We’re Obsessed With Spanx’s New Shaping Swimwear Line

Spanx swimwear combines the best of both worlds: compressive shapewear and flattering swimsuits.

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You might happily prepare for summer by booking vacations, splurging on SPF moisturizers or organizing family barbecues every weekend. But if the thought of swimsuit shopping makes you want to hide, here’s some good news: The new Spanx swimwear line is here and it’s everything a swimsuit line should be.

While Spanx has released swimwear before, this collection expands further from its few (and often sold out) one-piece predecessors. Comprised of the compression fabric the brand is known for, the new Spanx swimwear is full of flattering silhouettes that are perfect for summer. Grab a beach towel, a cover-up and some UV-protective sunglasses and you’ll be turning heads. 

What is the new Spanx swimwear line? 

Swimsuit shopping can be a stressful experience. But Spanx swimwear offers the shapewear experience designed specifically for the beach or pool. You won’t find any barely-there bikinis or suits that dig into your skin, just flattering silhouettes in a variety of coverage levels that promote physical and mental confidence. Wish they could wear shapewear all the time? Now you can and still enjoy a day in the sun. 

The collection is built on nine silhouettes. Browse through one- and two-piece swim separates, as well as more modest options like swimwear dresses and long-sleeve swim shirts. From the long sleeves to full bottom coverage to high-waisted tummy control, most, if not all, offer full and flattering coverage.

Most of the tops feature removable bra pads and coverage under the arms and on the back. Everything is available in a sleek black color that suits just about every skin tone. Plus, the long-sleeve swim shirt offers some variation with multicolor options. To preserve the fabric, just wash on a gentle cold cycle and lay it flat to dry. 

What makes the new Spanx swimwear line so great? 

Spanx swimwear is constructed with pique fabric—a heavier, layered material that shapes and smoothens. Rather than just flattering from the outside, Spanx swimwear is innovative from the inside out.

Power mesh offers 360-degree shaping to snatch in all the right places and smooth out any lumps or bumps. The leg openings don’t dig into your skin, so you can sit, walk or swim comfortably. Don’t fret over wardrobe malfunctions, because the straps stay locked in place. The fit of the suit is feminine, flexible and sun friendly. Now all that’s missing is some affordable sunglasses!

One of the best features of the collection is that sizes range from an XS to a 3XL. The suit’s fabric composition of stretchy elastane and nylon hint at a suit that molds to your body, not the other way around.  

Whether you’re a plus-size beauty or looking for bathing suits for women over 50, the Spanx swimwear has it all: shaping fabric, flattering details and a sleek, black color.

The best user reviews 

“Finally a modern swim top that covers more than a bikini but doesn’t just look like a one-piece suit that has been cut in half,” writes five-star reviewer Gina D. about the Flounce swim top. “The slight flounce at the bottom is both stylish and forgiving if there is any extra stuff in your midsection you may not want to expose. I also really appreciate that there is the right amount of underarm and back coverage, so you don’t get that weird, squeezed look.”  

Gina D. also loves the matching Flounce swim skort, saying “I have always loved skirted swim bottoms, but it can be hard to find ones that are youthful and modern but have great coverage. This new one looks as good as it feels. It holds everything in place firmly without feeling like it’s squeezing. The rise hits just the right spot on my waist-not too low or too high. The flippy style of the skirt is really cute and flattering.”  

Kimberly B. raves about the material and fit of the Plunge one-piece. “The swimsuit fits like a glove and accentuates the good curves (hips, butt, and boobs) on my body while compressing my entire stomach,” she writes. “For the first time in my life I looked like I had an hourglass figure!”  

Where to buy Spanx swimwear 

The Spanx swimwear line is available directly through the Spanx website. Prices range between $88 for the Plunge bikini top and $188 for the Plunge one-piece. It may seem like a splurge (check out some other swimsuit deals if so), but it’s hard to put a price on comfort and confidence all beach season long.

Andrea Carrillo
As an associate shopping editor at Reader's Digest, Andrea is a lifestyle writer covering all things e-commerce. She has covered streetwear, sustainability and culture for a variety of publications. When she's not on deadline, you can find her reading, collecting vintage fashion and furthering her goal of visiting every country in South America.