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Fashion: Five reasons you need to get on board with the body top trend

Left, Lipsy Cindy Body, £35, available from Matalan; right, Nobody's Child Frilly Sleeve V-Neck Body, £14, available from Topshop

They might be straight from the Nineties but Katie Wright rates the all-in-one. Here's why:

IF, LIKE me, you remember body tops from the last time they were in fashion then you too may be struggling to come to terms with the resurgence of this 90s staple.

Aren't they impractical? And unflattering? And just plain dated? I asked myself these same questions, but after grabbing a couple of bodies to try on while shopping recently I discovered that no, they are none of these things, and now I'm a full on body-convert.

Here are five reasons why you should give the all-in-one top a go...

1. Celebs love them

The Kardashian clan can't get enough of body tops. Khloe Kardashian's Good American fashion brand specialises in bodysuits and denim,.

2. They suit all shapes and sizes

You might think that a clingy top would be unflattering but on the contrary, the right fabric will emphasise your curves while giving you a wonderfully smooth silhouette.

3. They go perfectly with spring denim

It's all about high-waisted denim this season and a body top is perfect for teaming with jeans, whether they're skinny, boyfriend or flared.

4. You can dress them up...

A body in a luxe fabric like velvet or lace makes the ideal 'going out top'. Try shopping in the lingerie section to tap into the 'underwear as outwear' trend.

5. ...or dress them down

Body tops don't have to be skintight and stretchy. Look out for wrap or cowl bodysuits, which are ideal for tucking into skinny jeans.

Here are five of the best body tops on the high street...

Matalan Black Crochet Body, £8

Miss Selfridge White Short Sleeve Bardot Body, £12

Nobody's Child Frilly Sleeve V-Neck Body, £14, available from Topshop

Elvi Mabe Body in Stripe with Skinny Ties, £29, available from Elvi

Lipsy Cindy Body, £35, available from Matalan

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