Large Plus Size Bathing Suits in Cute Prints
by Christina Gregoire (Tina Boomerina)
Yes, Virginia, there is a way to put different prints together in the new trendy fashion, even when you're working with large or plus size swimsuits instead of bikinis.
So, it’s another day of swimsuit browsing. I’ve decided to start out shopping by searching for fabric prints/designs/colors that make me feel good rather than searching for specific swimsuit cuts or shapes. If I wear a print that makes me happy, then I might smile enough that people will say, “Well, she may be chubby, but she’s happy.” And... haha... I thought you might get a laugh out of what I just saw. I went to one site, clicked on "slimming swimwear," and it showed bikinis. Huh? And, at another website, I am positive that they recycled one of my mini dresses from the 60s and made it into a swimsuit.
My new objective is to make my new poolside look as funky as it can be, without reaching the tipping point. So, I am going to find a good print and go from there. Let’s see how well my inner artist can work this thang.
- Longitude Purple Firebird Plus Swimsuit: I look really good in pinks, purples, and blues. And, I love the retro Hawaiian groove. Any sarong with a dark print would look cute over this bathing suit.
- Exploded Floral Plus Size Swimsuit: Wear this cute suit with some kind of printed, hot-pink sarong (or pareo... whatever you call the coverup that ties at your tummy and lands at your knees or your feet). This sarong is from AllSarongs.com, and even though it is not an exact match (colorwise), something like this will go with the swimsuit in it's own funky, hippie, boho sort of way. Don't try to match everything. Matching is less hip.
- Longitude Plus Size High Neck Swimsuit: This is cute. It keeps the eye popping around the suit. Wear it with something like this jewel-tone blue sarong from Meriah's Maui TieDye. You're going for an artsy vibe.
Printed Swim Dresses
I kinda hate swim dresses and I kinda love swim dresses. All we can do is try them on and see if they hit us at the right spot – so that the skirt hem doesn’t pull people’s eyes to the fattest part of our legs. You know what I mean... when the black fabric hits the Haole-white skin in the wrong spot, it's not a pretty picture.
Always for Me Chic Prints Swim Dress: Yes, this is just like a mini, only you use it for swimming. Yes, I think this would look great on me. I wonder what size I am. And, I would look for a fun, funky tote that doesn't compete with the bathing suit. If you can sew, make your own.
- Longitude Carnaby Swim Dress: Oh with a name like that, they are certainly targeting Baby Boomer chicks! Here's a beach bag, from ebags.com, that would go with (but not match) almost anything. I love this tote. Just don't go overboard with a sarong, a swimsuit, and a bag in brightly contrasting designs. You don't want to look like a beach-bag-lady.
I’m still looking. And, my blood pressure is rising. To calm myself, I’m channeling my inner fat woman sitting on a lounge chair in the South of France and trying to imagine what she would be wearing. I can see turquoise. And, maybe a gauzy white floor-length caftan.
Plus Size Tankini Swimsuits
Ohmm…and I’m back online trying more ideas.
- *It’s Electric Roswell tankini from MiracleSuit. Yeah, this is the kind of print I like. Tie dye helps to camouflage bumps and bulges and it reminds me of my younger days. Wear this with any printed blue pareo (sarong) you like.
- *Swirlpops Malibu Tankini from MiracleSuit: This is cute and would look hot with a multicolored print sarong from Maui Tiedye. Heckaroonie, it would help if I looked anything remotely like the girl in the photo.
I just thought I would take this opportunity to tell swimwear designers that no woman on earth would like to wear a gray swimsuit. It’s bad enough that a plus-size Boomer Chick usually has to cover her gray hair (not all gray hair is created equal), but does she have to cover her gray swimsuit, too? Yuck.
Why can’t more plus-size suits be made out of adorable, sassy fabrics... Is there some kind of Federal mandate against chubby cuteness?
I am going to study the way that the Japanese kimono-and-obi sets go together even though they seem like they shouldn’t. I know that my mixing and matching swimsuit solutions are somehow solved in that complex Japanese puzzle… if only I could sew... or go to Japan. Just remember that if you are top heavy, you should wear a lighter or brighter sarong. If you are bottom heavy, you should wear a darker or more conservative sarong print. But, you already knew that, didn't you?
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