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Plus Size Bathing Suits That Flatter

Let’s face it, the joy of jumping into a nice cool pool or sitting on the beach can often be diminished by the thought of getting into a bathing suit. You are not alone! At Catherines, we understand that the key to enjoying your time in a swimsuit is closely tied to how confident and comfortable you feel in that swimsuit. The best women’s plus size swimwear fit your curves comfortably, with flattering cuts, supportive material, impeccable design and beautiful colors, patterns, and textures. Once you’ve found the perfect bathing suit, you’ll be all set to grab your sunblock, sunglasses, summer sandals and your favorite plus size swimsuit cover up and hit the beach.

Finding the Best Plus Size Swimsuit

If you are shopping for plus size swimwear, the variety of styles available can be a bit overwhelming. To start narrowing down the options, it can be helpful to first consider the types of activities you will engage in while sporting your beach wear.

A classic plus size one-piece swimsuit or retro-inspired swim dress is a great option for poolside lounging or wading into the waves at the beach. Two-piece swimwear, like a bikini or tankini, offer flexibility for different fits and pair nicely with your favorite tank top and shorts, or under flowy plus size maxi dresses for activities that can shift quickly with the weather.

The Most Flattering Bathing Suits for Curves

There are numerous bathing suit styles that are designed specifically to flatter a curvy figure, but here are some tips for finding the best slimming swimsuit to meet your needs:

  • Tummy control bathing suits use technology to compress and support a full middle while using design elements to shift focus onto areas of the figure you would prefer to highlight.
  • Swim separates, like tankinis, swim shorts and bikinis make it easier to find the optimal fit for each part of your body, resulting in a more flattering look at the beach.
  • Swim dresses and swimsuit styles with built-in skirts can provide a slimming appearance by skimming over the tummy, hips and thighs.
  • Boost your confidence in a solid colored bathing suit by pairing it with a striped or floral kimono in a complimentary color scheme.
  • Use pattern to your advantage to shift focus to your favorite features.

6. But take note of return policies. “I have better luck online,” says Brown. “If something looks cute, I’ll try it, but I look for brands that have good return policies—or stores I can make online returns in. Returning never killed anybody!”

7. And try everything you think may work. “Everything,” says Johnson. “I have a cover up that’s medium/large—which I’m not, I’m more like a 3X. You never know what will work.”

8. Same goes for online shopping. “Check every tab on the sites you shop on—including regular price and sale,” says Johnson.

9. Look for options with built-in support. “Normally, I buy suits with a bra in them,” says Jones. “And pay attention to straps. If they’re too thin, they tend to dig into shoulders. By the end of the day your neck and back will hurt.”

10. Material is important too. “Something with spandex will hold you in,” says Jones. “I also love a great neckline. I usually wear a sweetheart, V-neck, or halter to give good shape.”

11. Be open to shapes beyond a bikini or a standard one-piece. “Get something that you’re comfortable with—for me, I want something with more coverage around the hips,” says Johnson. “I lean toward a dress or a high-waisted skirt, when I want to feel a little sexier.”

12. Sheer is in! “If you’re not up for a two-piece but you still want to feel sexy, get something that’s sheer at the top or in the midsection,” says Augustine.

13. Remember, you can alter an imperfect suit. “I sometimes size up to a 20,” says Augustine. “If you have the option to tailor it and have a special bra size like me, why not? It’s better to invest and have a few suits that really fit you instead of a bunch that don’t.”

14. And just do you. “No matter what you think you look like, the woman you’re looking at with the ‘perfect’ body is also insecure about something,” says Brown. “It’s not something to dwell on!” Her parting thought: “I want to go swimming more than I don’t like my arms.”

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