plus size swim-wear

How to Choose a Figure Flattering Swimsuit

Some women fear the onset of warm weather because it brings with it the dreaded task of swimsuit shopping. Slipping on that form fitting bathing suit simply reminds them of the extra cupcakes they ate during cold weather months when their bodies were covered in loose sweaters. The good news is this. No one’s body is perfect and your own eyes are much less forgiving than the eyes of the general public who also feel a bit self conscious in their swimsuit. If you’re feeling out of shape, why not try using color and pattern to help you choose a fabulous figure flattering swimsuit?

Color and pattern play a key role in how a swimsuit looks on you. Subtle gradations in color and pattern can trick the eye visually and give the illusion of slimmer tummies and firmer behinds. Here are some tricks that will help you select a figure flattering swimsuit that naturally enhances the beauty of your body:

Your Best Look Tri Color Plus Size Twist Front SwimsuitUse the Power of Color Blocks or Stripes
Blocks or stripes of color are a great way to hide those areas you’re not so proud of and enhance the ones you feel more comfortable with. Keep in mind that dark colors cause an area to recede while lighter ones create fullness. Bright colors also tend to give the illusion of more volume. When you select a one piece bathing suit, keep these principles in mind. If you’d like to play down your hips, choose a swimsuit with a dark color block in that region. You can further draw attention away from your hips, by having a light or bright color block on the upper portion of your body. As an example, for wide hips a simple one piece, tank style bathing suit with a black color block on the bottom and a white one on top can  be flattering.

To make your bust line appear fuller, choose a suit with block or stripe of bright color around the chest area. Another trick to slim down the body is to choose a tank style bathing suit with a black color block extending down each side. This tends to give the illusion of a more narrow body. If you want to look taller and slimmer, select a tank with vertical stripes. This principles can really work to enhance your natural physique.

Use the Power of Prints
Prints can also trick the eye and have an impact in how you look in a bathing suit. Women's Plus Size Swimwear - Samoa Tankini Brief W/ Keyhole Neck - Style #69367wa - Sizes 16W-26W - JUST ARRIVEDIf you’re self conscious about being too thin, look for a figure flattering swimsuit with a bold, exciting print in bright colors. This applies to both one piece suits and bikinis. If you’re heavier and want to play down your size, you can still wear prints but choose a smaller one with a dark background and less contrast. This tends to have a slimming effect. You can use the color block concept here too. If you have a boyish upper body but carry a little too much around the hips, choose a swimsuit with a bold, graphic top and a simple, dark bottom. Prints have the power to subtly alter the way your body parts look in a swimsuit.

Use Fabric Texture Contrasts
Another principle to consider when choosing a figure flattering swimsuit is the texture of your fabric. If you have a slim, boyish figure, swimsuits made of shinier materials can be flattering as they tend to make you look larger. If you’re trying to play down certain areas, choose darker, duller, more opaque colors which will cause the eye to recede. Again, use this principle to play up the parts you want to enhance and draw the eye away from figure flaws.

Using the principles of pattern and color to select a figure flattering swimsuit can make the job of bathing suit shopping much more fun. Think of it as an artistic challenge and create the beach body you want to have this summer!

Frugal Fridays: Brand Name Curvy Swimwear

The weather is getting warmer, and many of us are already thinking of the upcoming summer months, long days at the beach and perhaps even a vacation in an exotic place. So I thought it seemed fit today to have a look at some affordable brand name plus size swimwear, which can help us be stylish on the beach this summer.

Beach Native Black Plus Size Cinched Swimsuit
Beach Native Black Plus Size Cinched Swimsuit
List Price: $39.00
Price: $24.00
Available in sizes: 18W to 24W
You cannot definitely go wrong with this classic and chic choice. This style features a soft cup shelf bra, center ring detailing, figure flattering cinched sides and tummy control to help smooth and flatten any problem areas.

Beach Native Giraffe Plus Size Cinched Swimdress
Beach Native Giraffe Plus Size Cinched Swimdress
List Price: $39.00
Price: $24.00
Available in sizes: 18W to 22W
Go wild in this exotic little number. This plus size swim-dress features a soft cup bra, a feminine V-neck which helps frame and flatter the face. This style also comes with the oh-so-convenient tummy control, to help smoothed and flatten your curvy shape.

Beach Native Night Garden Plus Size Shortini
Beach Native Night Garden Plus Size Shortini
List Price: $29.00
Price: $24.00
Available in sizes: 18W to 20W
This colorful and chic number also comes with an incorporated soft cup shelf bra. In includes a ring at the center of the bust and will comfortably fit up to a D cup.

Beach Native Paisley Plus Size Halter Shortini
Beach Native Paisley Plus Size Halter Shortini
List Price: $29.00
Price: $24.00
Available in sizes: 16W to 26W
If you would rather opt for two piece shortini, have a look at this gorgeous style. It comes with a very convenient soft cup shelf bra, a stylish and feminine halter neck-line.

Top 4 Swimsuit Styles to Avoid

The beach is a great place for people watching as people of all shapes and sizes play in the sand and surf enjoying the first days of summer. No longer burdened by the heavy attire of winter, people arrive in an interesting array of swimsuit styles. Some of these beach fashions are flattering while some can be down right horrific, particularly if worn on the wrong body type. Here are some of the worst swimsuit styles you could see parading down the boardwalk, and which you should avoid at all costs:

1. The Monokini
This may be one of the worst bikini styles inflicted upon women so far, although it’s unlikely you’ll see it on the beaches of America. This is not because there aren’t people willing to wear it but because they might get arrested if they do. The monokini is really just another term for a topless bathing suit. This swimsuit was the brainchild of a European designer by the name of Rudi Gemreich who introduced this swimsuit style to the world in the mid 1960’s. Needless to say, it brought a firestorm of criticism from more conservative institutions and met with only short term commercial success, lasting only a season. Its influence is still being felt today as swimsuit designers use this principle to create skimpier swimsuits with less fabric. Although monokinis are still being manufactured, you probably won’t find them in their original form on the racks of most mainstream department stores. They’ve been transformed into bathing suits with strategic cutouts that are more socially acceptable but still a bit risqué.

2. The Thong
After Gemreich introduced the monokini in the mid 1960’s, he wasn’t finished yet. Undaunted by the lack of long term, commercial success of the monokini, he introduced the world to another ridiculously revealing bikini style, the thong. This little number was met with greater enthusiasm and more commercial success even though it still left a great deal of skin exposed. Even more significantly, the bikini thong wasn’t going to win any awards for comfort. Leaving most of the butt exposed to wondering eyes, it’s a bikini style that’s not for the faint of heart. It also requires a few trips to the gym if you’re over the age of twenty. This style is probably best worn in the bedroom.

3. Metallic Styles
There’s already enough glare on the beach. Why add to it by wearing a shiny, metallic bathing suit? Metallic styles run the gamut from solid colored suits in bright silver, gold, copper, and even a variety of metallic colors to bikinis with metallic accents. Although these styles certainly attract attention so does a metallic red fire truck. Both are probably best found off the beach.

4. Sheer and See Through
The monokini in its original form might not be around any more but you can still reveal almost everything in a sheer or see through bathing suit style. It’s nice to know there’s freedom of choice but some things are better left to the imagination.

Fortunately, with so many flattering styles of swimwear available, you’ll never have to fall victim to these swimwear disasters. When someone suggests you try one of these swimsuit styles, do yourself a favor and just say no. You’ll be glad you did.

Sitewide Sale at SwimsuitsForAll

Your Best Look Lily Garden Plus Size Tankini have just launched a sitewide sale, with major brands being reduced to 40% below department store prices! Now that’s some savings!

But that’s not all actually, as you can now take an additional 15% off your order. Simply use coupon code save15 upon checkout for savings to be made. With many items starting at only $19, you can get your hands on a new quality plus size swimsuit at an amazing price.

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New Plus Size Swimwear Styles Launched at Torrid

Every year Torrid launches a fashion forward and stylish range of plus size swimsuit, and this year is definitely no expection. Torrid have just launched a range of colorful, trendy and stylish swimsuits for the Summer of 2009, all suit made especially for the plus size figure.

In this post I’ll be showcasing my top 5 favorite swimsuits from Torrid’s fabulous new line, though I encourage you to go ahead and visit Torrid to look at their complete range.

Black and White Zebra Print Halter Swim Top
1. Black and White Zebra Print Halter Swim Top

This has to be my favorite style at Torrid this season. It’s sassy and sexy, and will definitely help you get noticed on the beach this Summer, for all the right reasons of course! This very flattering swimsuit features silver O-ring detail on tie halter straps and a gathered empire waist. Just pair this top up with a black ruched swim short or a black swim skirt and you’ll be all set!

Black White Polka Dot Sweetheart Halter Swim Top
2. Black White Polka Dot Sweetheart Halter Swim Top
Another one of my ultimate favorites, this plus size swim top will have you looking like a sexy and curvaceous pinup girl! This halter swim top features large white polka dot print and a gathered sweetheart bust.

Black Neon Star Print Halter Swimsuit
3. Black Neon Star Print Halter Swimsuit
Be the colorful one on the beach with this trendy and fun swimsuit. It features an allover neon star print, and ruched sides with star charm ties. The molded cup shelf bra. and buckle detail at bust ensure maximum support and comfort.

Black Power Mesh Monokini Swimsuit
4. Black Power Mesh Monokini Swimsuit
Definitely a classic, this swimsuit style is always a winner, and will always having you looking hot! Thanks to power mesh side panels, this style gives a great figure flattering shape, whilst adding support and comfort.

Aqua Fuchsia Brown Olive Waffle Print Tankini Swim Top
5. Aqua Fuchsia Brown Olive Waffle Print Tankini Swim Top
This is a funky, cute and definitely colorful tankini styles swim top which will definitely help you make a fashion statement! In features a ruffle trim at the top, molded-cup shelf bra and removable adjustable straps for a perfect fit.

BYO Plus Size Bathing Suit

Now you can, build your own plus size bathing suit, by shopping through SwimsuitForAll’s extensive range of curvy swimwear separates.

Plus size swimwear separates

What sounds better than to create the perfect, custom swimsuit to fit your unique curvy figure? Many women find that when shopping for things like suits and swimwear, they would need different sized tops and bottoms; this is because many of us wear a bigger size at the top, and smaller size at the bottom, or vice versa. But two piece swimsuits usually come in set sizes, and many stores do not allow you to mix and match sizes.

Well ladies, SwimsuitForAll have solved this problem for us, because we can simply shop through their large selection of plus size swimsuit separates to create the perfect bathing suit for our figure. So we can easily select the right size for our top area, and our bottom area with super ease! And why not buy 3 separates instead of just two, this way you can actually create two swimwear styles with just 3 separates. In fact, SwimsuitsForAll currently have a great offer running which let us do just that and save.

They’ve also go a super offer currently running: buy 3 and get an extra $10 off! Just make sure to use coupon code mix10 at checkout for the discount to appear.

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Cheap and Chic Plus Size Cover Ups

Swimsuits For All have recently added a number of new plus size cover ups and tunics to their collection of curvy swimwear accessories, which are both stylish and super affordable.

Let’s have a look at some of my favorites…

Pretty N' Prints Plus Size Cover Up Tunic

Pretty N’ Prints Plus Size Cover Up Tunic
If you’re looking for something bold and chic when this pretty in prints plus size tunic will definitely fit the bill for you. The sheer fabric, deep V-neck line with wooden detailing make this number one of a kind. Currently priced at $29, it’s definitely a steal.


Seahorse Plus Size Cover Up Dress

Seahorse Plus Size Cover Up Dress
If you are more the simple kind of gal, then the seahorse cover up dress could be the right choice for you. Available in brown of black, this cute piece is a perfect choice at only $24.


Club Z Tie Dye Short Sleeve Plus Size Cover Up

Club Z Tie Dye Short Sleeve Plus Size Cover Up
For the stylish and more vibrant you, the Club Z® tie dye short sleeve cover up is a fun choice. The cheerful design will make you stand out from the crown, whilst the deep V-neck line and empire waist makes this piece truly figure flattering. For only $30, you can be the curvy stylish beach queen this Summer!


Jersey Plus Size Hooded Cover Up Dress

Jersey Plus Size Hooded Cover Up Dress
If comfort and simplicity is your priority, then check out this Jersey hooded cover up dress. With zip front, cap sleeves and front pockets, which number is simple chic. Available in white, black, brown and tan, it can definitely be match up to any swimsuit.

This is just a small selection of the many stles of plus size cover ups and beach tunics available at Swimsuits For All. To look at all the selection, visit them today.

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Massive Sales at Always For Me

Always For Me SaleOk… everyone loves an after Christmas sale and Always For Me is having the biggest sale of the year. They have terrific deals on plus size swimsuits, plus size cover ups and plus size lingerie. Click on over to and check out the fabulous savings.

Plus size designer swimsuits – some of the best selling styles from 2008 are on sale now at 50% off.

50% off Miraclesuit swimsuits – if control is what you are looking for then you cannot miss with these great styles.

50% off Carol Wior swimwear again, offering fantastic control and patented floating underwire bust support for the C-Cup and up ladies. This sale includes the Carol Wior Twist Front Swimdress featured in Oprah at 50% off.

Also, receive 50% off Always For Me Chic bathing suits like the Kingston one piece bandeau and Manzillo 2 piece skirtini.

In addition to the above, you will find a fabulous selection of plus size cover ups and sun dresses in soft jersey knits, terry and lightweight cotton.

If your New Year’s plans include a little romance or you just want to pamper yourself with some great sexy styles – take a look at the discounts on their line of clearance plus size lingerie. These are the lowest prices of the year and will not last long!

And in addition, Always For Me is running a free shipping promotion for free UPS Ground shipping on purchases of $100 or more from now until 31st December, 2008.

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