Women who fall under plus-size category (sexes 14 and above) often feel very insecure about their bodies (but there are always great exceptions from the rule) and tend to avoid any summer beach and pool activities. However, if they could choose swimsuits right they would understand they have nothing to worry about as any shape can look gorgeous when dressed with consideration of its assets and flaws.
Plus-size model Crystal Renn in a swimsuit
If several years ago plus-size swimsuit market was very limited and included pieces made of ill-fitting fabrics and in horrible colors, now everything has changed and almost every large store offers a good variety of swimsuits in bigger sizes which look both glam and sexy.
Before you start shopping you should know exactly the areas you can highlight and those which need a little extra camouflaging. To understand that you should look into a full length mirror and examine your body. Be honest to yourself. Do you have shapely legs and nice cleavage? Is your bottom a bit too heavy? Do you need to make your waistline look slimmer? Remember, it is normal to have flaws (we all have them!), and we all have areas worth showing.
When you know what your figure looks like, it’s time to go to a swimwear store or boutique. First of all look through available assortment and select pieces you like. Don’t restrict yourself in colors. Of course black has the best slimming effect but you will be surprised to know how many other colors can create the illusion of a smaller shape. These include: black, blue, navy, dark brown and violet. Besides, you can try swimwear which combines hues. Look for items that feature bright tones at places, where your assets are, to emphasize them, and darker colors, where your problem areas are, to downplay those. Stripes, florals and kaleidoscopic prints can also be an option.
Speaking of types of swimwear which could look flattering on a plus-size woman we can mention tankinis, skirtinis, shortinies, and one-piece swimsuits. Tankini is a swimsuit that consists of a standard bikini bottom and a tank top. Skirtini constitutes to a swimsuit to which a pieces of fabric is attaches that resembles a short skirt. Shortinis are almost the same as tankinis, but instead of a bikini bottom they include shorts. All these, including one-piece swimsuits, provide good coverage and look sexy and stylish.
Choice of a plus-size swimsuit should be fully based on illusions and tricks to camouflage problem areas and enhance best features. The illusion you need to create depends on your body type. Let’s discuss all the elements you should know to be able to make your figure look great on the beach.
- To create a defined waistline and this way hide the signs of a big stomach you can wear a belted swimsuit, a piece with vertical stripes or any type of gathering around the belly. A single-piece swimsuit with a tummy control panel will also flatten your midsection.
- For a bigger bust you need to provide great support. Opt for bathing suits with wide straps and adequate underwire or a halter top to achieve this effect. To make a big bust look smaller opt for V-neck and other deep neckline cuts.
- If you have a small breast and want to create the illusion of a bigger one, go for lighter than your bottom’s color. You can try ruching and frills as well.
- To cover up a bigger rear, wear a skirted bottom.
- Broad shoulders can be downplayed by a swimsuit with patterns on the bottom part.
- Short legs can look longer if you wear a swimsuit that is high cut to the thigh.
A few more rules to follow if you are looking for a lovely plus-size swimsuit:
- The best time to buy a plus-size swimsuit is the beginning of a season – end of May and early June – when variety of swimwear is huge.
- Try every swimsuit you think can look great on you and buy the one that really makes you look incredible. If you have doubts about one or another piece, don’t buy it. You will find the better.
- Don’t shop for swimsuits during your menstrual cycle or after eating a big meal.
- Light fabrics should be avoided not only because they can add volume to your look but also because when they get wet they can become sheer or too tight.
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