Hitting the beach or pool is all about relaxing and having fun, so the last thing you should worry about is feeling self-conscious in a bathing suit. A swimsuit with tummy control should not only look great, but also feel comfortable and hold up to regular use so it’ll last for more than just a few wears. Slimming swimsuits can have built-in shapewear that feels more compressive to physically smooth bulges, or they can use design techniques to look flattering without feeling restrictive. Some great slimming design elements are ruching, diagonal lines, color-blocking with darker colors on the bottom, and strategic coverage and cut-outs to give the most flattering appearances.
The fiber scientists in the Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab test one-piece and two-piece bathing suits to find the ones that live up to their slimming promises. Besides testing the durability to see whether fabric easily gets damaged from rough surfaces, we also have real testers give feedback on fit and slimming capabilities. We’ve even measured our testers to see if compressive bathing suits actually take inches off their waists, hips and tummies. In recent years, we reviewed over 1,400 ratings from our Lab and consumer tests.
Here are the best slimming swimsuits you can buy:
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Top ratings from consumer testers
- Durable fabric held up to Lab tests
- Built-in underwire for support and lift
- Only available in sizes 8-18
The winner of our test, this timeless style was loved by our panel of reviewers: They said it minimized their tummies and waists and rated it better than other slimming swimsuits they’ve tried. They also liked the built-in underwire for bust support, saying it gave a nice lift. In our lab tests, it stood up to elements like seawater, chlorine, sweat, UV rays and more. And if basic colors bore you, it also comes in fun hues and prints.