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For a lot of people, stripping down to the bare minimum at the pool can be a nerve-wracking experience. Especially for many of us Brits who have a typically reserved attitude when it comes to wearing anything more skimpy than a cardigan and trousers in public. Self-consciousness can be a tough wall to get through when you’re heading into the pool.

One of the main reasons so many of us have issues with going to the pool is that we’re sort of conditioned to be critical of our aq-gayleown bodies, the media reinforces the idea that we should all look a certain way. Some of you may consider yourself elite athletes, and yes fair enough, you’re probably fit and toned, but in reality the majority of us are not… Unless you’re going to spend every waking minute in the gym to achieve and maintain that look, then just accept that you’ve got some curves and that is absolutely fine.

If you’re a little self conscious about going to the pool but want to get back in to swimming for fitness (or for leisure) then my best advice is to try some “body shaping” or “body sculpture” swimwear. Swimsuit companies spend thousands of pounds every year researching and developing new ways to make us feel more confident in our swimsuits. If you know what you’re looking for then you can get yourself a swimsuit that flatters your shape, accentuates the right areas, and helps with those areas that you’re not too keen on so that you can forget your worries and swim with confidence!

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1. Don’t be afraid to be unconventional.

There are a lot of choices out there. Much more than even 10 or 15 years ago. With internet shopping we now have access to huge variety at our fingertips, whereas not that long ago you would have had to choose from the limited selection available in high street shops. Don’t feel like you need to conform to the first idea of a “swimsuit” that comes into your mind. You can choose from a traditional one piece costume, a two piece bikini, legsuit, or any number of variations! All with further variations including strap style, leg height, back style and colours. Don’t be afraid to mix it up to find something that makes you look and feel good whilst wearing it.

2. Look for these features…

Lots of swimming costumes feature tummy control or body shaping elements. Look out for the words “Supportive”, “Control”, “Shaping” and “Sculpting” in the product description if you’re buying online. Visit our body shaping swimwear section at ProSwimwear to get an idea of the type of swimsuits on offer.

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3. Bust Support and lining.

You’ll find a wide range of swimming costumes that include bust support. Bust support can mean anything from a lightweight shelf bra to a full built-in bra with cups. A built in shelf bra provides a good level of support and flattering look, while padded cups can enhance your natural assets to give you the shape you’ve been looking for. You’ll find that swimsuits with a full inside lining provide much better support than unlined costumes. Another good thing to look for is the seam structure of the suit. A seam that runs under the bust, or additional seams that run down across the stomach usually mean that the costume has additional support built in.

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Check out our full range of body shaping, body scultping and supportive swimwear here. Prices from just £11.99