Plus Size Swimsuit Shopping Tips

Just because you’re plus size doesn’t mean you don’t want to look cute when you go to the pool and beach! Speaking of being plus size did you know that the average woman is a size 14? You would never know it considering that when it comes to women you see on TV and in magazines modeling swimwear they certainly are NOT a 14 or bigger! But finally after some time clothing manufacturers realized that larger women want daring, bold swimsuit styles too!

So if you’re plus size where do you shop for swimwear?

If you head to your local department store you’ll probably find that they don’t carry anything larger than an 18. If you’re fuller figured than that check out Catherine’s or Lane Bryant. Those are two great department stores that cater to plus size women. You’ll find a larger selection in these stores than you would a regular department store. And of course you can always shop online too. I personally don’t recommend purchasing a swimsuit online because you really need to try them on to find what fits best.

Now-a-days plus size women don’t have to stick to the boring, frumpy, shapeless styles of previous years! Today you can find colorful, bold and shapely suits. With the options available for plus size swimwear these days you can be proud to wear a suit and show off that curvaceous figure.

Ok so now that you know where to shop how do you know what to buy?

These tips will help you to know what to look for in your quest for a cute bathing suit.

Fuller Bottom

If you’re fuller on bottom check out the skirted swimsuit. The skirted bottom covers your upper thighs and I don’t know about you but my thighs tend to be one of my biggest problem areas. Stay with a darker color to help give your bottom a smoother profile and appearance.

Large Chest

If you’re like me and larger busted a one-piece suit that has thicker straps works best. To get the best support look for a swimsuit that has a full bra instead of one of those flimsy shelf bras. This way you’ll be providing your bust with the best support possible. If you want to accentuate your cleavage look for a V-shap neckline.


Another problem area many plus size women talk about is there tummies. Look for suits that contain tummy panels. This form of support is made of special materials that will help flatten the tummy. You can also find suits that offer support in the butt area as well. These different types of support suck you in, in all the right places.

Accentuate Your Best Features

If you want to draw the eye to a certain part go for something bold. If you want to draw the eye to your legs or chest choose something bold in color and accentuate those best features.

The most important thing to remember is choose a suit that fits! Something too small for you is a disaster waiting to happen. A suit that fits will make you feel confident and there’s nothing sexier than a woman that looks confident.

Just because you’re plus size does NOT mean you have to look frumpy in a suit. Regardless of your size you can look beautiful in a suit as long as you buy one that fits properly and accentuates all the right features.


4 Responses to Plus Size Swimsuit Shopping Tips

  1. Erin says:

    I found a suit last year that fit decently, but I think it will be too big this year! Thanks for the tips, Tishia! I’m going to need them!

    • Author (Tishia) says:

      Having a suit be too big is a great problem to have ๐Ÿ™‚ It gives you the excuse to get out there & go shopping again!

  2. Jen says:

    Erin — that’s such a great problem to have! Congratulations. Me, I haven’t owned a swimsuit in about 7 years. That’s embarassing. Perhaps this is the year I break that record. There’s so many cute wraps that you can wear ‘with’ bathing suits. I won’t lie though — me in a bathing suit scares me. ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Jenยดs last blog ..What a Difference 7 Days Makes =-.

    • Author (Tishia) says:

      Jen – wow that’s a long time to not own a swimsuit! But I’ve been there before. There were about 3-4 years that I absolutely refused to buy a bathing suit. I didn’t care how hot it got I refused to even think about bathing suit shopping or hitting the beach. But I’m glad that over the last couple years I finally just realized that I can’t ‘punish’ my son because I’m embarrassed to be seen in a suit at the beach (or a pool).

      There really are soooo many cute suits out there for larger people. I hope you break the record this year Jen and get out there and buy one! ๐Ÿ™‚