Our recent swimwear survey revealed that shaping swimwear, just like shapewear, is no longer a niche product. Just over 40% of women now say they wear shaping swimwear, which, considering it is a relatively new technology, shows its remarkable success.
And why wouldn’t it be? Unlike shapewear worn under clothes, which can still be perceived as unsexy and uncomfortable despite huge advances in styles and materials, shaping swimwear usually looks indistinguishable from standard swimwear but with added benefits. Very few women feel totally confident in their bodies, and while swimwear only offers partial coverage, the addition of shaping panels can help add curves, hold in wobbly bits and generally balance out our figures. We just can’t see a downside!
Combine that with the rise in popularity of the one-piece after years in the shade to the bikini, and you have a recipe for fashion success on the beach. So, if you’re looking for a little helping hand this summer, take a look at these body-sculpting styles.
Speedo’s Sculpture brand is all about offering body confidence swimwear in stylish, wearable pieces that have been designed to work in the water. After all, the brand is a performance swimwear expert, and it has taken that swimwear expertise and combined it with shaping technology that really does hold you in. We like the retro cut of this SpeedoSculpture Crystalsun swimsuit, which blends pin up style with clever little flattering touches.
Buy: Available in pink or black, £53, sizes 32-46. Simplyswim.com.
This Principles by Ben de Lisi swimsuit for Debenhams exudes Mediterranean glamour. The fab contrasting geometric print is flattering all by itself, and it’s made more effective by a control panel at the waist and a ruched trim.
Buy: £38, sizes 8-20. Debenhams.
Figleaves offers a wide selection of own brand shaping swimwear in some really lovely styles. We adore this Tuscany Stripe Tummy Control Swimsuit, with its flattering contrasting stripes and plunging neckline. The navy underbust band breaks up the stripes and draws attention to the waist.
Buy: Available in navy/cream, £35, sizes 8-18. Figleaves.com.
If you like the retro look, then Scandale’s latest swimwear collection is most definitely worth a look. Designed to be chic, sexy and shaping, the re-imagined French brand offers a variety of classic styles that are high on glamour and super flattering. Take this Oceane swimsuit, for example – perfect for relaxing by the pool in style.
Buy: £46-£58, sizes S-XL. Amazon.co.uk.
If you like bold prints, they don’t come much bolder than this Black Rainbow Print shaping suit from Swimwear365. Carefully placed on the suit, this almost 3D print adds to the shaping effect of the control lining to slim the waist.
Buy: £34.99, sizes 12-30. Swimwear365.co.uk.
The gorgeous green of this tummy control swimsuit from Marks and Spencer immediately caught our eye. It’s also elegantly and simply styled with plenty of flattering ruching across the front of the suit.
Buy: £29.50, sizes 8-22. Marks & Spencer.
For a bit of glitz and glamour, Miraclesuit’s designer collaboration with Dancing with the Stars costume designer Randall Christensen is sure to deliver. The brand’s swimsuits have been embellished with Swarovski crystals and crystal rock beading that will sparkle prettily in the sunshine!
Buy: Savona swimsuit, £140, sizes 12-18. Figleaves.com.