Plus Size Bathing Suits


Two of the best plus size bathing suits are tankini swimwear and swim dresses because they effectively skim over the lumps and bumps, "tuckin" in the extras, giving enough support around the bust. And of course, both swimsuit styles provide you with the coverage you're looking for in plus size swimsuits.

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If you want to wear a fashion statement, then a swim dress is the perfect choice! It's cute and feminine all at the same time. Most swim dresses have a subtle flare at the hemline which adds a nice proportion to your figure (think bootcut pants and jeans).

However, if you prefer a two-piece, then a tankini will give you enough coverage to make you feel gorgeous and comfortable on the beach. A tankini is a two piece bathing suit which consists of a top that reminds you of a short halter or tank top. They're an excellent choice if you want a swimsuit that holds in your tummy.

How to Buy Plus Size Bathing Suits

Dress your body shape

By knowing and understanding your body figure, you'll know what swimwear shapes and details to select to ensure that you'll look your best.

A Pear body shape needs details (eg. ruffles, wider neckline) on top to balance out its body frame to help draw attention from the hips. In general, a combination of dark bottom and bright top help improve your body proportions.

An Inverted Triangle body shape on the other hand looks best in bathing suit bottoms that have interest and create curves around the hips, to downplay the wideness of the shoulders.

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Look for elongating and slimming details

The styling strategy to looking your best in a bathing suit is to look for slim details. Basically, we want to make the eye go up and down - creating a streamlined silhouette. Wide details on the other hand tend to highlight the fullness of your body frame.

Examples of slimming details:

  • Low neckline
  • Vertical stripes and textures
  • Vertical prints
  • Prints with a dark color base
  • Simple, waterfall ruffles
  • Pleats
  • Wrap neckline that drapes around the thinnest part of your waist

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Look for Spandex/Lycra

A high Spandex-count indicates the swimsuit's ability to hold in the lumps and bumps. Spandex is a very elastic, strong and durable synthetic fiber found in swimwear. Also known as "Elastane" and "Lycra."



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Plus Size Bathing Suits Online

5 star SwimsuitsForAll and Always For Me are definitely two of the best online plus size swimsuit stores who offers super chic bathing suits. I'm not a plus size myself, but I have friends who are and they've all raved about them, saying that they have one of the widest and best womens swim wear selection, from cover ups to tankinis, for size 8 and up. They also offer International shipping!

5 star Boone Ranch Boutique is another great eBay swimsuit store who offers sexy and comfy plus size tankinis and bikinis at very affordable prices.

5 star If you have large breasts you'll find the best selection at Bigger Bras.com

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