Don’t you just love summer? The sun, the surf, the swimwear? If you are looking for plus-size swimwear, Lands’ End has you covered. Let’s look at some great ways to style plus-size suits to keep you looking stylish and feeling great for all of those fun summer occasions.
If you are going to a sophisticated pool party (or just want to look like you are), consider sticking with black and white for a sleek and sophisticated look. A black swimsuit (or perhaps a dark navy if black isn’t as flattering to your skin tone) paired with white gives you a classic look from which to start. A dark-colored plus-size one-piece swimsuit can be dressed up with either white or a same color beach cover-up and a pretty pair of dark-colored or metallic sandals or nice flip-flops.
Depending upon the occasion (and whether you expect actual swimming), consider adding a pair of classic hoop earrings in silver or yellow gold and maybe a necklace or statement bracelet. Just make sure that any metallic jewelry that you choose matches any metallic footwear to keep your look pulled together.
Beach cover-ups don’t have to be actual cover-ups. A long and lovely plus-size midi skirt or plus-size maxi dress can be great options that will take you from the beach to the boardwalk and keep you looking great and feeling comfy every step of the way. This is also a fun and creative way to stretch your wardrobe. Being able to wear your favorite pieces in different combinations is both stylish and economical.
Summer is about color! Whether you are at a casual beach party, going to the neighborhood pool, or on your dream vacation, why not dial up the color in your plus-size swimwear? There are some places where it may not be appropriate to wear bright colors (or at least all of them at once), but a pool or the beach is the exact opposite. Do you love bright orange and know it looks great with your skin tone? Wear that. Do you hate orange, but know that cobalt blue looks gorgeous on you? Find a cobalt blue plus-size cover-up or pretty streetwear outfit that you can wear as a cover-up. Do you love the whole rainbow? Show off your pride (or just your love of gorgeous colors) and go for the full ROYGBIV!
When mixing swimsuits and colorful cover-ups, you’ll want to either repeat the color of your suit in the cover-up, make sure that it coordinates, or stick with a neutral suit like black, knowing that you can add all the colors that you want to that neutral palette and still look great. The only real rule is don’t wear something that you don’t like.
One of the most fun things about summer is the cute accessories. From hats to bags to sunglasses to jewelry, you can change up your look with a fun addition or two.
Hats are a natural choice for swimwear as they are both stylish and protect you from the sun. Consider a broad-brimmed straw hat for a classic look. The neutral color will go with anything and give you a little extra shade to boot. A cute bucket hat in a fun color will have you on-trend and keep you cool, too. For wet hair, consider a fun head wrap for practicality with a bit of glamour.
Beach bags are both necessary and fashion statements in their own right. Make sure to choose one that is large enough for all your gear, has handy pockets for sunscreen, keys, and other need-to-haves, and is water repellent (or easy to clean).
The right sunglasses can make an outfit go from “Okay” to “Wow!” in 5 seconds flat. If you are looking for a great new pair of shades, keep both form and function in mind. Go shopping when you have a little leisure time and see what shapes of frames and lenses are the most flattering on you. And contrary to popular belief, aviator glasses don’t look great on everyone. With a bit of trial and error, you can find the shape that will give you the everyday ease and sophistication that you crave. Stick to a neutral color for the frames unless you plan on having more than one pair of sunglasses in your collection, and make sure that the lenses will protect you from UV rays. When you find a great pair of sunglasses, make sure you have a sturdy case for them that you keep in your bag. When you make it through the season without accidentally sitting on them, you will be glad that you did!
Have fun showing off your style in your plus-size swimwear!