How To: Shop Swimsuits For Curves

Curvy Model of The Month and Monif C. Swimsuit model Anita Marshall on how to shop for your shape.

Celia L. Smith Jun, 18, 2014

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"Know your shape! Buying the right suit for your shape is important. Don’t be afraid to try on bikini’s and tankinis. A cute, retro hi-waisted bottom with a halter or bandeau top (depending on your bust size) is a great trend right now."

"Santa Rosa" hi-waist bikini, Monif C., $58, monifc.com.

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"Support, support, support!" Anita Marshall emphasizes. "Bust support is the number one necessity for a fuller figure. Whether it’s in a bikini, tankini or one piece, a supportive foundation is the first thing you should look for. Not only will it prevent you from accidentally falling out of your cute suit, it will also make you look slimmer."

"Panama" swimsuit, Monif C., $96, monifc.com.

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"Patterns, they can be your best friend or worst enemy," explains the plus-size model. "Find a design that flatters your shape. If you are pear shaped, bring the focus up to your bust with color or detail. If you are busty with a narrow hip, go for a solid minimizer on top and a fun pattern on the bottom."

"Redonda" illusion panel swimsuit, Monif C., $77, monifc.com.

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"Your swim style shouldn’t end at the suit, a great sarong and cute wedge sandal will give any suit that extra WOW factor as you strut across the pool deck or take a romantic walk down the beach."

"Saba" short sleeve, keyhole swimsuit, Monif C., $148, monifc.com.

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"Problem mid-section? Most swimsuit companies have tummy control suits however, I find that a suit that has a wrap across the stomach creates a great hourglass frame with lots of control and support. An asymmetrical print can also help create a sexy curvy shape."

"Costa Rica" one-shoulder lace-up swimsuit, Monif C., $185, monifc.com.

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"My favorite brands are Monif C., Elomi, Freya, Panache, Becca and Robyn Lawley Swimwear. It’s hard to find a supportive bandeaux top in anything over a 38C so, companies like Elomi that specialize in fuller busted lingerie, have created the ultimate swim bra and yes, it comes in strapless!" 

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