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How to find a great swimsuit for your body

Woman in tropical floral swimwear

With spring comes swimsuit season, and while it means warm weather and spending time in the sun, many women find looking for bathing suits intimidating.

However, finding the right swimsuit for your body type doesn’t have to be a chore, especially if you focus on choosing one that’s fun, flattering and “suits” your body to perfection. Here are a few tips for finding a swimsuit that will have you lounging by the pool or beach with confidence:

Think about your body type
As with any other item of clothing, the first step to finding a great bathing suit is to consider your body type and what you love about it. This will allow you to decide what you want to accentuate and what you’d rather downplay. If you love your upper body and stomach, but aren’t so fond of your hips and thighs, try a suit with a shorts, skirt or sarong bottom and use details that draw the eye upward. Or, if you have athletic legs but would rather cover up your tummy, try a full coverage one-piece that makes your legs the main attraction. Go swimsuit shopping with clear goals for what you want the bathing suit to accomplish.

Here's how to find a swimsuit that will keep you feeling confident.

One piece vs. two piece
Now that you know what you want your swimsuit to do, it’s time to find one you love. The first decision to make is between a one-piece or two-piece suit. One-piece swimsuits are great for plus-size ladies because they keep the body secure and supported. However, if you’re taller, you may find a two-piece suit fits your torso a little better. Plus, with tankini tops, it’s easy to find a two-piece suit that you can mix and match with other tops and bottoms while still staying covered.

One-piece swimsuits are great for plus-size ladies because they keep the body secure and supported.

Get enough support
For ladies with large busts, finding a bathing suit with enough support is essential. Keeping your breasts supported will shave off the appearance of some extra pounds and make your body look like a perfect hourglass. Find swimsuits with thick straps, full and supportive cups or wide elastic under the bust line.

For ladies with large busts, finding a bathing suit with enough support is essential.

Consider the neckline
Necklines can make a huge difference when it comes to how the suit makes your body look. Sweetheart and plunging necklines draw attention to the bust and make it appear larger, which is perfect for pear-shaped ladies. On the other hand, high or straight necklines make the bust look a little smaller.

Necklines can make a huge difference when it comes to how the suit makes your body look.

Use ruching and ruffles
If you want to downplay your stomach area, try finding a suit or tankini top with ruching or ruffles around the stomach area. They act as camouflage, making any lumps or bumps seem like part of the suit.

If you want to downplay your stomach area, try finding a suit or tankini top with ruching or ruffles around the stomach area.

Capitalize on colors and prints
The same color and print fashion rules apply when looking for bathing suit. Prints can add a lot of excitement and fun to your bathing suit, but like ruching and ruffles, they can also camouflage any areas you’d like to hide. If you’re trying to downplay wider hips, wear dark-colored bottoms and a bright top to draw attention upward!

The same color and print fashion rules apply when looking for bathing suit.

Would you like to find out more secrets to flattering styles for swimwear and everything else you wear? Check out our Secret Strategies!

What style of swimsuit is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below!

 

15 thoughts on “How to find a great swimsuit for your body

  1. Listen don’t send me email with these skinny *** women pretending they are plus size you have got to be kidding me!!!! Where is the belly fat? No one is being fooled here at least not REAL filled figured women!!!!!!!!

    1. Hi Janice, thanks for your comment and sharing your opinion. We did remove the profanity from your comment, because we wanted to still publish it. You make a great point and it’s one that we have heard often. Even though we do not feature plus-size models, we do fit a size 18 model on our styles to ensure a plus-size fit. Here are some more details on how we do plus-size fit: https://www.monroeandmainblog.com/real-women/this-fit-is-for-you/. Hope you still consider shopping our fashions. We’d love to have you as a customer.

    2. I do prefer when full size models(18+) are used to showcase full sized clothing. It provides a more accurate display of how the items will fit. Also as a tall full figured women, I have seen some stores include the models height. Great addition when judging hemlines.

  2. Thanks for the great tips. I’ll be trying some of your hints with more confidence. I never have been able to pick out a great suit since putting on theis weight.l

    1. We understand Linda! Thanks so much for the comment! Keep ’em coming! 🙂

  3. I like the skirt w/shorts underneath to hide my waist line

  4. I appreciate the tips, thanxs. I will use the information once I get the courage up to go look and try them on.

  5. You need to use models to fit in the clothes , even a 16 or 18 , as a plus size , it’s as if you’ll take the money for selling the clothes but you don’t agree we look good in your clothes ! Stop weight pregeduice …..
    We need to know if it fits curvy hips or larger breasts ! It’s false advertising !
    Thank you

    1. Thanks for the feedback Donna. We appreciate it.

  6. I absolutely love your clothing! They fit my body like they were made just for my body! Especially the Capri pants I recently purchased,they gave a little and fit my shape perfect. I was very impressed!

  7. Do you sell Magic or Miracle suits with extant spandex to hold the fat in? You used to because I bought one a couple of years ago

    1. Hi Jeannie, thanks for the comment. We do not currently sell these suits, but it’s a great idea. We will look into whether we can again. Take care and thanks again!

  8. Love all your clothes. But the shoes. Is my weakness.

    1. Totally understand Edna! 🙂 Thanks for the comment.

  9. LOVE Monroe & Main AND your affiliates. Been SO very happy with 99.9 percent of clothes, shoes and jewelry purchased. This week I returned 3 items of the many many many I have bought. The were just a little too snug, Been VERY happy and receive quite a lot of compliments on the items I have purchased through the years. Very pleased with the tips. I am a size 16 slacks, 9 shoe, 1X top and dresses and XL palazzo and skirt. SO very pleased with the correct sizing you quote in the catalogues and on-line. You ROCK!

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