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The Pattie Byrnes Guide to Stress Free Plus Size Swimsuit Shopping

April 25, 2017


Pattie is well known in the industry, being a key player in the design, manufacturing and sales of swimwear since 1985. She has established herself as a “fit” expert, innovative designer and one of the most successful marketers of swimwear specifically designed by body type for women of every age, size and shape.

With a little help from Pattie, we can all find the suit to make us look our best at the beach.


Challenge: You are heavier on the bottom than on topalways-for-me-jubilee-paisley-plus-size-swimdress-82311-alt1-multi


  • Draw the eye up away from your lower level with clever designs and bright colors on top
  • Try a skirtini or a swimdress to camouflage heavier bottoms and accentuate your best assets.
  • Balance proportions by choosing a halter, H back or a style that comes around the neck to give the illusion of broader shoulders.





Challenge: Tummy bumps and bulges you would like to hide


  • Look for designs with strategic shirring anddraping over the stomach area, which conceal bumps or bulges
  • Flatten the tummy by investing in swimwear that has control fabrics designed to flatten your stomach




  • A wrap from neckline will draw the eye upward, accentuating the positive


  • A black and white print with a pop of color will create visual interest


  • A swim dress always provides dependable coverage


Challenge: Fat around the hips and thighs leaving cellulite bumps and saddlebags.






Challenge: Things heading south?


  • Large Busted? Look for designs with thick straps which offer more lift and support.always-for-me-cabana-underwire-plus-size-swimsuit-82306-black-blue
  • Swimsuits with adjustable straps are a girl’s best friend. As these allow you to control lift and fit.Who doesn’t approach swimwear selection with at least a bit of apprehension?   We asked Pattie Brynes, the President of Fit4U swimwear, to share her tips for stress free plus size swimsuit shopping.
  • Lift bust line with underwire. Buy swimsuits with similar features to your favorite bra.
  • For a boost try a design with pads to add shape.




Challenge: A Long Torso that makes buying one-pieces difficult.


  • DNU.always-for-me-gala-drape-swimsuit-82307-blackTry a plus size swimsuit design with adjustable straps to reduce any pull on shoulders
  • Finding a regular fit uncomfortable? Try some of the long torso ranges now available-specially constructed to fit longer stomachs
  • Look for a design with colors or clever patterns that cut across the torso and break up the length.


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