Although I think I’m shaped quite proportionately… according to some magazine’s guide to finding your shape, I am an inverted triangle, which basically means by top part is bigger than my bottom area. In fact I do have a broad back, and am quite big in the bust area. In comparison I (so far) have narrower thighs, hips and slim legs. This means that often I end up buying items for the top part of my body, a size bigger than what I buy for my bottom area. I’m sure this will sound very, very familiar to many women all over the world. A lot of women I know have a multi-sized body.
This isn’t really a problem when buying separate items; however it becomes a bit of a pain when buying items which usually come in pairs like suits, swimwear separates (e.g. bikinis and tankinis) and also dresses for that matter… but that’s a whole other blog post!
With items like suits and swimwear, it would be ideal if all stores sold these items separately. That way women can mix and match sizes for tops and bottoms to create their perfect piece. This custom is now becoming a little more common practice for items like suits, but for things like swimwear I often find that bikinis and tankinis are still matched up: i.e. having one, same sized top and bottom, bundled together to make one item.
Thankfully though, many stores are breaking away from that custom as well. One of those stores is the plus size swimwear specialty store SwimsuitsForAll.com – they have now in fact started selling separates. I think this is a great initiative, and I truly hope SwimsuitsForAll.com keep up this custom and also hope that other stores will follow suit! Being more flexible with how one lets customers buy items will make for a much more pleasant plus size shopping experience!