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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

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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.”

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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!”

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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!”

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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.”

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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.

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Always for Me Sand Dune Plus Size Tankini Top

Style # 70014

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Grab a New Pareo – Island Dreaming

Pareos are classic and fashionable wraparound skirts, similar to a sarong, that will offer you the perfect blend of versatility and comfort for your next warm weather vacation or trip to the beach or pool. These stylish pieces date back hundreds of years, originating in Tahiti.

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Plus Size Exercise Swimwear

Always For Me offers an extensive collection of fashionable, yet comfortable swimwear perfect for you next workout. Whether lap swimming, taking a water aerobics class, or whatever your water workout may consist of, Always For Me has stylish swimsuits that will provide you with the support, coverage and flexibility needed to enjoy your workout.

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Plus Size Swimsuit Trends for 2017

2016 was a trendsetting year for plus size swimwear. From the return of cute polka dot swimsuits, to the emergence of cutouts and strappy details, all with head-turning designs, and so much more. Read about five must-have plus size swimsuit trends for 2017 to add to your wardrobe for 2017.