Beach weather may not be here just yet, but the time when we are expected to bear all is fast approaching. If your body isn’t bikini-ready yet then picking your swimwear carefully can help improve your confidence, as can a killer cover-up.


Curvy girls can look just as hot on the beach as skinny minnies; choose well-supported tops, and boy shorts which skim your bum and hips but show off your nipped in waist. O’Neill’s version (£45) fits the bill perfectly. The beach cover-up has certainly moved on from the days of simple sarongs. This red beach dress from Monsoon could certainly be utilised for a few more occasions. Beach party anyone?


Big boobs can be a curse when bikini shopping, and more often than not separate top and bottoms are a must. Underwear manufacturers are often the best bet, like these matching separates from Freya (available at Debenhams). Cover up in style with one of Warehouse’s beautiful kaftans (the one shown is £40).


For days when your tummy seems more wobbly than a plate of jelly, pull it all in with Banana Republic's sleek black swimsuit, the plunging halter neck will distract the eye away from your stomach. For trips up to the poolside bar, hide your tummy with this glam empire line cover up from Monsoon, which will leave you looking like a film star for the mere-mortal price of £32. [Charlotte Howells]