With all of the plus size swimwear available, wearing a curvy bikini has never been easier. You’ll need to know what caters to your body type to find a suit that fits your needs.
Triangle Shape (Pear Shape)
If you are plus size with a pear shaped body – small shoulder and bust, and larger legs, hips, thighs, or bottoms – swimwear styles that draw the eyes upward are an ideal choice. Highlight you upper body by wearing pieces with bright colours and designs at the top, and balance the proposition by choosing dark, solid colours at the bottom. Also, choose bikini tops that accentuate features you like, such as halter-tops, which draw attention to nice shoulders. Bright colours, details like ruffles or knotted centres will flatter your bust.
Inverted Triangle Shape (Apple Shape)
On the contrary, if you are apple shape – wider shoulders, larger chests, shoulders, or stomachs, narrow waist and hips – consider the opposite rule of pear shape by focusing on drawing the eye downward with flowing designs and styles. Wear tummy-trimming suits and brightly coloured prints to draw attention downward. You’ll also want to look for plus size pieces with wide straps and full bust support or underwired bra. Shirred styles help accentuate a narrow waist, while V-necks and surplices flatter the bust-line.
Whether you are plus size or not, women with hourglass shape – larger chests and hips, but with a small waist – are always considered the lucky ones. An hourglass figure is well proportioned on top and bottom. However, if you are plus size and have some problem areas, choose swimwear that accentuates your best features while at the same time hiding your problem areas. For example, if you have slim waist, enhance this area. Choose a swimwear that emphasizes the waist by drawing attention to it with belts, colours, and prints. Your best styles are basically every styles of plus size swimsuits, especially those that draw attention to the waist.
Women with this shape generally have full shoulders and hips, and a round waste. If you’re really concerned about having a slender effect created by the suit, your objective is to find pieces that enhance a slimmer effect at the waist. Opt for shirred or surplice styles with bold patterns and colours on the top, and dark, solid colours on the bottom. Halters with plunging necklines are especially flattering, as are styles with a belt or other cute design feature. While vertical prints also work for creating leaner silhouette, baby-doll and blouson styles also flatter women with tummy issues. Your best styles are blouson, baby-doll swimsuit, or pieces that are waist slimming such as those with optical illusion prints.
Women with this shape have straight proportions, equal from shoulders to hips, thus you’ll want to choose swimwear that create waistline. Belted waist swimwear is great for doing this, as are styles with diagonal stripes. Halters do a nice job of drawing attention to nice shoulders, and plunging necklines do a nice job of drawing attention to an attractive bust line. Your best styles are pieces that create waist (if you want to), blouson, V-necks, or styles with diagonal or optical illusion prints.