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Choosing A Flattering Bathing Suit

Updated on October 3, 2012

Large Tummy

The wrapped midsection creates the illusion of a nipped in waist.
The wrapped midsection creates the illusion of a nipped in waist.

Choosing a bathing suit does not have to be painful. It's a matter of knowing your strong points and your weak points. As with make up and hairstyles it is entirely possible to look beautiful and and confident, or entirely out of place, It all depends on making the right choices, and honest analysation of your weakest points. Women can use color and design to camouflage flaws while at the same time making the most of their assets. The biggest figure flaws that women are concerned about are a large tummy, dimpling upper thighs and rear end, or an overall shapeless figure.

This Suit is Loose around the midsection, and has Ruffles to take attention away from tummy

For Dimpling Around The Rear and Thighs

A dark color is always the best choice because it is so effective in minimizing overall size by adding shade and drawing attention away from trouble areas. A suit such as this one hides the upper thighs with a straight mini skirt. Many women have loose skin and cellulite in this area, and are uncomfortable with the traditional cut of a bathing suit.

The black suit on the left is a perfect example of a classic suit for the average woman who is a few pounds overweight.

The fact that it is black, and has the shirring at the waist will make the waist look smaller and the simple tank top of the upper portion makes the most of a full bust line. Enhancing the large upper portion of the body will always make the center seem small.

Women who are forever trying to lose a few pounds seldom realize that there is another side to that coin. Some women are shapeless, and would love to add curves.One of the best ways to do this is to take advantage of the large selection of suits available today. Fuffles have made a comeback. By adding ruffles to the upper portion of your suit, you create the illusion of a fuller bust.

These ruffled suits add the illusion of curves in all the right places.


The Wrong Suit

Here is example of a woman who chose the wrong suit. She could easily look a lot better than this.

Had she chosen one of the suits for full figured women mentioned here. A full piece with some gathers or color variation crossing over in the center, her figure would actually look nice, as she really does not have many serious flaws, however, this suit enhances every one of them to the hilt.


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      Lolly 2 years ago

      I'm shekcod that I found this info so easily.

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This is helpful! I think I like the wrapped midsection!

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      MizBe!! I have those SAME dreams.!!

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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California


      Thank you MizBejabbers. I also like the lady in the wrap. Very classic.

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      MizBejabbers 5 years ago

      I like this, too. My favorite is the woman in the wrap suite near the top I guess because it's the style I usually wear. I was Tiggy when twiggy wasn't cool, but at the age of 35 I started gaining. Now I look more like the woman in the ill-chosen suit. I wouldn't wear that now, and no two-piece at my age. But just wait until I get back to a size 6! (Did I hear someone say, "in your dreams?")

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      Chris Hugh 5 years ago

      I like this and I like that great picture of the beautiful woman of size. I'm collecting pics of big beautiful women. I'll probably do a size-acceptance Hub at some point.

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      I need a new suit this will come in handy! Sharing!

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Awwww, tom.....C'mon, be brave.....go for it!

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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      Hehe. Hi Tom!

      I think you should go for the ruffles...

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      tom hellert 5 years ago from home


      I am sure I would get a lot of attention in any of those suits but.... I really am not keen on any of those styles... believe you-me- I NEVER wear a two piece....


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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I stay away from two-piece suits because am past that youthful stage in life. I love the one piece dark, solid blue ruffled suit and the midsection wrap (which is more my type). Great suggestions and they will help women to look their best on the beach this summer. Voted up.

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Looks like there's a suit for every size, shape, age and personality! I have one bathing suit I bought at least 10 years ago.......and have worn maybe 5 times. It's a great fit, fashionable and comfortable. However, I never sunbathe, am not a "beach" person, even though we live on Lake Erie (!) and btw.....never learned how to swim........what a sad story this sounds like!

      I guess I'm a rare bird.....I like the cooler seasons and am much more active in Spring, Autumn and winter.

      I will say this much, Skarlet......for the sake of EYE pollution, it would be nice if a lot of women would wear a suit that flatters them...instead of one that FATTERS them....or advertises their lack of taste!!

      I especially like the blue striped one piece with the 2 ruffles, just below the 2-piece blk&wht polka dot number.

      How's your stamina holding out, Marathon Hubber??