The best swimwear for women 2019
Whether you're opting for a one-piece, bikini or tankini this summer, it can be tricky to find swimwear which leaves you feeling beach-ready. Let these Mumsnetter-recommended options whet your appetite, whatever your body shape.
Boden Talamanca Swimsuit, £60
Ever-dedicated to style, Boden's swimwear collection is well-loved by Mumsnetters. The Talamanca swimsuit has a wrap front to compliment your cleavage, ruching through the middle, and a body-sculpting lining. It's available in five understated but chic colourways (including black and also a brighter print swimsuit), meaning there's bound to be one (or three) options you love.
“I just got a Talamanca swimsuit from Boden and love it. I have a c-section-shelf mum-tum and find it very flattering.”
“The Boden ones are the most high-control swimming costumes I've ever had. They're a bit of a faff to get on and off, but they actually give me a waist, so I love them.”Shop now
George at ASDA Bodysculpt Swimsuits, from £10
For a fabulous swim suit you can pick up while you do your weekly shop, look no further than George at ASDA. Their Bodysculpt range has a control lining, meaning it'll hold everything in place without being so tight that you can't breathe – even when you're
dive-bombing with the kids taking a dip in the pool.
“ASDA has some lovely swimwear in at the minute. I bought a swimming costume and it's so flattering. Very good value for money.”Shop now
Figleaves Tailor Underwired Tummy Control Stripe Swimsuit (D-GG cup), £29 (was £48)
It can be tricky to find a swimming costume which will actually support DD+ cup sizes, especially one which doesn't leave you looking like a Victorian matron. Figleaves offer fashionable, flattering swimsuits and bikinis with tonnes of support. This striped cozzie isn't just chic – it has tummy-control shaping, a flattering halter neck, and the option to go non-wired if you'd prefer.
“I'm 5'5 and size 10-12 with an hourglass figure and what I call a 'kangaroo pouch' from having two kids. My husband couldn't stop drooling when I wore this, so I can safely say it did a good job.”Shop now
Angerella Vintage-style Halterneck Swimsuit, from £9.99
A nod to that oh-so-flattering 50s style, this glam costume is available from size eight to 22. It's got a built-in underwire bra, ruching in all the right places, and comes in 14 colours and patterns. Plus, with prices starting from £9.99, it's a great option if you don't have too much cash to splash (just excuse their questionable sizing – the labelling across Amazon can be a bit, um, inconsistent).
“I love Angerella costumes, I have two and I buy them on Amazon. I wore this one yesterday and felt great. I bought a 16-18 and I'm currently more of an 18 than a 16. I'm also 5ft 2.”Shop now
M&S Secret Slimming Swimsuits, from £12
Whether M&S is your go-to for basics, reliable undies or the food hall, it's certainly worth taking a look at the swimwear too. The Secret Slimming range is a popular choice among Mumsnetters of all sizes – smoothing and supporting in all the right places. There's a huge range of patterns, colours and styles too, so you're bound to find something you like.
“I'm overweight with a large bust, and I swear by the Secret Slimming range at M&S.”Shop now
Figleaves Rene Underwired Tummy Control Swimsuit (D-GG cup), £33.60 (was £48)
The square neckline on this swimming cozzie is flattering, supportive, and will give excellent coverage whether you're swimming laps or lazing by the pool. The ruching over the tummy suits just about any figure, and the handy cup-sizing means that the underwired, back-fasten top will fit like a dream.
“The bra was really supportive and gave my bust a nice shape. I ordered a few sizes and picked the best fit.”Shop now
Pour Moi? Hot Spots Polka Dot Halter Bikini Top and Control Brief, £36 for both (was £45)
Specialising in tops which fit up to a 42G, Pour Moi bikini sets are ideal for those who are slightly larger of nork – offering all the support you need while remaining fashionable. This bikini top has a halter neck strap and underwiring to prop up your – ahem – melons, as well as a frilled trim – making it a fun addition to your holiday suitcase. The matching high-waisted bottoms go up to a size 18.
“I’ve just bought this and love it. The control pants are essentially just big bikini bottoms which cover all the wobbly bits.”
“I favour the Pour Moi? ones for their excellent 'hoikability' in the bra and their big 50s-style pants.”Shop now
Panache Anya Bandeau Bikini Top, £34
Want to say goodbye to strap lines, but filled with dread at the thought of a strapless bikini? This bandeau top from Bravissimo might fit the bill. Although we can't promise it will stay in place while you take a leap off the high-dive, it should keep you firmly in place for all the usual holiday activities
such as floating around on a lilo. It's underwired, lightly padded, and comes with a detachable, adjustable strap too.
“I have this, and it’s incredibly supportive – I was really surprised. It comes with a detachable halter neck strap, meaning that the top – rather than the strap – holds your boobs in place.”Shop now
Curvy Kate Jetty Balcony Bikini and High-waisted Briefs, £25 (were £50)
While Mumsnetters recommend the high-waisted briefs to match this Curvy Kate bikini, there's also a matching swim skirt if that's more your thing. The whole set comes in four colours, has scallop detailing around the edge, and goes up to a 44G top and 24 bottoms – perfectly (and, more importantly, comfortably) accommodating any shape or size.
“I'd recommend the Curvy Kate Jetty High-waisted Bikini. So lovely and comfortable! In my experience, high-waisted bikinis are more flattering than any other kind of swimwear at a size 18-20.”
“I get all of my bikinis from Curvy Kate. Bloody love them! I really do think if your boobs are well supported (in both bras and swimwear), then you’ll instantly look fab.”Shop now
Next Roll-top Bikini Briefs, £15
Baring all in a bikini can be daunting, but sometimes a one-piece just won't cut it. These roll-top bottoms from M&S win every prize for being adjustable – you can wear them as high up your midriff as you want to. They also come in black, so you can mix and match them with all the bikini tops you already own to perfectly compliment your holiday wardrobe.
“Next have got some gorgeous ones with high-waisted or roll-top bottoms if you're conscious of your stomach.”
“Next has some decent roll top bikini bottoms, which are excellent for disguising lower tummy flump. The tops are in bra sizes too which is a bonus.”Shop now
Panache Tankini Tops, from £14.95
With all the coverage of a swimming costume (but slightly easier if you need to nip to the loo), a tankini is a perfect compromise for those who want the best of both worlds. With a whole host of colours, patterns and styles available, Panache is a great place to get your hands on one – they're also sold in bra sizes, guaranteeing you a perfect fit.
“I second the Panache tankini tops. I have two – a blue floral one and a red leafy one. The cups are really supportive and there are two layers to the tankini so it's quite holdy-in for the stomach. I then just got some black bikini bottoms from the supermarket.”Shop now
Best swimwear options for plus-size
ASOS Curve Swimwear, from £10
ASOS is a great way to shop lots of different brands all in one place, meaning there's always a huge range of swim stuff on offer. Their plus-size range is no exception, making it a great place to find fashionable cozzies and bikinis going up to size 30. With lots of styles to choose from – from plain black costumes to more adventurous snake-print ensembles – there's something to suit everyone. There are a couple of options with cap sleeves, too, which are perfect if you want to keep your shoulders out of the sun.
“I’ve bought and loved swimwear from ASOS Curve before. There are some nice and quite daring ones in stock just now."Shop now
Best swimwear options for bigger boobs
Bravissimo Mix-and-match Bikinis, tops from £34
Bravissimo's mix-and-match bikinis are a great way to tailor your swimwear to fit your exact needs. Their tops come in standardised bra sizes up to a size 40K, and their bottoms go from a size eight to 20. So whether you're well-endowed or you just need a little extra support, it's a great place to start your search.
“I’m a size 18 and have a Bravissimo bikini. I have an overhang tummy which the high-waisted bottoms keep sucked in. I can’t rate Bravissimo enough – if I can get confident enough to wear a bikini then you definitely can.”Shop now
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