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Swimsuits for Plus Size Apple & Pear & Hourglass Body Types

best swimsuits for pear shaped women older over 60

 

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Best Swimsuits for Pear Shapes

I’m going to give you some styles that I think would look good on your pear shapes. However, because I have never been a pear shape, I’m going to run this post by a friend and see what she thinks. So, I may do some tweaking in the next couple of days.

best swimsuits for pear shapes plus sizeApple girls are often envious of pear shaped girls because it is so much easier to cover your hips and tush with a sarong than it is to hide a tum. I am just going to go on my visual-arts experience… but that experience may be better than anything else.

Here’s what they say in Well Suited: The Best Swimsuits for Pear Shapes and in other articles I have read to research this article.

Don’t go for anything with boy shorts. Look for an asymmetrical skirt bottom. Make sure the print is on top with a darker bottom half. Bandeau style tops are supposed to be good for drawing attention up to your boobies and away from your bootie. Conventional wisdom says that bandeaus make your boobs look bigger, and that would help balance out your lower half.

I would like to add my own thoughts on swimsuits for pear shapes. Of course, when you’re over 40 or 50, you will want to find a suit that covers your ass. And, as long as you don’t have saggy bits hanging out all over, you will have made me super happy.

best swimsuit prints for plus size womenHowever, if you really want to look great, I would say that you don’t want a swim skirt in a color that contrasts sharply with your skintone, because wherever there is a strong contrast, your eye will be drawn to that edge… a little something I learned in art class.

This design rule applies to all clothing for all women and this contrast can be used to draw the eye where you want people to look. However, I bring this up because I have seen tons of older women in swimskirts and swimdresses that cover all the “bad” parts, but their “skirts” sometimes stop at the widest, fattest part of their hips. If you have darker skin, it’s not a problem, but if you are fair like me, wherever your black swimsuit stops… that will be one of the places people will notice. So, if you’re fair, you should pick a color that “goes” with your skin and doesn’t “contrast” with your skin. I look good in blues and pinks. Some pale women look good in oranges or reds. But, if you are very pale, be careful with black.

Elomi Regatta Tankini: As you may have guessed, I’m big on tankinis. To me, they look like micro mini dresses. And, I’m really loving this nautical tankini. It draws your attention to the chest and it would look so cute on a cruise. You can get a matching swimskirt bottom if the top hits you in a bad place.

Always for Me Chic Solid: The cute eyelet material takes me back to the early 60s… how strange that everything is so sixties. I love eyelet and I had a lot of eyelet details on my clothing during the Mad Men era. Eyelet somehow reminds me of going to see the original James Bond movie. Eyelet is a perfect fabric because it’s a solid, but it’s textured enough that it acts like a print.  Anyway, if this suit comes down long enough to cover your butt, I think it’s cute.

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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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18 Comments

  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

    Evelyn,

    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.

    Cheers,

    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

    Julia,

    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?
    Thanks!
    Lisa

  6. Tina-Boomerina

    LisaLou,

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

    Cheers,

    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.

  8. Lucinda Wray

    I like the way you write your article. Thank you for your advice. Wonderful bog

  9. Lucinda Wray

    I am apple body shaped. I really liked your article. Well described I am totally agree with your article :)

    • Tina-Boomerina

      Lucinda,

      I'm glad you liked the article. I'm hoping that designers will read about the plight of apple-shaped women and give us more designs made for US!!!!

      Apple-shaped (with a boy-shaped body and boobs) is how I was born. And, as all women get older, their bodies will become more apple shaped because they will have less estrogen in their bodies... or something like that... I'm not a scientist, but I think that's the reason.

      Tina

      • Tina-Boomerina

        Lucinda,

        I'm glad you liked the article. I'm hoping that designers will read about the plight of apple-shaped women and give us more designs made for US!!!!

        Apple-shaped (with a boy-shaped body and boobs) is how I was born. And, as all women get older, their bodies will become more apple shaped because they will have less estrogen in their bodies... or something like that... I'm not a scientist, but I think that's the reason.

        Tina

        ps sorry it took so long to approve your comment, I'm on the road.

  10. Sara

    Looking for something like in that 2nd photo (black/white/violet). Any idea where I could find that one?

  11. Tina-Boomerina

    Sara,

    That swimsuit is from LaRedoute.com (French brand with UK/American site). Try La Redoute or Marisota.com. Sorry this took so long to approve your comment. Anyway, that swimsuit is from spring 2013 (when I wrote this article). I need to write a current article on this topic. Double check sizing on La Redoute if you find something because it may be UK sizes... or EU sizes.

    Tina

  12. Emily Tynes

    This is the most honest blog post I've seen about bathing suits for baby boomer women. I the tips are just guidelines, but in the end you gotta try the suit on. It helps to know what looks good on certain body types and we can take it from there. I guess the manufacturers aren't going to use models with cellulite, they all look so taunt and smooth, but at least there are more choices today for older women than a few years ago.