Banana, pear, apple – have you heard people using these words to describe you? What about the words inverted pyramid, spoon, bell, or hourglass? The last one might ring a bell for you. Yes, these words are often used to describe women’s body shapes. Hourglass might be nice to hear, but bell would definitely be unflattering. But you don’t really use these words to describe yourself, right? You would probably say “I’ve got a bulging belly” or “I’m too flat-chested”. We take a look at everything out there from the one piece to the plus size bikini.
It’s frustrating enough to hear other people describe you in terms of fruit shapes, but it’s even more frustrating when you’re swimsuit shopping. Many, if not all, women have difficulty figuring out their body types, which makes swimsuit shopping more difficult. To help you find out which swimsuit design will highlight your best features while hiding those that you don’t want to draw attention on, here’s a simple guide written in words that we actually use to describe ourselves.
The Things We Think
“My chest is too flat.” – Padding always works. Grab a swimsuit that has a nice, thick padding, and watch it work wonders on your chest. Or go for one that has ruffles or top embellishments – this kind of design will make your top look fuller.
“My boobs are too big.” – To avoid wardrobe malfunctions when taking a dip in the water, don’t wear string bikinis or tops that come in regular sizes. Get a top that has under wire support with thick straps and double-stitched bands. Most plus size bikinis already come set up this way, which makes it easier on you!
“My shoulders are too broad.” – You may tend to look boxy with those broad shoulders, so balance it out using a solid-colored top with lots of print along the side. To draw attention away from your shoulders, try wearing a top with an asymmetrical neckline.
“My butt is too flat.” – Frills and rushing work wonders in making your backside look fuller. Look for bottoms with loud prints in bright colors that reveal a little cheek.
“I look like an athlete.” With a body like this, you’ll probably want to look more curvaceous. Avoid bandeau, boy-cut bottoms or shapeless one-piece suits. Go for swimsuits that make you look more girlish. Get a top with cups and padding, and go for prints and bright colors.
“I have a lot of belly fat.” – You probably want to hide that bulge. Wear high waisted bottoms that go higher than your belly button. Try a plus size bikini that highlights your upper body instead of your midsection.
“I have a short torso.” – You would want your mid-section to look longer, so try wearing low-rise bottoms. Draw people’s attention upward instead of toward your torso by wearing halter tops.
“I have fat on my back.” – Thin straps tend to dig into your skin, so you should avoid those. Wear tops with thick straps. A plus size bikini with a high back can also help hide those lumps.
“My legs are too short.” – The trick is to make your legs appear longer, which can be done by wearing high cut bottoms. You can even go for thongs to show the most skin.
“My thighs look like tree trunks” -. If you feel it’s really problematic, try wearing a bikini skirt for full concealment. You can also go for bottoms that offer full coverage.
“I’ve got a bulging tummy.” – This one is a plague for a lot of women. Peplums, or tops with flared ruffles at the waist, are great for covering that problematic area. You can also wear a full-piece, but make sure it’s got ruching so you can conceal that tummy pouch. You can also draw attention away from your midsection by wearing a plus size bikini with plunging necklines.
“My hips are too big but my legs are too skinny.” – To draw the focus away from these two problematic areas, highlight your upper torso. Off-shoulder tops will shift the focus toward your shoulders.
“I’m pregnant!” Tankinis are just perfect for pregnant women. You get a lot of freedom for movement, and it’s not too tight in the middle. And since you’re wearing a two-piece, you won’t have any difficulties when going to the bathroom.
“I have a lot of cellulite.” – This can sometimes be embarrassing. But it’s definitely not reason enough to avoid going to the beach or chilling by the pool. Solve the problem by wearing a tankini with longer hemlines or go for swim dresses.
“I’ve got scars.” If you’re concerned about showing something that might cause awkward questions later on, don’t worry. There are a lot of swimsuits that have unique designs and cuts, so you’re bound to find something that will help you hide that scar. You can also try wearing a one-piece with mesh insets – you can still show some skin without revealing that which you want to hide.
“My skin gets burned easily.” Rash guards are perfect for you. You get full skin coverage, and there are a lot of fun designs that will make you look cool and sexy. And don’t forget your sunblock!
Choosing a plus size bikini has proven quite a challenge to most women and if you do not understand your body shape and size or do not know what you want, then it can be really difficult to achieve a perfect look in your bikini. However, we hope this guide will go a long way in helping you overcome this challenge the next time you go shopping for your preferred bikini.