12 Reasons to say yes to the Swim Dress


We're a group of girls that love the sun, water, and everything in between. We also love swimwear because it's fun and makes us feel confident.   

Our days aren't typical office days—we spend our time laughing, eating, and designing swimsuits that will help you feel your best.   

We're on a mission to make sure everyone feels empowered enough to show off their curvy beach bodies this summer. It's our quest to normalize the human body.


Artesands Curve Plus Size Sun Safe Swim dress

Welcome to the curvy world of Artesands

Artesands is a group of girls with a passion for fun, sun, water, and everything in between. Our days in the office aren't your typical office days—we spend our time talking and laughing with each other, eating lunch together and designing swimwear that will make all you girls feel confident this summer.   

Our mission is to empower women by making them feel comfortable in their own skin, no matter what shape or size it may be. We want everyone to embrace their curves and feel confident enough to enjoy the summer season without feeling self-conscious about their bodies.   

At Artesands we believe that all bodies are beautiful—that's why we strive to make as many women as possible feel empowered enough to enjoy the summer season confidently!   

When we're not designing swimwear, we're talking about it. We don't take ourselves too seriously and we love to laugh—and if you think that's just a myth, you haven't been to an Artesands office party.   

We're passionate about everything from sun to water to anything in between, and of course anything swimwear related. Our days at the office aren't like other people's office days—instead, we spend our time talking, laughing (a lot), eating (you'd be surprised how much food can be consumed in one day), and then designing and working on making sure we have the perfect product for all you girls to feel confident in your curvy beach body this summer. It's our ongoing mission to make as many women as possible feel empowered enough to enjoy the summer.   


It’s our quest to normalise the human body.   

We were all super inspired by the mountains of swimwear around us, and that's when we started to have a really great conversation about swimdresses.

Now mind you, this is not a topic that we regularly discuss because none of us are swimdress-wearing girls. But here we were surrounded by mountains of swimwear and couldn't help but keep coming back to the subject of swimdresses.   

The conversation started with references to people we knew who wore swimdresses and what style of swimdress they wore. We joked about our grandmothers' and their swimming days—and really discussed how far the swimdress has come—and it really is time to get those visual images of grandma out of your head in her old 1970s swimsuit!


Swimdresses and what makes a great plus size swimdress.   

We were analysing each of the styles what we liked and what we didn’t like, what had potential and what we could develop further.  As we were pulling out a new reference shape to pack away, we would analyse each style, with pros, cons and what we loved about it – we got really good at doing this, but we ended up pretty much comparing every new, every original and every half developed swim dress shape back to our already fabulous best-selling style Delacroix. We didn’t find one reference sample, or one future development sample that even compared to the ease and wearability of our already established style Delacroix. It was a really positive conversation.    

So, in this blog I thought I’d share a lot of the ideas we were throwing around on this day and jot down a few of the notes I took. But I also thought what a great idea to throw it out to you guys to join in on the research and share your thoughts on what makes a fabulous totally wearable swimdress? Below are our pointers and notes.


Artesands Curve Plus Size Sun Safe Swim dress
Artesands Curve Plus Size Sun Safe Swim dress

What makes a great plus size swimdress?


A swimdress, by our definition, is a dress you can swim in—not just any old thing. It reminds me of my old swimming lesson days as a teenager and the survival certificates where you had to jump into the pool fully clothed and do laps of the pool. If you've ever done this, you know that normal dresses can't be a swimsuit. Nothing's more embarrassing than the jellyfish look and having your dress skirt up around your neck is not an option.   

What does a swimdress look like and what makes a really great plus-size swimdress shape? Below is the list we came up with:


  • Easy to move in
  • Covers your butt
  • Doesn't ride up when you put your head under water
  • Comfortable straps and neckline that don't dig into your skin or pinch at all

12 factors that make a great fitting plus size swimdress    

1. Confidence Confidence is our top priority.

We believe that everyone should feel confident and empowered in their bodies, so we work hard to make sure that every plus-size swimsuit we design makes women feel amazing when they wear it.   


2. Modesty 

We all know that if we're going to wear a swimdress, we aren't interested in running around in a bikini. That's why it's important to consider modesty when choosing a swimsuit.   

Modesty is a big deal for plus size women, and it can be hard to find a swimsuit that provides the coverage that you need. Luckily, we've got you covered! Our plus size one-piece swimsuits give you more coverage than most other options on the market, so you can feel confident when you hit the beach or pool this summer.   


3. Waist defining 

Waist definition is the quintessential body shape that we all love, and it's easy to create through a classic A-line skirt. This style of skirt skims your hips and gives you a beautiful shape, but it doesn't cling to your body like many other styles. It's an excellent example of waist defining.                  

If you want to show off your curves, there's no better way than through waist definition. The quintessential body shape that we all love is an hourglass, and what better way to create this then through waist definition. A-line skirts that don't cling to your body and just skim your hips give you a beautiful shape and are a perfect example of waist defining.   


4. Bust enhancing

Not just bust support, but bust enhancement!   

Why not promote our best feature and the enhancement of the bust truly does help create the perfect hourglass shape.   

The bust is the best feature!   

We're not just about supporting your bust—we're about enhancing it. Why not promote our best feature and the enhancement of the bust truly does help create the perfect hourglass shape.


5. One piece   

The perfect swimsuit has to be a one-piece, and it can't be some kind of nylon/elastane slip that you just pull over another bathing suit. What's the point in that?   Swimsuits for plus-size women are a one-piece deal.   

If you're going to go big, then you might as well go all the way. That's why there's nothing more powerful than a one-piece swimsuit for plus-size women.   

It's not enough to simply pull on a nylon or elastane over another suit—that's like saying you're going to tackle that jellyfish school with just your fingers and no gloves!   


6. Built in Bust support 

We've built bust support into our swimdress—of course! No one wants their boobs to hang around their waist while they're swimming.   

Ladies, this is a no-brainer. We all know that swimsuits are not fun to wear when your boobs are bouncing around everywhere, so we've decided to make sure you have the support you need.   


7. Doesn’t jelly fish   

No more jelly fish.

With this swimdress, you can ensure a smooth, comfortable experience. The skirt is either fitted or long enough that it can be sat on or held down easily.    

Jellyfish and swimsuits don't mix.

We know what you're thinking: "I'll just wear a long-sleeved shirt over my swimsuit." But wearing a long-sleeved shirt over your swimsuit means that you'll be spending the whole day carrying around something that's just one step away from being a corset. And corsets aren't meant to be carried around all day—they're meant to be worn.   

So we made sure our swimsuits were lightweight, loose, and comfortable enough for you to wear for hours on end without getting tired or overheated.   


8. A Swim Pant 

This swimsuit has a swim pant attached. It's the perfect one piece, with briefs!

A swimdress with a built-in swim pant is the best choice for any woman who wants to look her best in the water. The addition of briefs ensures that every inch of your body is covered from the sun, sand, and salt water.  


9. Extra Sun Protection

I’m a little bit iffy on this idea, sorry work colleague that suggested this! For me if a swimsuit doesn’t cover your shoulders, upper arms and mainly your decolletage (the areas that age the most from the sun) then it shouldn’t really be consider more sun protection.   


10. Full coverage bottom area 

Yes, more coverage over our booty’s and a lower leg line is preferred. We aren’t wearing a swimdress to be skimpy.   


11. To look cute or elegant 

Well that’s everyone’s aim isn’t it! 


12. Colour and Print design 

Don't fear the texture!

Not all prints look great in a swimdress, and heavy texture fabrics should be avoided in plus size swimdresses. There is a lot of fabric that goes into the construction of a swimdress, and the extra bulk of texture will really weigh it down—and it will become really heavy in the water.

Artesands Curve Plus Size Sun Safe Swim dress
Artesands Curve Plus Size Sun Safe Swim dress

Say yes to the swimdress! 


We've got curve fit swimwear for everyone!   

 Our women’s curve fit swimwear is available in plus sizes US 8 - US 20 and sizes AUST 12 - AUST 24.   

To find swimwear in your size click the size link:

size AU12 / US8

size AU14 / US10 

size AU16 / US12

size AU18 / US14

size AU20 / US16

size AU22 / US18

size AU24 / US20

One Size


You can also select your perfectly fitted curve fit and plus size swimsuit by cup size, click the link to find all plus size swimsuits available for your cup size;  A cup / B cup, C cup, D cup, DD cup, E cup, F cup, FF cup and G cup.

Try our styles, if it’s the wrong shape for you we have really easy returns! And then we would love for you try a different shape and we have plus size swimsuit styles to fit most body shapes.   

We know that finding a swimsuit that fits your body can be a challenge. That's why we've got all of our women's curve fit swimwear available in plus sizes US 8 - US 20 and sizes AUST 12 - AUST 24.


Artesands Curve Plus Size Sun Safe Swim dress

We've got the curve fit swimwear you've been looking for


You don't have to search any further. No one else has a selection of plus-size swimsuits that's as good as ours. We've got styles for every body shape and size, so whether you're an apple-shaped woman or a pear-shaped woman, we've got something that will help you feel confident in the water this summer.   

Don't just take our word for it—try out our styles and see if they fit before you buy! If they don't fit quite right, we make returns super easy—and then we'd love for you to try another style from our collection!   



The A Team x




March 28, 2023 — Shani Cokinas