Do I need tummy control ?  



What is all this tummy control business!   

The tummy control term was invented by the fashion industry and stereotypical swimwear industry for making women believe they need to be smaller.  

Here at Artesands we are all about body confidence and being comfortable in your own skin. We are all about your curves! And fitting YOUR curves. We produce Luxury swimwear finely sculptured for enhancing the beauty of YOUR curves. 

We make swimwear to empower women. We make swimwear to fit real women’s curves. Not only do we want to make curve fit and plus size swimwear that fits well and feels good on, we want you to have a piece of swimwear that you love and want to show off.  

Artesands Curve Plus Size Swimwear


So before we get into a blog on Tummy Control, I’ll just reinforce our values and principles. Artesands is all about the curves, we are a plus size swimwear brand that is all about YOUR curves, and we strive as individuals and as a brand to help all women love and feel comfortable within their own unique beautiful curvy bodies. We believe that every woman is uniquely different and breathtakingly beautiful in her own artistic right. 

You may have noticed that our Artesands suits do not promote tummy control as we don’t believe it’s a selling feature... for us, we do not want to control any part of a woman’s natural beauty and for us telling you that you need tummy control is basically saying you’re a touch too curvy and you should do something about it.   


 Which goes against the foundation of our brand Artesands and everything we stand for.


Artesands Curve Plus Size Swimwear

But our curvy women do want Tummy Control and we can understand why  


We can understand our curvy customers wanting a swimsuit that will flatter her stomach and smooth and shape her figure. As we want all our Artesands women to feel confident, happy and beautiful when wearing our swimwear.   


We often get asked from our customers do we have tummy control in our curve fit swimwear?  

Do your suits have tummy control ? 


Yes, every single piece of Artesands swimwear has an element or multiple elements of tummy control.


Our tummy control swimwear technology is an integral part of our women’s curve fit and plus size swimwear and has been carefully developed so our Artesands gals get the most benefits from it. We want you to feel confident and empowered when wearing one of our curve enhancing swimsuits...

and a little bit of tummy control certainly makes you feel good.


What is Tummy Control Swimwear? 

And does it work?


Tummy control swimwear is about feeling supported and controlled through your tummy and mid-section. Our team of experienced plus size garment technicians and designers, are like artists within our company. They create, they sculpt, and they finish works of art to be worn by our bodies of Arte.


So yes, tummy control does truly work. It’s still your body but with these principles of design, we are able to give our garments a slimming effect on many different levels.


6 design principles of creating 

the best tummy control


Below we have listed six of the elements of design that we use to create Tummy Control in our curve fit and plus size swimsuits.



Artesands Curve Plus Size One Piece Swimwear

1. Our 360 degree powermesh 


All of our Artesands Curvy swimsuits contain our full body 360 degree powermesh. Our tummy control powermesh, we say is 360 degrees, as we use it right the way around the body in a 360 degree full circle so that our women can feel the maximum support. 


 Artesands powermesh will not only soften the belly, it will also work wonders on the bottom, lower and upper back, and side areas. Our powermesh lining fabric can be found on the internal body of all our one pieces, swimdresses, all in ones, tankini topsbikini tops and swim briefs. For more information on the power of powermesh, click here to read our blog.


2. Ruching

We use ruching on the front panel of our Artesands swimwear. 

Ruching is the gathering of extra fabric in the outer fabrication of our swimwear. This ruching effect helps create a smoother look across our tummy and mid section, as it helps disguise any curves. 

It may seem counter-intuitive to wear a swimsuit with extra gathered fabric across the tummy, but tummy areas are flattered by ruching as it draws the eye toward the centre of the body and also has the effect of concealment behind the fabric. 


Everyone loves the disguising effects of ruching.


Artesands Curve Plus Size Tankini Top Swimwear

Artesands Curve Plus Size Bikini Top

3. Panel lines


You are probably asking how are panel lines used in creating tummy control? 

The use of panel lines draws the eyeline in the direction of the design lines and can shape the figure. A use of good panel lines can create a beautiful hourglass shape and who doesn’t want that.



4. Ruching within our panel lines


Ah yes, and then the added benefit of doubling up on the ruching. Ruching in the front panel for disguising a tummy bulge and then ruching in the side panels that can disguise the shape of the tummy – 

BAM! it’s a double whammy!

Artesands Curve Plus Size One Piece Swimwear

Artesands Curve Plus Size Bikini Top

5. Fabrication




Artesands main outer fabric has a soft, silk like hand feel that beautifully sculpts and enhances your curves. 


The stretch and return on our fabrication is an element that we work with in creating our tummy control swimwear.


6. Print design


A good print design like our Zig Zag printed texture, has all the benefits of a texture fabric with hiding all the lumps and bumps BUT without all the extra bulk that comes from a real textured fabric. 

Our main fabrication has a watery like hand feel – soft to the touch and feels oh so beautiful but it’s the texture within the print design the creates the true effect on the body.

Artesands Curve Plus Size Bikini Top


Click here for some of our top picks from our latest collection of tummy control swimwear. We say when you have tried our Artesands tummy control swimsuits, you will never go back. 

So try one today and see the difference.


What is the best plus size swimwear

 with tummy control? 


All of Artesands curve fit and plus size swimwear styles are developed with some form of tummy control technology - whether it be in the fabric, the design elements of the individual style, or in the internal structure within each garment. 


 But if we could name just one style that has the ultimate in tummy control, it would be our Raphael style. If you are looking for an extra dose of confidence, then our Raphael is your plus size tummy control swimsuit shape of choice. This is our full support swimwear style, built for an E cup and F cup. This bather style has an internal hidden bra for the greatest bust support, full body powermesh and ruched front and side panelling for tummy control and body sculpting your curves. 


 To learn more on our Raphael style click here to read our, "Have you met Raphael" blog post. 


Our extra support Raphael style is also available in a one piece swimdress.


Artesands Curve Plus Size Sun Safe Swim dress
Artesands Curve Plus Size Sun Safe Swim dress
Artesands Curve Plus Size Sun Safe Swim dress


But another way to get the ultimate tummy control is a tankini set – yes a long line tankini top with a high waist brief. This is therefore double the power over our midriff section.


Do we offer our full support Raphael style in a tankini and high waist brief?  why yes we do! 


So the hells bells whistle blowing triumph tummy controller swimsuit of choice is our Raphael tankini top with our Raphael brief. This swimsuit set has powermesh, panel lines, front panel ruching, side panel ruching, and it is made in our beautiful soft fabrication. Also the effects of the powermesh is doubled when the long line tankini top fits snuggly over the high waist brief

Artesands Curve Plus Size One Piece Swimwear 

BUT can we one-up this perfect example of the ultimate tummy control swimsuit? Why yes we can! 

Drum roll please ….   


Raphael tankini top and Botticelli high waist brief is ALSO available in our textured print zigzag in black. POW!!! That’s 6+ elements of design that all work towards our Tummy Control technology. 

 Pack a punch with this style, it is like a suit of armour in the Tummy Control world.


Artesands Curve Plus Size Tankini Top Swimwear
Artesands Curve Plus Size Tankini Top Swimwear
Artesands Curve Plus Size Tankini Top Swimwear

Fashionable tummy control swimwear that doesn’t look frumpy!

Finding the right swimsuit for you?


If our Raphael style is just a bit too mumsy, frumpy or to put nicely, too modest for you, well I’m pleased to tell you that ALL Artesands styles have some elements of the principles behind tummy control. Below I’m going to list a few of my favourite Artesands styles, that wouldn’t think to have tummy control technology to get you inspired.


If you know our brand Artesands, then you would definitely be familiar with our best selling shape Botticelli. We love saying be “Sculpted by Botticelli”, and that is what our Botticelli shape does - it sculpts you. So my first style I’ve selected is our Botticelli Bikini – YES, our bikini set also works with tummy control principles. 


Our bikini tops have boning in the wide sides that help disguise the upper side and under arm area – you know the bit that likes to hang over our bra (I know this area all too well). And when worn back with our Botticelli high waist swim pant with front ruching and full body powermesh – 

Boom! You have a tummy controlling bikini set.


Artesands Curve Plus Size Bikini Top
Artesands Curve Plus Size Bikini Top
Artesands Curve Plus Size Bikini Top


Next style I would like to feature is our Hayes one piece, the wrap tie front is one of this summer’s greatest trends. At Artesands, our designers have developed this style so that it looks good on and doesn’t make you look like your boobs are drooping down and have no support. 

Our faux front crossover with side tie is mock to ensure we have all the internal construction we need to make you look and feel great. Having a mock look of this trend allows all our principles of tummy control design whilst providing a fashionable look as well. Our draped front tie holds in place and gives you a diagonal ruched effect that makes your waist look slimmer, creating a beautiful hour glass shape. 

This design effect, along with our 360 degree powermesh, means you have another beautifully fitting tummy control plus size swimsuit style that actually fits and flatters your curves.


Artesands Curve Plus Size One Piece Swimwear
Artesands Curve Plus Size One Piece Swimwear
Artesands Curve Plus Size One Piece Swimwear



The final style I wanted to call our is another tankini set shape, the Giotto tankini. 

In this shape, the use of panel lines is captivating. Our Giotto style shows how panel lines can be used to create illusions for the eye, and will draw the eyes away from problem areas and will instead draw attention to areas of the body you would like to show off. 

Hmmm I wonder what area of the body our Giotto tankini top is showing off?? 


My choice for the best tummy control Giotto option is La Boheme Giotto Tankini top and Giotto brief.  Full body power mesh, panel lines, ruching in side panel lines and a printed fabric. 


Artesands Curve Plus Size Tankini Top Swimwear
Artesands Curve Plus Size Tankini Top Swimwear
Artesands Curve Plus Size Tankini Top Swimwear


So that’s a few great options for you to try out, but remember all Artesands curve fit and plus size swimwear, although we do not promote it, do work with the principles behind the tummy control philosophy – of making you feel confident and empowered in our swimwear. 

And on a final point – let me throw in some don’ts when it comes to tummy control.   

Anti tummy control pointers


Some important valuable points that will work against you when it comes to tummy control.   

 1.      Avoid any style with ruffles, as these shapes just add volume   

 2.      Avoid any clean line and solid colour swimsuits   

 3.      And lastly it’s important to get the right size, because a poor fitting swimsuit will hinder your desirability to look your best.


Your body is an artwork, embrace your shape and own your curves in Artesands plus size swimsuits that are designed to fit your curves.



All of Artesands plus size tummy control swimwear styles are available in 

sizes US 8 - US 20 and sizes AUS 12 - AUS 24.   


 To find swimwear in your size click the size link 

size us 8 / aus 12

size us 10 / aus 14

size us 12 / aus 16

size us 14 / aus 18 

size us 16 / aus 20

size us 18 / aus 22

size us 20 / aus 24


and remember, Free shipping on orders over $100 AUD so go on - treat yourself!!


   Love,  The A Team 


October 20, 2020 — Shani Cokinas