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Whether vintage Sir Sean Connery (below) or gym-honed Mr Daniel Craig come to mind, 007 is never a bad place to start when thinking about how to pull off swimwear. Admittedly, it's not something we think about very often, but with the beach holiday season approaching (at long last) it's time to give the matter some consideration. Since you weren't planning to bring out the faded, now rather tight pair which you last wore for college swimming, it's good to explore a few options before settling on several pairs which complement your lifestyle and body shape. Click through the gallery, above, to discover eight of MR PORTER's favourite pairs or continue reading, below, for our guide to swimwear etiquette.

Words by Mr Peter Henderson, Senior Fashion & Social Media Writer,