Hi Curvinistas! Let’s jump-start fall by celebrating the end of summer! One major holiday still calls for a fabulous bathing suit appearance. And if you have yet to debut a swimwear style that represents YOU, I’m here to the rescue.


Forget describing body types as fruit, we, as women, are much more intelligent and evolved! Let me preface and focus on the areas you would like to accentuate versus the areas you want to conceal. These figure-flattering and sultry silhouettes in the season’s hottest colors will help you make a fashion statement with confidence and pride. You’ll minimize your flaws and look lean while showing off just the right amount of skin.  

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It’s time to stand out in style at the beach this summer with bold swimwear pieces that wont break the bank. But if a little splurge is involved, count it as an investment piece to your curvy closet.

Patterns and Prints

  • Use stripes, patterns, and tiny prints to get a slimming effect. When you mix patterns and prints, play with the same hue and palette to create a fashionable ensemble. I call it the duo—it adds that cool factor on trends, but is still slimming! Some styles include ruching, intricate detail, seam placement, or even sleeves for those not ready to bare arms just yet.


Swim Sexy Polka Dot Convertible Bikini, $68, swimsuitsforall.com

Palm Beach Suit by navabi, $53.87, navabi.co.uk

Bandeau One-Piece, $27.98, target.com

MICHAEL by Michael Kors Plus-Size Cover Up, Assymentrical Stripe Dress, macys.com

Malibu Surfer Plus-Size Swimsuit in Turquoise, $118, monifc.com

Optical Illusions

  • Abstract prints and graphic details with a black or a dark base will complement your unique figure. This selection includes full-coverage bottoms and underwire bra-tops that are figure-flattering but also make a statement.

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Delta Burke V-Neck Colorblock Tank One-Piece Swimsuit, $40, jcpenny.com

Colorblocked Halter Swimsuit, $19.90, forever21.com

Magisculpt Classic Swimsuit, $56, simplybe.com

AquaFitness Butterfly Scoop One-Piece Swimsuit in Navy Storm/Blue Teal, $37, landsend.com


  • Pops of colors and vibrant hues = the 3 F’s. That would be flattering, flirty, and ultra-feminine. Eye-catching colors such as blue, seafoam, corals, reds, and even yellows boosts your appearance. They’re also an instant mood-booster.


Trinidad Ruffle Plus-Size Swimsuit, $98, monifc.com

Swim Sexy Palm One-Shoulder Swimsuit, $58, swimsuitsforall.com

Chiffon Poncho, $78, beccaetcswim.com

Retro Glam Halter One-Piece, $17.90, forever21.com

Classic Swimsuit, $25.50, simplybe.com

Sexy and Stylish

  • Channel your favorite starlet! From simplistic hues to classic silhouettes, these picks support, smooth, lift, tuck, and provide clever ways to highlight your best assets!


Mozambique Halter Swim Dress, $172, lanebyant.com

Isis Bandeau Layering Tankini Top, $55.20, nordstrom.com

Serpent Underwire Bandeau Swimsuit, $44.25, alwaysforme.com

Lacy Days One-Piece in Morning, $120, modcloth.com

A-Line Tube Tankini, $50, additionelle.com

Flower Power 

  • Highlight your swimwear with floral prints that are playful, feminine, and season-less. These chic cover-ups, flattering fits, and high-waisted designs are refreshing and stylish.


X-Bank Tankini Swimsuit, $16-21, target.com

Teal Aqua Floral Shirred Bandeau Swimdress, $54.40, onestopplus.com

Floral Smocked Cover Up Dress, $36, lanebryant.com

Seaside Gardens Watercolor Balconette Bikini Top, $45, landsend.com

Shirred-Front One-Piece Swimsuit, $43, jcpenny.com

Safari and Camouflage Chic 

  • Classic animal prints to the trend of muted colors and metallic undertones go great with any skin tone and can transition into the fall.


MICHAEL by Michael Kors Halter Tankini Top and Skirted Bottom, $38.21, macys.com

Lisa cougar maillot by Miraclesuit, $130, lanebryant.com

Catalina Wrap Cover Up, $46, kiyonna.com

Exclusive Bikini Pant in Bright Animal Print, $23.63, asos.com

Bronze One-Shoulder Swim Dress, $40, onestopplus.com

See you next Friday my Curvinistas! Or in a fitting room near YOU!


My Curvy Footnote: Amongst my beach bum essentials are a fab pair of sunnies, a cool straw hat, lots of SPF, and chic beach tote. I also have my pre-swim season beauty regimen. My two personal favorite products for hair removal and to get my feet callus-free are Sally Hansen’s Brush-On In-Shower Hair Remover and Prep Your Pedi File. I feel sleek and swimwear ready!

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