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SWIMWEAR FOR EVERY BODY

Call off the search for a swimsuit that truly fits. Our swimwear boasts an unbeatable range of shapes, sizes and clever design innovations to make sure everyone is catered for. Here to prove it are five M&S colleagues, from sun-seekers to serious swimmers

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Kha, 38, publications co-ordinator

“Since having two kids, bikinis are out of my comfort zone, so finding a simple and stylish one-piece is a must. This black swimsuit ticks all the boxes: the hidden tummy support gives me confidence and the low back elongates my torso. I am petite – five foot – and struggle to find swimsuits that fit my body properly, so the adjustable straps are a great help. When I wear this to go swimming with the kids, I can leave my hang-ups in the changing rooms and focus on having fun.”

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Fran, 21, visual merchandiser

“I am 6’1” and find shopping for swimsuits a bit of a nightmare, but this longer-length one-piece fits me perfectly. It has a flattering neckline which makes my boobs look great, but it also supports my body everywhere else thanks to the Secret Slimming technology. Being tall, having pink hair and lots of tattoos means I stand out on the beach, making it even more important for me to feel 100% confident when I’m wearing just a swimsuit. This timeless black design is like the little black dress of swimwear: something I can rely on to always look stylish.”

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Claudia, 46, personal assistant

“As someone with a full bust (32FF) and smaller bottom-half (size 8), I like to have the opportunity to buy my bikinis as separates so that I can personalise the fit. This non-wired top offers great support, while the high-waisted briefs give me coverage where I want it, while still looking chic and fitting well. In this bikini I feel confident, empowered and comfortable in my own skin, especially when enjoying the hotel pool on holiday.”

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Tamala, 45, stylist

“Tankinis are my preferred option for holidays. This one has adjustable straps, which is handy as I have a short torso, and features ruched detailing for a figure-flattering effect. The bottoms are foldable so you can adjust the height of the waistband to meet your needs. I love how I can find tankinis in lots of different shapes, colours and prints at M&S as it means I can sort my holiday wardrobe in one go. They also look great paired with linen trousers when you are en route to the beach.”

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Ashley, 36, deputy chief sub-editor

“I used to be both a national-level synchronised swimmer and competitive swimmer, and was also a lifeguard and beach manager, so I have spent much of my life in water. I like that this active style has padded cups and a smart tummy-control panel – although my main needs from my swimming kit are performance-based, it doesn’t hurt for it to be flattering at the same time. I will be packing this swimsuit for my upcoming family holiday as I like to race my four sisters, who are also keen swimmers.”

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Words: Dulcie Emerson / Art direction: Nicola Rose / Styling: Chloe Forde / Make-up: Karina Constantine
Hair: Ben Cooke / Nails: Charly Avenell

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