09/07/2014 13:10 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

Flattering Swimwear

House of Hackney, M&S, Phase Eight

Swimsuit season is officially here. While scorching sun and splashing in the sea are heavenly this time of year, there are times when the search for the right swimming costume can feel almost as anxiety-inducing as those pre-labour jitters.

Mums need swimwear that's multi-tasking (no pesky strings hanging off for children to unravel), comfortable, practical and also flattering. While an itsy bitsy bikini may be less tempting than before, that doesn't mean we're limited to wearing solid black one-pieces.

We've compiled a gallery of fabulous bathing suits in gorgeous colours and sleek silhouettes that fit a range of price points and suit a variety of body types.

Click through the gallery below for our pick of 10 of the top in flattering swimwear for mums.