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Swimsuits for Plus Size Apple & Pear & Hourglass Body Types

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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?

best swimsuits for apple shapesAnyone 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:

  • best plus size swimsuits for baby boomer women over 60Look 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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Tina Boomerina (AKA Christina Gregoire) is a Baby Boomer born at the end of 1952. Her mission is to make the internet a kinder and gentler place for Baby Boomer women around the world. Tina's specialty is fashion for women over 50.

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  1. Evelyn

    I'm an apple who would rather be a pear - but maybe just because I haven't been a pear yet. I agree about the gortex in the suits, but have to disagree with Oprah about black. Not for me. Too dreary. I like prints and bright bathing suits.

  2. Tina


    I would rather be a pear, too. And, I hate black swimsuits. They make me look all ashen and dead. They're okay if I have a real tan, but I can't do that anymore because I de-wrinkled my face about 10 years ago and I can't spend much time in the sun. I'm okay for short periods if I wear a huge sunhat... which I always do.


    Tina Boomerina

    • Plus Style

      AlwaysForMe.com has some lovely swimsuits in colorful solids and prints. Plum is a great alternative to black and looks fabulous on every skin tone. You can shop their site by body type to find the most flattering shape for your silhouette. Quality fabric and control panel linings make the most of your curves.

  3. Julia

    Great advice! Being plus sized should never stop you from looking the best you can on the beach. Find a suit that flatters your shape while allowing you to be as comfortable as possible. Try a few on and ensure that the fit and look is just right for you and your unique body.

  4. Tina-Boomerina


    I was skinny all my life until I had to take some horrid meds that made me blow up like a balloon. I never thought about plus sized swimwear until recently.

    Tina Boomerina

  5. LisaLou

    Dear Tina Boomerita,
    I am an apple body shape, who like you is also long-waisted. I don't find tankinis as better options because the two inches of skin that shows between the top and the bottom is my worst part. ugh. Any suggestions on where to find Long one-piece suits?

  6. Tina-Boomerina


    I used to wear a brand called Longitudes. I think they still exist. If not, let me know.


    Tina Boomerina

  7. Ann

    Just want to say I am a mature "senior" 0f 70 yrs.
    and am taking water aerobic classes. Your are
    so right about the right colors. I am fair skinned,
    gray hair, and navy, purple, wine,(or eggplant)
    are best for me. Skirts do not work well for
    water exercise as they fly up. Finding the right
    suit is hard Empire for my short wait is better.
    Enjoyed your well written article.


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