FINDING new swimwear for your summer holidays needn’t turn into a costume drama. The High Street is full of stylish cossies and two-pieces that have control technology for your tum and waist, as well as slimming mesh panels and contouring fabrics.
CIGDEM TANRIOGLU asked size 16 model Olesya Raspanova, 29, from Hammersmith, West London, for her verdict on this selection of chic but comfy looks, with ratings out of ten.
- Polka-dot swimsuit, £45, Laura Ashley – buy now
OLESYA SAYS: “The panelling in the middle doesn’t feel like it’s sucking me in as much as it could, and the colourblock sides aren’t big enough to really create a full illusion of a slimmer frame.
“However, the retro print looks great and it is really comfortable to wear.”
- Yellow floral swimsuit, £29.50, M&S – buy now
OLESYA SAYS: “I can really feel the support throughout this swimsuit. You can see the difference in my body shape straight away. The little metal bar on the bust draws attention away from any problem areas, which is ideal if you’re body-shy.”
- Plunge-neck swimsuit, £40, Figleaves – buy now
OLESYA SAYS: “The plunge neckline on this helps keep the attention on my chest rather than my lower half. But if you had bigger breasts than me then you’d be struggling as it does lack a bit of support. However, the extra layer in the lining pulls me in around the stomach area, which means it really is working.”
- Printed wrap swimsuit, £30, Next – buy now
OLESYA SAYS: “This one is amazing. The lining feels really tight and secure but not uncomfortable. The wrap style is very flattering along with the V-neckline. This has got to be one of the best fitting swimsuits I’ve worn in a while.”
- Yellow bikini top, £18 and bottoms, £18, both M&Co – buy now
OLESYA SAYS: “I love this. It looks sweet and I can feel the panel at the front sucking me in. It’s nice to be able to wear a bikini that is cut to flatter.
“The waistband sits in the perfect place to make my waist look smaller, while the frills on top draw attention away from problem areas.”
- Striped swimsuit, £16, Sainsbury’s – buy now
OLESYA SAYS: “This swimsuit ticks all the boxes. It looks so slimming but doesn’t feel restrictive. I can easily move around in this and not worry about being uncomfortable.
“Having a belt and the clashing stripes also really helps create the illusion of an even slimmer waistline. It makes me look and feel great.”
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- Blue bikini top, £39 and bottoms, £30, both Seaspray – buy now
OLESYA SAYS: “It’s great that you can adjust the height of the waistband, and having a bikini top with a cup size means it’s easier to get the correct fit for me.
“But I don’t feel like this is the most flattering style on me. It doesn’t feel especially supportive around problem areas but it would still be more effective than your average two-piece.”