No matter your shape or size, shopping for a swimsuit can prove itself a real chore. After all, what are these pieces, really, if not glorified (and water-friendly) lingerie?
The key is to not let swimwear’s inherent skimpiness limit your choices, according to HeyGorgeous.com founder, blogger, and plus-size model Aimee Cheshire.
Finding swimwear in the right size and with adequate support is invaluable when it comes to feeling confident and comfortable.
In the past, plus-size and curvy women were told to avoid bikinis, embrace the ‘miracle suit,’ wear black, and hide their bodies under cover-ups. Today, the plus industry is changing from a position of concealing to revealing more and more brands are creating swimsuits for curvy bodies, so you can step away from basic black and find styles that fit your personality and flatter your body.
Ultimately, everybody has a bikini body; you just have to put a bikini on it. Wherever you fall on the size spectrum, just know there are styles out there in a range of colors, prints, and silhouettes that are tailored to your style.
Ahead, we’re sharing our favorite plus-size suits to shop (so far) this season, along with tons of expert tips to help you nail that fit.
Factors to remember when deciding on swimsuits
Remembering your body shape
The first and the most obvious thing to remember when it comes to choosing your swimwear is your body shape.
It has become a sort of a fundamental rule to choose attire that fits you well and brings out your curves in the right manner. Body shapes like that of an apple would require swimwear that brings out both the upper and lower body curves.
However, if the body is shaped like a pear, one would be better off choosing silhouettes that bring the upper body curves in the forefront while hiding the hips a little.
In the end, it is all about choosing the swimsuit that brings out the best parts of your bodacious size and makes you want to flaunt them more and more.
Finding the right support
We are not talking about your mental support here, but physical support for your body. Every single woman deserves a great support system in their lives, and a swimsuit is simply an essential support system.
Taking a cue, if a plus size model is slightly heavier on the chest side, having proper bust support is required. So when you are in that shop trying to find a Great Swimsuit, make an inbuilt bra and a sturdy one at that your number one priority.
It is important to remember that while having a swimsuit that makes you look great is important, having one that is sustainable is equally necessary.
A swimsuit that is sustainable and great in shape and design goes a long way in helping you flaunt your curves with extreme confidence.
Wearing what you like
So, when does one feel the most confident about themselves in terms of clothing and apparel? The answer is probably the easiest in the world when they wear what they like.
Hunter McGrady, the plus size model on the 2018 edition of Sports Illustrated was fed up with not being able to find the perfect swimsuit for herself. A swimsuit, that brought out her curves instead of hiding them. What did she do then? Well, she decided to collaborate with a brand and make her own collection of swimsuits.
While the answer to wearing what you like isn’t the same as her decision to create her own line of swimwear, it is essentially telling plus size women that they should not compromise on what they like wearing.
There will always be options available, one has to remember to select what they find comfortable without really thinking twice about what the world will say. Because in the end, your confidence is more important than any other person’s opinion.
Size and structure matter a lot. As discussed earlier, a model with an apple size figure would want to draw attention downwards towards her most flattering parts.
Instead, if a model has the figure of an hour-glass, she would go for silhouettes which accentuate your waist as well your curves in the right places, especially the narrow waist.
The increased popularity of the one-piece among plus size women
The one-piece is such an elegant way to do plus size swimwear and a brilliant item to help hide tums for those of us who wish to keep it covered. They also have the ability to have hidden shapewear to keep bits in check with extra support if needed.
Some tricks of the trade when it comes to wearing a one-piece with maximum confidence is to find a swimsuit that has a pattern that flatters. Any piece that has vertical stripes is a key item to pack for your vacation or a swimsuit that has vertical ribbing to elongate your torso whilst smoothing out any bumps.
The same effect will be created if you pack a one-piece with a deep cut neckline. The deeper the better, but this is perhaps a look that should be attempted by those with a small chest.
Bustier ladies will need some support for their chests, so a one-piece that has inbuilt cups or a bra is a fantastic purchase. If you are feeling daring, however, try a monokini.
They are far more wearable and flattering than maybe first immediately thought. The cutaway panels create a beautiful hourglass silhouette and give the appearance of a waist where perhaps there is none.
It’s also a high octane fashion look that will keep you looking effortlessly stylish on the beach. Whatever shape you go for, the one-piece is perfectly paired with a sarong wrapped around your waist and knotted at the side to create one of the chicest plus size outfits for the beach.
If you like a little bit more coverage, throw a classic t-shirt on over the top and an oversized envelope tote to finish off this classic beach look.
Swimsuit prominence among plus size models
With the emergence of plus size models and these models themselves turning designers or collaborating with a designer brand, the number of options for plus size women swimwear has increased a lot.
Unique styles, which look classy and suit all types of plus size bodies are readily available in the market and online. This has brought about a new theme for plus size women.
They can flaunt their bodies and curves in an attire they select or in some cases design and they do not have to think twice about it.
A lot of new styles like the cut-out underwire swimsuits, high-waisted bikini bottoms or the tie front cap sleeve bralette bikini have become popular after being endorsed by some of the top plus size models in the world.
The trend of hot swimwear is no more confined to the archetypal models. Instead, it has become bigger and broader ever since plus size models took it in their own hands to design swimwear that they looked the best in. A trend never goes out of style, and plus size models in swimsuits is one that will for sure not fade away in the coming years.
There have been models throughout this past decade who have voiced their opinion about swimsuits being deemed as bad clothing options for plus size women. There have been a select few who have shattered the glass roof by not just wearing a swimsuit but owning and slaying in it.
Ashley Graham, one of the pioneers of the plus size modeling community entering the fashion industry has graced the coveted covers of some of the top magazines around the world including Sports Illustrated.
This has allowed women all over the world to feel confident about their skin, shape, and size and has given them the much-required confidence to go out and slay in a swimsuit, whether a one-piece or any other kind of swimsuit.
It all comes down to how much inspiration a plus size woman can draw from top plus size models like Ashley Graham and the rest, and own their swimsuits to the best of their abilities.
Once they gain that much-required confidence, the world will surely be on their feet noticing these beautiful plus size women setting the bar on how to wear swimsuits.