Braving the beach or local pool in summer can be quite a production. When it’s hotter than the surface of the sun, simple tasks like packing, parking and slip-slop-slapping can feel like a huge effort. When you do eventually get to said beach or pool, you’ve then got to scope out the best spot for optimal lounging and magazine-reading. And finally you’re ready for the big finale: getting your gear off and looking fab.

Stripping down to your bikini or budgie smugglers is a common source of anxiety for many beachgoers. Add to that equation a gastro condition which causes bloating and abdominal discomfort and you can feel like all the fun was drained from summer.

But, never fear! We’ve put together a list of flattering beachwear options so you can spend the hot days splashing around with your friends instead of hiding under a rock.

THE SWIMSUIT
Girls
If you suffer from bloating then a bit of strategic ruching or gathering over the stomach panel in a one-piece swimsuit can work wonders. A high waisted bikini bottom paired with a classic halter neck bikini top is also a good option. The ruched, high-waisted bottom provides your figure with a flattering, feminine, vintage vibe.

Print, especially a macro print, tricks the eye and can conceal lumps, bumps and tummies. If all else fails go with a classic black one piece – it’s always chic and slimming to boot. Pair with a red broad brimmed hat for easy poolside glamour.

Guys
If you’re feeling body-sensitive it’s probably best to forgo the Speedos and instead opt for a more forgiving swim trunk or board short with a bit more coverage. Drawstring or fixed waists tend to be pretty comfy on a tender tummy. A looser style trunk or short in bright colours or an on-trend pattern draws the eye down and away from your middle.

THE COVER UP
Girls
A fresh, light cover up thrown on over your swimsuit will keep you looking fabulous without baring all. Bright kaftans in tribal prints are having a real moment right now – go for maxi or knee length and let them take you easily from beach to bar (while skimming over any of your wobbly bits). A simple floaty maxi is another great summer staple to keep you covered and cool. Stick to natural fabrics like silk, bamboo, linen or cotton to keep the breezy factor high.

Guys
Donning a soft tee or half-unbuttoned short sleeve shirt has the added benefit of sun protection when you’re lounging on the sand or by the poolside. A rash vest is also an option (nay, a must for surfers!) but tends to be less forgiving than a simple cotton top.

The Hat
What would a fashion post be without accessories? A great hat is essential for the Aussie summer. It keeps the sun off, hides a multitude of hair sins and adds a finishing touch to your holiday outfit. This season try a straw trilby or fedora (great for both guys and gals) – their round brims provide neck and ear protection from UV rays.

Whatever your size, shape or hang-up – don’t let body anxiety ruin your beach-going this summer. All bodies are good bodies. Get out there, slip, slop, slap and proceed confidently into the surf.

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