Flattering Swimsuits for Big Hips

Flattering swimsuits for big hips may seem like an oxymoron; how can something so skimpy make hips appear smaller??  There are some key guidelines that make a big difference in appearance.  It’s possible, trust me.

Shopping Tips: Flattering Swimsuits for Big Hips:

  • Use prints, patterns and design features on the swimsuit top to draw attention up.  Solid colors on the bottom of the suit (one piece or two) will minimize the lower half.
  • If you’re more pale, shop darker striking solid colors like: navy, jewel tones, oxblood.  If you’re tan or darker skinned, go for brighter colors.
  • Boy shorts make the hips look wider, no matter what your shape.  If you’re looking to elongate the legs and minimize hips, choose a higher cut bottom rather than a boy cut.
  • Halter tops and triangle cut tops will draw the eye up and narrow the upper body, whereas bandeau tops widen the bust.  You may want to widen the bust for balance depending on your shape.
  • If you have a smaller figure, smaller prints will work, but if you have a larger figure, the small prints work against you, so rock the larger patterns.
  • Shape-wear can also be very beneficial toward hiding problem areas.
Guide to shopping flattering swimwear for big hips
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Let’s See the Do’s and Don’ts of Swimwear for Big Hips

Do's and don'ts of buying swimwear for big hips.

Don’t! Notice what a difference the pattern make. The larger print, instantly makes her hips appear larger.

Do's and don'ts of buying swimwear for big hips.

Don’t! Generally avoid prints and patterns that have large converging or expanding elements. Notice how wide her lower half looks due to the expanding pattern. I have to say, I saw the back of this suit and it is less flattering across her butt. This can be more difficult to pick up on in crocheted swimwear, but now that you’ve seen it, you’ll notice it more readily.

Do's and don'ts of buying swimwear for big hips.

Do! A subtle change in pattern at the top draws the eyes up and flatters the hips.

Do's and don'ts of shopping swimwear for bip hips.

Don’t! Boy shorts and high waisted (without raising the leg opening) add fabric and in turn, add size.

Do's and don'ts of buying swimwear for big hips.

Do! High waist with a higher leg opening narrows the appearance of the hips.

Do's and don'ts of buying swimwear for big hips.

Don’t! Low rise bikini bottoms are not as slimming as high rise. Unfortunately, these are the style I mostly see on racks. As a short girl, I can also appreciate that high rise bottoms lengthen legs much more than low rise.

Do's and don'ts of buying swimwear for big hips.

Do! These are nearly the same bottoms as shown above, but when paired with a halter top, the eyes are drawn up to the neck and the hips appear smaller.

It’s amazing how subtle differences in design change the proportions on these gorgeous models.  Sometimes it’s hard to find the perfect suit and I fall in love with suits that don’t follow all of the rules, but that’s ok.  Rules are meant to be broken, but with these tips, I hope you are more successful at swimsuit shopping.  I know I dread shopping for swimsuits.  I feel much more comfortable ordering a bunch online and returning the ones that don’t work.  Below are several flattering swimsuits for  big hips, so have fun ordering and comment below if this helped you find your perfect suit.

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