Updated! Five Great Tummy Control Swimsuits

Beautiful plus size women having fun on the beach
plus size women having fun on the beach

This post about tummy control suits was rewritten in January, 2019.

A little muffin top shouldn’t spoil your fun in the sun. After all, you should be able to have your cake (or ice cream, or funnel cake, or sno-cone…) and eat it too. A little extra in the mid-section isn’t going to keep you off the beach.

And no, wearing shorts to the beach isn’t a reasonable strategy. You’re going to wear a swimsuit, and feel great about it too.

I just have one small rant/digression before we dive in to a few fabulous tummy control options. Please forgive me for the photos below. I don’t know why bathing suit makers insist on photographing “tummy control” suits on very thin women. What the heck. Let’s see some real bodies please.

Awesome Tummy-Control Swimsuits

1. The Tankini

This tankini swim top is cute enough to wear with jeans on a night out. Right?! And the flowy silhouette is feminine and flattering.

To really keep things under control, pair a top like this one with high-waisted, tummy-control bikini bottoms. No one will know your bottoms rise practically to your belly button, and you’ll keep everything in the right place.

2. The One-Piece

The one-piece is the classic tummy-hiding suit, and it’s gotten sexier and more innovative in recent years. You can find some fabulously trendy, chic and head-turning suits — like this gorgeous, ruffle piece. Hello cleavage! The ruching camouflages the tummy and a special panel in the front holds everything in place.

3. The Swimdress

Similar to the one piece in its total-tummy-coverage, the swimdress is just plain adorable. Rock one of these at the beach and you’ll look like you’re covering up to be stylish — not to hide your pudge. In something this comfy with this much coverage, you’ll be the most secure girl at the beach. Oh, and the cutest.

4. The High-Waisted Suit

palm print bikini with tummy control
ADOME Printed Falbala High Waisted Tummy Control Bikini, $26.99, Amazon

No, this swimsuit will not make you look like your grandma. Unless of course you’re trying to channel her golden days as a flirty beach bunny back in the day. Make a high-waist suit stylish instead of frumpy by opting for a retro style or a fun pattern. Who would have thought hiding your love handles could be so much fun?

5. The Cutout

If you want to show some skin but aren’t comfortable in a bikini, the cutout one-piece is the suit for you.

Know that not all cutout suits are created equal, so try it one to ensure you get the support you want. This suit has a tummy control panel plus underwire — just in case you need to keep the girls in check too.

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