Over the past few years, swimwear designers have finally gotten with the program and started designing fashionable, trendy swimwear for plus size women--hallelujah, praise J̶e̶s̶u̶s̶ <insert your choice of deity here>! Gone are the days of matronly swimsuits in ghastly floral prints. No more wearing an old hand-me-down, busted one piece with a tee shirt over it. And forget about wearing cut off shorts in the pool because you think your only other choice is that godforsaken granny suit. There are some seriously sexy, gorgeous swimwear options out there now, but first, let's take a look at what you need to know before actually picking out a suit.
Fit, Style & Design: A Guide To Plus Size Swimwear
While designers have finally come to the realization that plus size girls want trendy swimwear options just like their slimmer sisters (gee whiz, ya think???), you'll still need to do a bit of homework to find a suit that really fits you. Not one that almost fits or sorta fits, and certainly not one that’s “good enough”, but a suit that specifically fits your body type, while making you feel comfortable and confident. You'll want to find a suit with tummy control (because who doesn't want that?) with a decent blend of lycra and/or spandex. And there's no shame in your game, girl--you can be modest while still rockin' a suit that shows off your curves!
No matter your size or shape, there are some swimwear designs and styles the plus size fashionista needs to steer clear of:
No horizontal stripes: Usually I can’t care less about this, but when it comes to swimwear, it’s probably best to avoid body-widening horizontal stripes.
Going strapless: No matter how cute it is, a strapless suit probably isn't going to do you any favors; it just won’t provide enough support for the girls.
Bottom line when it comes to suit shopping? The same as our skinny sisters, of course: it's all about playing up assets and minimizing “flaws” while making you feel comfortable and confident.
Whether you choose to wear a two piece, one piece, maillot or tankini, remember to accessorize. A stylish cover up, cute sunnies, a floppy hat, straw tote and cute sandals will help complete your beach day look.
And girl, don’t forget your best accessory: your confidence.