Rock Your Shape With Swimwear for Curvy Girls
To find the perfect fitting swimwear for every occasion, the most important thing is to feel comfortable. Here you will find some tips for finding the most flattering swimwear for your curvy body.
Skirt Glides Over the Hips
Look Fab, Not Fat
Looking forward to the summer holidays? I am already taking advantage of every little ray of sunshine popping through the sky to get some color before the full summer is here. Like every year, I am faced with a pile of swimsuits and bikinis that are either too big, too small, too dull, or too showy. So this year, I am throwing away all my existing swimwear and am starting from scratch, determined to find the perfect fitting suit.
If you are planning to do the same, you should start by taking a good look in the mirror. This might seem obvious, but let's face it—when was the last time that you looked at yourself naked with a critical eye in a full-length mirror?
Looking at yourself from different angles will help you decide what you want to cover and what you want to show off.
Don't worry. We all have something that we are not happy with. Even the supermodels have areas which they are not proud of. Look at yourself carefully, not just at your "embarrassing" areas. Look at the areas you can show off proudly. That is, find your body shape and work with it to its best advantage.
To Minimize Large Hips, Go for a Tankini
If you have large hips and want to conceal them, try a minimiser swimsuit or a tankini that skips over your hips. There are also some fantastic skirts that match your bikinis. Look at slimming dark plain colours and bottoms that fit you snugly, like the one below.
A style between a hipster and a high waist is best for curvaceous hips. Avoid shorts. They will only make you look larger . . . even if they are black! Enhance your bust with frills and brighter colours to offset your wider bottom half.
If your waist is larger than your shoulders and hips, you should look for swimsuits that emphasize your top area. Look for necklines such as a halter or V-neck to draw the eye upwards and away from your waist.
Princess seaming down the front of the suit and creative accents at the waistline will create a visual waist. V-necks will slenderize your face and minimize your waist area.
Retro High-Waist Braided Fringe-Top Bikini
Best Plus Size Swimwear Materials
- Look for a high lycra content. This fabric will really help hold in your stomach. Try to find a "girdle type" hold.
- Super stretch fabrics will help with tummy control.
- Try Miratex, a fabric that claims to give three times the control of ordinary swimwear fabrics, without relying on inner linings and constrictive control panels to shape and trim.
- Before you leave the shop, make sure that your new swimsuit or bikini is not see-through. Some materials became very thin when wet and not only show off nipples but also scars and dimples.
Best Colors for Plus Size Swimwear
- Most women who want to conceal their curves tend to wear black. But remember that black can look very harsh on pale people. It is true that darker colors have an instant slimming effect which means that brown, dark blue, deep purple, and dark red will work just as good as black to slim you.
- You can use color to create shape. For example, a black swimsuit with an hourglass-shaped leopard pattern on the front will create the illusion of an hourglass shape. Another example is the black swimsuit below from Curvissa, see how the animal print panels help to create a slimming effect.
Animal Print Panel Swimsuit
The most important thing when choosing your swimwear is that you feel comfortable in it. Stop worrying about your shape while you are at the beach or swimming pool. Look for styles that suit your figure, not just whatever is fashionable. Do all the homework when you are buying your swimwear so you can relax and enjoy yourself when you are wearing it.
How to Look Good in a Bikini
- First of all, draw attention from your trouble areas, which for most women are the tummy and hips. Enhance your breasts. This will take the attention away from hips and waistline. Look for styles that are cut higher on the leg. Halter-top styles look good on large-busted figures and provide the necessary support. Tankinis work wonders on covering tummies, and boy-cut shorts and skirts can hide less than perfect thighs.
If you are pear-shaped, you might benefit from wearing moulded cups as opposed to flattening ones. You might even try adding padding to even your shape and give an illusion of an hourglass silhouette. Look for horizontal striping or printed details at the bust line.
Bikini Top to Support a Big Bust
Swimwear to Support a Curvaceous Bust
A curvaceous or large bust can be difficult to manage in a bikini unless you wear the right support to make it look stunning. If you wear a C cup or bigger, you might want to consider extra bust support with proper bra cup sizes that fit well. Halter type tops give excellent support.
- Look for full bra cups.
- When choosing a bikini top for a large bust look for additional elastic band support all the way around the suit.
- Go for concealed underwire support to keep the "girls" in place.
- Always go for adjustable, secure, thick straps rather than string ties, which are less secure. This also provides more coverage at the armhole.
- Look for special contoured bras and flattering necklines. Choose solid colours for a more slimming effect.
If you have an ample breast and a small bottom, try flashier and brighter bikini bottoms than your top to give the illusion of an hourglass figure.
High-Waisted Bikini With Underwire Top
Who Can Wear What?
- High leg bottoms are great for women with short legs.
- Tankinis are great for covering the tummy area.
- Hipsters are ideal for women with long legs.
- Metallic colours, shiny fabrics, and horizontal stripes should be left for the slim and young girls as they add weight and width to the silhouette.
- Remember: Even full-figured women can look perfect for the beach or pool in a well-fitting plus-size bikini.
Never be afraid of revealing your best assets in swimwear. Highlighting your good parts will do wonders for your confidence on the beach, drawing people's attention towards your favourite bits!
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