Finding flattering and fashionable beachwear when you’re a woman with a curvier figure is sometimes a frustrating and demoralising challenge. Allowing the fuller figure to assume its rightful place in the sun is a reality check that is long overdue. Thanks to a few innovative designers looking great on the beach is no longer intended exclusively for the slender. Below are a few of the designers leading the way with innovative and beautiful creations designed to enhance the fuller figure. Whether you favour something plain and elegant, or something a little more outlandish the choice for plus-size women is bigger than ever.
Jets by Jessika Allen
Jessika Allen’s initial foray into designing bodysuits in the 80s created a lasting enthusiasm for stretch fabrics. Combined with the degrees in fashion design and tailoring obtained in Sydney and Milan respectively and her innate understanding of the natural female form, this led to a collection of beachwear that inspired pride and confidence in those fashion conscious women blessed with curvier figures. Her retro 50s halter and twisted bikini tops that give added support to D + cups has become her much loved signature style.
This former swimwear model was born in the USA, but, after gaining recognition for her hand-made swimwear in Milan, she established her flagship store in Notting Hill, London. She describes her signature look as ‘timeless, chic and confident’ and her swimwear certainly inspires confidence in curvier women. Melissa Odabash has, in fact, collaborated with model, Sophie Anderton, in putting the fuller figure on the catwalk and her commitment to showing off all body types at their best on the beach has made her the number one choice for celebrity sunbathing.
Educated in New England, Karla Colletto initially focused on sportswear and bridal gowns before entering the realm of beachwear. When combined with her amazing imaginative skills, her fascination with technology and textiles continues to produce the quintessential swimwear that partners functional support with a sensuality that attracts admiring glances to all body types.
Hailing from Sydney, Australia, the Zimmerman sisters, Nicky and Simone have a signature style that is sexy, sophisticated and high fashion. Having won numerous design awards, this swimwear label does not neglect the curvier contours. The 2013/2014 collection is made up of figure-flattering one-piece swimsuits and bikinis with mismatched tops that offer numerous possibilities for the larger cup sizes.
The fashion focus today seems to be on the more realistically proportioned woman and swimwear is certainly beginning to reflect this new trend. More and more designer labels are supporting a healthier attitude to body image and adding more support to their swimwear designs. It bodes well for the overall well-being of women who strive, unwisely, to attain that cover girl look. It will hopefully lead to a much larger selection from which to choose and make beachwear as accessible to the fuller figured woman as it has always been for her slighter sister.
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This article was written by Johnny P – a fashion and lifestyle blogger.