August 09, 2019 4 min read

Plus Size Swimwear for Every Body Type

When it comes to choosing plus size swimwear one of the main factors to consider when selecting a style is your individual body type and what styles are most flattering for you.

We believe there are 4 main categories when it comes to women’s body types ; Apple, Heart, Hourglass and Pear shaped and that women generally fall into one of them.

Once you have an understanding of your body shape and the styles that suit you best it is easier to find your perfect swimsuit.


An Apple body shape is usually characterized by a fuller bust and middle, rounded shoulders and a flat bottom and slim through the legs.

When choosing a plus size swimwear for an Apple shape we recommend:

  • Follow your bodyline – avoid fussy detailing or embellishment around tummy area. Keep any detailing around neckline area.
  • Go for a simple clothing line and avoid unnecessary bulk around your bust, waist and tummy when choosing your plus size swimsuit..
  • Your shoulders need attention – Some of the really wide strap styles may swamp your shoulders, go for something on the thinner side or another great option is our zip front one piece suits with either the frill or cap sleeve. Both these look fantastic on an Apple shape.
  • Embrace the Tankini, our tiered Tankini style is especially flattering as the tiers come down into a point which elongates the figure.

A few of our recommended styles for an Apple are:

Three Tier Tankini Top or One Piece

A classic cut with layered tiers that skim over your midsection – super flattering on an Apple body shape. With adjustable and removable straps for a comfortable fit this style will be a staple over summer.

Zip Front One Piece with Sleeve 

A flattering round neckline and zip front create a smooth sleek look and the built-in shelf bra will make sure you feel supported. This style is perfect for minimizing the waist.


A Heart body shape is bigger through the bust and wider through shoulders and generally slimmer through hips and midsection.

When choosing the best swimsuits for heart body shapes we recommend:

  • Buy separates – Due to being bigger through the bust it is likely you will be a bigger size on top than bottom. Purchasing separates will allow you to get the best fit.

  • Avoid fussy frills which accentuate bust and steer towards details such as ruching and paneling.

Stay away from big prints, choose block colours or a smaller print to avoid drawing extra attention to bust area.

V necklines flatter cleavage.

Look for details like keyhole necklines which accentuate cleavage without being too revealing.

Recommended styles for a Heart body shape:

Chlorine Resistant Tankini with Bow 

Simple ruched Tankini with keyhole and bow will show off a hint of cleavage and flatter the Heart shape’s neckline.

Honeycomb underwire Tankini 

This Tankini features beautiful textured fabric and underwire for amazing bust support. The ruched stomach panel is very flattering and shapes your curves.


The Hourglass is a curvy body shape with wide hips and shoulders that are roughly even in size, a narrow waist and bigger thighs and legs.

The hourglass shape is very lucky and suits most styles with fitted styles being especially flattering on an hourglass shape.

  • Look for fitted styles and have fun with frills and detailing on tops.

Classic underwire bikini tops and bottoms look fantastic and show off your balanced figure perfectly.

Ruching and wrap styles will show off and flatter your curves and highlight your slim midsection.

Play around and experiment with fun prints and colours, we have a wide range available in our plus size swimwear collection.

Some of our recommended Plus Size Swimwear options for our Hourglass body shapes are:

Underwire Bikini Top

This top features a detailed, vertical seaming on each cup for a feminine style, strong underwire and moulded cups for excellent coverage and optimal comfort.

Zip Frill Sleeve Bikini Top

Flattering zip front and frill sleeves create a fun and feminine silhouette and showcase the Hourglass shoulders.

Pear Shape

  • Sometimes referred to as a Triangle body shape. Pear shape body types are smaller through shoulders and bust, carrying their weight through hips and bottom area.

When fitting a Pear shape you want to draw the eye upward and create volume through the bust and shoulder area.

Embrace frills, fringing and embellishment on the top and around bust and shoulders on your plus size swimwear to draw the eye up and take focus off hips and bottom.

Our Bandeau swim dresses are the perfect style for the Pear shape, it balances out your body shape and the fabric skims over your bottom and thighs creating a slimmer silhouette.

For our Pear shape ladies we recommend these beautiful plus size swimwear options:

Bandeau Swim Dress

You can change the look of this bathing suit’s neckline depending on how you style the centre ties. The neckline can be a bandeau style, halter style, strapless style, and double strapped style giving you plenty of options.

It draws attention to neckline and chest and skims over bottom and thigh area, balancing out a bottom heaving pear shape.

Flouncy Tankini Top

This beautiful plus size swimwear top features a shelf-bra for a comfortable fit and side boning structure to help support your bust.

The soft gathered neckline and flowy style is perfect for a Pear’s smaller top half and skims over bottom half – a very feminine and flattering style!

The Curvy Swimwear plus size swimwear collections have been designed to offer a wide range of styles, prints and colours with a style to flatter every single body shape.

We have a guide on body shapes in our online store to help you identify your body type and show you the best styles for your body type.

If you are on the Gold Coast area and would like assistance selecting and fitting your plus size swimwear please come in to our showroom and one of our friendly staff will be happy to assist

Plus Size Swimwear for Every Body Type


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Curvy Swimwear Size Chart

All of our swimsuits are true to size. This means you should follow your normal sizing.

If you are between sizes, we recommend going up to the larger of the two sizes. 

If you are buying chlorine resistant swimwear, we recommend going up a size as the fabric is a little bit firmer. 

Any issues, Curvy Swimwear is happy to help you find the right swimsuit for you! 

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