Five of the best: Control swimsuits

Posted on: 25 July 2011 by Rhian Mainwaring

Hit the beach feeling your very best with our pick of this season's swimsuits

You can say tankini, bikini, stringkini as much as you like, but the reality is, there’s nothing more comfortable and forgiving than a good old reliable swimsuit. We’ve scoured the web for our favourite ‘shaping’ suits for the beach this summer...

Marks and spencer

Fantastic in floral

We love this bright floral print, which can be complemented with hot red accessories. Team this with big sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat for that, just stepped off my private yacht look! 

£29.50 from M&S

Leopard print swimming costume

Lovely leopard

Head to Florence & Fred for this chic and bang on trend costume. The leopard print will hide any lumps and bumps and the wrap-over affect will pull you in and accentuate your waist. Pair this with rope wedges and a straw hat for that chic French feel. And the best part? It’s only £12!

£12 from F&F


Black is back

If you have a black only swimsuit rule (plenty of us do!) then this slimming and stylish suit is for you. With padded, shaped cups and tummy tuck technology you can’t go wrong. The side detailing adds a pretty effect, but could cause you a serious injury if you sit up too fast! Who are we kidding? Holidays aren’t for doing anything fast! This will go with pretty much anything, but a pair of silver gladiator sandals and some chunky silver bangles would be really set it off.

£25 from Isme

Pretty pin-up

This chocolate shape-enhancing swimsuit from Next is perfect for sun worshippers. The bandeau cut means you can happily tan your shoulders and back without faffing around with straps, and the colour will show off the aforementioned tan! Accessorise with big shades and a chiffon kaftan and you’ll be looking every part the 50s starlet.

£22 from Next


The Rolls Royce

The Miraclesuit is a big investment, but claims to make you lose 10lbs just by popping on your costume. There are plenty of styles to choose from, but we love the navy blue cross over, which will pull and tuck you in all the right places. They start from around £125 but should last you a lifetime. If you spend £125 on a swimsuit then forget about the accessories, your ‘10lbs lighter’ smile should do it!

£125 from Marisota

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