It has always been harder for plus sized women to find what they are looking for in a department store. Unfortunately, brick and mortars have a limited range of sizes that will fit only a few women perfectly – that idealized size 4 waist and 5’5″ height marker is not every woman’s normal, nor should it be. The truth is, most women in America wear a size 8 or higher, finding it difficult to get their hands on something that both fits and flatters at the same time. Unfortunately, the clothes that do fit are often not created to look appealing on the bodies of full figured women.
The truth is that swimsuits for women are often difficult to find off-season, but shopping online is becoming the solution for curvy gals who’ve gotten fed up with being excluded from fashion because of their size, and have found that sourcing their size and style elsewhere is quicker, more convenient, and more flexible. This is the case for specialty items like swimwear due to flattering plus sizes being a pain in the neck to find, especially during off-season. Trudging through the mall to fulfil this need is problematic when taking the perfect swimsuit on holiday is essential. Online, it’s easy to find the look you’re searching for even in the middle of February or October (for those impromptu vacations), and have it delivered right to the door. Retailers like swimsuitsforall are among those consistently offering site wide sales, making it even more affordable to shop. Upload a photo of yourself strutting it in your brand-new purchase to Twitter or Instagram, tagging them at #swimsuitsforall to be featured on their website, and help to promote body positivity for all.
Shopping online will allow you to explore figure-flattering styles made exclusively for plus sized women. One pieces, tankinis and coverups are great for concealing the stomach area. Trendy tankinis and swim dresses provide a flirty yet more conservative option while leaving a bit to the imagination. Some tankini styles have curve flattering details like strategic ruching, where halter necks and sweetheart necklines add a vintage vibe to the look.
Other options for stress-free coverage include flared tops that are loose and flowing without being constricting. A blouson is a great optionthat offers a relaxed fit around the middle for a boxy and billowy look mimicking a blouse, and depending on the pattern, can look quite fancy and sophisticated when worn as swimwear. All these styles can be paired with a basic bikini bottom for a classic and timeless appeal, a high-waisted bottom for a pin-up look, a skirt bottom to hide the thighs, or swim shorts.
Thanks to the movement towards body positivity, the industry has started embracing plus sizes with models like Ashley Graham (whose collection is also available with swimsuitsforall) and Robyn Lawley, insisting that not everyone has to be a size 0 to work a bikini. According to them, and to plus size women everywhere, it’s the clothing that should cater to the body type and provide coverage – not the other way around.