Swimwear

Not Your Mama’s Shaping Swimwear

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If you haven’t tried it before, shaping swimwear sounds like it has to be uncomfortable and uncute.

If you have tried it, you know it’s neither.

That goes double when we’re talking about the latest collections from Miraclesuit, Magicsuit and new contouring styles from Coco Reef. These swimsuits go so far beyond what you might expect from a piece of shapewear in aquatic form. Translation: stepped-up prints and fashion-forward silhouettes, like one-shoulder and rompers, all rendered in the best-looking, most body-refining fabrics known to womankind.

Figure flattery never looked so smoking hot. This season’s Bare Necessities suits so aren’t your mama’s shaping swimwear.

MIRACLESUIT

Known as the brand that makes you “look 10 pounds lighter in 10 seconds,” Miraclesuit is all about that proprietary Miratex fabric, which has three times the Spandex of most suits and compresses in all the right places. To wit:

Miraclesuit Marrakech Escape Underwire One-Piece: The eye-catching prism print, which is bolder at the top, draws the eye up to the sexy sweetheart neckline so the Miratex can secretly work its magic on your midsection. Worth it if only to be able to wear the fabulous matching cover-up. Oh, and here’s the tankini version, with a hidden underwire and detachable straps.

Miraclesuit Prismatix Line-Up One-Piece: The chic and slenderizing nature of this little black swimsuit is a given. But it’s the high-contrast white piping that takes this sporty high-neck number over the top by outlining an hourglass figure.

Miraclesuit Equinox Underwire Bikini Top and Norma Jean Retro Bikini Bottom: The shaping action in this bikini all happens in the firm-control high-rise bottoms, which can be paired with the new, new, new bra-sized tops. The twist front, polka dots and enamel ring detail add up to old Hollywood glamour…plus some very today technology.

Miraclesuit Petal to the Metal Tankini Top (also in DD sizing): Call off the search, two-piece fans. In this do-it-all suit with dressmaker details—keyhole neckline, floaty cut—you get the comfy coverage of a tankini with the bra-style support of its concealed underwire cups. Metallic yet neutral florals highlight a long, lean vertical axis.

Miraclesuit High-Waist Bikini Bottom: Public Service Announcement,  this is the goes-with-everything bikini bottom to get in your closet for the start of the season. Paired with your favorite tankini or bikini top, it can be styled any which way to deliver a smooth finish.

MAGICSUIT

Offering the same control and support as Miraclesuit, this line uses more jersey fabrics and has a markedly different look when it comes to design—there tend to be more solid colors and contemporary cuts. So peruse away, and find what best plays up your personal style.

Magicsuit Mikki One-Piece: Play it cool at the pool. These jewel-toned solid suits are straightforward shaping in the front, sexy and criss-crossed from behind. They’re about as versatile as swimwear gets, too, with a universally appealing V-neckline and ever-so-subtle ruching over the stomach.

Magicsuit Skinny Jeans Bianca One-Piece Romper: The swim romper became a thing last year, and it’s set to skyrocket this season. The cut is so smart because it looks like a denim top and shorts, taking you from beach to bar with a firm-control one-piece tucked away inside. Variations include black and red, the Monarch Mila and the strap-adorned Solids edition, in black and in blue.

Magicsuit Solids Goddess Underwire One-Piece: It’s called Goddess for good reason—here’s a one-piece that really knows how to bring the (Grecian) drama. Lots of draping and shirring seriously flatter—and flatten—the torso. If an evening gown and a swimsuit had a baby, it would look like this. Just add heels.

Magicsuit Scuba Miley One-Piece: Bring out the Bond Girl from your deepest depths with a scuba-inspired neoprene stunner. The Miley’s modern wrap style, cutout back and side-zip are highly attractive showstoppers, in all black or bold color blocking. See also: the geometric front-zip Scuba Audra One-Piece.

COCO CONTOURS

The newly launched shaping subset of the contemporary Coco Reef line is bra-sized (B/C, C and D-cup), not to mention “bottom-lifting”—definitely one to try this season if you’re looking for a favorable pick-me-up.

Coco Reef Shoreline Sterling Shaping One-Piece: Sheer and opaque crochet panels are coupled with a plunging neckline and scoop back for the LBD of swimwear. A patented “Shapemaker” lining smooths and lifts for all-around good measure.

Coco Reef Paradiso Agate Ruffle Bandeau One-Piece: That same special lining delivers a trim torso and good-looking tush. To give the bust style and support, vacation-perfection layered ruffles cascade over molded bra-sized cups that come with a removable strap for more ways to wear. In this season’s refreshing neutral palette, your swim game already starts out strong.

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Brooke Glassberg
Brooke is the editor of this here blog. In a previous life, she was an editor at Good Housekeeping and O, The Oprah Magazine. Brooke has written for Glamour, Travel+Leisure, New York Magazine and more. She’s into concerts, travel and her exceptionally adorable daughter and husband.
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