- How will you be using it? Do you swim? Do you hang out on the beach?
- What water will this encounter the most frequently?
- Can you move in it easily?
- Are you participating in an activity where swimsuit pieces falling off would cause a problem?
Personally, I wear my suits out â€“ I do water aerobics twice a week, I go swimming once in awhile, and I do NOT go to the beach to lay out in the sun. So itsy bitsy things arenâ€™t my deal â€“ Iâ€™m there to move. However, if you are the type who likes to sunbathe, something a bit more scanty â€“ paired with a nice coverup â€“ does make a great deal of sense.
So, the words â€œparachuteâ€ and â€œtrapezeâ€ are working their ways back into ready-to-wear fashion. I am dubious about this. On the one hand, I have fond memories of a trapeze dress I wore in high school that offended the living hell out nearly everyone who saw it. It was short â€“ scandalously! â€“ and honestly, I pretty much knew it didnâ€™t matter what I wore, someone had a problem with it so I just decided to play a game of control by choosing an outfit that would evoke whatever response day by day. On the other hand, whatâ€™s coming out â€“ Iâ€™m kind of â€œehâ€ about. Could work â€“ might not. Hereâ€™s some examples of whatâ€™s available in plus size right now:
I have to admit I donâ€™t really get the parachute pants or how theyâ€™re different from other utility pants. Closer fit? More pockets? A ripcord? In a gardening context, I can see wearing them. However, itâ€™s unlikely Iâ€™d wear a pair to drink coffee with a friend, which is my benchmark for casual occasions.
I’ve actually read rave reviews of Love Your Peaches, but I’ve never done business with them myself. They are one of the few retailers that offers sizing beyond 32; they go up to 6x with one heck of a measurement range. These are not the more fitted and tailored styles that I personally prefer. That said, because of the basic shapes of the garments, tucks and darts can be added on most of the designs to make the look more unique and flattering to your body.
Â Honestly, most of the time nothing from this clothier jumps out at me – I don’t get the feeling I’m part of their target market, and because I’m finicky about detailing, a tassel on the sleeve or elastic in just the wrong place will put me off. That said, I did get a kick out of this Juno dress:
It’s a fun take on the Greek goddess looks I’ve seen at other retailers, although outside of neopagan stuff, I’m not sure where I’d comfortably wear it.
Love Your Peaches has some almost lingerie-like styles, and offers a custom adjustment service. According to their site, “Love Your Peaches swimwear is custom-made with fabric and color choices found nowhere else in Plus Sizes.Â Choose your favorite style and your favorite color(s).Â Since our swimwear is sold as separates, this allows our customers to mix and match sizes, too!Â Â Our swimwear fabric is 82 % Nylon / 18% Lycra.Â Â See swatches for current available colors.”
Custom fitting for a really low price – definitely worth taking a look!