As you are planning your summer holiday, be it a beach near Bamburgh or the sun-kissed shores of the Riviera, the cossie issue will out.
The safety of a one-piece, the need for a bling-tastic, jewel- embellished number if Dubai is your destination – or maybe the teeniest bikini. Forget credit-crunch, these are the issues that matter.
Good news is that your favourite designers also dive into the swimwear world and thanks to the internet, mail-order gives you a heads-up in the beach style stakes.
Agent Provocateur, the ultimate name in decadent lingerie, has a fabulous range of swimwear that cuts across every style – from uber-glitz-oligarch to ditsy gingham cow-girl. The looks suit every poolside personality.
If you dress for the pool then seriously big jewellery is a must. Joanne Bannatyne, wife of Dragons’ Den tycoon Duncan, runs a designer store called Lone Star in Yarm. She and sister Jacqui source real show-stopper jewellery that looks amazing teamed with sparkly kaftans and big heels for those sundowner moments.
We hit the heady heights of Seaham’s beach when the sun shone recently to show swimwear at its most luxurious ... including the latest Paul Smith collection.