Swimsuits! Bikinis! Tankinis! EEKINIS!
Where to start? Well, if you’re an apple-shaped woman of the apple-teenie variety, good news: you can wear whatever you want.
Check out Kate Upton, apple-teenie in a bikini:
Yes, she has a waist, but it isn’t prominent. Her shoulders are broader than her hips, her belly is round, her face is round, and her legs and arms are thin. Apple-teenies can wear bikinis and show off that round tummy.
Well, technically, anybody can wear a bikini. It’s all a question of comfort, and how you feel. There have been waves lately in the plus-sized community over the “fatkini”, and many plus-sized women reclaiming their right to wear this iconic article of clothing. The first rule of fashion is if you feel good wearing it, and if you feel free wearing it, you can wear it.
What about the rest of us?
The rest of us wear one-pieces and tankinis.
When we’re out on the beach, or at the pool, or even just sunning, we want to be comfortable.
We want to feel the sun and water on our bodies and enjoy our friends and family, our picnics and our booze and our lemonade.
We don’t want to spend the whole time internally paranoid, worrying that people are looking at us in a negative way, or questioning our bodies or our swimwear choices.
There will always be haters, yes, but we don’t have to bait them. Critically, we don’t want to end up on someone’s nasty hateful website as an example of what not to wear. Plus size bathing suits in particular can be prey to this particular hate crime.
Bathing suits for apple shaped women can be mysterious and frustrating: after this article you will have solid ideas to help when you’re shopping for a new one.
Swimsuits are Revealing
Swimwear is a personal thing, because it’s nearly as revealing of our flesh as lingerie, and yet we wear it for the whole world to view.
We put ourselves on display while we’re having a good time. This display has become part of our culture, for good.
The beach is truly a “meat market“, and the flexing and showing off of our flesh and wearing extremely suggestive, skimpy swimsuits isn’t going away – it’s our normal.
But we apple shapes have a choice on how to participate in this, and most importantly, we have a right to be out there at the pool and on the beach and in our lawnchairs in the sun!
And we should NEVER be afraid to wear a swimsuit, at any age or any size. There are swimsuits for everyone that look GOOD on everyone.
For one pieces and tankinis, favor styles with necklines that draw attention up toward the face and shoulders.
The best necklines for this purpose are:
- scoop necks
There are other strategies for apple shaped swimsuits, using print and color!
Solid color swimsuits are good as long as there’s no color block around the waist– this will just draw attention to that area. Solid dark colors can be elongating and flattering on our torsos.
Prints can work as a kind of camouflage, especially prints that are all over the entire swimsuit and not just in one area.
Prints with a lot of contrast, such as animal prints, prints with black and white, or prints that feature bold complementary colors, are best.
Ruching is a big fat YES
Ruching is your friend in tops, dresses, and wedding dresses for apple shapes: and ruching is your friend in swimsuits, too.
Ruching creates a “wrinkle” effect by bunching or gathering up a top layer of fabric.
While it draws the eye, it paradoxically makes our tummies look smaller, because it creates the impression that our bodies don’t completely fill out the swimsuit.
Swimsuit Skirts are a Yes.
Swimsuits with built-in skirts can be an apple’s best friend, because it creates the illusion of more hips/booty flaring away from the middle. This can be helpful for disguising or minimizing our lower belly pooch. It also can just feel more comfortable, for those of us who prefer more coverage.
Approach These Styles With Extreme Caution
Empire waist swimsuits can be dangerous, especially ones without a skirt – they can overemphasize our tummies and lead us into the trap of looking pregnant.
Use extreme caution when selecting an empire-waist swimsuit. Get feedback from several people before you wear it out in public.
Swimsuits with cut-outs around the sides or belly should be avoided, because they will visually draw attention to the middle.
Even if your sides are slim or if it looks cute from SOME angles, it’s almost certainly a bad call for an apple shape.
The model here is a plus-sized hourglass and can get away with this specific look.
Also, with these kind of swimsuits, you get a really WEIRD tan!
Brief Placement On Hips
Swimsuits with really high rises on the hips and thighs can be bad for apple shapes, because they won’t completely cover our lower bellies.
Obviously, Borat illustrates an extreme example (and on a dude)…but you get my point.
No super high rise swimwear if your belly hangs or droops or pooches out. Or if you’re a dude.
Budget Swimwear For Apple Shape: My Recommendations
AliExpress has some phenomenal details on swimwear. All of the images in this article have links that you can click over to the store. If you’re looking for a new swimsuit and you don’t want to spend a lot, check it out and get a head start on your summer vacation or cruise attire planning!
Most of the ones I’ve featured are under $20, astonishingly.
The best thing about AliExpress is that most of these suits are available S-4XL, and I’ve even seem some 5XL and 6XL options, which is fantastic. More for everyone!
If you’re a professional swimmer, it might make more sense to invest in a swimsuit that’s built to last you through tons of swimming (like Speedo, for example).
But for fashion and casual sunbathing/pool-sitting/beach-going (which is probably most of us) all the ones I’ve placed here are really quite spectacular for apple shapes looking to relax in style.
Any thoughts about swimsuits to share? Love ’em, hate ’em, curious about trying something new? As always, please check out my pinterest, where I’ve assembled SO MANY SWIMSUITS for apple shapes.
Yours on the beach and beyond,