Swimsuit shopping for women can be more challenging when shopping for plus sizes, but it doesn’t have to be thanks to the online shopping revolution and the ease with which you can now shop for swimsuits! Gone are the days when you would have to worry about only being able to find swimsuits when the summer season items are on display; in fact, online stores carry great swimsuits year-round and offer constant clearance sales on last season’s styles.
Online stores also have many more flattering and beautiful choices for swimsuits in sizes 8-34 — in fact, some retailers cater specifically to plus size customers. It has never been easier to find fantastic plus size swimsuits, and it turns out that there are multiple styles of plus size swimsuits that will look great on any woman. In department stores, there are often fewer styles available in the plus sizes than in the smaller sizes, but that is not the case at all online. There are one piece swimsuits, tankinis, swim dresses and even bikinis with terrific support that can look extremely flattering on women who wear plus sizes.
Swimsuits specifically designed for plus sizes are made to flatter the fuller figure thanks to stylish cutting and sometimes well-placed mesh or control panels in the tummy area to add a slimming look. No longer do swimsuit designers for plus sizes rely heavily on dark colors or unflattering designs. Stripes, flower patterns, color block designs, geometric patterns, and even polka dots adorn modern swimsuits in plus sizes — not to mention the many other patterns available. The color choices are endless too as even lighter colors can be made to flatter a fuller figure when other design elements are thoughtfully executed.
The best thing about shopping for a swimsuit today is the true plethora of designs available. A tankini swim set can be made to flatter a woman’s curvier frame whether it is in a more revealing style — with a lower-cut yet flowing flowery top matched with a sexy yet simple black bottom brief for example — or a swim dress with fuller coverage yet flowing and very flattering with a scoop-neck top, a supportive but softly-molded bra cup, and a swim skirt that completes a very feminine look and also looks slimming at the waist.
Paying close attention to the material that’s used and the closures will ensure that your swimsuit lasts more than just a single season. The closures should be able to withstand regular bending and stretching. Hook and eye closures, clasps, and ties are all great options. When considering the straps, check what material they’re made of. They shouldn’t be as stretchy as the rest of the suit (and preferably made from Lycra), or else they may not offer enough support. If you need additional support, read the swimsuit description to see if the suit you have in mind offers underwire, cross-backs, or additional padding.