Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

One Love; Trends the Brightest Beach Babes Are Keeping Cool in Cossies This Summer -- There's One to Suit All, Says Emma McCarthy

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

One Love; Trends the Brightest Beach Babes Are Keeping Cool in Cossies This Summer -- There's One to Suit All, Says Emma McCarthy

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Byline: Emma McCarthy

The dare to bare one

When it comes to a bit of poolside peacocking, no swimsuit can match the power of the cut-out.

Monochrome block colours work particularly well to allow the revealing slices to steal the limelight -- opt for black for the first few days of your holiday and white for the last. Because let's face it, uneven tan lines are a small price to pay to look as good as these girls. (Left, white halter-neck swimsuit, PS36 and black cut-out swimsuit, PS32, Topshop; topshop.com)

The one to plunge in

There are two types of women in this world -- one's who dare to plunge, and those who don't. And I'm not talking about the deep end of the pool. If you fall into the first camp, this show-stopping ocean print cossie from Mikoh -- a swimwear label by surf-mad Californian sisters Oleema and Kalami Miller -- is sure to tick all the boxes. But if you prefer to cover up, they also offer the same print in a crochet halter-neck style. (PS200, selfridges.com)

The one for water babies

There's more to hitting the beach than worshipping the sun. If you really want to be taken seriously in the surf, an all-in-one rashguard is the only way to go. Perfectly suited to watersports -- whether they involve a surf board in Cornwall or a banana boat in Zante -- this style of bather will not only preserve your modesty but protect from scrapes and sunburn too. This eye-catching beauty by New York designer Mara Hoffman is top of our list for prettiness and practicality. (PS249, harrods.com)

The sweet one

For those whose tastes are more sweet than sexy, swimsuit shopping can be a tricky business. Where does one turn if frills, ruffles and bubblegum pink isn't your bag? If you're feeling flush, you could start with Lisa Marie Fernandez -- an American-born stylist turned designer who's cult swimwear label fuses body sculpted cuts with uber feminine details. …

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