Do you know how to choose the right swimwear for your size? Most of us love swimwear but many women don’t know which styles are the best for their shape and size. When you are plus sized, this is even more difficult, due to lack of choice, good styling and options.
The main things to consider when buying a swimsuit when you are plus sized are comfort, coverage and of course, good styling for your size. Read here for advice.
Let's talk about comfort first. This is an important consideration for swimwear. You want to enjoy walking on the seashore, swimming and sunbathing without feeling uncomfortable. Who wants shoulder straps that dig in and crotches that ride up? No-one of course. So what will make your swimwear comfortable to wear?
Itsy, teeny, weeny, tiny bikinis are all very well and sweet but will not give you the coverage your plus sized body needs. Would you feel at ease frolicking about in nothing more than a few pieces of dental floss? The chic and elegant madame in you will tell you to say 'non!' to this style. What will look better on you are well-structured two-pieces or swimsuits. You will feel and look fantastic in them. And as we all know, how elegant we are is inversely related to the amount of flesh we show.
You need to take as much time and effort into choosing your plus sized swimwear as you do with all your other clothes. Good styling, great cut, flattering prints and colours are even more important in swimwear. You will have literally nothing else to hide behind! So choose with care.
Today, I'm giving you a few pointers that will hopefully help you choose the perfect plus sized swimwear. Here are my recommendations:
Consider the size and weight of your breasts: Narrow straps and strapless swimwear do not offer any support whatsoever to large busts. You don’t want to get up from your sun lounger or lift your arms up to wave to your friends, only to find that your bra has slid down your bust and you are now topless!
Plus sized women need to go for well-supported bras, even in swimwear. Wider bra straps will offer the support that you need. You will feel secure in the knowledge that you can wave and wriggle about without feeling self-conscious about losing essential coverage when you least expect it. To counter this problem, thicker straps and halter necks are firm favourites!
In all my books, I have given warnings about frills and spills. Unless you expressly wish to bring attention to an area, stay away from frills. They will emphasize a particular area and add unnecessary width to your body. I think that the 'keep it simple' tip should be kept in mind here.
If you opt for a two-piece suit, be sure to check out high-waisted bottoms. They are cut higher so will give good cover and give you tummy control. These may be the best style for you.
If you wish to boost one area over another, go for swimwear that are printed in one area only. For instance, pear shapes can opt to enhance their bust/upper area with a printed top and a darker, plain colour on their bottom.
Don’t forget that busy prints can also disguise ‘wobbly’ bits by taking the eye away from these problem areas. The eye will be diverted by the busy motif and will not notice the jiggly tummy or bottom. Great!
P.S. Please remember that ‘less is more’ in motifs and prints, so stay away from anything that will make things look worse than they are (neon colour and loud prints for example).
Working on the same principle as the above prints, ruching is a great asset in swimwear and other types of clothing. Ruching cleverly disguises big tummies and helps to create a slimmer waist. Go for it!
Many swimsuits offer the additional figure-enhancing panels that tuck your waist and tummy in. They are practically invisible so nobody will be the wiser.
Skirted swimsuits used to look more like tents than swimwear that only your seventy-something grandmother used to wear, eons ago. No longer. You can find pretty skirted swimsuits everywhere now, suitable for teenage girls and young women too. They are great at hiding a larger tummy, bottom and thighs. The skirts are designed as little more than pelmets or as short tunic dresses. It's up to you to pick the right length for your body shape and size.
Tankini tops give more coverage than bras. However, they may cut your body in half visually, especially if the top and bottom are in two different colours. The other problem is that the top part may ride up to uncover your tummy and thus create an unsightly bulge of flesh, peeping out. This may not be the elegant look you are after. Tankinis may suit some women but not others, so do try these on before buying.
So here you have it, the dos and don'ts of choosing the most flattering plus size swimwear for your body. If you have any questions or comments, please let us know in the Comments box below.
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I'm Marie-Anne Lecoeur. I teach women how to upgrade their style and think, shop & dress like a French woman in my Ecourses and The French Chic Academy
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