By Katie Sturino, The 12ish Style
The word “challenge” is often synonymous with the phrase “swimsuit season,” but I’m telling you it doesn’t have to be. It’s no secret that swimsuit season is my favorite time of the year, and I want to help you find something that you love, and can rock with total confidence. I’ve rounded up my best tips, tricks, and resources below.
Long Sleeve Suits
I cannot say enough good things about Cover swimsuits. Their athletic cuts are super flattering for all shapes and sizes, and their suits have SPF 50, so worrying about sunburn is a non-issue. They come in an array of colors and patterns, so you can be bold with a solid color or make a splash with a pattern. Not to mention, you feel like a badass surfer chick!
Neiman Marcus UPF 50 Long-Sleeve Houndstooth, $190
Neiman Marcus UPF 50 Long-Sleeve White Stripe One Piece, $123
Less is More
Ashley Graham basically read my mind when she released her first swimwear collection on SwimsuitsForAll. There are sexy options in a range of sizes. Take it right from Graham, “I want women of all shapes and sizes to feel like they can buy themselves something special and luxurious. I want it to be empowering. I’m not out to make the token palm tree suits we see everywhere,” and to that I say “YESSSS!” I find that the smaller the suit, the more flattering it can be, so don’t be afraid to try things like cutouts or string bikinis.
Ashley Graham Secret Agent Siren Swimsuit, $109
A Pop of Color and a Little Texture
Often times, women with curves feel they should not wear anything with embellishments or ruffles as it will add in a negative way. However, I’ve never gotten more love than I have in this bold swimsuit by Aerie. Plus, I love the fact that Aerie, the maker of this suit doesn’t retouch their swim advertisements. Their suits are cute, affordable at a variety of great price points, and they make me feel great with their body positivity message.
Blue ruffle Aerie suit (in picture above, at start of post) sold out, but similar:
Aerie Ruffle One-Piece, $23
Target Surplice Ruffle Tankini, $39
(Floral/Stripe White Multi)
Katie Sturino is a size 12(ish) New Yorker who believes great style can look chic at any size. She started the12ishstyle.com to introduce girls like her who wear sizes 12-18 to fashion forward brands across extended and plus sizes. As the “momager” of her celebrity dog, Toast (@toastmeetsworld) and founder of the fashion PR agency, Tinder PR, Katie brings a unique personal style, and insider access to the plus size fashion space. She is passionate about brands that value quality and sophisticated style over fast fashion and has been featured in numerous publications like Glamour Magazine, the Man Repeller, and Refinery 29 since launching the12ishstyle.com in Spring 2015.