Swimsuits To Hide a Tummy Bulge: 24 Suits You’ll Love!

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Most of us struggle to find a flattering swimsuit. We all have bits we’d rather not advertise.

Unlike regular clothes that can be styled and layered, there’s not a lot to hide behind when it comes to a swimsuit. So how are you supposed to don a bathing suit with a tummy bulge and feel good about it?

It wasn’t so long ago that your only bathing suit style options were sexy, sporty, or grandma, the latter being the only one having any hope of disguising a tummy bulge. But at what cost? Torpedo-shaped cones with thick straps and, let’s face it, usually really, really ugly.

We have put together a list of six different styles and 24 swimsuits to hide a tummy bulge that will not only hide a tummy bulge, but make you feel good about the skin you’re in.

You will be elated to know that not only are there so many more options out there now these days, but swimsuit manufacturers are finally creating stylish swimsuits that are flattering for everyone, which includes swimsuits that are specifically designed to hide a tummy bulge.


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24 Swimsuits To Hide A Tummy Bulge

We are going to go through different styles of figure-flattering bathing suits and show you how each of these styles will help to hide a tummy bulge. We’re sure you will find a swimsuit that you feel confident stepping out in.

The One-Piece

This is the style that most of us are familiar with. We have a few different designs that are great if you are looking to hide a tummy bulge.

Each of these designs has a ruched tummy panel but employs a different technique to elongate the silhouette while drawing the eye up and away from the midsection.

1. Striped Halter One-Piece with Ruched Tummy Panel  

Striped Halter One-Piece with Ruched Tummy Panel

The criss-cross design is very figure-flattering, while the different colors, stripes and plunging neckline focus the attention away from your belly.

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2. One-Piece with Crossover Straps and Ruched Tummy Panel  

One-Piece with Crossover Straps and Ruched Tummy Panel

The crossover straps of this swimsuit create a keyhole detail that also brings the eye up, taking the attention away from the midsection.

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3. Retro Halter Swimsuit 

Retro Halter Swimsuit

We love this retro halter style. Although this swimsuit comes in over 30 colors and patterns that are all pretty cute, black is of course a very slimming color.

Having the contrasting pattern up top also ensures that your belly is not the focal point.

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4. Swimsuit with Ruched Tummy Panel and Cutout Detailing  

Swimsuit with Ruched Tummy Panel and Cutout Detailing

How much do you love this bathing suit?! This high-end design with mesh inserts will make you look like you’ve just stepped off your luxury yacht to mingle with the rest of us commoners.

The ruched tummy panel is very slimming and the detailing of this swimsuit will have everyone looking anywhere but your stomach.

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The Bikini

Don’t let anyone tell you that just because you have a bit of a paunch, you can’t wear a bikini! Here are 4 great styles that are super figure-flattering and do a fantastic job of minimizing a tummy bulge.

The key to wearing a bikini when you are trying to hide a tummy bulge is high-waisted bottoms.

The key to wearing a bikini when you are trying to hide a tummy bulge is high-waisted bottoms.

5. Retro Bikini with Tummy Control 

Retro Bikini with Tummy Control

This suit comes in plus sizes and has received rave reviews from reviewers who absolutely love it, with quite a few saying –‘I never thought I’d ever see myself in a two-piece!’

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6. Snap Front Knotted Bikini with High-Waisted Ruched Bottoms 

Snap Front Knotted Bikini with High-Waisted Ruched Bottoms

This super cute bikini with a front knot comes in over 30 different colors and patterns. Its full-coverage, high-waisted ruched bottoms do a great job at slimming the mid-section.

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7. High-Waisted Bikini with Plunging Neckline 

High-Waisted Bikini with Plunging Neckline

This is another plus–sized bikini that is hella flattering. Great coverage so you can feel confident that everything that’s supposed to be, is tucked in and you can strut your stuff.

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8. Bikini with Peplum Bra Top and Tummy Control 

Bikini with Peplum Bra Top and Tummy Control

This is a bikini with a short peplum bra top, which is great if you wanted a little more coverage up top and around the back.

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The Tankini

Now if you like the idea of a two-piece, but you’re looking for a little more coverage, a tankini is a great option. With a tankini, the top and the bottoms act as a double layer for tummy control.

9. Ruched Tankini with V-neck 

Ruched Tankini with V-neck

This tankini comes in a whole array of both solid colors and mixed patterns. For all you ladies who are ample in the upper area, not all tankinis are created equally when it comes to chest support.

This particular tankini offers more support than a lot of others. Its ruched top with the tummy slimming bottoms is very flattering.

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10. Tummy Slimming Tankini with Patterened Boy Shorts 

Tummy Slimming Tankini with Patterened Boy Shorts

If you are looking for a little more coverage around the hips and the top of the thigh, you can opt for a tankini with boy shorts.

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11. One Shoulder Tummy Slimming Tankini 

One Shoulder Tummy Slimming Tankini

We love this one-shouldered tankini that’s both super cute and a little sexy.

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12. Tankini with Graphic Pattern & Boy Shorts 

Tankini with Graphic Pattern & Boy Shorts

You don’t have to settle for an all-black bathing suit because it’s slimming. The bold print on this tankini shows how a pattern can break up the visual focus on an area making prints a great way to not only add a little color without making you look bigger, but also camouflage a tummy bulge.

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Peplum Tankinis

A peplum tankini has a looser, more flowing top. For those of you not wanting to have anything tight around your belly, this is a great option.

13. Ruffled Peplum Tankini 

Ruffled Peplum Tankini

Tiered ruffles are a great way to hide a belly bulge.

This suit not only does a good job of covering your belly, but the cut is also figure-flattering and shows off your waist.

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The shorter, ruffled peplum top of this tankini is paired with boy shorts. The use of both ruffles and pattern is a double whammy of tummy camouflage.

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15. Peplum Tankini with Boy Shorts 

Peplum Tankini with Tummy Control Boy Shorts

Boy shorts are great for creating a smooth silhouette, especially at the top of the thighs.

With regular swimsuit bottoms, if you don’t have slim thighs, it can cut in and create an ‘over spillage’. Apart from the stomach area, the hips and thighs are the other areas that have a lot of people shying away from even putting on a swimsuit. 

Boy shorts are the answer. And they are so cute!

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16.Peplum Tankini with Boy Shorts 

Peplum Tankini with Boy Shorts

And while ruffles work, any tankini that has a loose flowy top works equally well to disguise a tummy bulge.

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The Blouson Tankini

A blouson tankini has a loose, relaxed fitting top that uses lightweight fabric to keep you covered, but not weighed down if you do decide to go for a dip. Check out 4 of our favorites.

Both the peplum tankini above and the blouson tankini also make for the perfect maternity swimsuit too!

17. Blouson Tankini 

Blouson Tankini

Loose, comfortable, and casual with a pop of color that keeps the focus away from the midsection.

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18. Blouson Tankini with Graphic Pattern 

Blouson Tankini with Graphic Pattern

Not only do you want to be comfortable, but you also want to be stylish! A blouson tankini is both.

These days you can get swimsuits in so many different colors and patterns. This particular blouson tankini is available in solid black and 8 other patterns.

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19. Blouson Tankini with Patterned Shorts 

Blouson Tankini with Patterned Shorts

A fun and playful pattern on the shorts, instead of the top, also works to draw attention away from your belly.

If flamingos aren’t your jam, this swimsuit also comes in 8 other patterned short options.

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20. Blouson Tankini with Tummy Control Skirt 

Blouson Tankini with Tummy Control Skirt

How about trying a skirt instead of shorts with your tankini. This swimsuit is so forgiving and flattering while still being super cute.

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The Swim Dress

A swim dress offers stylish coverage for the tummy, hips, and thighs. Unlike a one-piece, bikinis, or tankinis that are tight on your butt, a swim dress skims over the body from under the bust and down to just over the top of the thigh.

The result is great coverage and a smooth silhouette.

Most swim dresses feature a built-in one piece with a dress overlay. The one-piece supports and shapes the body while the dress provides coverage.

But make no mistake! These are not your grandma’s bathing suit with the attached skirt.

The modern swim dress is figure flattering and stylish while providing coverage in all the right places.

Here are four of our favorites.

21. Sporty Swim Dress 

Sporty Swim Dress

This is Amazon’s #1 bestselling swim dress and it’s easy to see why. It’s both sporty and chic.

Its built-in boy shorts are very tummy-flattening and the clear mesh cutout detail is a nice touch.

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22. Retro Swim Dress 

Retro Swim Dress

This retro-style swim dress is also a fan favorite on Amazon. The square neckline is really nice without revealing too much.

It offers full coverage and has built-in boy shorts.

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23. Swim Dress with Tummy Control 

Swim Dress with Tummy Control

The first two swim dresses are a little form-fitting. If you are looking for something a little less snug around the mid-section, this could be the perfect style for you.

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24. 2-piece swim dress with separate boy shorts 

2-piece swim dress with separate boy shorts

If you love the length of a swim dress, but the ease of a tankini (so you don’t need to fully undress every time you need to use the bathroom), this is the perfect combo.

You could technically call this a tankini because it comes with boy shorts, but unlike most swim dresses, they are not built-in and the suit comes as two separate pieces.

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What Color Swimsuit Is The Most Slimming?

It’s no secret that dark colors are more slimming. So black, being the darkest of them all, would be the most slimming.

But that said, this doesn’t mean that you have to settle for a black swimsuit if you are trying to look slimmer.

Color is not the only way to make you look slimmer in a bathing suit.

Getting the right style for your body shape that minimizes the things you don’t want to flaunt and emphasizes your assets will do far more to make you look slimmer than just picking any bathing suit just because it’s black.

Choosing a swimsuit that has a pattern that breaks up the visual focus or draws the eye away from the areas that you don’t want attention is also a great way to look slimmer.


Conclusion

A tummy bulge is not something that should put you off getting into a bathing suit! You have loads of options for tummy-flattening swimsuits, and we’ve only shown you 24 of them.

So instead of dreading the thought of having to get into a bathing suit, you can now look forward to it because you know you’ll be looking good!

Written by Jacqueline Ames

Jackie is the resident fashion and nail design guru at Luxe Luminous. With a degree in Management and a deep-seated passion for the glamorous styles of the 50s and 60s, Jacqueline offers a unique fusion of business acumen and vintage fashion flair in her captivating articles.