Form-fitting one-piece suits are the most flattering for plus sized women. It allows you to show off your figure, rather than hide it behind excess material. Tankini suits do well in covering you up but they tend to move around too much and bunch in all the wrong places. Small patterns also work well with larger figures, as do angled stripes because they accentuate the waist line, drawing it in.
Cutesy patterns work best to soften your straight figure. If you’re not too into patterns, try something with some fun feminine colors, like a bright red or pink. Draw attention to the lower half of your body; try skimpy bottoms or bows and ruffles. If you’re smaller in the chest area, look for a top with padding in a halter style. Halters help to push things in the right direction, and with the help of a little padding, you’re bound to give your body some shape.
Halters are a great design for bigger breasts. They offer lift and support without a lot of bells and whistles. Though if you do want to go the route of bells and whistles, thin padding is an important feature to look for and so is wired cups. In fact, any swimsuit top that’s available in your bra size is worth trying out.
Smaller frames need careful consideration, if you don’t want to look shorter than you already are. Wearing higher cut bottoms will elongate your legs and zig zag patterns on the top will give the illusion of an elongated torso. Many petite women have great difficulty in finding a swim suit that fits them properly. A string bikini allows you the freedom to make your own adjustments according to your size and how you see fit.
There are many swimsuit designs that help to conceal a bulging belly. Side ruching in a long top or one piece, extends the torso and distracts the eye by creating a rippling texture. Small patterns like polka dots can also help to draw the eye away from your stomach. Even certain two piece styles will work well with bigger tummies. Consider a bottom with a fold-over waist band to even out any bumps.