THE SWIMSUITS THAT CAN FIT ANY FIGURE!
23:06 GMT, 21 June 2012
Body-control swim-wear is one of the greatest inventions of the 21st century – well, as far as women are concerned. This summer has seen a shapewear explosion led by Marks & Spencer: 85 per cent of its swimwear now has a figure-fixing feature.
Slimming materials such as elastane and Spandex hold in problem areas, and what can’t be controlled is disguised by ruching or draping. ‘Shapewear is taking over the swimwear market, whether it’s firm control panelling, light mesh or body-smoothing fabrics and curve-creating designs,’ says Becky Simpson, garment technologist at swimsuit specialist Figleaves. ‘Today, tummy control is almost mandatory.’
So, how do this year’s swimming costumes shape up We tested a selection on size 14 model Lucie Gardener, who is 5ft 10in with a 36DD bust, 30in waist and 41in hips.
HIDE TUMMY BULGES BOOST YOUR BUST SHRINK YOUR WAIST
Miracle suit, 149, Fenwick, 020 7629 9161
The Miracle suit promises you will look 10lb lighter in ten seconds by disguising tummy bulges while pulling you in with three times more Spandex than normal swimsuits. Waist ruches create a cummerbund effect to tighten and strengthen the torso, and a moulded (not wired) bra maximises the hourglass shape. The high leg cut elongates the leg, too.
Cross-over, 79, Calzedonia, 0207479 7791
The shoulder straps are 8cm wide and so
provide better support for bigger busts. The soft
moulded cups give a flattering uplift. An extra layer of fabric, made
from a soft microfibre, criss-crosses to draw the eye to the centre of
the waist, producing a slimming effect. The lining is made from a tough material called Rashel that holds you in and maintains
shape, especially around the abdomen, which also helps give the illusion
of a bigger bust.
Floral, 49, boden.co.uk
Ruched panelling down either side of the stomach works to slim and cinch the waistline. The swimsuit is made from a polyamide elastane mix – this is more resilient and supportive than cotton elastane, which can fade and sag. A lower cut leg provides more coverage for the bottom conscious. The straps are adjustable and the cups removable dependent on how much bust support you’re after.
DISGUISE A LARGE BOTTOM GET LONGER LEGS FLATTER HEFTY HIPS
Blue floral, 39.50, debenhams.com
A ruffled skirt skims the hips,
smoothing the contours and covering a bigger bottom (as well as
disguising large hips if that’s also a problem). Beneath the suit is a polyamide
lining that smoothes the silhouette, so your bottom will look smaller. A
mesh control panel across the stomach holds you in while padded
cups ensure your bust remains supported.
Turquoise cross-over, 55, johnlewis.co.uk
Asymmetric gatherings of material at the side of the swimsuit distract the eye, helping to elongate the torso and the legs. In-built flattening tummy control panels will also make you feel slimmer as does the high nylon content (80 per cent nylon, 20per cent elastane). A clean block colour also helps lengthen your overall appearance.
Purple floral, 28, bhs.co.uk
A firm, gathered mesh front with a high nylon content disguises lumps and bumps while minimising the stomach. The nylon elastane fabric mix smoothes, especially around the hips. The straps are wide and adjustable to provide extra support for bigger busts and the high neckline means that this style is suited to those keen to keep their cleavage under wraps, too.
STYLING: ELIZA SCARBOROUGH PICTURES: L+R HAIR & MAKE-UP: JULIE READ USING KIEHL’S AND GUERLAIN FASHION ASSISTANT: BARBARA MCMILLAN MODEL: LUCIE AT MILK