Swimsuits for Plus Size Apple & Pear & Hourglass Body Types
by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)
Designers are finally waking up to the swimsuit needs of Baby Boomers. These days, we have a few more bathing suit fixes for apple shapes, pear shapes, and big-chested hourglass shapes. And, while everything in this article works for all sizes, plus size women have a special "challenge" when it comes to going out half-nekkid in public.
Thankfully, plus sizes have come a long way (baby) from those old-fashioned Palm Springs or Palm Beach "swimdress tents" from the 60s.
What Type of Boomer Body Do You Have?
What type of swimsuit should you wear?
Anyone who has written an article about what kind of swimsuit you SHOULD wear is full of shizzit. Hey, most internet authors are just repeating tired old rules. The rest of the authors are telling you what looks good on them... whether they know it or not. Even I, the mighty Boomerina, have a hard time steering you towards clothing that would look like crapola on me, but I do my best to be objective. At the very least, I give you fair warning about my biases.
So, I've done some research, because I want you to have more than one point of view... which makes sense because, quite frankly, I don't know you and I can't visualize you in your... thank God. And, everyone has a different shape. Sure, we give labels to body types, but your pear-shaped bod probably looks different than Suzie Creamcheese's pear-shaped bod.
All any of us can do is just try on a few swimsuits and say a little prayer. It's not like a bathing suit is going to work miracles. The best we can ask for is that we find something that doesn't make little kids run screaming to their mothers.
Plus Size Body Shapes
According to “The Best Bathing Suit for Every Body” at oprah.com, some of the best swimsuit brands for plus sizes (12 and up) are Always For Me and Gottex.
Even though I don't agree with some of the tips, here are other Oprah guidelines for bigger sizes:
- Look for built-in bras, control panels, and stretch fabrics with firm support.
- Excess fabric can make you look heavier.
- Stick to solids. (I disagree. I find that the right print, usually a print with a dark background, will give better camouflage. Textures sometimes work the same way.)
- Black is key. (That's what the Oprah people say. Plain black is not good for every woman's skin tone. Some women look better in navy blue or dark purple or a dark print. Also, some black fabrics are shiny and they can really highlight bulges. Not the look you're going for.)
Best Swimsuits for Apple Shapes
I’m an apple shape, so I can help you with this one. My go-to brand (in the past) has always been La Blanca, but I need industrial-strength help this year. Sad but true. Hey, I'm 60-years-old. You want me to lie about my age and live in denial?
Hey, that's not gonna happen. I've also had two children... that alone changed my body shape forever. No, it doesn't happen to everyone who's ever been pregnant, however I know it did with me.
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