Stylish Plus Size Dresses and Separates

Swimwear Trends for Summer

It is warming up here and all I can think about is wearing less and keeping cool. If you are too then Always For Me is right up your alley with their beautiful line of plus size swimwear and resort wear. Always for Me dresses curves size 16W to 26W and they truly have the best designer swimwear for plus size bodies available.

Animal Prints

They were popular this winter and they show no sign of dying off for the summer. If you want to live on the wild side then check out Always For Me’s Serpent 1-Piece Bandeau Underwire Swimsuit for $59. I love the teal and black print on this swimsuit which was recently featured in Plus Model Magazine.

plus size serpent swimsuit from Always for Me


They are feminine, they are camouflaging and they are fun. If ruffles are your thing this summer then step into Always For Me’s Zadar Ruffle Plus Size Tankini with briefs for $59. This pretty swimsuit comes in three color options.

bright blue ruffle swimsuit from Always for Me


There is something to be said for the security and function of solid colored swimsuits. They can be matched with pretty much any cover up, wrap, or towel. One of my absolute favorites for a few years now is the Twist Front Bandeau bathing suit. This retro looking swimsuit is so figure flattering with the ruching (love ruching) and comes in one piece ($79) or two ($89). There are seven color choices to choose from.

solid purple retro swimsuit from Always for Me


Summer is just not summer without a little floral print and Always for Me has you covered with the hottest floral print from their Chic line — Salinas ($89). I love the blue but it also comes in fuchsia.

blue and white floral plus size swimsuit from Always for Me


This summer Always for Me started carrying Monif C’s extravagant bikini. Do not worry, it is not itsy bitty, it has a comfortable full brief and a full support top so you do not feel like you are hanging out in the wrong places. It comes in classic black or animal print ($148).

plus size retro bikini from Monif C

And there is even more to choose from in their online shopping center which also carries plus size active wear.

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Red Delta Burke Swimsuit

It seems weird to be writing about a pretty swimsuit when a fresh blanket of snow has just fallen in my area but I know many of you are heading to warmer climates in the next few weeks. When I saw this plus size Red Delta Burke Solid Twist Front swimsuit from Swimsuits for All I immediately thought of you guys. I love the twist front on the bodice and the shirred waist. It looks divine on its own but I think a hibiscus or other large brightly colored (pink or purple) wrap from All Sarongs skirted at the hips would really finish it off.

plus size swimwear from Swimsuits for All

The accompanying accessories are all from Zappos: Jessica Simpson shades, the subdued Onex July sandals (or the Two Lips Pony Sandals in bright yellow), and Ivanka Trump Shopper tote.

Slip on a red beaded bracelet and paint your toes and you are ready to go.

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* Get your plus size retro swimsuit from Swimsuits for All
* Visit All Sarongs for plus size sarongs and wraps
* Get your sandals, sunglasses and totes from Zappos

Lane Bryant Week – Swimwear

I really do not mention Lane Bryant as often as I should when it comes to swimwear. Especially at this time of year when they offer such a lovely selection. They have lots of mix and match two pieces which is excellent if you are a different size on top and on the bottom. But overall it does seem a bit over priced. Tops are about $55 to $90 and bottoms are $50 to $70. Good thing they have a 40% off sale this week.

plus size swimsuits from Lane Bryant

  1. 1. I love giraffe prints and the one on this Miraclesuit® Oceanus Swimsuit is fabulous. With the a word like miracle comes a hefty price — $146.
  2. Black and white prints not only look great on dresses but on swimsuits too. The Ruched Plunge Swim Tank ($60) is sized by bra sizes, 42B to 44DD.
  3. You cannot  look at swimsuits without considering the traditional polka dots. I love the minute dots of the Miraclesuit® Polka Dot Oceanus Swimsuit ($146).
  4. The Retro Shirred Swimsuit ($120) is probably my favorite. It comes in five other colors/patterns besides the red shown here. It is described as a one piece but looks like a two piece.
  5. The Bow Front Plunge Swim Tank ($55) is a pretty color. The bow and ruching are a nice accent for water.

I guess I couldn’t mention swimwear without at least mentioning cover-ups. And Lane Bryant has a lovely (I do realized that this word has become my descriptive term for this month) selection. My favorites range in price from $40 to $60.

plus size swimsuit cover-ups from Lane Bryant

Prices listed with each item above do not take into account the 40% off promotion (coupon code is on their website) that Lane Bryant has on this week.

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Plus Size Swimwear

Depending on where you live there is still at least a month or more left of warm weather. August is a great month for swimwear shopping. One of my favorite shops has always been Always for Me — it’s half presentation and half style. If you are wanting to stay on trend into your swimwear then there are four hot trends to look for and Always for Me has them all

Ruffles are hot, hot, hot. Designers want to put them on everything from clothing, to handbags, to footwear, and of course swimwear. They soften, they disguise, they detract and still manage to be fun and sexy. A perfect example of a subtle ruffle in use is the Always for Me Chic Isabella two piece (love the ruffle, love the ruching, love the colors):

Both large and small prints are hot this year but the most striking are the swimsuits with exotic flavor matched with details to flatter our curves. One of my favorites is the Always for Me Secret Garden (love the bandeau twist and shirring):

You’ve all heard of the must have black dress, well the swimsuit version is not black it’s brown. Always for Me has a few styles that offer brown as a color option but one of my favorites is the Illusion Suit (love the peek-a-boo ring, shirring, and elongated waist):

Spots are one of may favorite patterns, period. Put them on clothing, put them on shoes and definitely put them on swimwear. These large dots give this swimsuit a retro look that is very sexy when combined with the removable strap and peek ring. My favorite is the Always For Me Chic Negril Twist Bandeau (it looks like two pieces but it’s really one):

Don’t forget the sunscreen and a wide brim hat!

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* Get your own plus size swimwear from Always for Me
* Other places to shop for plus size swimwear

Retro Bathing Suits

The fashion trend is leaning more and more toward retro. The same is true for swimwear. Fore truly retro looks check out Pretty Things Boutique for these plus size bathing suits up to 3x.

polka dot halter swimsuit

Update: Pretty Things has closed but you can find many vintage inspired swimsuits from Always for Me

Sexy Retro Plus Size Swimwear

This key-hole neck tankini in black and cream pattern swim top and solid panty is on sale for $59.25 at Always for Me. It has convertible straps, and a flattering empire waist. It is available in plus sizes 16 to 26. Check out their other swimsuits on sale.

plus size patterned tankini

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Polka Dot Bikini

No one ever said that a plus size woman could not wear a bikini. We just haven’t been able to find them anywhere. Big Gals Lingerie has put an end to that with this gorgeous two piece polka dot bikini modeled after the one worn by the curvy Kim Kardashian. But oh-so-much better. This Metallic Polka Dot Scrunch Butt Bikini is available in sizes 1x to 12x for $44. Loving the Scrunch Butt!

plus size two piece polka dot bikini

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* Get your own plus size polka dot bikini from Big Gals Lingerie
* Other places to find plus size swimwear

Flower Child Long Skirtini

Embrace your inner flower child with this long skirtini by It Figures from Always for Me. The long skirt has a built in brief and the tank top with sexy v-neck has soft cup support. Together they almost look like a swim dress. Here are one of the few occasions where completely different patterns work together for a great look. The Flowerchild V Neck Skirtini is available in sizes 16 to 22 for $99.

plus size two piece skirtini

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Ocho Rios Twist Bandeau

One of my all time favorite plus size swimsuits from Always for Me is this retro one piece that looks like a two piece. plus size retro polka dot swimsuit

The polka dots and cross over breast make it incredibly sexy. The pink strap which goes over the neck is removable for strapless tanning.

The Ocho Rios Twist One Piece Bandeau swimsuit has been extremely popular this season. Always for Me has recently restocked this charming bathing suit.

It is available in an excellent range of sizes from 16 to 26 for $79.

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Retro Swimwear

Last week Forbes magazine announced that teenie weenie bikinis are out and retro swimwear is in. I don’t know many plus size women who are into bikinis per say but I do know we have long been familiar with the concept of retro swimwear. 

If you are into two pieces then high waisted bottoms are a must. Not because we are plus size; it is part of the retro comeback. Other retro aspects to look for? Stripes, bows, ruching and halter necklines. Not necessarily all on the same suit.

My  top pick for plus size retro swimwear comes from Always for Me, one of the leaders in plus size swimwear, and it so happens, retro swimwear. The Twist Front Bandeau comes in one piece and two piece.

The one pieces has a nice selection of colors: rose, coral, aqua, turquoise, brown and black. It comes in sizes 16 to 26 for a reasonable $79.

The two-piece comes in black or rose for $89. Both suits can be worn with or without the halter strap.

Always for Me has many other retro styles to choose from.

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