, rouched fabric to disguise a bulgy tummy and moulded foam cups for added bust support.
Don’t let being pregnant put you off going for a swim either. Not only is it a great low impact exercise for you and your bump there are now some lovely maternity swimsuits out there to help you feel more like a pregnant princess than a beached whale.
One of the prettiest suits we have found is the Zoggs Melbourne Maternity Scoopback £28.99. This navy and white spotted suit will grow to support and flatter your expanding bump.
The bust support and adjustable cups give a good fit throughout your pregnancy.
Mothercare also do a stylish maternity Oriental Print tankini £24.00 as part of the M2b range. This purple print cossie has adjustable ties to grow with you and your bump.
And for those who want to cover up as much as possible there is a fantastic range of complete modesty suits out there.
One of the nicest is Zoggs’ Lynton Full Body Modesty Suit £60, which had a pretty floral pattern.
The suit has full body and head coverage for maximum modesty and the bust support gives a flattering and supportive fit.
By Wendy Knowles