With spring break on the horizon and summer creeping up on us, it's time to think about swimwear!
For women with curves, swimsuit shopping can be a very rigorous process. In my experience, showing off my figure has always been liberating, but I also have to be conscientious of my swimsuit choices as I walk a very fine line between looking appropriate, and looking like I'm trying out to be in a 2 Chainz video. I'm sure many of you face the same dilemma, so I've taken the liberty to share some Voluptuoussdoll-approved bikinis, one pieces, and skirted suits that are ultra chic and classy!
Dedicated to creating "unique and comfortable bathing suits that celebrate the modern curvy woman", luxury swimwear company Josephine Swim does not disappoint when it comes to design or coverage. Based in NYC, the company's fully lined suits are built to last complete with "padding, underwire, and luxurious hardware", which makes the $100 - $200 investment worth it.
These retro inspired suits are super on trend, and they also provide awesome tummy-control lining. They also come with straps for added support and style versatility.
Here we see the non removable straps on the Madagascar Bikini completely transform its look from the previous photo -- so cool! I also really love the whimsical ruffled top in the South African Bikini Set.
True to form, ASOS has a wonderful assortment of fashionable swim suits at reasonable price points. Photo'd above is their Cupped Mesh Insert Bandeau Swimsuit $53 complete with a tastefully sultry sheer mesh panel design.
For those of you interested in showing a little more skin, but not completely thrilled at the idea of sporting a bikini, the Mirror Floral Lattice Cut Out is a playful option worth exploring! The halterneck provides adequate upper body support and the design is to die for.
I am in LOVE with this glamorous Gottex Nouvelle Bandeau One Piece! This suit provides full coverage and the exposed gold underwire detailing along with the waist cinching belt truly elevate the look. I can't wait to get my hands on this suit. You can purchase the Gottex Nouvelle Bandeau One Piece at Bloomingdales.
When it comes to prints, Nanette Lepore is it! Available at Bloomingdales, the Fleur De La Mer Lover one piece features ultra feminine contrast color piping. The suit also comes with removable straps for those of you that like having a little extra support. Win Win!
Clover Canyon has some truly amazing sporty swim suits out this season. The prints are vibrant, fresh, and sure to turn heads! You can check out these Neoprene Swim Sets at Bloomingdales
Robin Piccone hit the nail on the head with this retro Karina bikini. Again, the stylish high waisted bottom provides extra coverage and is on trend right now. The sheer trim and braiding detail around the cutouts in the Profile by Gottex Martini one piece proves that one pieces can be sexy too. It's also symmetrically pleasing to the eye -- extra points!
Okay. This suit provides minimal coverage but it was way too beautiful for me not to include! While wearing this you actually may look like you're trying out to be in a 2 Chainz video, but who cares? Hi mom! Haha, but really, if you're looking to show out, this Catch Me If You Can Bikini is as sultry as it gets. Check it out at Bloomingdales.
This Milly Neon Aztec Antiqua Underwire Bustier Bikini is probably one of the most beautiful bikinis that I have ever laid eyes on. The print is super glamorous and the Underwire Bustier Top provides a fair amount of coverage. Again, too beautiful not to include.
This Juicy Couture Sport Pro Mesh Spliced Racerback Maillot One Piece is simple, sleek, and sexy thanks to those mesh inserts on the sides and back of the suit.
Whoever said skirted bathing suits are out was mistaken. Don't get me wrong, they aren't my first choice by any means, but if executed correctly, as shown above, they can be extremely flattering. The sweetheart neckline and ruffled peplum at the bottom hem of the Peplum Princess Skirted One Piece makes for a youthful, stylish look. If you're looking for something a little sexier, the Robin Piccone Skirted One Piece complete with semi-revealing crotchet overlay is for you.
Happy Shopping Ladies!