Along with the rest of
styles, the choices in
plus-size swimwear have come a long way in
the last few years. Gone are the days of the old-lady swim
dress with industrial molded interior bras that even our
grandmothers weren't too happy about wearing. Now pretty
patterns and prints, bold colors, flirty skirts, retro Hollywood
halters, plunging neck-lines and trendy tankinis are all
within the curvaceous, full-figured woman's grasp.
Complementing pareos and sarongs, filmy cover-ups and sassy
cover ups are also becoming easier to find, so
if you've got it - flaunt it! Don't hide in shapeless,
billowing shapes safely under your beach umbrella.
Get out and
live! Swim, play beach volleyball, scuba dive, and sail! Relax
on the beach or by the pool. Enjoy a cruise to exotic locales.
'Cause you've got the style, the look and the attitude that no
waif can match! In fact, have you ever noticed that those
sporting the waif look have trouble filling out their
swimsuits? So make the most of those gorgeous curves! But
always remember the sunscreen.
Your Body Type?
Plus-size women come in all
Maximize your assets through color, cut and pattern.
(also frequently known as Triangle or Pear Shaped) - Your figure is
visually narrower above your waist and wider below, so your
hips and thighs are probably full. The majority of women have this
shape. Since your shoulders are narrower than your hips, look for
silhouettes and styls that broaden your shoulders and add height visually. This
can be done with a V or low square
cut top which both broadens
your bust-line and draws the eye
upward to your best assets. In
two piece tankini suits, keep the
bottom dark and solid with a
brightly colored or patterned top to
draw the eye upwards.
Halter styling looks great on this
figure type. Color blocking can be
used to create the same trick.
Choose a suit with bold, bright
horizontal stripes across the bust
area, or an ombre pattern that
gradually gets darker toward the bottom of the suit.
Embellishments like ruffles and
beading around the neckline can also
draw the eye upward and add volume
to the bust-line. Other bust
enhancing features like a shirred or
twisted bust, embroidered detailing
or bright patterned color splash
draws the eye upward to your best
Take care with
skirted suits. If a skirt is too full it can look too bulky. If the hem
finishes at the widest part of the hip, it can make you look wider.
Often an empire waisted skirt suit works the best on this figure,
gradually flaring outward and de-emphasizing the difference between hip
and waist ratios while playing up the bust line.
Higher cut leg openings will lengthen and elongate your leg.
(Also frequently referred to as O, Circle or Apple Shaped)
- Your figure is visually larger or wider above the waist and
narrower around your hips and thighs. This is a common figure type for
plus-size women. Since your shoulders are broader than your
hips, look for silhouettes that help bring your body into
balance by subtly increasing the fullness of your lower body.
and visually whittling the waist
through color blocking and structural details like ruching is also a good strategy,
while showing off your best asset,
the bust line. Darker tones
minimize volume in the waist area
creating the illusion of hourglass
Skirted and boy-cut swimwear
are particularly well
suited for this figure type since
they broaden the lower body and
balance a fuller upper body.
Vertical striping elongates the
torso, while making the lower
non-covered part of your body appear
fuller. Suits that create the
illusion of a defined waist
through strategic, angled or curved
patterning and color use will also
give you a balanced pin-up figure,
emphasizing your curvaceous
bust-line while suggesting a curvy
waist-hip ratio. Many suits that
work to create curves for an I
shaped figure also work well for
this figure type.
frequently referred to as Hour Glass) - Your waist is noticeably smaller
than either your bust and hips, while visually dividing your
figure. If you're tall, waist-defining looks can help balance your
height; if you're short, you may wish to de-emphasize the
small waist that creates a horizontal line between your upper
and lower dimensions.
Almost any bathing suit looks great on this figure
type, but particularly attractive are sleek monochromatic suits in bold
or classic colors.
Large, splashy patterns look
best on taller figures while smaller
pattern look best on shorter
figures. Sometimes an hour glass
plus figure may feel a little too lush and curvaceous in a
swimsuit. Strategically use horizontal bands of color and pattern
or the tankini cut to create a less defined waist-hip ration and even
out your curves. A higher cut leg opening will add the illusion of
height to shorted figure by visually elongating the leg, a strategy that
will help shorter X shapes revel in the glory of all their curves.
(Also frequently referred to as
Ruler, Rectangular or Boyish
Figure) - Your waist is somewhat undefined and similar to your upper and
lower dimensions. Emphasizing features other than your
waistline will create more of an hourglass shape and thus
more balance between top and bottom.
A good approach is to
look for styles that divide and define your figure. Use angled and
curved patterns or the tankini cut to define your waist and create
Plunging necklines, bold or
splashy patterns and full skirts are
also good strategies - examples can
be found in many of the other style
Stay away from vertical
striping, or horizontal striping
through the mid-torso area, since
this will emphasize the boyishness
of your figure type. Shirred or wrap
styling creates the illusion of a
more dramatic, curvy waist-hip
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