Swimsuits: Shop This Summer's Statement One-Pieces

14/08/2014 16:45 | Updated 20 May 2015

The one-piece - formally known as the swimming costume - is the ultimate beachwear item this summer.

Bikinis are all well and good, but for 2014's sunny season fashion can't be bothered with tops and bottoms. Bits tend to get lost in transit plus there's always a chance you may flash the most sartorially incorrect thing of sartorially incorrect things: underboob.

The idea is - with the extra coverage - you opt for bright, bold, print versions with added too-cool-for-the-pool detailing like zips, motifs, cut-outs and lace-ups.

There's still plenty of time to look around at what's available on the high street before you jet-set to sunny climes too. It's best try on as many as you can bear, two or three minimum so you can suss out what suits you best.

River Island is your go-to if you like bandeaus in bright colourways, Topshop has some retro halter-necks and H&M has mastered the cut-out trend, plus it stocks a stunning striped one-shouldered style for £19.99 that sums up summer-chic.

Wearing your one-piece with a pair of denim shorts, under a playsuit and/or with a deliciously ugly flat sandal says you get this trend and no, you don't miss the bikini a jot.

If you've got a bigger budget to spend and you want a designer one-piece, take a look on Net-a-Porter and However, if you're really just looking for a style with additional support, underwire, padding and tummy control (amazing) then check out brands like Figleaves, Marks & Spencer and Boden.

Take a look through this shopping edit for some one-piece inspiration. Don't knock them until you've tried them...

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