Ah, the glories of summer — splashing around in the pool, building sand castles on the beach, soaking up the rays, and lounging and living in swimwear. So don’t let a lackluster bathing suit sabotage your fun in the sun.
If you have a little extra love on your love handles or bulge in your belly, you can still be a bathing beauty with a few style tricks that will slim your stomach in no time flat — from strategically placed lines to ruching to color blocking, and more.
And, if you think that all swimwear masking your midsection is matronly, then think again. The latest suits work their slick magic while looking plenty sexy. For flattering, feminine form, look no further than this hit list of hot (and haute) options for your next pool day or beach vacay.
1. Ruched and dangerous
Ruching is a fashion girl’s secret weapon for slimming and streamlining, all with a sultry edge. The gathered material glosses over any less toned areas while allowing you to really highlight your assets. Take, for instance, this Norma Kamali white halter one-piece, which couldn’t be sexier. The plunging neckline draws focus to your décolletage while the draped overlay and ruched sides provide all the waist-whittling effect a girl could want.
2. Tankini time
One of the most accessible, no-fail ways to hide a bit of belly bulge is with a tankini. The tank-top-style, two-in-one swimwear easily covers up trouble spots that you aren’t comfortable putting on display at the pool. Next swimwear has a new Barre to Beach Double-Up Tankini with a built-in sports bra that not only will mask that midsection when you’re having some fun in the sun, but can also pull double duty with yoga pants for running errands or saying, “Namaste” at the gym.
3. Draped to perfection
Much like a beautifully draped dress, a swimsuit with a bit of sophisticated draping can be a stomach saver. It doesn’t get more glam than Magicsuit Swimwear’s Tara style, which features a Grecian-inspired halter neckline and knot detail along with the brand’s signature control and support. No one will ever know you’re trying to hide anything. This particular swimsuit comes from the makers of the Miraclesuit, which promises you’ll look 10 pounds lighter in 10 seconds, so we think you’re in good hands with this option.
4. Get waisted
You may think two-piece swimsuits are out of the question, but think again! You can totally get your bikini babe side on, especially with a vintage style like this Flagpole swimsuit. Inspired by the supportive and flattering shape of retro swimwear, it boasts a demi-bralette top and a high-waisted bottom for more stomach coverage. And the bottoms come up high enough so you won’t have to worry about any muffin top action. The added bonus is the color-blocked effect; the style lines provide an hourglass illusion and boost the slimming effect of the bikini.
5. Be a prints-cess
Let your inner prints-cess reign with a swimsuit that’s high on colorful, bold patterning. A busy print is like immediate camouflage for your tummy. We love this happy floral number from Wildfox that adds a bit of ruffle detail to the bust and bottom for added femininity and flair while also again drawing the eye away from your middle.