What Kind of Swimsuits to Wear When You Have a Larger Waistline

You might be frustrated to see unwanted bumps or bulges that emerge when you put on your favorite bikini. The next time you're poolside or at the beach, choose a swimsuit especially made for tummy control. There are a variety of styles that will conceal this common problem area while still flattering your curves.

  1. Built-in Tummy Control

    • The simplest way to camouflage a large middle in a swimsuit is to opt for a style constructed with built-in shapewear. Buy a one-piece suit from brands that specialize in tummy control, like Miraclesuit, Spanx and Tommy Bahama. All of these makers use a blend of fabrics that include Lycra, nylon and spandex to create a belly-flattening panel in the swimsuit’s midsection.

    One-Piece Swimsuits

    • Some traditional one-piece suits incorporate details that help to cover a bulging tummy. Strategically-placed ruffles, ruching, or pleats all conceal excess weight, while draping across the bust can draw attention away from an unflattering midsection. For an ample dose of style and coverage, try a swimsuit with a peplum detail.

    Swim dresses and Sarongs

    • Swim dresses are a fantastic option for those who want to conceal their tummy or simply dress more conservatively. For an alternative that works just as well but shows a little more skin, opt for a high-waisted two-piece suit with a skirted bottom. For coverage you can customize, tie a sarong around your waist to cover your tummy while leaving one leg exposed to stay flirty and fun.

    Styles and Patterns

    • Always in fashion, vintage-style swimsuits provide both coverage and sex-appeal. Styles from the '50s and 60s have lower cut legs, higher waists, and inner structure. Solids and subtle patterns will be slimming overall, while accent colors on the sides can create even more definition. Tops with bandeau, halter, and sweetheart necklines are all fabulous options while those with fringe help to conceal problem areas.

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