This post is for you if you’re an apple shaped plus size and you want to camouflage your tummy fats, enhance your curves, and create a more hourglass silhouette. Here’s how to pick the best swimsuits for plus size apple body shape.
You have an apple body shape if you have:
- rounded shoulders
- full breasts
- you’re top heavy and carry the most weight on your tummy
- you have average booty
- you have beautifully-shaped legs
In a hurry? Jump directly to the swimsuits specifically recommended for a plus size apple by clicking here.
Otherwise, read on to learn the best styling principles for your body type.
Born apples vs new apples
Note that there are two types of apple ladies: the born apples and the new apples. Born apples are always shaped like an apple no matter their weight loss or gain.
New apples, on the other hand, are women who originally had a different body shape when they were lean but became apple-shaped when they gained weight. This means that they gained the most fats on their midsection, making their bodies resemble an apple shape instead of their original body type.
Although most bodies retain their own shape when they gain weight, it is not uncommon for a certain body shape (even for an hourglass) to turn into an apple if it gains weight. If this applies to you, consider this list as a swimsuit style makeover.
One piece with tummy control panel
A tummy control panel is an extra layer of fabric material attached to a swimsuit (one piece or bikini bottom) to tuck in tummy fats and shape the waist. Overall, this creates a firmer midsection, visually reducing your tummy fats and keeping them from sagging.
Think of it as a corset, only very lightweight that you can barely feel it’s there.
Brands like Miraclesuit and Swimsuits For All who specializes in swimsuits with tummy control also pay attention to the design. You’ll notice that their swimsuits’ designs are all slimming. The patterns either mimic an hourglass, camouflage the tummy fats, or both.
And when it comes to supporting your full breasts, they do have you covered.
They usually cost a little bit more pricey but with the reliable support they provide, (both to your tummy and breasts) it’s definitely worth to invest in at least one.
Hugging the waist and flaring at the bottom, peplum tankinis create the illusion of an hourglass figure. They trick the eyes to see a slimmer waist and a more defined pair of hips.
It’s safe to say that if you’re an apple shaped plus size, you can never go wrong with a peplum tankini. Plain or printed, rely on it to always flatter your figure.
Vertical and diagonal lines
Vertical lines are naturally slimming as they make you appear taller than you actually are; while diagonal lines slim you down by distracting the eyes from focusing on the width and bulk of your tummy and softening your edges.
Whether it’s a swimsuit or your daily outfits, you can always rely on these lines to create that elongating and slimming effect.
Horizontal lines, on the other hand, should be avoided by plus size apple and rectangle ladies. It adds more width to your proportion, making you appear bulkier and shorter. Instead of width, a plus size apple should strive for more visual length—something that horizontal line can’t provide.
A-line swim dress
Whoever said that swim dresses and tankinis are boring just don’t know how to look for the right cut. If you’re an apple or rectangle, avoid swim dresses that hug both your midsection and hips.
The possibility of straight swim dresses looking flattering on you is a million to one chance simply because no contrast is happening between your hips and waist. Unlike A-line swim dresses.
A-line swim dresses, like peplum tankinis, create a flattering contrast between your waist and hips creating the illusion of an hourglass figure.
High waisted bikinis
Not all body types can pull off a high waisted bikini look. Luckily, apple ladies are perfect for it. The high waist bottom tucks in the tummy fats and accentuates an apple’s waist curve.
If you want a sexier version of a one piece and show a little more skin, high waisted bikinis are definitely your best choice.
Deep plunging necklines
Swimsuits with plunging necklines visually elongate the body specifically the torso and the arms. As a result, they make your body appear slimmer and curvier than it actually is.
This one piece, for example, will even slim you down with its plunging V-neckline and its attached tummy control panel and ruchings at the waist.
Remember, the deeper the neckline, the slimmer, curvier, and taller your body appears. Make sure though that the swimsuit has enough support to hold your bust.
If you don’t feel very secure wearing swimsuits with an open neckline, go for this crisscross detail in the middle. It has the same slimming effect plus a very secure bust support.
Hourglass effect swimsuits
These are swimsuits that create the illusion of an hourglass figure by using cutouts, lines, and patterns to make your waist appear slimmer and curvier than it is. Take a look at the example below:
The see-through cut out on both sides of the waist accentuate its curves and make it seem more defined. Furthermore, the crisscross detail in the middle accentuates the hourglass effect by distracting the eyes from further focusing on the tummy.
You can also achieve the same effect by playing with lines. As you can see with this one-piece, the crisscrossed diagonal lines create an hourglass impression of the waist.
Designs apple body should avoid
- Avoid swimsuits with horizontal lines and patterns. Horizontal line widens the body which is the opposite of what you wanna go for if you’re an apple shaped plus size.
- The same is true for straight-across bandeaus. They’ll only make your torso appear wider and shorter. Remember, the goal is to elongate, not widen.
A list of recommended swimsuits for a plus size apple
Now that you know which designs will flatter your body type, here’s a list of swimsuits that meet the above-mentioned criteria.
I specifically curated them to fit only a plus size apple for a seamless shopping.