Beach season can be nerve-wracking, but finding both supportive and stylish swimsuits is half the battle.
We believe everybody should feel confident on the beach, but if you’re looking for a helping hand towards feeling yourself this summer, sculpting swimwear might be just what you need.
Tummy control one-pieces are made with a compression fabric, which helps to smooth and shape your waist. Of course, we’re not saying that you should control the way your tummy looks, but these suits are great if you’re feeling a little self-conscious in your smalls, while they make swimming that little bit more comfortable and easy too.
We’ve scoured the shops to find 9 of the best plus-size suits with tummy control, including polka dot, striped, gingham, and black options to suit every style. Some of these picks from Simply Be to Marks & Spencer also have ruching, mesh, and colour-blocking that are quite forgiving in the tummy area.
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Tailor Underwired Halter Twist Front Tummy Control Stripe Swimsuit, now £40, Simply Be – buy now (available up to 38FF)
You can’t beat a classic monochrome one piece — especially when it has tummy control. This halter suit from Simply Be is underwired and has an adjustable strap, making for a comfortable fit.
Tummy Control Multiway Swimsuit, £28, Marks & Spencer – buy now (available up to size 24)
Pool or ocean blue? It doesn’t get much more summery than this Marks & Spencer swimsuit. Aside from having a fun, bright colour, it’s also made with a chlorine-resistant technology that helps it last longer.
Black Mesh Panel Swimsuit, now £22.79, Yours – buy now (available up to size 36)
A black swimsuit is one of the most timeless beach looks of all time. Opt for this shaping suit from Yours, which features a mesh panel and is available to a size 36.
Plunge Shape Enhancing Swimsuit, £36, Next – buy now (available up to size 20)
If you prefer prints, we’re in love with this tan polka dot swimsuit. The sheer mesh details under the chest help to create a more flattering silhouette, while it comes with wire-free padding too.
Tummy Control Padded Wrap Plunge Swimsuit, £28, Marks & Spencer – buy now (available up to size 24)
Team this olive ruched swimsuit from Marks & Spencer with raffia sandals and a tan for the perfect poolside look.
Slimming Polka Dot Print Swimsuit, now £45.50, La Redoute – buy now (available up to a size 32)
Go retro with this La Redoute suit. The panelling offers support and a streamlined silhouette.
Mesh Insert Push-Up Swimsuit, now £13.90, Navabi – buy now (available up to a size 28)
This wrap-effect swimsuit from Navabi highlights the waist, offering support and a timeless look.
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Amalfi Swimsuit, now £48.50, Bravissimo – buy now (available up to 40K)
For a more minimal beach look, opt for this underwired swimsuit from Bravissimo. It comes up to a 40K, offering support for big busts.
MAGICSCULPT Illusion Swimsuit, £35, JD Williams – buy now (available up to size 32)
Complete with powermesh technology, fixed foam cups, a hidden internal bust shelf for support and adjustable, detachable straps, this monochrome swimsuit has it all.