Best of the best: shaping swimwear

We all feel self conscious on the beach to some degree and it’s no surprise – we’re never likely to wear such revealing outfits in public in any other circumstances.

Luckily, the shapewear trend that has transformed the lingerie market in the last few years has also come to swimwear, and this season there is more choice than ever.

So, if after you have exfoliated, moisturised and applied the fake tan, you also want to give you curves a helping hand, consider a swimsuit with some secret shaping. Here are some of our favourites, taking in the season’s key trend colours and styles. You can also visit our Pinterest board for more inspiration.

Panache, Sophina by Figleaves, Triumph

Left to right: Panache, Sophina by Figleaves, Triumph

Black – simple and sexy

There’s a reason that black is such a popular colour for swimwear. Well, a few reasons. It’s simple, stylish and never goes out of fashion, but it’s also very flattering. And it’s even more flattering when you add a touch of tummy control, as these three stunning swimsuits do.

So up the glamour stakes next time you go away in (from left to right), the Silhouette swimsuit from Panache, £59.99 from Amazon.co.uk, the Icon Mesh Spot halterneck swimsuit, £58 from Sophina by Figleaves, and Triumph’s Exquisite Sensation swimsuit, £79, also from Figleaves.com.

Left to right: Very.co.uk. Zoggs and Figleaves

Left to right: Very.co.uk. Zoggs and Figleaves

Retro style, classic colours

Just because a swimsuit has shaping properties, doesn’t mean it can’t be as cute, fun or fashionable as regular swimwear, and the enduringly popular trend for retro cuts and patterns is the perfect example.

These clever swimsuits combine flattering design features with control panels to shape and support. Very.co.uk’s Resort Spot Print shapewear tankini top, £22, combines a central print panel with tummy control for extra waist-nipping effect, the Zoggs’s Mandalay Shaping Bootysuit, £32, from Simplyswim.com, adds adjustable leg height to its shaping properties, while the Tuscany Spot swimsuit, £35 from Figleaves.com, shapes and flatters with its empire line waist and adjustable halter straps.

Left to right: Speedo Sculpture, Miraclesuit, LASCANA

Left to right: Speedo Sculpture, Miraclesuit, LASCANA

Shades of berry

If black never goes out of fashion, and blue works so well for the nautical, retro look, this season’s other big colour trend for swimwear is red, and pinks and purples co-star. That being the case, there’s no shortage of control styles in this flattering colour palette.

SpeedoScuplture, the Speedo sub-brand dedicated to creating comfortable, functional and flattering shaping styles, has a number of swimsuits in pale pink, including this Premiere Watergem adjustable swimsuit, £27 from Simplyswim.com. Miraclesuit, famous for its ‘Look 10lbs lighter in 10 seconds’ slogan, has brought out its stunning Jo Jo swimsuit in bright red, £130 from Amazon.co.uk, while LASCANA combines shapewear properties with flattering ruching in its Purple Ripple Effect Swimsuit, £45 from Swimwear365.

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