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Beach Perfect Plus : A Guide to Women’s Plus Size Swimwear Selection


Everybody deserves to look their best while wearing a swimsuit but this can be a bit of a challenge for those reliant on women’s plus size swimwear. The fact of the matter is, many women are not wearing the right type of swimsuit for their body shape, but plus size women are particularly affected by poor fit.

Thankfully, the fashion world is beginning to catch up. Up until some years ago, it was a real hassle to get a plus size swimsuit that would perfectly fit every imaginable body type out there, but things have changed, and there’s really nothing stopping you from getting something that will have you counting the days before you can step out in your swimsuit again.

The challenge for plus size women is the fact that not every larger-sized swimsuit was made for their specific shape, as a swimsuit is never one-size-fits-all. This can make swimsuit shopping a grueling and unrewarding chore at times. A full bust, waist, and bottoms combined with other natural hallmarks of the feminine physique such as cellulite, stretch marks, and scars can all come together to make any woman feel anxious by the water.

Swimming and spending some time at the beach should be a fun experience where you let loose and enjoy the swimming without any inhibition! Full thighs, love handles, a bit of a belly are all a woman’s natural assets and they can be complemented by the right cut and fit of a swimsuit, but many women don’t really know how to pick out the best fit of suit for themselves. If you fall into this category, then you’ve come to the right place.

What we’ve got for you here is a short but thorough guide on how you can pick out the very best in women’s plus size swimwear regardless of what part of your body you find the most challenging to flatter. Jump right in then, the water’s just fine!

Full Busts

For the full-busted woman, string bikinis will rarely do your girls any justice. What you want to look for here are swimsuits that come with defined cup sizes as well as underwire to be sure that they will offer you the support you require for your bust. You want to look and feel fit for the dip, and that doesn’t involve constantly wrangling any stray bits back into your suit or fiddling with restrictive straps every few minutes. A good idea to further strengthen the support you get and also give your swimsuit a bit of a racier look is to go for thicker straps and double stitching on the bands. You’ll be all set!

Broad Shoulders

Broad shoulders are an under-appreciated asset, especially if carried by a posture that says you prefer to disappear – rather than stand out – from the crowd. Large shoulders open up your chest and can convey an athletic strength. What you want in this instance is a swimsuit that enhances your bottoms to provide greater symmetry to your overall shape. A good way to go about this is to pick out suits with asymmetrical necklines as these will draw attention away from the shoulders and down towards the waist, creating the impression of a more ‘hourglass’ silhouette. You could also go for full body swimsuits in solid colors which are also great for looking and feeling good. The basic idea here is to downplay the shoulders to give your lower body a chance to make a statement too.

Large Butts

Plenty of plus size women fret over large rear ends. The difficulty here comes in finding something that’s neither too revealing nor too modest, but just the right balance to have you feeling great. That might throw string bikinis and high-cut swimsuits out the window. Printed tops that detract from your bottom and solid colored swimsuit bottoms are great ways to help you balance out your beach look.

Love Handles

These can be a great source of insecurity, but thankfully, they are relatively easy to deal with when it comes to women’s plus size swimwear. Shop around for swimsuits with high waisted bottoms to cinch your midline and lift your rear. Be sure, however, that they go all the way to your belly button in order to avoid muffin tops.

Back Fat

In this instance, the thing to avoid is swimwear that makes your back fat any more pronounced. This cuts out thin-strapped swimsuits completely. The thing to look for is a swimsuit with thick straps and a high back that will help smooth out your back, eliminating any lumps, bumps, and bulges.

Tummy Pooch

If you don’t have washboard abs – join the club! Few of us do. Find a suit that helps you pull in your tummy while avoiding anything that hugs your upper body too tight. This will leave you with free-flowing tops with solid bottoms, which are a perfect way to create the illusion of a perfect profile – just the confidence boost you need for a great time out.


Cellulite is probably every woman’s number one nemesis and most women have some sign of cellulite. But don’t let this prevent you from enjoying your time by the water! A great option for concealing cellulite is a swim dress. These come in various patterns, cuts, and colors to cover up the problem areas and leave you free to enjoy yourself to the full.


At the end of the day, the interminable search for the perfect women’s plus size swimwear depends on us. You have to know your assets and choose a swimsuit that draws attention to what you love most about your body. Don’t rely on what works for others – you’re unique, so get what’s right for YOU. It’s not as difficult as you might imagine, and you’ll be amazed at how much of a difference the right fit can make for you.

Good luck, and see you out by the water!