Tankinis: Everything You Need to Know

When it comes to shopping for your holiday, choosing new swimwear can be tricky. You want to feel great in what you’re wearing, even when you’re wearing very little. Knowing which swimwear style suits you and what you’ll feel most comfortable in can be hard.

A real winner for beach-body confidence is the tankini. A more modest version of the bikini, the tankini is a great choice of swimwear for women who want to feel confident by having more coverage when they’re in the pool or on the beach. But what is a tankini, how do they fit and are they really a flattering alternative to the bikini? Read on to find out everything you need to know about the much-loved tankini...

What is a tankini?

A tankini is a women’s two-piece swimsuit with a top half styled like a tank top and bikini bottoms for the bottom half. Tankinis were introduced in the late 1990s and were designed to provide the comfort and security of a one-piece swimsuit, but with the convenience of a two-piece swimsuit. Some tankinis completely cover the stomach, while others leave a small gap to show a slight bit of skin. Tankinis are a great option for women who struggle with body confidence and feel exposed when their torso is on show in the pool or on the beach.

Tankini styles

So now you’re wondering how to wear a tankini and which style will suit your shape? Well, when it comes to tankini styles, there are a lot of options to choose from, including different designs and fits.

Tankini tops

A supportive tankini is a must for feeling comfortable all day long on the beach, no matter your size or shape. Flattering tankini tops are a good choice for when you want some extra support for your bust, particularly a halter neck tankini top, which features supportive neck ties that can be adjusted to uplift your bust. Underwired tankinis are also ideal for women with larger busts, as these work like a bra to support and uplift your chest. Some of our tankini tops come with removable padded cups, perfect for boosting smaller busts and creating a smooth silhouette.

Worried about tan lines? Strapless tankinis often come with removable straps so you can choose how you wear this style, ideal for eliminating tan lines. Versatile multi way tankinis tend to suit most bust sizes, as the straps can be added for those who need a little more support in this area.

Thinking beyond your bust, tankinis are also ideal for taking care of your tummy. A blouson tankini offers a loose fit on top, drawn in at the bottom, which is perfect if you don’t like figure-hugging styles. Layered frill front tankini tops are a flattering option, as the frill layers will cover any lumps and bumps you’re worried about.

Tankini bottoms

There are also a wide range of tankini bottoms for you to choose from. High-waisted bottoms are ideal if you’re looking for a slimming tankini, as they offer extra coverage and support your tummy. Or you can choose from matching high-leg briefs, swim skirts and swim shorts to pair with your tankini top.

Whatever the colour, print or style you’re looking for, tankinis have it all. Because they come as a two-piece set, you have the option to mix and match styles to switch up your look and get maximum wear out of this swimsuit staple.

Are tankinis flattering?

We certainly think so. Tankinis are a flattering style of swimwear that have become popular with women who are conscious about revealing their tummy area when soaking up the sun. Our slimming swimwear collection features a variety of tummy control tankini bottoms that are designed to enhance your shape and create a sleek silhouette. With extra coverage, flattering tankinis will help you enjoy your holiday with added confidence and style.

Are tankinis for older women?

There’s a lot of discussion on the internet about this, but tankinis are a modern take on swimwear and style is based on your personal preference, not your age. Tankinis are a chic alternative to the bikini and are suitable for all ages, including children. With extra support, added comfort and increased coverage when you need it, tankinis are a fabulous addition to every holiday suitcase!

How should tankinis fit?

A comfortable tankini is what we’re all looking for, so this is a big factor when deciding how it should fit. Blouson tankinis are designed with a looser fit, whereas layered tankini tops will fit closer to your body, with the layers sitting on top.

As a general rule, if you’re buying swimwear with the intention of swimming lengths, then close-fitting swimwear with fuss-free detailing will improve your performance in the pool. In this instance, a close-fitted tankini is your best bet, but it should still be comfortable enough for you to move around without feeling restricted.

Can you swim in a tankini?

You can of course swim in a tankini, but many seasoned swimmers prefer a swimsuit in the pool for more of a streamlined look. Do tankinis ride up when swimming? It is a possibility but fitted tankinis will generally stay tight to your body, ensuring there’s no movement. Tankinis with a floaty top tend to rise with the water and can end up being a distraction or impeding your performance in the pool, so steer clear of this style if you’re planning on swimming a lot of lengths. If you’re just having fun in the pool or sea, then either style is fine!

Now that you’re up to speed on tankinis, you’re well-placed to choose some styles from our new season tankini collection. Shop now and head down to the pool or beach with confidence and style this year!