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What are your vacation plans for this summer? Do they involve the beach or a really great poolside getaway? Either way, you’ll need a stunning swimsuit. Since there are so many great plus-size swimsuit options available this season it’s understandable if you want some help sorting through them!

Today we’re going to talk about the five biggest swimwear trends of 2019 and some fun ways to wear them. These are available from a wide range of brands in varying price ranges so it’s fairly easy to find some version of each trend that works for your figure and your budget.

If you’re in the market to try out a trend rather then commit to it then try finding a budget version of it to see how you feel about it on you. If you love it and think you’ll wear it beyond this season you can then pick up a higher quality version to keep!

Unexpected Tropical Prints

Tropical prints used to be associated with bad Hawaiian shirts and Florida matrons, but they’ve made a huge comeback with a fresh new look this season in plus-size swimwear. Skip the giant traditional florals and look for versions that feature fruit, fun cut-out designs and other unexpected tropical details.

If you’re scared of big floral or tropical prints then try this tip: Look for tropicals or florals that are smaller scale so you feel less overwhelmed by them. Sometimes a big and bold print can be easier to wear when it’s small scale as opposed to large scale.

Bright Colors

Plus-size swimsuits used to be available in only ‘slimming’ colors (read: black and navy blue) but now come in a huge variety of bright and electric hues that will make you the star of your beach vacation. These suits are great if you want to stand out and try on a fashionable color. I’m a big fan of the electric orange versions that are out right now, but you can also try something like electric pink or blue if you want a more subdued option.

If you want to tone down your look for vacation, try to find a sheer or crocheted swim cover-up or dress to go with your suit! The bright color will peek through without drawing quite as much attention when you’re walking around or sunbathing.

Related: 3 Reasons To Get A Bra Fitting Before Buying A New Swimsuit

High Waist Swimsuit Bottoms

The retro swimsuit look is still hugely popular in all size ranges! The options are even better in plus-sizes since many brands opt for higher waist panties and bottoms as a general rule. You can go full retro in a polka dot two-piece or go for a more modern look with mix-and-match pieces that look color blocked.

This can be a great route to try if you’re on a budget since you can shop the leftovers that go on sale to create your perfect swimsuit!

Multiway and Convertible Swimsuits

This is the first season that I’ve seen multiple multiway and convertible swimsuits on the plus-size market and I adore them. Some are designed to be worn eight or nine different ways while some simply let you change your top from a strapless swimsuit to a more standard one.

These options give you multiple looks for your vacation without investing in multiple swimsuits. They also let you match your level of support with the activities you’re doing. Going swimming in the waves? Turn your strapless suit into a cross-back. Want to avoid tan lines? Change it back to a strapless. The possibilities are endless.

Bra Sized Swimwear

Bra sized swimwear isn’t new but it is sometimes thought of as a speciality product. Luckily, tons of great and budget friendly lingerie companies have started making it over the past few seasons. If you don’t want to buy online then try the big box stores like Torrid and Lane Bryant, especially if you’re in a smaller cup size range.

If you are a larger cup size or looking for something specific then check out your local lingerie boutique. Many sell a full range of bra sized swim pieces and can fit you into the perfect thing. A quality swimsuit can be an investment, so you owe it to yourself to make sure it fits properly!

Where are you heading on vacation this summer? What are you looking for in a swimsuit? If you’ve got a wish list then let us know in the comments!

Related: How To Shop For Plus Size Swimwear Online

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If you’re shopping for a swimsuit that fits your bust perfectly, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find swimsuit tops that stay in place, especially when you’re shopping on your own. If you’re full-busted and you’ve struggled with finding a flattering swimsuit top or if you’ve never tried a bra-sized swim top before, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings and carry a selection of swimsuits and swimsuit tops. Their expert bra fitters can help take the pain and frustration out of swimsuit shopping and do all the work for you. They can help you find a bra-sized swimsuit top with the support and lift that you’re looking for and they can also help you find new everyday bras that fit well and feel good. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best swimsuits are hiding.

If you’re not happy with the swimsuits in your closet, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy swimsuit shopping!

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Holly Jackson

Holly is an industry writer for Parfait as well as a regular contributor to Lingerie Briefs and is the featured writer for Curvy Briefs.She has written for media outlets from The Lingerie Journal to The ToastHolly is also the owner of The Full Figured Chest Copywriting, a content marketing and consulting company that services the lingerie industry.Her clients range from indie lingerie designers to larger lingerie corporations.

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