Swimming costume on your list? Let us help

What’s scary but necessary? You guessed it, shopping for a swimming costume. Every year, July tells us it’s time to find the beachwear that will stay on when we’re dodging the waves, looking great when we’re in front of the mirror and keeping the bank manager from our doors. A tall order? Yes, but it can be done! Sit down, relax with a cuppa and let us do the shopping for you.

Nautical but nice
Navy, white and red are big news this season. For a great red one-piece, head over to River Island. They have a fire-engine red costume with a single ruffled strap that’s just to die for. Or, try Figleaves for one of the most flattering suits ever. Stripes on your list? Check out Next. Their bikinis are great value.

Very vintage
Vintage is making a splash in the swimming costume category this year, and Luna is the place to go. Or visit John Lewis and check out their new Pistol Panties range, you won’t be disappointed. Pair this with some thick framed prescription glasses or wayfarer type sunnies for a geeky chic look!

Definitely daring
We know you’re out there…and you can’t wait to get into the tiniest bikini and show the rest of us just how boring we really are. Well, we don’t let envy get in the way of a good shopping expedition. The smallest suits I saw were at Peacocks – which has some very good looks for great prices. Or you could go the whole hog, so to speak, and head over to Net-A-Porter for a Missoni bikini – tiny but beautiful.

So what will you be taking in your beach bag this season? Whatever it is don’t forget your sunnies!