Bathing Suits For All Sizes

Suit Yourself Make some serious waves in figure-flattering suits from sizes 8 to 18+ By Jessica C. Andrews
ESSENCE.COM Aug, 27, 2008

1 of 6 Andreas Hofweber

Sizes 14-16
This modern take on a bikini makes you look and feel slimmer. The empire top drapes perfectly over your midsection. Speedo tankini and boy shorts, $48 each, speedousa.com. GirlProps.com hoops, $4, girlprops.com. Skagen sunglasses, $75, skagen.com.

2 of 6 Andreas Hofweber

Sizes 8-10
Ruched, draped or shirred fabric enhances contours beautifully. Flaunt toned arms and shoulders in sexy spaghetti straps. It Figures! swimsuit, $90–$100, itfigures.com for store locations. GirlProps.com hoops, $5, girlprops.com.

3 of 6 Andreas Hofweber

Sizes 16-18
Crisscrossed piping minimizes the waist and accents the bust. High-cut bottoms lengthen thighs for a long, lean look—a good alternative to boy shorts, which make legs appear larger. Jessica London swimsuit, $60, onestopplus.com. GirlProps.com ring, $8, girlprops.com.

4 of 6 Andreas Hofweber

Sizes 16-18
A wrap one-piece works wonders for your curves; it defines your waist while slimming your stomach. Bonus: This suit offers tummy-control lining. Avenue swimsuit, $100, avenue.com. Earrings, model’s own.

5 of 6 Andreas Hofweber

Sizes 8-10
Halter tops aren’t necessarily skimpy. The tie closure lifts the bust, underwire helps it stay put, and ample fabric prevents sideways spillage. Go for a bold hue to complement sun-kissed skin. Toby Markulin for Marigo bikini top and bottoms, $40 each, Bealls stores nationwide.

6 of 6 Andreas Hofweber

Sizes 18+
A swim dress with an empire cut gives maximum upper-body support. A flared skirt creates an hourglass shape while masking hips, legs and thighs. Roaman’s swim dress, $50–$55, roamans.com. GirlProps.com hoops, $3, girlprops.com. Skagen sunglasses, $85, 800-791-6784 for more info.

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