With swimwear season in full swing, it’s an ideal time to find the most flattering swimsuits that will enhance your assets and your confidence. We turned to Jenni Burt, head of buying at Figleaves.com, for some legitimate guidance on how to find the one piece swimsuits that are designed to flatter a variety of body types. (You know we need it!)
Burt says, “Some of our best-sellers are swimsuits with discreet tummy control – that is, hidden support panels that smooth the silhouette. Hidden tummy control is available both in one piece swimsuits as well as the high-waisted bikini briefs.” Finding a cute one piece swimsuit that fits perfectly is every mama’s summertime daydream, but Burt says to stay open-minded about wearing swim separates, too.
“Bra-sized swim separates are a favorite in terms of finding the most flattering swimsuits,” Burt continues, “women are able to buy swimwear in cup and band sizing just like they do for their lingerie, meaning they’ll have the same perfect lift and support at the pool as they do under their clothes!”
Flattering swimwear isn’t limited to our boobs being sky-high though. Every woman’s body is different, and what flatters one gal may do the opposite for another, so it’s important to pull out all the tricks for every body type. Read on to see our one piece must-haves.
WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE MAKING A HOT DAY HOTTER
Curvy ladies have been rejoicing ever since “plus-sized” model, Ashley Graham, partnered up with Swimsuits for All to create her own line of swimwear. The fully-lined one piece features elongating, high-cut leg openings and mesh detailing that provides a little more coverage while simultaneously showing off more skin.
YOU’LL BE READY TO #INFLUENCE BY THE POOL
This on-trend tropical, strapless bathing suit is far more flattering than you think, and if you feel reasonably confident in your arms and shoulders, you need to give this style a try. Burt says the happiness-invoking color combo is one of this year’s biggest trends, and the supportive underwire cups will lift, perk, and show your girls off just enough. There’s also a control panel for anyone interested in eating poolside BBQ, because it’s hard to have a flat stomach and buns (on your body, burger, or otherwise).
IT’S THE LITTLE BLACK SWIMSUIT EVERY WOMAN NEEDS
This subtle-yet-sexy one piece swimsuit features a high neck design, push-up bra support, and a hook closure that will slim you down while accentuating your curves. The mesh material on the suit offers some see-through style that will make you feel comfortable about showing off just a little more skin. Our favorite part? The ruched midsection that will make your tummy look so flat. The material is stretchy and soft so you’ll be able to wear it the following summer even if you gain (or lose!) weight.
IT WILL MAKE YOU LOOK 10 POUNDS LIGHTER
While 10 pounds probably doesn’t equate to a gym-all-the-time lifestyle, let’s be real, does anyone with a kid and a job even have that kind of time? Probably not. You can thank the Miraclesuit’s signature Miratex fabric for the appearance of a svelte waistline even if you’ve had a bajillion babies and poolside-margs.
YOU’LL NEED TO FAN DOWN WITH PALM FRONDS
Is it just us or do you look like an absolute fire bomb in low-cut wrap front pieces? That’s what we thought, you totally do. This designer suit is worth every cent thanks to figure-hugging cuts and a draping, low-cut neckline that encourages eyes to land at 10:00 and 2:00 instead of the areas you may not love that much. And actually, it’s easy to breastfeed in… if that’s where you are in life.
YOUR NEW SUMMER GO-TO FOR YEARS TO COME
If you’re basically living in Spanx, have birthed something resembling a human, and don’t have time to be in the gym 23 hours a day, there’s a good chance the most flattering swimsuits for you include tummy control. Plus, this dark silhouette is naturally slimming, hard-t0-stain with addictively-good ice pop juice, and holds up to loads of vacation time.
FOR A FEMININE AND FLIRTY FEEL
When you feel like slipping into something a bit more feminine, go for this off-the-shoulder one piece that features ruched material at the midsection and ruffles that will totally disguise any underarm pudge. Slip some shorts (or a skirt!) over it before heading to the pool and call it an outfit.
IT’S LIKE SWIMMING IN YOUR FAVORITE WRAP DRESS
Mama: This suit makes it possible to keep your shapewear on. That’s what this ultra-flattering and timeless Magicsuit one piece has to offer. You’ll probably want to wear it every day, and you’ll be proud to stand (with your leg angled in a strange sideways fashion) for a photo to keep up with the other neighborhood moms on social media. Except you’ll be cuter, because this cute suit screams high-end, and makes you look like you’ve never been to an all-you-can-eat buffet at the same time. It comes in a variety of sizes, up to size 16!
BODY-ENHANCING AND SUN-PROTECTING
If you’re prone to forgetting to reapply your sunscreen every hour (yeah, that’s how often you’re supposed to), can’t reach your back, or just love how genuinely flattering swimsuits can be with long sleeves, this Coolibar suit will suit you. The fabric offers UPF 50+ without you having to think, and the fun pattern mildly confuses the eye to make you appear slim and trim in all the places you want, and a little more robust in others. Consider this the swim equivalent of a Magic Eye puzzle that makes you look super cute and not at all like a lobster.
THE TWO-PIECE SWIMSUIT YOU’LL FALL IN LOVE WITH
While cute one piece swimsuits seem to be the main go-to during a summer packed with poolside parties and family beach days, there are two piece options you’ll likely feel great about getting away with, too. This bathing suit by Marinavida is a top-seller, and it won’t disappoint. The high-waisted bottoms feature flattering, ruched fabric, and the flowing tankini top will gracefully cover any midsection bulge.
COOL SUPPORT FOR THE GIRLS
Remember how Burt mentioned a bra-sized swim separate can be a flattering alternative to a one piece swimsuit? Pair this supportive, padded top with whatever favorite matching bottoms you already own. You can opt for a high-waisted tummy-control brief in a neon color for an on-trend tropical dose of happiness… or solid navy blue standby bottoms you’ve loved for years. Either way, expect your girls to look like they’ve been put back in their upright and original position when you put this push-up style swim top on.