Be it soggy sand pants or severe wave induced bikini malfunctions, it can sometimes seem that the beach and bikini are not on speaking terms.  Team that with the perils of finding a two-piece that is actually flattering to you’re semi-naked body and you have the stuff of holiday wardrobe nightmares.  Thankfully, Beach Tomato have teamed up with seven of the leading swimwear designers to give you the skinny on what designs flatter real body types, but if still in doubt take heed of We Are Handsome founder Indhra Chagoury  and ‘purchase a one piece, it’s every woman’s best wardrobe accessory’.

Hourglass Figure; Melissa Odabash, £158; Topshop, £28.50; Norma Kamali, £375; Reiss, £55.

Athletic Figure; Mouille, top £47, briefs, £37, £; Zimmermann, £155; Mara Hoffman, £210; Heidi Klein, £180

Big Boobs; Heidi Klein, bikini, £95, briefs, £75; Rosamosario, £220; Heidi Klein, £179; Prism, £211.80

Small Boobs; Seventh Wonderland, £145; Tara Matthews, £255; 3.1 Phillip Lim, £184; Heidi Klein, £180.

Big Bottoms; Heidi Klein, £190; Missoni Mare, £265; Jasmine Di Milo, £234; Heidi Klein, £180.

Small Bottoms; Seventh Wonderland, £175; Melissa Odabash, £161; We are Handsome, £185; Bronzette, £189.78.

Long Torso; Norma Kamali, £300.12; Shimmi, £155; Laura Urbinati, £132.41; Dosed, £172.13.

Short Torso; Lisa Marie Fernandez, £251.51; Karla Colletto, £175; Tooshie, £176.94; Zimmermann, £215.

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