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Swimsuit Shapes for Apple Bodies: 13 Tips for Big Tummies

clothing for big tummies

by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)

Hi. My name is Tina and I’m an appleholic. Yes, I feel like I’m introducing myself at some kind of meeting when I admit that I’m an apple-shaped woman with a top-heavy body. Hey, it also means that I can help you find the right swimsuit if you have broad shoulders, large breasts, a round tummy, narrow hips, and skinny legs. And, I can help you even if you’re a young, skinny apple, because when I was young, I had broad shoulders, round breasts, a totally flat tummy, a broad back, and no hips or tushie… a boyishly shaped apple.

Yes indeedie, skinny chicks can have apple bodies. So… young, old, round stomach, flat stomach… if you’re an apple, it’s just the shape that God gave you.

Women Over 40, 50, 60: Older Women Become Apples

If you’re an older, post-menopausal woman, your lower estrogen levels will cause your body to store fat in your abdomen instead of your hips and thighs. It’s not the end of the world. It’s just a different world.

read about the horrors of horrid swimsuits

Hide Tummy & Divert Attention

Bathing Suits for Apple Shapes

If you’re skinny, you can wear almost any swimsuit or bikini style, but if you’re older or chubbier, you should pay attention to swimsuit prints, necklines, and silhouettes.

There are a lot of articles about what apples should (or shouldn’t) wear, but the writers always seem to get a few things wrong… at least from my perspective. So, if you have a cute, round tummy or a top-heavy figure, you’ve come to the right place. I say that there are no actual “rules” for your body type because we’re all built a little differently, however I can tell you what works for me. And, what works for me might work for you.

read about the horrors of swimsuit shopping

Swimsuits for Apple Bodies

1. Draw Attention Away from Your Tummy: A great bathing suit will make people notice your breasts and your skinny legs rather than your fat tum. Details near your chest or neck are fabulous. High-cut bottoms are also great as long as they aren’t high enough to show the stretch marks from your first pregnancy.

And, because your upper body looks wider than it should, you need to shop around for the right neckline. Here are the ones I like.

what to wear if you're an apple shape

V-neck, Pattern, Halter Swimsuits

2. V-Necks or Halter Necklines: Plunging necklines break up the space between your broad shoulders, making your body look narrower than it is. V-necks and halters are also good for thick torsos and short necks… both of which I have had since I was 5 years old. Lucky me.

3. Scoop Neck Swimsuits: Just like a V-neck, a low scoop neckline breaks up that wide area of your upper torso. And, showing a bit of cleavage keeps people from looking at your wrinkles.

4. Strapless Bandeau Necklines: Don’t be afraid to wear a bandeau. Just make sure the swimsuit has enough support to hold up your boobs or else find a suit that comes with removable straps… if you have any doubts. And, if your upper arms are fat, wear a swimsuit that doesn’t contrast too much with your skintone… but don’t get a color that makes you look like you’re wearing nothing. Attention getting… yes. Chic… no.

sweetheart swimsuit: photo lands end prshots.com

sweetheart swimsuit: photo lands end prshots.com

5. Sweetheart Necklines: A sweetheart neckline is good for almost all women. It’s a shape that forms two curves at the bustline, similar to the top of a heart. Sweetheart necklines make flat women look curvy and give coverage to large breasted chicks.


6. Prints as Camouflage: A good print will be somewhat confusing and act like camouflage. Leopard is an excellent example. Allover prints with lots of contrast are usually good, too. Try on different sizes of prints to see what looks good from the front, then turn sideways and see if your tummy area looks okay.

7. Color Block Swimsuits: If you’re getting a bathing suit with color blocking, don’t get a suit that has high contrast right at the waist. It will make people look at your stomach.

read about tankinis

Tankini for Apple Body

8. Tankini Two-Piece Swimsuits: I’m long waisted, so I’ve always gotten a better fit with tankinis than with one-piece swimsuits. And, now that my tummy is even rounder (larger) due to taking prednisone medication, I really need the ability to play with the fit of the top and bottom sections. In addition, I always look for a high-waisted bikini bottom that comes up near my belly button. That way, my shark-bait (white) tummy will never show… in theory.

plus size swimsuits for apple shapes

plus sized ruched swimsuit: photo LongTallSally prshots.com

9. Swimsuits with Ruching: While ruching does draw attention to the ruched area, it also makes that area look smaller because it looks like that part of your body doesn’t fill out the bathing suit. It’s a weird kind of trompe-l'œil.

what is best swimsuit for apple shapes?

empire swim dress: photo marisota prshots.com

10. Empire Style Swimdresses: Just like when you’re pregnant, an empire swimdress will flare out and make your body look somewhat more proportional and feminine. If you don’t find anything with enough flare, look for a “fly-away” tankini style.

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Ruffle Swimsuit for Apple

11. Swimsuits with Ruffles: Ruffles can be just plain weird or they can be good as gold… and the only way to find out is to try on those ruffles. Once you find a style you like, get it in every color available. That style may not be around next year. Actually, this idea holds true for any piece of clothing that looks good on your apple body.

sarong pareo

sarongs good for apple shape swimwear: photo dunnes prshots.com


12. Sarongs and Pareos: If you have a regular swimsuit that makes your tummy look as if it’s pooching out way more than any other tummy on the planet, throw on a sarong as soon as you jump out of the ocean or the pool. No one wants to make small children run screaming to their mothers… well let me reconsider that statement. Are we sure we want those little pissers in the pool? Maybe we should do more to make those kiddies run away screaming.

13. Accessories: Use everything at your disposal to get people to look at something other than your midsection. Large sun hats, oversized sunglasses, piles of colorful bangles, interesting sandals, humongous earrings, and glittery necklaces are the accessories of choice for many women.

If you don’t have enough money (or are otherwise unable) to get a new swimsuit and you don’t want us to think that your husband’s beer gut is contagious, the next best thing is to get a really beautiful silk or rayon sarong. I know I’ve already mentioned this, but you can never have too many of those things. And, coverups are the only swimwear that’s 100% guaranteed to cover up your apple-shaped body. However, it’s hard to go swimming without losing your sarong… so you will need to find some kind of bathing suit… sigh.

More Articles for Older Women Over 40:

Best Swimsuits for Women Over 40, 50, 60

Two Piece Swimsuits for Older Women

How to Wear Animal Prints

Beach Cover-Ups for Women: Plus Size Tunics, Dresses, Caftans, Sarongs

Photo Credits: Prshots.com. (Unfortunately these swimsuits are from last spring. Fortunately, most of the sites carry similarly styled swimsuits each season.)

  • Main Photo: 50 Plus.
  • Hide Tummy & Divert Attention: Marisota.
  • Swimsuits for Apple Bodies: la Redoute 2014, Marisota 2015, Bon Marche 2014.
  • V-Neck, Pattern, Halter Swimsuits: Debenham, Fashion World, Long Tall  Sally.
  • Tankini for Apple Body: Marisota.
  • Ruffle Swimsuit for Apple: M n Co 2013.


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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. kay kerns

    AWESOME article. Love the floral/animal print suit with the matching pareo. I want to try a tankini style,never had one of those yet. Do they tend to creep up? I guess if the fit is right they don't.

    • Tina-Boomerina

      Kay, I've never had a problem, but I don't know about others. I get a better fit with two-piece swimsuits because I can put different sizes together. So, I don't think they would creep up any more than a regular suit... if anything, I think it would be less.


  2. Wanda Morris

    I love the black and white suit that criss crosses in the front. It is also shown in purple and white. However, I can't find out how to order it or from where. Can you help with colors, sizes, prices, etc. Thanks.

    • Tina-Boomerina


      I see that when we updated the site (for WordPress) I lost a lot of the captions. I think it's only the main photos at the top of the articles. I'll have to look in the photo stash and check the source. Be right back.

      • Tina-Boomerina

        The main photo is from Fifty Plus in the UK. I'm fairly sure they sell through SimplyBe.com in the US. I think that's a Magicsculpt suit... similar to a Miraclesuit. However, I can't find the swimsuit on the site. I think there's a Miraclesuit with polka dots. I'll be right back.

        • Tina-Boomerina

          Okay, finally found it. It's a Magisculpt swimdress and you can buy it at SimplyBe.com for $64.95. If you're in the UK, you might find it on Fifty Plus. I may have overlooked it because it's blue and white, and I looked for black and white. They also have a swimsuit with polka dots but it doesn't have the crossover neckline. I'll send you an email with a link, Wanda.
          Tina Boomerina

  3. Lisa

    Anyone know where to purchase the animal print swimsuit?

  4. Tina-Boomerina


    There is more than one animal print swimsuit. The snake-print suit is from debenhams.com or debenhams.co.uk. The leopard-print suits are from DunnesStores.com or just type dunnes uk into google or bing. All these stores ship to the US. It's no big deal to buy from the UK. It's a global economy. I shop stores all over the world.


    Tina Boomerina

  5. Betty Gibson

    Where can I purchase the turquoise bathing suit, also the blue print bathing suit?

  6. GiGi

    Can you help me find the blue and pink bandeau one piece with the pretty sheer cape that falls from the back of the suit? I have to have it! Thank you!

  7. Tina-Boomerina


    I have just looked on Marisota.com. I don't see anything exactly like what I see in the photo. I know the sarong/coverup is from Magisculpt because it's the same print as the Magisculpt swimsuit, but I can only find a regular sarong that ties in front.

    I will contact Marisota and ask them what kind of coverup that is.

    I'm guessing it might be a regular sarong that they've looped through a round buckle-thing or just a round hoop. Or, it could be that Marisota did sell the sarong as pictured and it's sold out... but it would have sold out almost overnight.

    This is strange. I'll let everyone know what Marisota says.


    • Jennifer

      For those interested in the Blue and Pink Bandeau One Piece with matching Sarong. I ordered it from Marisota (just FYI, size 10 is out of stock right now). It is the Magisculpt Bandeau Swimsuit in the Tropical Print color (only comes in that "color"). Then I ordered the Beach to Beach Sarong (in Tropical Print "color"). Although it is not an exact match (different manufacturers), the colors work and it looks like a set. (I'm pretty picky about these things and I'm happy with the combination). You will definitely get the look as shown in the picture above. It does not come with the round hoop. I'm on a quest to find one of those.... some stores sell their scarves with a hoop like that, but I don't want to buy a scarf just for the hoop. I'm thinking maybe a ring to hang your draperies? Or maybe just a plastic bangle? You can go on you tube and see videos of how to use the hoop to tie the sarong to get that look.

  8. Melinda

    I am also looking for where to purchase the turquoise tankini please.

  9. Deb

    You have some pretty swimsuits but.... If you're selling to Apple shaped 50+ women use Apple Shaped 50+ models

  10. gina

    All these images show slim women. Not a single one represents how these suits will look on women with real apple shapes. Duh, people!

  11. Ali Browning

    I'd love to wear a 1920s swim suit, I hate swim suits, even when I was skinny and built like a ruler with boobs I wore a long XXXXL t shirt over my swim suit.Orthodox Jewish ladies' swim suits are good as well. Luckily I don't go swimming much.

  12. TX Texan

    While the advice here may be good, why are all the pictures of skinny women whom in no way represent the body type being discussed. So tired of "plus size" fashion being portrayed in the smallest Size possible. I want to see what the garment is going to look like on a body like mine.

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