No matter your shape or size, shopping for a swimsuit can prove itself a real chore. After all, what are these pieces, really, if not glorified (and water-friendly) lingerie?
The key is to not let swimwear's inherent skimpiness limit your choices, according to HeyGorgeous.com founder, blogger, and plus-size model Aimee Cheshire. Finding swimwear in the right size — and with adequate support — is invaluable when it comes to feeling confident and comfortable.
"In the past, plus-size and curvy women were told to avoid bikinis, embrace the 'miracle suit,' wear black, and hide their bodies under cover-ups," Cheshire explains. "Today, the plus industry is changing from a position of 'concealing' to 'revealing' — more and more brands are creating swimsuits for curvy bodies, so you can step away from basic black and find styles that fit your personality and flatter your body."
Ultimately, every body is a bikini body; you just have to put a bikini on it. Wherever you fall on the size spectrum, just know there are styles out there — in a range of colors, prints, and silhouettes — that are tailored to your style. Ahead, we're sharing our favorite plus-size suits to shop (so far) this season, along with tons of expert tips to help you nail that fit.