If this is the first season you've had to shop for plus size swimwear the adjustment may be a little tough. In the past, you've been accustomed to cute, low cut, high cut swimsuits in a variety of styles and colors. Now, you find yourself in the aisles of plus size swimwear. Where do you begin?
Actually, shopping for plus size swimwear isn't that different from shopping for swimsuits has been for you in the past. It's all about finding a suit that looks good, has good performance in water and sun, that you can be comfortable with. In the plus size aisle, that may take a little longer if you've worn skimpy suits or a thong in the past.
Don't get discouraged. There are lots of cute suits in the plus size swimwear aisles. You just need to know what to look for. If you've worn a bikini in the past but can't find one that looks decent on you now, try a tankini or skirtini. The tankini offers more coverage from a tank-style top and the bottoms can vary in coverage, too.
If your belly is a little bigger this year, find a tankini with bottoms that offer full belly coverage. If your thighs are what's plaguing you this season, think about a skirtini. With a bikini top, you'll still get the bareness of a bikini with the coverage in the thigh area that a skirt offers.
It doesn't mean that you have to spend lots of money. You can find cheap or at least discount swimwear by manufacturers like Longitude, all with the plus size swimmer in mind.
Wouldn't it be great if clothing manufacturers all followed this simple rule: if it won't look good on a plus size woman, don't create that style in plus sizes!
Unfortunately, that's not the case. But different people have different tastes. Before you rush off and throw a swimsuit in your shopping cart because you found a bikini in a 24W, take a minute to try it on. Maybe it will look great on you. But if it doesn't, you won't have wasted the trip.
Sometimes color choice is frustrating when you move up into the plus sizes. That cute bright green mallot you had a couple of years ago would only make you feel like an M&M; now. If you find a lot of navy blues and blacks, don't be discouraged, be thankful. Dark colors are naturally slimming. Choose vertical stripes instead of horizontal ones. Vertical stripes help to elongate the body while horizontal ones add width. Very few women want to add width to their silhouettes.
There are plenty of sexy yet sensible swimsuit options available these days in plus sizes. Know your best attributes and strive to play those up. Strive to conceal the areas you aren't as happy with. If you have a nice bust line, play it up with a v-cut tank. If you have a large rear, consider the extra coverage a skirt has to offer. Don't be afraid to wear suits with high cut legs. This will make your legs look longer and leaner. And don't forget to take advantage of all the extras manufacturers offer, like tummy control or rear support.
The key to finding plus size swimwear that looks good and makes you feel good is to try it on. There's really no other way around it. If you've been accustomed to running in, finding your size, and buying the suit at sight alone, shopping in the plus size aisles may be an adjustment for you. Don't get discouraged and remember the real reason you're looking for swimwear: to relax and enjoy the outdoors, to swim or just hang out by a pool. Don't get so tense about buying a swimsuit that you can't feel comfortable when you finally get a chance to wear the plus size swimwear.
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