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Another Plunge into Swimwear

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Million dollar babeness

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I’m fishing around for old movie star images, just for some general inspiration and a sense of where we’ve come from. I’m fascinating with old-school sportswear, back when flashing a little leg was downright daring. Now, for me, a throwback to suits and exercise wear like this offers not just a little bit if assistance in self-conscious moments but also a little extra support. That is one of the Big Girl exercising problems – extra jiggle. Old school styles like the one above might hold some stuff down while I work out.Tags: ,

Out to Sea the Swimwear: Roaman’s

If you haven’t notice, I have a definite bias towards the swimdress this season. Roaman’s bandeau swimdress is no exception. My usual reasons apply: flattering bust line, gentle on the extra belly. This one might work better on women who have a little muscle on their arms – the tank look is not kind to those who do not lift. Still, it’s a nice in-season swim look, with a choice of grape, teal, or black.

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Out to Sea the Swimwear: PlusByDesign.com

PlusbyDesign lives up to its name, offering a series of clothing designs cut for the fuller figure. The swimwear line by Carol Wior is very contemporary but nicely conservative, providing a selection of skirtinis and strategically spliced tank suits. I like this one for plus women with a slightly smaller bust than waist (but who still have a somewhat generous bust). It allows the wearer to play up cleavage assets while disguising the thighs and accentuating the better curves. I would like to see this in other options besides chocolate – brown is a dark color, and that absorbs heat, and it’s also a color I’m prone to wearing when suffering from self-confidence issues. That said, brown is almost as classically flattering as black. It’s a nice basic choice.

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Out to Sea the Swimwear: Pacificplex

Pacifiplex is chock full of zippy juniors pieces with sizing up to 3x – their interpretation of 3x being 20-22, and thus emphasizing the point that plus size retailers need to figure out a consistent sizing standard – but as far as their swimwear goes, they offer one choice only. It’s cute, and a good luau look. The cut and pattern, particularly the skirt over the bottoms and surplice cut is fairly figure flattering for those with bellies, and age appropriate for the 15-21 set.

Out to Sea the Swimwear: Old Navy

Old Navy is the subject of a lot of controversy now that they’re taking the plus line out of stores. The party line seems to be that they’re being extremely short-sighted, with the growing numbers of plus people in the United States. I’ve always thought that Gap Inc. stuff was cute, but overly trendy – for the longest time I had conspiracy fantasies where Gap Inc. and Walmart were attempting to take over the world, and the only form of rebellion left would be to join a naturist colony.

Their swimline¬† is standard fare – about two years behind what I would consider cutting edge of plus size design, and just fine “off the rack” or “off the web” as it may now be. This particular suit is the best of their plus swim designs:

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Although the brevity of the bottom part of the suit is problematic for women with larger thighs and hips, the shirring through the torso gives a flattering line to the belly area – definitely a suit or the active.