1. Think about what’s already in your summer wardrobe – do you have shorts, beach cover-ups and accessories that will match the swimwear?
2. Look for quality. Swimsuits are meant to be washed a lot so ensure the quality matches the usage. This will also translate to the fit – the better the quality, the better the fit.
3. Experiment with colours and patterns you wouldn’t normally wear. Try to veer away from plain black.
4. Keep in mind that one-piece swimsuits can double up as bodysuits for a night out or a casual holiday top.
5. Look for features such as adjustable shoulder straps and removable cups.
6. Shopping online means you can try on as many swimsuits as you want in the comfort of your home, without small and badly lit changing rooms. Take your body measurements and check it against the swimsuit size chart before buying.
7. Consider swimwear with UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) that gauges a fabric’s effectiveness against UVA and UVB light. Look for a swimsuit with UPF 50 or higher.