It’s no big secret that many of us strangers can feel most self-conscious in swimwear. And this feeling impacts women of all beautiful shapes and sizes. But curvy girls may feel especially uncomfortable. Whether rational or not, something about being in a swimsuit and baring it all can be very nerve-wracking!
But the reality is that most of these concerns are unfounded. Even if you have a hard time finding things you love about your body, it’s quite likely that others would be able to list ALL KINDS of strong assets (and some may even envy certain goods!). For this reason, it’s worth taking a minute to appreciate your curves and the features that make you unique.
But if you still feel you need an extra boost for your confidence, it’s worth looking at a few options that can boost your confidence when wearing a bathing suit. Of course, when you find a suit that flatters your figure, it’s a lot easier to feel great!
Like a belted one-piece, these suits can draw the waist in to deliver an hourglass figure. And when you have a patterned or embellished top, you can also attract more attention to the top of your body, accentuating the bosom. High-waisted bikinis can look amazing by creating a slimming effect and pulling attention to areas of the body that show off flattering curves.
Swim dresses often provide greater tummy control than bikini bottoms or even one-pieces - and as a bonus, these suits can be worn throughout the day. With a few accessories, a swim dress could be your go-to suit for the whole summer. In addition, they provide a great look that can greatly enhance one’s confidence.
The right swim skirt can benefit from greater coverage and drawing the waistline in for a slimming look. If they are paired with a bold top, they can also draw attention upwards, providing a very flattering overall look for curvy women.
For this reason, it’s worth finding plus-size swimwear with adjustable straps. The extra flexibility you have with adjustable straps ensures you can make the suit fit your body, making you feel more comfortable. And it often delivers a better look. Conversely, if you are uncomfortable, it’s hard to look confident.
If you are curvy but feel some of your best features are on the upper half of your body, it’s a great idea to accentuate that area - and any one-piece or bikini with an underwire can accomplish that mission and help you feel and look great!
You can mix and match the tops and bottoms to create fun and unique looks. And tanking tops often have additional support and design embellishments that will enhance the curves you want to show off while covering the ones that cause you anxiety.
These style options are generally great picks for any curvy woman. This list can serve as a starting point when shopping for suits this summer. Additional strategies that can make it easier to find a suit you love include:
- Know your measurements. This tip is especially important if you are purchasing suits online. Nobody feels great in a suit that fits their body poorly. And since sizes may vary from one manufacturer to the next, it’s not a reliable indication when ordering a suit. Your best bet is to have your measurements taken by a professional or take them yourself using a standardized process.
- Look for embellishments. Many suits feature textures, patterns, and features that can create illusions when worn. Look for suits that embellish areas you like and minimize areas you may be more self-conscious of. This strategy is one of the easiest ways to find a suit you love!