By Erika, Resident Fashionista
I know that swimsuit season can be a dreaded time for many plus size or full figured women (so, basically women). Not because it means baring their body, but because it was a time when the store shelves were stocked with a sea of floral, skirted bathing suit options better suited for the grandmas, not Gisele’s, of the world. Of course, these days, this is no longer the case – there is no shortage of fabulous swimwear available for women of all shapes and sizes. Below, check out some of my favorite styles for the summer.
Bikinis + Tankinis
I’ll be the first to admit that I am not a fan of MOST tankinis. Those old lady skirts (no offense to the old ladies) and unflattering tops do nothing to excite me. Through the years I have found some I like (I even own one) but that has been rare. I’m happy to report there is a new crop of tankini popping up that are both figure flattering and stylish.
Last year, we also saw the more widespread acceptance of plus size bikinis a.k.a “fatkinis.” Now this is a trend I am fully on board with. The suits are often cute, trendy, and allow for as little or as much coverage as you’d like, while giving proper support where full figured women need it most. I even loved the Swim Sexy Pin Up Python suit above so much I got one for myself!
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Tropiculture Twist-Front Tankini (Black) via Swimsuits for All
Tropiculture Pink Bandeau/Halter Tankini via Swimsuits for All
Sao Paulo Fringe Bikini via Monif C
Swim Sexy Pin Up Python Bikini via Swimsuits for All
Guyana Banded Bikini via Monif C
One Piece Swimsuits
One piece swimsuits are always a staple of the season. Two trends I am loving are the athletic styles that are popping up – think trendy scuba gear and sleek likes – and peek-a-boo details like mesh or even lace! Both of these trends add unique personality to a swim season staple.
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Another trend I’m pretty obsessed with is cutout swimsuits! I love the peek-a-boo styles that are all over the plan for plus size women. As long as you don’t mind a funky tan line (and what’s a tan line in the name of fashion) these styles may be just up your ally! They’re the perfect cross between a bikini and one piece.
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GabiFresh Kiwi Wrap High Waist Bikini via Swimsuits for All
“FIJI” Sweetheart Ruched Swimsuit via Monif C
Tahiti One-Shoulder Bathing Suit via Monif C
Tropiculture Noir Cut-Out One Piece via Swimsuits for All
Jessica Simpson “Just Add Water” Swimsuit via Modcloth
So, my stylish water babies – what will you be wearing all summer long?