No two people walking this earth are exactly alike, and few people consider themselves 100% perfect. We’ve all got a little something we would like to downplay, as well some things we want to show off a bit.
There are so many clothing options available for women, you’re almost guaranteed to find pieces that you like and that look good on you. By utilizing all of the clever design elements at your disposal, you can shape your image according to what you would like the world to see.
That being said, shopping for swimwear is a little more difficult, especially if you’re looking for a plus size swimsuit. Not too long ago, options for large women were li
mited. In fact, the larger sizes were really just bigger versions of the typical sizes, without taking into account how a larger bust needs exceptional support, a bigger butt needs better coverage (without giving you a wedgie), and numerous other things.
But today, options are growing! There are countless tips and techniques to help women find a plus size swimsuit or bikini that fits perfectly. From high waists to underwires to tummy control panels, and it’s up to you to find that special mix that will see you looking your absolute fabulous best!
Styles and Shapes
We’ll go through a bunch of plus size swimsuit styles here, so to make it easier we’ll divide them into groups – depending on what body area you would like to focus on:
Large Waist – The ‘Apple’ Shape
Large Low Waist – The ‘Spare Tire’
Large Upper-Hip or Butt – The ‘Spoon’ Shape
Large Low-Hip and Thigh – The ‘Pear’ Shape
Large Bust – Inverted Triangle Shape
Large Arms – Inverted Triangle Shape
Large Waist -The ‘Apple’ Shape
Ruffles, when in the right places such as the bust, can do wonders in minimizing a waistline. Angled ruffles work best by drawing attention downwards away from your midriff.
Shirring about the region of the waist will result in a slimming effect on your middle area. Diagonal shirring that comes together at the smallest part of your waist creates the illusion of an ‘hourglass’ figure.
Small, inconspicuous prints should be favored instead of large, bold ones. Small prints will enhance the slimming effects of shirring and diagonal lines. Depending on how and where you wear pieces with prints, they can also draw attention to parts you want to enhance and attention away from areas you want minimized.
This stylish knot causes diagonal shirring in an X shape – which again draws attention to a single focal point at the smallest point of your waist for that ‘hourglass’ illusion.
A swim dress can use similar techniques to bring the focal point of the fabric to the smallest waist point, just below the chest, while the A-line skirting brings about fluidity down the middle.
Tonal piping in an X shape will again create the ‘hourglass’ illusion in the same way as diagonals and shirring would.
Once again, we’re going for the ‘hourglass’ illusion by using prints that radiate diagonally from a point at the top of the waist.
Deepened neckline details have the effect of generating a line of vertical accent that will draw attention along your frame, both lengthening your body and showing off your bust.
Textured fabrics such as stretch crinkles will cover up any lumps and bumps while providing a visually interesting picture overall, such as vibrant colors and dynamic prints would.
This type of plus size swimsuit is created specifically to slim, smooth, and boost with the help of specially formulated fabrics for the purpose. The fabrics nips and tucks where it’s needed most to achieve the desired effects.
High Waist Bottoms
Swim bottoms with a high waist work wonders by controlling and tucking in your tummy. Paired with a favorite bikini top, the heightened waistline covers your stomach, elongates your torso, and draws attention to the slimmest point of your waist, up near the ribs.
These are a godsend when it comes to waist and stomach concealment. The bold empire seam band below the chest offers support for smaller cup sizes and holds up the A-line as it flows downwards, concealing the waist perfectly.
Large Lower Waist – The ‘Spare Tire’
These designs, prints, textures, and patterns specifically draw attention to a different part of your body or minimize your lower waist.
Bold Prints – High Waist
Find a bright color or bold print for your swimsuit top to draw attention away from the lower waist and hip region.
This works by accentuating the upper waist, which is smaller while utilizing slanted seams to draw attention upwards. The skirting adds volume to your hips and bottom, making your larger lower waist appear more balanced.
An empire seam fitted directly below the chest will emphasize the smallest point of the waist. Overlapping ruffles are useful in subtly concealing the lower waist and hip areas.
Large Upper Hips or Butt – The ‘Spoon’ Shape
This area is slightly below the “spare tire” area. Having larger hips can decrease the appearance of love handles, which is a positive for some people. For others, a bigger butt and/or larger hips are something to be de-emphasized. At the very least, it’s important to find bottoms that fit properly.
This suit will flatter you throughout your waist while breezily disguising the size of your hips.
Bold Prints on Top
Bold print tops can be relied on to accentuate your chest while diminishing the attention your hip receives. Further asymmetry and solid underlays will guide focus upwards along your body.
A tulip overlap design will guide focus upwards while incorporating lively designs onto the smaller upper body will hold it there.
Creative designs, such as mesh inlays on the upper chest region, work perfectly to draw attention upwards, away from your hips and butt.
These loose skirts will create the illusion of extra space, indicating a smaller underlying hip. Curved, slit sides lengthen your leg and slim your entire hip profile.
Large Low Hip and Thigh -The ‘Pear’ Shape
This is a relatively longer swim dress that conceals the upper thigh.
Plus Size Ruffles
Ruffled bikini tops can go a long way in creating balanced proportions for a bottom heavy, ‘pear’ shaped body through the added volume to the chest. That added volume diminishes the prominence of the lower body.
A drop skirt ruffle will add length to your waist and high hip region while simultaneously covering up the low-hip region.
This one piece is different from your average one-piece swimsuit because it has material that covers your upper thighs. The unitard works simply yet effectively by elongating your mid-region while giving more coverage and control over the thigh.
To visually slim your hips and thighs, a color-blocked unitard has side-panels in contrasting colors down the length of the suit.
These are a comfortable way of covering up the upper thigh. Unlike the unitard, swim shorts are only half of the suit. They’re very easily paired up with the top of your choice.
These are yet another elegant way to cover up your thigh and hip, and can also be easily paired up with your favorite bikini bottoms or shorts.
Large Busts -The Inverted Triangle Shape
For those with small hips, having a large bust can make you feel very disproportionate. Some women love to show off their bust, while others prefer it to be inconspicuous.
Necklines and Lines
For a voluptuous chest, the best neckline is neither too high nor too low. Parallel princess lines elongate the body by running vertically down the length of the suit. This can balance out your body’s proportions.
Sweetheart necklines offer modest coverage and compliment your cleavage while supporting your bust.
A voluminous bust may also be kept in check by a square neckline suit. This neckline works similarly to a sweetheart neckline.
A modestly scooped plus size swimsuit coupled with armholes that angle inwardly will effectively minimize the chest while flattering the arms.
Modest necklines in combination with bold prints can effectively camouflage a large bust.
For large busts, these can be a bit tricky but are worth the attempt as they’re really supportive.
Cups and Underwire
Support and fit are crucial considerations for the large breasted among us. The most supportive fit involves your accurate cup size along with underwire, like a bra. You should always ask for a plus size swimsuit that ‘suits’ you perfectly and comfortably, no matter what design you finally settle on.
Large Upper Arm – The Inverted Triangle Shape
You can create the charming illusion of a squarer shoulder, which makes the arm look slimmer, with off-the-shoulder ruffles.
High Neck Halters
These come with armholes that angle upwards to again create the square-shoulder effect, which makes your upper arms appear to be smaller than they are.
Right, so there we go. As we said, don’t be in a rush here, shopping for that swimsuit that ticks all your boxes can be an exercise in patience but is more than worth it in the end. The thing to keep in mind while going through the vast number of swimsuit options out there is that you’re looking for something that makes YOU feel good, whatever that means to you. So go ahead, pack that sunscreen, and hit the water looking and feeling just as stunning as you want to be!