It is that time of year again... poolside nerves, hours of painful ab crunches, Special K diet, and all just to wear that itsy-bitsy bikini.
However, ladies, this year there is something to celebrate which will eliminate all the misery that gloomily surrounds our summer holiday; the one-piece is back!
Chanel, DSquared2 and Michael Kors are all 'guilty' of giving the one-piece its fabulous makeover, making it worthy of all we poolside pragmatists.
The one-piece gives you the flexibility to reveal or conceal as much as you wish as they come in a variety of styles. From high-leg and halter-neck, 1950s-style swimsuits to cut-out swimsuits, there is something to flatter all frames and still look sexy.
Now that the one-piece has been revamped, it can be found in all kinds of prints, such as graphical, stripes, tropical and tribal. One of the key things to remember with all these prints is that the larger it is, the curvier you will look so if for this reason you will steer away from prints, fortunately for you plain block colours are very slimming.
Choosing a colour is vital too, as darker shades are more slimming and brighter colours suit tanned complexions better.
When choosing your one-piece, it is important to consider your body shape.
If you have a very straight and slim figure then a one-piece with cut-outs of the waist area will add shape.
If you are pear-shaped, a halter-neck is always a great pick to draw attention away from your lower half and balance out proportions.
And lastly all you hourglass lovelies should hunt for a nipped or belted suit as it will emphasise your waist.
If the one-piece is not your preference for swimwear, why not opt for than an A list-worthy kaftan as the ideal cover-up. It is classy and perfect for poolside posing without having to breathe in all day!