Since plus sized model Ashley Graham appeared in Sports Illustrated’s latest swimsuit issue, the topic of body acceptance and beauty has gained new light. And of all the various trends the fashion industry has seen come and go, ones that tap into the realm of social consciousness, like body acceptance, we can all get behind.
If you're a plus-size woman, you deserve to look and feel fabulous. It can be hard for curvaceous gals to find chic and attractive clothes when shopping at boutiques and department stores, especially if you are looking for swimwear! Thankfully, the Internet is home to many specialized online retailers that can make shopping a pleasant and successful experience. If you want to stand out at the beach this summer, many reputable online shops boast impressive collections of swimwear. Yes it’s true, you can have a plus-size bathing suit that turns heads, and boosts confidence; the ultimate attention getter.
Your swimsuit can make the most out of your figure by highlighting your best features and playing down your “problem areas.” If you love the shape of your body and want to highlight your shape, a stretch-nylon one-piece with a control panel might just do the trick. These panels flatten your tummy and hips, disguising love handles, stomach pooches and excess rolls of skin. Wide straps and underwire support will also lift your bustline, bringing attention upwards. Speaking of which, if you're a plus-size woman who has a large chest and wants to show it off, look for a swimsuit that's equipped with a V-neckline. This will not only make your chest stand out but add balance to your overall shape.
Another important thing to consider is how patterns and colors can sculpt your shape. Some may be very effective at concealing "less than perfect" areas on the body. Color blocking, side cutouts and patterns that draw attention to a teeny waist can keep the focus on your best features. If you're self-conscious about your rear end or tummy, the right pattern and design might be able to give you the confidence boost you need. You don’t always need to go for basic black or navy blue to look slimmer. Smaller, minimal patterns can disguise your figure while also offering a sense of fun and play.
No matter what swimsuit you choose, the internet can be an amazing resource for you. While typical brick and mortar stores often have very limited stock (especially out of season), that's not the case with online retailers. Since they don’t have the same pressure to pay rent on a physical location or keep up with their store’s demands, they can expand their options to a niche market. Online retailers can focus their attention on what their customers actually are looking for and respond instantly to the changing trends and feedback.
If you're planning a relaxing getaway somewhere warm and need an attractive swimsuit in a hurry, online shops can accommodate you even when traditional mall stores can’t. Now that's pure convenience. The right online retailers will have what you’re looking for even in the middle of winter. And some even offer discount rates on shipping and sale prices when you least expect it. If you're looking for a plus-size bathing suit that will get you noticed on the beach, start your search at swimsuitsforall (they have some great deals going on right now!). They specialize in offering ‘plus sized’ swimwear to suit any taste and style.
You can also check out their trending hashtag #CurvesInBikinis and share some of your own pics or join in on the conversation.
There’s no reason that you can’t find a sexy, comfortable swimsuit in your size at a moment’s notice. Just get out your computer and start looking!