Wearing a bikini takes some nerve, no matter what your size, but if you have a slightly larger figure, you might not feel confident enough.
This is where one-piece swimming suits come into their own. They can flatter your great points, hide a multitude of sins, and reveal your beautiful curves.
So if you think that a bikini is just too skimpy for your body, check out our guide to one-piece swimming suits.
Basic tips for wearing a one-piece swimming suit
The top half of a one-piece
Plus size ladies should seek additional support for larger busts. You can do this by opting for underwired busts, gathered chest areas or hidden support inside the bust area.
The bottom half of one-piece swimming suits
Ladies with shorter legs should look for swimming suits with high arches in the knicker area. This has the effect of elongating the leg, as the higher the arch, the longer the leg will look.
Black has the effect of slimming, whereas white makes an area look bigger. So if you have a small chest but a big bottom, wear white on the bust and black on the bottom to balance the figure.
A patterned area has the effect of drawing the eye away from your figure and onto to the swimming costume. So if you have a figure that is curvy all over, pick a costume with an all-over patterned design.
However, if you have a big chest and small bottom, choose a costume with the pattern on the bottom half, and a plain colour on top. This keeps the eye on the bottom and distracts it away from the top.
One-piece swimming suits for ladies with a bigger bust
Make sure you buy a one-piece costume according to your bra size.
Ladies with bigger busts need extra support, so think halter necks, underwired, tops that have bigger straps that are adjustable.
If you don’t fancy any of the above, how about bandeau styles with hidden support, or bustier styles with under-wired cups?
Remember to keep the patterns plain and go for colour blocks, rather than elaborate designs to draw the eye away from large bosoms. This is unless your figure is curvy all over.
One-piece swimming costumes for ladies with a larger tummy
Ladies with larger tummies tend to cover their stomachs with loads of fabric, but the trick is actually to leave the area uncovered. So a costume with cut-outs on the stomach area is the most flattering.
If you feel you may have a little too much stomach for this style, try a costume with a plain colour band around the middle and patterns on the top and bottom. This will keep the eye on the top and bottom and distract away from the middle.
Other tricks are to choose a silhouette one-piece that instantly slims the whole figure down, including the tummy area.
Or, choose a one-piece that flows from the chest area and covers the stomach by skimming over it.
One-piece swimming costumes for ladies with larger bottoms
As with the larger tummy one-piece suits, silhouette costumes work wonders for big bottoms as they trim down the whole figure.
One-pieces with a patterned top half and a plain-colour block bottom half will automatically draw the eye to the top and away from the bottom.
Mix the colours up a little to create extra interest and distract the eyes away from the bottom area.
Or you can use a bold all-over pattern to keep the focus on the swimsuit and not on the figure.
If you do feel confident enough to wear a bikini and you are a plus sized lady, check out our blog on plus sized bikinis.