Finding A Slimming Swimsuit

Jacqueline Wells

Slimming Swimwear
The first swimsuit wear of the year can leave a lady feeling exposed. But with the right slimming suit you can hit the pool or beach with confidence—knowing that the suit is doing its part to keep everything right where it’s supposed to be. Whatever body type or troubled areas you have, there’s a slimming suit style for you.

Tummy Control One Piece
Diagonal stripes and contoured linings can provide slimming affects in your suit without compromising style. The one pieces most often feature wireless, supportive cups with a comfortable fit. Also, slimming one pieces are constructed to give extra support with hidden elastic bands and slimming control panels along the front of the suit. Check out Leonisa and Reebok for two tummy-controlling one-piece swimsuits.

Top Emphasis One Piece
Here stripes and a splash of color bring the focus to the top of the bottom while slimming the lower torso with darker fabric. The right colors and patterns do just as much in the way of slimming effects as does the quality suit construction. Adjustable straps and hidden elastic edges along the thigh give a suit a custom fit and look while offering coverage everywhere it’s needed. Another Leonisa one-piece suit is a great example of top emphasis.

One Piece Swimsuit Dress
Flirty and fun, a swimsuit dress controls and covers with a splash of sass. Side boning and ruched fabric minimize the torso and the skirted bottom offers extra coverage. Beneath the playful bottom is a fitted brief, making this type of suit perfect for more active water outings. You can find multiple colors in this style from Profile by Gottex.

High Waist Bottoms
For extra tummy control in two-piece swimsuits, high-waist bottoms are a frontrunner. Also, these bottoms are a vintage style that is very popular right now. You can get the control you need with a fashion-forward look. Check out one tummy-smoothing bottom from Anne Cole. High waist bottoms pair perfectly with tankinis for extra tummy coverage.

Slimming Solids
Clever construction of a solid one piece can instill confidence in your swimsuit debut. You can find a solid suit, like one from Prima Donna, with power mesh and floating, sewn-in cups and ruched fabric to give great slenderizing qualities.

Skirted Swim Brief
Great for wide hips and a full bottom, skirted swim briefs like the one from Elomi balance the figure. Built with a brief beneath, the skirt acts a cover up.

What is your favorite slimming approach to swimwear? Tell us about your body type and what you’ve found to work and not so much.

Meghan Barich is a writer, the storyteller at and a proud Hoosier. When she’s not crafting the next story, you can find her nose-in-a-book or walking her dog, Moose.