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  • Figure Flattering Swimsuit Tips For A Curvy or Plus Size Body

    Plus Size Beauties: Do you have curves and lot’s of them? The Curvy Fashionista, Marie Leggete shares tip to look hot in the sun.

    We all know how impossible it can be to find a figure flattering swimsuit– even skinny models have their share of fit issues. When you have ample curves, or more of an everyday woman figure, selecting the most becoming bathing suit that shows your body off in the best light can even be more of a challenge.

    But it doesn’t have to be!

    Follow the Curvy Fashionista’s tips to look great in one or two-piece swimsuit styles. — S.H.

    The sun is out, the humidity is high, and invitations are overflowing your mailbox with the summer’s hottest pool party. However, you haven’t the slightest thing to wear to keep you cool and chic. Shopping for a bathing suit can send even the most experienced shopper into cold sweats, so know you are not alone. Beating out denim, swimwear is the hardest thing for a woman of ANY size to shop for!

    So what is a curvy and fashionable lady to do?

    Breathe. The latest trends of spring and summer deliver hope and fashion for the plus size woman. While caftans and tunics may seem like the only way to rev up the fashion factor, know that these trends in swimwear translate to fashionable figure flattering swimsuits. Take note of these trends and tips and sashay your curves into the fiercest and most curve friendly swimsuit season yet!

    >> SHOP: Plus-Size Shopping Guide

    Which trends translate into flattering plus size swimwear and why it works for you:

    Hollywood Glam- Ruching

    One-piece swimsuit with strategic fabric placement

     

    Ruching? This is when a garment gathers around your curves- often seen in the midsection or the hips. This strategic method camouflages and minimizes the areas we deem troubled. Often seen on the retro swimsuits, highlighting an hourglass frame, ruching whether used in a one or two-piece will accentuate the positive and camouflage the rest.

    Sophisticated Chic- One Shoulder

    Through the summer, spring, and fall of last year, the one-shoulder trend is staid for summer 2010. For those with a smaller bust, who exude confidence with their fabulous arms and toned shoulders, this trend is for you.

    Decadently Sweet- Ruffles Galore

    Following Spring’s lace and feminine trend, ruffles have found its way into swimwear. With careful placement, femininity exudes from you! The benefit of ruffles? They can hide, maximize, or minimize your curves!

    In any swimsuit, as a plus size woman, pay attention to these:

    • Underwire: Just like with any good bra, support is key. Thick spaghetti straps, halter-tops, and molded cups give the girls the lift and support need.
    • Color blocking: To minimize a certain part of your body, opt for darker backgrounds contrasted with bold colors or prints. Where you choose your color is where you want to draw attention to while the darker tone draws attention away.
    • Panels: Look for swimsuits that offer reinforcement in key areas you want to camouflage. These panels reinforce a specific section of your body you wish to minimize.
    • Prints: And they say a curvy woman should not wear prints! Smartly placed, you have a fun and playful suit! Smaller prints minimize while larger prints maximize areas!

    Have you scored your summer swimsuit yet? What are you waiting for? Take these tips and go shopping, now! Marie Leggette, The Curvy Fashionista

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    Editorial photos of model Haley Morley: The Curvy Fashionista via 12plusuk

    Published on July 20, 2010

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