Choosing swimwear that you feel comfortable and confident wearing can be your worst nightmare, so I've come up with three features to look for that will help you when shopping for your next pair.
1. Choose a fabric featuring a small to medium pattern on a dark background.
Prints are more flattering that plain colours simply because they hide lumps and bulges better. A small to medium pattern is less 'attention seeking' than a large pattern, but remember that this is relevant to your size. What may be a small pattern on a pair of size 18 swimmers, will be large on the same swimmers in a size 6. A dark background will be more slimming than a light background.
2. Get the support you need, where you need it.
Finding swimwear when you have a large and/or heavy bust is definitely more of a challenge, and I recommend that you consider spending more time and money to get good support. Structure, underwire, padding and wide adjustable straps will all help. Many of the better brands have specific cup sizes available.
If you carry weight through your mid section and are self conscious about it, look for swimwear featuring tummy control. This is quite a common feature now, and you need not pay a fortune. Ruched fabric over the tummy will also flatter.
Seafolly Top $119.95
3. Look for the triangles!
Swimwear featuring triangles under the bust and around your waist are always flattering. The triangle need not be obvious - it can be in gathering of the fabric, or in the pattern.
City Chic $99.95
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