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Top 5 Plus Size Swimwear Styles that go from Beach to Bar

Trying to find the perfect Plus Size Swimsuit can test even the most patient shopper. This is why it’s great when you can find a swimsuit that can perform double duty. Moving from a day at the beach to the bar on the boardwalk doesn’t have to require a complete wardrobe change. Below we show you several styles that easily make the transition from Beach to Bar.

1. Off the Shoulder One Piece

Cold shoulder and off the shoulder styles are really hot right now in everything from dresses to tops, and your swimsuit is no exception. To rock this look, simply pair with your favorite shorts or skirt. You can dress this style up even more by pairing with a pareo or lightweight cover-up. We love the below option that features wide off the shoulder straps and an under bust keyhole.

Jessica Simpson Off The Shoulder 1 Pc Plus Size Swimsuit
Jessica Simpson Off The Shoulder 1 Pc Plus Size Swimsuit
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Style# 189829

2. Metallic Details

Jewelry can be hard to wear to the beach or pool, instead try metallic details on your plus size swimsuits to achieve a similar “goddess” look. Metallic details are also great when transitioning from pool to party. The below swimsuit offers a plunging neckline complimented with metallic macramé knotting detail. Pair this sexy one piece with shorts, a skirt, or use in place of a bodysuit under a sheer maxi cover-up. The options are endless!

Bleu Plus Size Oh So Knotty One Piece in Black
Bleu Plus Size Oh So Knotty One Piece in Black
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Style# 18232RG

3. See Through Mesh

In swimwear, see through mesh can be a sexy way to flaunt your curves without baring it all. The below plus size swimsuit easily moves from “day at the beach” to “night on the boardwalk”. To achieve an after the beach look, wear this plus size one piece under a long sheer maxi skirt or layer under a blazer and with your favorite denim. The perfect combination of sexy and sweet, the beach to bar options are endless.

Anne Cole Black Mesh & Floral Plus Size Swimsuit
Anne Cole Black Mesh & Floral Plus Size Swimsuit
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Style# 61050

4. High Neck Tankini

Tankini’s offer great ways to maximize your summer wardrobe since they can easily double as tank tops. Look for swimsuits, like the one below, that offer unique ready to wear details such latticing, macramé knotting, or cutouts. The below style can easily be paired with shorts, a skirt, or denim. High neck swimsuits also offer extra support = so this cut can be great for larger busts.

Raisins Curve Lattice Neck Plus Size Tankini Top in Tribal Print
Raisins Curve Lattice Neck Plus Size Tankini Top in Tribal Print
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Style# 840136

5. Fit and Flare Tankini

Peplums are great to define your waistline and highlight your curves. Fit and flare swimsuit styles, like the one below, create a similar peplum look that slims and cinches your midsection. The below style combines a hint of metallic, which as you know, is one of the must have details in a beach to bar swimsuit. Pair the below tankini with your favorite high waist shorts or pant to maximize curves in all the right places.

Always for Me Sand Dune Tankini Top Black
Always for Me Sand Dune Tankini Top Black
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Style# 70014
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Best Plus Size Swimsuits For Your Body Shape

Knowing your body shape is one of the most helpful things to know when shopping for plus size bathing suits and curvy cover-ups. Here is an overview of the 5 most common shapes:

1. Hourglass

Kenneth Cole Plus Size Peek-a-Boo One Piece in Black Style # 8VC10W
Kenneth Cole Plus Size Peek-a-Boo One Piece in Black Style # 8VC10W

The hourglass is probably the most commonly known and recognized plus size body shape. Women with this curvy shape will have a full bust, equally proportioned shoulders and hips, and a narrow waist. Since much of swimwear is designed with this body type in mind, it can be easier for you to find swimwear, so take this opportunity to play up your curves. Look for styles with creative cutouts, mesh inserts, or plunging necklines.

2. Apple

La Blanca Black & White Plus Size Halter Swimsuit Style # 8GL26W
La Blanca Black & White Plus Size Halter Swimsuit Style # 8GL26W

For women with an apple shape, your waistline is your widest measurement with both your bust and hips narrower in comparison. For this body type, elongation is key. Look for plus size bathing suit styles that have keyholes, plunge, or deep V-necklines that can draw the eye downwards. If you’re busty, look for styles with zippers or adjustable ties that allow you to control how much you show off.

3. Rectangle

Always For Me Selene Plus Size Swimdress Style # 70707
Always For Me Selene Plus Size Swimdress Style # 70707

Women with a rectangle body shape tend to be straight from top to bottom. Rectangle shapes have little difference between shoulder, waist, and hip measurements. To help bring out your curves choose plus size swimsuit styles that highlight one area such as a belted style that nips in the waist. Color blocking and seaming can also help to create curves for rectangular body types.

4. Inverted Triangle

Always For Me Twist Front Bandeau Plus Size One Piece Swimsuit Coral Style # 67164W-CORAL (available in other colors)
Always For Me Twist Front Bandeau Plus Size One Piece Swimsuit Coral Style # 67164W-CORAL (available in other colors)

Women who have an inverted triangle body shape are broadest in theirshoulders and get slimmer the further down you go. To help balance the shoulder to hip ratio, choose styles that have ruffles, peplums, or skirts. Now that’s what you call fun and functional.

Check out what our customers had to say about our Always for Me Twist Front Bandeau:

Fit absolutely amazing and hid every bad spot! Seriously! I could walk down the mall in this suit! I carry my weight in my belly. Size 20/2x in regular clothes. Ordered 22. Fits perfectly! Love!

I just received this suit and it is the best swimsuit I have ever had! I was very nervous about buying a swimsuit online and I have never spent $98 on a suit, but I am so glad I did! I have a vacation in a week and wanted something I wouldn’t dread wearing, since I haven’t worn a swimsuit in years. The ruching on the bust and stomach area really hide anything you may not want seen. I carry my weight in my lower tummy and in my bust. I was so surprised at how much cup support this suit has, even without underwire. It really is super slimming and is not frumpy at all! Best part is that it arrived four days after I ordered it! I ordered the royal blue and it is so pretty. I am a customer for life!

5. Pear

Raisins Curve Tortuga Plus Size One Piece Ruffle Style # 840081
Raisins Curve Tortuga Plus Size One Piece Ruffle Style # 840081

The pear body shape is the opposite of the inverted triangle. Women who are pear shaped are widest at their hips, narrow through the shoulders, and have a smaller bust. Pear shaped woman should look for styles that highlight the delicate upper body and create balance with the curvier lower half such as strapless styles or an off the shoulder ruffle. If you’re not comfortable with your fuller hips, try a skirted one piece or swimdress when choosing your plus size swimwear.

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Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid when Shopping for a Plus Size Bathing Suit

Shopping for the perfect swimsuit can be difficult and stressful. If you’re a lady with curves, this can be especially true. To help guide your journey to the perfect bathing suit, we’ve compiled a list of the Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid when Buying a Plus Size Bathing Suit. All of the plus size swim styles featured below

  1. Not knowing your body shape and what feature(s) to flaunt

We all have curves, and carry them in different ways.  When you’re shopping for a plus size bathing suit, it’s crucial to know how you carry yours.  Just like when you shop for ready-to-wear, knowing your body type will help you to select the most flattering styles. It’s important to pick at least one feature about yourself that you love so you can flaunt it. If you’re uncomfortable with your tummy but like your hips, look for styles with power-mesh tummy tamers, or a higher cut leg. If you like your arm, shoulders, or neckline, choose a swimsuit that is off the shoulder or strapless.

Raisins Curve Off-the-Shoulder Ruffle Plus Size One Piece in Black Floral


Available in sizes 14W-24W

Style# 840581

2. Not choosing a style with enough support

A common mistake made by women of any size, is not having enough support.  This can be especially true when you have curves so it’s important to choose styles that are flattering as well as functional. If you have a larger bust, try styles with supportive straps and underwires. For tummy control, look for styles with power-mesh lining at the torso. We all need a little support in life, and a swim suit should be no exception.

Susie had this to say about our Fatale Underwire Plus Size Swimdress:

“Just received this suit and tried it on – cutest suit I have ever owned. Fits really well and will be great for my upcoming trip to Cuba. True to size and underwire is perfect”

Always For Me Control Femme Fatale Underwire Plus Size Swimdress

Always For Me Control Femme Fatale Underwire Plus Size Swimdress

Style# 82304

3. Not buying tops and bottoms separately

It’s rare to be the same size on top as you are bottom, if you’re one of the lucky few, congrats!  For many of us, this just isn’t the case so why do we still shop as if were? Whether you’re busty with narrow hips or curvy on the bottom with a smaller chest, it’s important to know your size(s). Trying on different sized tops and bottoms will ensure you feel and look your very best this swim season.

Anne Cole Navy & White Paisley Plus Size Twist Front Bikini Top

Anne Cole Navy & White Paisley Plus Size Twist Front Bikini Top

Style# 10558

Anne Cole Navy & White Paisley Plus Size Convertible Swim Brief

Style# 36058

4. Not looking at product ratings or reading product reviews

There’s a reason so many online sites, including ours, allow guests to leave reviews and comments. It allows customers a chance to share their experiences and retailers almost instant feedback for products. While friends are great to give you an honest opinion, reviews from fellow shoppers can be a close second. It’s important, especially when shopping online, to look at ratings and reviews. Check out what some of our customers are saying about one of our best sellers below.

“This is probably my 5th suit in this style over several years…it is just an awesome suit! I like being able to wear it with no straps and all one piece…yet still hides the upper thigh area.”

“Love this suit. Bought it for our first family vacation and hardly ever took it off. I am a size 18 jeans, I ordered the size 18 after measuring myself and it fit true to size. Will definitely order in more colors!”

“Love it! Hangs just right in all the right places. Very slimming. It’s perfect for what I need.”

Always For Me Twist Front Bandeau Plus Size One Piece Swimsuit Coral

Always For Me Twist Front Bandeau Plus Size One Piece Swimsuit Coral

Style# 67164W-CORAL (Note: This style comes in additional colors)

5. Not buying a bathing suit out of fear

Yes, the struggle is real. We know finding a bathing suit for a fuller bust or plus size bodies is not always fun or easy, but that’s no reason to forgo the swim season all together. There are a growing number of stores and sites, including Always for Me, offering functional and fashionable swimwear options in plus sizes. Go ahead, embrace the warm weather and enjoy flaunting your curves this season! You’ve earned it!

La Blanca Black & White Plus Size Halter Swimsuit

La Blanca Black & White Plus Size Halter Swimsuit

Style # PP40X8D

Look what Lori had to say about our Bettie Fringe Plus Size One Piece:

“Just received my bathing suit today..Love it !! Best bathing suit I’ve had in years !! Fits perfectly and looks Great !! Thank you !!”



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6 Design Details that Make the Perfect Plus Size Bathing Suit

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Buying a swimsuit is never easy, and we know it can be even harder when you’re plus sized. There is a great deal of engineering that goes into creating a plus size bathing suit to ensure that everything fits the way it should and supports where you want it to.

To help navigate the options, we’ve put together a list of the top 6 design details to keep in mind when choosing the perfect bathing suit that works best with your gorgeous curves.

  1. Tummy Tamer. Look for styles with tummy taming features like power mesh. Power mesh is a supportive and comfortable lining that helps hold you in while also smoothing you out. Think of it as having a hold somewhere between panty hose and Spanx, but far more breathable. The good news is that power mesh won’t make you feel warmer. Hotter and sexier for sure, but not warmer.

Our customer Tammy says this of our Daphne suit with tummy tamer:

“Best suit ever made! This suit is amazing. I’m a size 16 and it makes me look a size 14. Totally holds and controls my tummy. It’s figure flattering and has renewed my confidence in appearing out in public in swim wear!”

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Always For Me Daphne Plus Size Swimdress Black & White

Style: 79780

  1. Boning. Boning was first developed for corsets in the 16th century to mold women’s torsos into the styles of the time. True to its name, whalebone was often used during this period, although today’s boning is made from plastic.

Here at Always for Me, we have taken the support that boning can offer and added it to the side panels of our tops to give your girls additional lift. By placing the boning at the side seam of your plus size top, we ensure it lays flat against and is comfortable without bending, folding or twisting. It is a little trick we’ve learned designing our bathing suits since 2001.

Our customer Lynn writes of our Isabella suit with side boning:

“I never thought I would say this but I LOVE this swimsuit. The fit is just right – slimming but not too tight. Nice bust support even without the straps. Great quality fabric and is even lined – you get what you pay for. The turquoise color is beautiful – brings out the blue in my eyes and will look great with tan.”


Always For Me Isabella Plus Size Tankini Set Turquoise

Style: 79363

  1. Underwire. Underwire construction gives your girls a natural, round shape while also slightly lifting them. This feature is great if you are looking for extra support beyond what a shelf bra can offer. We ensure that our underwire is encased and stitched for extra support, so that it doesn’t poke through its casing during normal wear and tear.

Our customer Christina writes of our Macramé suit with underwire:

“Love this style and fit…I get so many compliments. I’m big busted, and it really supports me!”


Always For Me Macramé Underwire Plus Size Tankini Set

Style # AFM493

  1. Straps. The right strap on a bathing suit makes all the difference. For a smaller bust, try a halter strap. For a fuller bust, look for styles with straps that are wider and offer adjustable, over the shoulder fit. If you prefer to go strapless, look for styles that offer a removable strap and/or a wide top band along the neckline. Often with removable straps you have a variety of ways to attach them to give different styling options.

Our customer Cara Coleman writes of our Twist Front Bandeau suit with adjustable and removable straps:

“I love this suit! Two years ago, I bought the plum and red suits. I loved them so much this year I bought the rose and black suits. I just love the way it fits my body. It hugs in all the right places and covers my imperfections. I also like the fact that I can use the strap if I need extra support for my top. The skirt keeps it fashionable and allows me to feel comfortable about my tummy. I’m so excited to wear these on vacation soon!”


Always For Me Twist Front Bandeau Plus Size One Piece Swimsuit Black

Style # 67164W

  1. Adjustable Lengths for Thigh Coverage. We’ve all been there, one day you like your thighs, and the next day you want to hide them. If you want flexibility and control over how much you want to show off, look for styles that have drawstrings that you can use to adjust length.

Our customer Lynn writes of our Retro Halter Swimdress with adjustable length for thigh coverage:

“Comfortable and great price! Absolutely love this suit! I ordered my regular size and the suit fits perfectly. It appears long but there is the ability to wear it long or pull it up for a ruching effect.”


Always For Me Control Retro Halter Plus Size Swimdress Turquoise

Style # 79373WA-TURQ

  1. The Fit-and-Flare Silhouette. If you are looking for more coverage and a style that isn’t as form fitting, then we recommend the fit-and-flare silhouette. This design creates a wonderful slimming effect and offers coverage around the stomach and hips while drawing attention to your face and bust.


Always for Me Sand Dune Plus Size Tankini Top

Style # 70014

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Blogger & Plus-Model Melinda Parrish On Why Body Confidence is a Choice

As a kid, I felt like I wasn’t the best because I was bigger than everyone else. I went on my first diet at age 7, and I always had a hard time finding clothes that fit when I shopped at the same stores as my friends. The fitting room was like a torture chamber: even if I found clothes to try on, they never fit my body.

When I became a female athlete in high school and college, I finally felt like my size was an asset. It felt like I had found my place in the world. When I got accepted to the United States Naval Academy to become a varsity rower and midshipman, those feelings intensified and my confidence surged. I was more confident in my body than ever before. I was proud of my height, my muscular frame and, mostly, what my body could do.

But there was a dark side to this sense of pride in my body. It was during this time in my life that my struggle with binge eating and bulimia began. It drove me to treat my body poorly, all in the name of measuring up to other people’s standards for what my body should look like, and what it should be able to do.

Mel Parrish of Healthy At Any Size on Body Confidence

Everything changed for me when I injured my back rowing. After graduating and being commissioned as an officer in the Navy, I was (honorably) medically discharged. I resented my body for what had happened. But weirdly, it was because of this seemingly negative card I’d been dealt that I was finally able to heal and learn how to love my body harder than ever before.

It didn’t happen overnight. Even after my surgeries, I continued to hold myself and my body to really high standards. I wanted to have the “best” body possible—I was putting myself and my body through hell to get there. My eating disorder intensified.

A few nights before my wedding, I was lying in the bathtub. As I sat there feeling terrible about my body, thinking all kinds of negative thoughts about myself, I had an epiphany. I made the choice, from that moment on, to stop obsessing over my body’s imperfections, and to accept it exactly as it was.

Mel Parrish of Healthy At Any Size on Body Confidence

Three months after my wedding—and my “bathtub moment”—I signed a modeling contract with TRUE Model Management in New York. Now, I’m a successful plus-size model, blogger, and social influencer. I’m in recovery from my eating disorder, and completely in love with the body that I have. The choice to accept my body has literally transformed my life!

Now, I wake up every day feeling fulfilled. I love what I see every time I look in the mirror. This is possible for every woman—which is why I’ve dedicated my work to the mission of helping other women to love their bodies harder than ever before as well. It all starts with one simple choice: to love the body that you have, exactly as it is today. Once you make that choice, there’s no stopping you.

To learn more about Melinda Parrish, and to become a member of the #healthyatanysize community, visit and sign up for her weekly newsletter!

Melinda wears swim styles by Always For Me, including the Twist-Front Bandeau Swimsuit in Black. Shop more plus-size swim styles.