Some of us would rather take on a mountain of ironing than try on a cossie, as once you’re over 18 or over eight stone, the itsy bitsy teeny weeny from Primark isn’t going to work.
But there is hope, as well as expert advice, wonderful service and a stunning collection of suitable swimwear at Leibergs in Temple Fortune.
If you’re a bikini fan, there are gorgeous two-pieces to try, with brands such as Charmline and Sunflair jostling for space with Lidea and Maryan.
There is a gorgeous range of styles and designs across the board.
When it comes to swimsuits, Gottex is the Rolls-Royce and Leibergs’ bestselling brand.
Most have a double lining, but there is a lightweight option (Gottex Profile) for those requiring less support.
Clever patterns and ruching are designed to hide a multitude of sins and matching cover-ups do the rest.
Miraclesuit goes even further when it comes to extra firm hold, claiming to make you lose 10 pounds in 10 seconds.
Roidal is another brand worth looking at – its costumes are exquisitely
beautiful in wonderful colours and look good enough to be worn under a jacket to go out for dinner.
Once you’ve invested in a really good bikini or swimming costume, you need to look after it. “Never, ever put your swimwear in the machine,” says shop owner Frances. “It rots the elasticity
and the underwires will come out. Handwash with gentle soap. The same applies to bras.”
Leibergs is renowned for its serious bra fitting for all ages and sizes up to an I cup. No appointment is necessary and well-trained eyes with years of experience means that Frances and her staff know exactly how to make sure you’re well supported and comfortable in your bra.
Of course, summer means T-shirt bras – of which there are plenty to choose from at Leibergs – and strapless bras, which are ever the challenge to source. Leibergs is stocking the new Chantelle silicone-free strapless bra, which has been brilliantly designed to stay in place without discomfort. Definitely worth checking out.
1179 Finchley Rd, Golders Green, London NW11 0AA
020 8458 9800