Bathing suit season doesn’t always end with the summer. Whether you’re heading indoors to the pool or to a tropical beach, it’s essential to feel great.
The same guidelines for flattering apple shapes apply to tops, dresses, and bathing suits. Look for swimwear that defines or creates a waist and keeps the middle section contained and supported.
If you want to show off your legs and tush, there are plenty of flattering one-pieces swimsuits and bikinis. Look for gathering or patterns that create a waist. High waisted bottoms will cover up rather than cut into the midriff.
For those wanting more coverage, tankini tops can have ruffles or volume that flows over the midsection. For even more coverage, swim dresses have longer and often looser fabric that covers the rear and top of the thighs.
Finally, look for built-in cups and lining for support and modesty. Some more expensive swimsuits also have fabrics that tighten and smooth for the most flattering fit.
Check out that 7 the best swimsuits for plus size apple shapes.
Shirred gathers on the side or in the middle of a swimsuit creates the illusion of a smaller waist.
Land’s End Slender One-Piece Tunic – Shirring creates a waistline while Slendertex fabric smooths and shapes.
A pattern can have the same impact as gathered fabric, focusing attention where you want while creating the appearance of a narrower waist.
Beach Belle Sarong Front Swimsuit – This sarong front swimsuit adds a hint more coverage than your usual one-piece with a gorgeous rounded hem. The best-selling cut also comes in other fun flattering patterns as well as basic black.
A V-neck adds a vertical accent that draws the eye up and down, accentuating the bust and elongating the body.
Miracle Suit Marais Twist Front Swim Dress – Ringing in at $194 (get money back with eBates), this is a you-get-what-you-pay-for situation. With built-in cups, lining, bottom coverage, the Miracle Suit has plenty of support and coverage. They promise you’ll look 10 pounds lighter but more importantly, you’ll be comfortable.
The bikini-tank top hybrid, also known as the tankini, is a flattering and convenient option for apple shapes. Choose a top that defines a waist and flows over the belly.
Lane Bryant Active Halter Strap Tankini – This tankini is ultra flattering with an empire waist, deep V-neck, and has a built-in underwire bra and two sets of straps.
5. High Waist
When it comes to jeans, high waisted options aren’t always ideal for apple shapes. Bathing suits are different, especially for bikinis. High waisted swim bottoms support and hold in the midsection. Wear them with a bikini to show a little skin or tankini top for more coverage.
Ava + Viv High Waist Swim Bottom – Target has a lot of separates for mixing and matching swim tops and bottoms. These high waisted-bottoms contain the belly and won’t slide up or down. The same brand also makes highly rated boyshorts and a skirtini. Pair them a bikini, tankini, or a swim shirt.
Minimize the appearance of an apple shape with single, tiered or crossover ruffles. Ruffled swimwear can be available in a tankini, one-piece swimsuit, or swim dress.
Aqua Green Tiered Tankini – The volume of ruffles conceals a larger waistline in a flattering and stylish way. Wear this tankini with high waisted bottoms, a skirtini, or swim shorts.
7. Swim Dress
If you want a little bit more coverage, try a swim dress.
Ralph Lauren Flyaway Fit One-Piece Swimsuit – This strapless number is like a suit and cover up in one. Plus it won’t leave any tan lines.
Longitude Goddess Swimdress – This gorgeous swim dress has plenty going on underneath with soft cups, full lining, and a tummy control panel. The timeless style looks great in and out of the water.