Planning your next summer holiday can sometimes involve a significant amount of hassle – reading up on the hottest destinations, trawling the internet to find the perfect hotel or villa, booking flights and budgeting your trip – the list goes on. The upside of all this careful planning is, however, the excuse to go shopping for your new holiday pool-side attire.

The first thing on your shopping list has to be the perfect swim-dress. As soon as the warm weather starts to make an appearance, swimwear will be flying off the shelves, so it’s a good idea to start looking now. This year’s trends include busy prints like Aztec patterns, tribal motifs, geometric themes and dreamy butterflies.

When you’ve taken your pick of the trends, there’s no need to wait until you’re lying on a paradise beach to test out your new buys. It might sound like a slightly unconventional idea, but it’s actually very easy to incorporate swimwear into everyday casual spring/summer outfits.

For example, a swim-dress in a fun print – like this Resort Shapewear swimdress from Very.co.uk – that works well as a beach cover-up could also make a great statement piece in an relaxed daytime look – try teaming it with a pair of high-waisted denim shorts and gladiator sandals, or add a bodycon skirt in a bright colour for a slightly more glamorous, dressed-up look.

Alternatively, if you’re feeling a bit more experimental, you could try wearing a swimsuit in a real statement print – whether Aztec, paisley or leopard – underneath a white blouse to add just a dash of colour and interest to a basic monochrome outfit. Finish the look by teaming with a high-waisted black pencil skirt and open-toe platform sandals – and remember to leave the first few buttons of your blouse undone, to show off a glimpse of your bold print swimsuit.

So, there’s no need to wait until you’re lying on the beach to test out your swimwear – try introducing a bit of cute holiday chic into your spring wardrobe now. To find the perfect swimdress at Very, take a look at the womens swimwear collection available online at Very.co.uk.