Being uncomfortable in a swimsuit is the last thing you need to worry about while you’re trying to unwind and have fun at the beach or pool. It’s important that a swimsuit that claims to have belly control does more than simply look good; it should also feel fantastic, be durable, and last more than a few times. Slimming swimwear can either contain built-in shapewear that compresses the body to hide bulges, or it can be designed to seem slimming without being too constricting. Ruching, diagonal lines, color-blocking (lighter colors on top, darker on bottom), and carefully placed cutouts and covering all contribute to creating the most figure-flattering silhouettes.
The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab’s fiber experts put one- and two-piece bathing suits through their paces to see which ones actually deliver on their slimming claims. In addition to assessing the fabric’s durability to check if it tears readily from hard surfaces, we also have actual people try on the clothing to provide input on how well it fits and how well it slims. We’ve taken measurements to check if our test subjects’ waists, hips, and stomachs shrank when they wore the compression swimwear. Over the past few years, we analyzed over 1,400 evaluations from our Lab and consumer testing.
Listed below are the most effective slimming swimsuits now on the market:
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
Our testers unanimously agreed that this classic cut was the best slimming swimsuit they had ever worn. They also gave it the highest possible rating. The built-in underwire for bust support was very well received because of the flattering effect it had on the wearer’s bust. Our in-house testing revealed that it was impervious to salt water, chlorine, perspiration, sunlight, and more. It also comes in a variety of vibrant colors and designs, in case neutrals aren’t your thing.
V-Neckline Monokini Swimsuit
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Affordable price
- Flattering on most body types
- Available in 9 sizes and 41 colors and prints
- Less durable than pricier picks
Aside from being the most popular swimsuit on Amazon, it also impressed our professional and consumer reviewers with its low pricing and high quality. None of the testers found it to be unflattering, regardless of age, shape, or personal taste in clothing. They favored it above other bathing suits because of the ruching that covers the stomach and the smoothing mesh in the back that prevents spilling. Moreover, it provides excellent comfort and support.