It's a little bit of a puzzle: women who have curves are often advised on ways to hide those curves, while women with more athletic shapes are given tips on how to create a curvier look. So, do we love our curves or not?
The truth is that each body type is lovely, and swimsuits should flatter the best things about your body. For women who are blessed with curves, this means finding swimwear that shows off those curves and doesn't try to hide them.
Fortunately, there are plenty of different styles to flatter curves, so there's no reason you should have to hide your beauty. The right swimsuit should make you look beautiful and feel great, and there are a ton of gorgeous choices, in so many different styles. Here are some swimsuits to consider. You're sure to find one you love that will love your curves right back.
High Waisted Bikini Bottoms
These retro-glam bikini bottoms are naturals for an hourglass look. By placing the waistband high, just under the narrowest point of the waist, they emphasize that nipped-in part of your torso.
This Southern Belle Vintage Fit High Waist Hipster Swim Bottom from Becca ETC features a pin-up girl vibe with an ultra feminine floral print. The peachy florals against a black background give the look just a hint of drama.
For a more modern take on the high waisted look, this high waist swim bottom from Allure Junior has a center panel with a vibrant print, bordered by black, shirred sides that hug your hips.
A deep neckline not only offers a tantalizing glimpse of a full bust line, but it creates a vertical line that visually draws out the length of the torso. This extra length makes hourglass curves look even more elegant.
The black mesh insert in this one piece plus size suit from La Blanca is a restrained way to enjoy the benefits of a plunging neckline without showing a lot of skin. The bright brush print against a black background is eye-catching. This suit has adjustable straps and removable cups, so you can tailor the level of bust support to your exact liking.
For a more daring version, the tropical print on the white background of this plus size Tahiti One Piece Swimsuit from Becca ETC is a beautiful and demure look for a very sexy suit. Delicate crochet scallops edge the deep plunge neckline, which features a small strap to keep the fit secure and comfortable.
Belted One-Piece Suits
A belt around your waist is a great way to draw the eye to the smallest part of your torso. With a well-placed belt, the look is polished and alluring.
The delicate, lacy crochet pattern on this one piece from Anne Cole Plus gives it an extra feminine feel, while the soft black sash belt whittles the waist for hourglass curves.
The color blocking on this one-piece swimsuit from Catalina is not only flattering, but it creates the effect of a belt at the waist. The high neck with a keyhole gives a secure fit with a sexy flash of skin.
Crop Top Bikini Tops
For bikini lovers, crop tops offer the same benefits as high waisted bottoms. Bringing the length of the top down just a little distance on the rib cage draws the line to the narrowest part of the waist.
From Becca ETC, Naples is a beautiful bikini top with a soft, floral print. A ruffle accent adds to the feminine feel of this top, and a deep, strappy neckline hits the plunge neckline category as well. Removable cups add bust support.
Another lovely top from Becca ETS, Prairie Rose is a sophisticated navy shade, edged in a double row of delicate ric rac and textured with an intricate rose design. The back has a strappy crisscross design for an alluring peek of skin. Because of the thin shoulder straps, this would be a more comfortable top for women with smaller busts.
Curvy women with large busts will appreciate the flattering lift and support of an underwire top. Just as a good bra makes the whole outfit look better, a comfortable underwire swimsuit will give you the boost you need to look your best.
The bright print of this Barbados Bound underwire top from Raisins is eye-catching against a black band. The cups are molded, with the lift of a great underwire push up bra. Wide, adjustable straps and a broad band under the bust also give extra comfortable support.
The pastel print of this Kyoto Lush swim top from Raisins Curve Juniors is sweetly feminine against a white background. But this top is more than a pretty look. It has underwire support, with removable cups for an adjustable fit. The band features a double hook closure in the back, with a flirty keyhole detail.
This tankini top from Anne Cole has curve-loving shirring on the torso and a twist-front bust line. Underwire support, along with soft, wide shoulder straps make this top both comfortable and secure.
Just the name sounds fun, doesn't it? Flounce tops, trimmed with a flutter of ruffle, are a great way to balance wider hips. Combined with an off-the-shoulder style, the effect is flirty and playful.
The tropical print of the Aloha Waters Tortuga flounce top from Raisins Curve Juniors is a breezy, fun look. This top has soft molded underwire cups and adjustable straps for support, and the ruffle gives the whole look a light-hearted feel.
For a slightly more sophisticated take on the look, this bikini top from Becca ETC has soft ruffles that drape over the arm, putting the focus on the curve of the shoulders. Stretch foam and reinforced side stays provide support, while a strappy back closure and shoulder straps that cross in the back provide a touch of drama from behind.
When shopping for a swimsuit, remember that "curves" is not a dirty word. Don't accept anything less than swimwear that celebrates those lovely curves and leaves you feeling like a goddess.