5 Gorgeous Swimdresses To Add Some Retro Glamour To the Pool

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There’s so much to love about a swimdress. Whether you go for a hip-skimming shape or a looser fit, the style is super-flattering on curvy figures. Sometimes called a skirtini, they’re often more comfortable than a bikini, while offering more coverage on days when you’re feeling modest, suffering from sunburn, or perhaps just a little bloated.

A swimdress also treads the line between swimwear and coverups. Find the right one and you won’t even notice the extra fabric while you’re swimming. It’ll dry off quickly while you sunbathe, and won’t look out of place if you head straight to the beach bar without that awkward 'getting changed hiding inside a towel on a busy beach' experience.

Brands are just starting to cotton on to the swimdress trend but Bon Marche and plus-size retailer Evans are leading the way with a really good range in a variety of sizes. The best way to shop for one is to start with a style that works for you and your shape and go from there. Here are our picks of the sexiest summer swimdresses to suit everyone.

1.Best for ’50s Pin-Ups

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The ’50s were a great era for fuller-figured women, with swimdresses cut to emphasise their voluptuous shape. The ultimate Hollywood pin-up, Marilyn Monroe, is best remembered in white, with a simple, strapless style that hugged her shape to make the most of her hips. Halter tops and polka dots are also great ways to get the ’50s look. Team with tortoise-shell sunglasses, a floppy wide-brimmed hat, an over-sized rattan beach tote, and, if you’re in the mood, a lick of scarlet lipstick.

2. Best for Fashionistas

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Swimwear trends move a little more slowly than those on the regular catwalk, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun with fashion. How about an Aztec print, or a swimdress with a skirt of on-trend tassels. For an edgier animal theme opt for python or leopard spots. Try Simply Be for a good selection of supercool swimdresses to suit curvy shapes.

3. Best for Sporty Swimmers

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If you’re serious about swimming but prefer a little more coverage out of the water, look for a swimdress in a high-tech fabric, cleverly cut to avoid creating drag in the pool. Olympians choose swimsuits from Speedo, and while they don’t produce a huge range of swimdresses, the ones they do offer can’t be beaten on functionality in the water. The material is lightweight, quick-drying and silky to the touch. Another one to consider is Australian retailer Zoggs, which offers a slightly more adventurous swimdress range that’s still great to swim in.
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4. Best for Women With Attitude

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Swimdresses don’t have to be modest: Get loud and proud in colourful prints or striking neon. And if you’re going modest on your lower half, why not add a padded, push-up top? The American plus-size brand Lane Bryant offers clever creations that call attention to your bust, with details such as a cross-front bandeau top or a bright tropical print. Meanwhile darker, slimming colours on the skirt balance out natural pear shapes. Just add a colourful scarf to cover your shoulders if the sun gets too much, and maybe a chunky cuff or Marni-style statement necklace.

5. Best for Classic Beauties

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If you prefer to keep things simple and elegant, opt for a monochrome swimdress in a classic cut. By the pool as on the red carpet, flattering ruching is a great way to add glamour and smooth out your shape, so look for gathered styles with plenty of fabric.
Keep the accessories simple, too: Wedge shoes to lengthen your legs, a nautical-striped bag to keep your essentials in, and perhaps a pair of classic shades such as Ray-Bans.

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