Fitting FAQs

Curve Sized Frequently Asked Fitting Questions

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Fitting FAQs

Why does your swimwear size label have a plus + symbol?

You'll notice on our Artesands size label that each individual size is accentuated with a plus symbol + after each size. The plus symbol means - PLUS A LITTLE BIT MORE.

At Artesands we have developed our own unique grading system to fit the curves of all women. We understand that everybody’s shape is different and we have developed a sizing and swimsuit fitting system that allows just a little bit more into the areas of our bodies that tend to be more curvaceous.

We allow for a little bit more room through the mid-section, at the top of your back, underarm, and a bit more through the hips. If you have curves and you try an Artesands swimsuit you will love how our ‘plus a little bit’ more curve fit sizing structure sits softer on your body.

To read more on why we introduced the plus symbol into our sizing, you can read our blog on understanding the Artesands plus symbol.

How do I measure myself correctly?

Measuring your body accurately is of extreme importance to make sure you order the best fitting curve fit or plus size swimsuit possible for your body shape and size. There are 6 key measurements you need to accurately measure yourself. These are of your bust, under bust, waist, high hip, low hip and torso length.

For a full guide on how to measure yourself, read our blog here.

How can I care for my swimsuit?

The most important thing you can do for prolonging the life of your swimwear is to launder it correctly. This includes following our step-by-step washing guide and adhering to the do’s and don’ts to make sure your new swimsuit is accurately cared for.

For in depth information and instructions, read our blog here.

What is powermesh?

Powermesh is a type of lining we use to line all of our Artesands curvy swimsuits. It is a net-like fabric that is incredibly stretchy, soft, and compressive but not restrictive. Powermesh is our secret ingredient that makes our Artesands women's swimwear so special.

To read more about what powermesh is, head over to our blog.

What does multifit mean?

When you break it down it is quite simple, multifit means this swimsuit fits a multitude of different sizes. You do not have to worry that the multifit cup will not fit as its dual sizing, this means it will be able to fit many shapes and curves. Moulded multifit cups help to create a sculpting Silhouette all in one curve.

To read more about how this works click through here to our multifit blog.

What size cup can fit in a multifit swimsuit?

A multifit cup can comfortably fit a C Cup, D Cup, DD Cup, E Cup, F Cup and a G Cup, however we have seen our Delacroix one piece style fit a curvy babe with a HH Cup bust. This generally comes down to breast tissue as well as the amount you want to flaunt! It goes without saying that the bigger the bust, the more that will be seen, especially if you are bigger than the recommended cup size.

Read more about the Multifit Cup on our multifit blog.

Does the multifit cup get bigger with the size grading?

Yes! These multifit cups are also graded to be the same size as the swimsuit you buy, so for an example if you buy a Delacroix Australian size 12+ garment the cups will be smaller than an Australian size 24+ curve fit swimsuit.

Read more about the Multifit Cup on our multifit blog.

What is the multifit cup made from?

All of our multifit cups are made out of a soft foam fabrication, this is soft against the skin and sits over your natural shape. The cup does have a slight mould to it originally however think of this like a pair of leather boots, the more you wear them the more they mould around your body.

Read more about the Multifit Cup on our multifit blog.

How does the multifit cup stretch to different sizes?

Our multifit cups are sewn onto our amazing powermesh fabrication that you will find in all our Artesands curve fit and plus size swimsuits (because we really love it)! This allows the foam cup to stretch and mould in all the right places for your body. It is also how we can fit a variety of different cup sizes into a multifit swimsuit.

Read more on our Multifit blog here and Powermesh blog here

Does the multifit cup give any support?

If you have big boobs you do not have to stay away from our multifit cupped swimsuits! With support it is not necessarily about no wire or a wired bra top, it is about finding the perfect fit for your body.

Read more about the Multifit Cup on our multifit blog.

Are multifit cups comfortable?

Did I just fall asleep with my bra on? Oops.

You know that feeling when you take off your bra at the end of the day? Is there any better feeling? Yes, there is. There is never enduring that wire that shovels its way into your ribs in the first place. A wirefree swimsuit solves that issue with never having it in the first place.

Read more about the Multifit Cup on our multifit blog.

Two piece swimsuits without tummy gap

I want to wear a two-piece swimssuit but I don’t want a tummy gap.

We have a couple of options for you.
Our first option is a tankini set, our curve fit and plus size tankini tops are long length and when worn back with one of our curve fitting swim pants, our tankini tops will overlap by a large amount allowing extra coverage and no risk of exposing a tummy gap even when in the water or jumping up and down with your hands over your head.

Read more on our curvy girl blog here!

Long torso

Curvy swimsuits to suit a long torso

There is nothing worse than the dragging down or the pulling up effects of a curvy one piece swimsuit when it doesn’t fit your shape correctly.
We have adjustable straps on all our curve fit and plus size one piece swimsuits. So, if your torso is just slightly longer, you can adjust our straps to give you a little more length.

To see a range of styles that suit a long torso, read our blog here

Different size top to bottom

My top half is smaller than my bottom half, so I don’t know what size to buy

This is our favourite question, as it is so easy to answer. You need a curvy swimsuit that is a 2 piece. You can buy our swim tops and swim pants separately and you do not have to buy the same size.

Read more on our blog!

Curvy swimsuit for an E cup

I am an E Cup, what is the best swimsuit for me?

Our Raphael family is the style for you! Raphael is the style that we like to say has all of the bells and whistles, It is our full E Cup / F Cup underwire style with extra bust support for a heavy bust.

Depending on breast tissue if you prefer an underwire free option you can also go with our Multifit cup Delacroix. This has the support from the Multifit and surrounding Powermesh.

Swimsuit tight on the body

I am very long in the body so the swimsuit feels very tight.

If you have a long body it is best to purchase either our tankini or bikini tops with matching pants. All of our tankini and bikini tops are designed to match back with the printed pants or our hues signature black range if it is a black based print. Our Tankini tops have extra length added to the torso and when wearing, look exactly like a one piece with the extra room!

My boobs are too small to fill out the swimsuit cups

No one’s boobs are too small. Your boobs are just right for your body. 

When choosing your new curvy swimsuit it is important to buy for your body shape and your cup size is one of those important fit measurements.

On our website you can easily find swimsuits that will suit you to your bra cup size by clicking on the shop by cup size link on the home page.

Read more on buying curvy swimsuit for you shape here!

Should I use warm or cold water when washing my curvy swimsuit?

The washing and laundering of your swimsuit are super important. We recommend hand washing in cold water as soon as possible after wear. Do not wash your swimsuit in hot water as this will break down the elastane in your curvy swimsuit.

For a more comprehensive explanation, read more on our blog here.

Do sunscreens effect my swimsuit?

YES. Sunscreens, body lotions, moisturisers, self-tanners, bronzers and cosmetics can all effect our beautiful curvy and plus size swimsuits. The fabric used in our swimwear loves to hold onto oils and chemicals used in these substances. This eventually leaves permanent discolouration and damage to your swimsuit if not cared for correctly.

Read more on how to remove sunscreen and other damaging oils and chemicals from your swimsuit on our blog here.

Can I get burnt through a sun protection garment?

A sun protection garment is just an extra layer of protection against our harsh damaging sun and can be an effective defence against skin burning, skin cancers, melanoma and premature skin ageing. Whilst it is effective, it’s still possible to get burnt through a sun protection garment, especially if it is stretched, old, faded or deteriorated.

To read more, head over to our blog

How can I prevent my straps sliding off my slanted shoulders?

We have included our strap clip technology on most of our curvy fit plus size swimsuits for extra support which will also help the straps stay in place for a curved shoulder. Our strap clip technology allows our wearer to cross the straps at the top of the back (roughly placed on the shoulder bone line). This secures the straps over you shoulders so they will not slip down.

To see a range of our Artesands styles that have this technology, read our blog here.

Avoid tan lines

I want to avoid tan lines but have breast that still need to be supported, which is the best suit for me?

This question resonates with me perfectly! There is nothing worse than spending all day lazing out on a beach and then going to work with visible tan lines, it gets to me! We have good news for you, our Botticelli Bandeau One Piece and Bikini Top both have the option to be a strapless swimsuit style that still offers the support with a D Cup / DD Cup underwire so those babies aren’t going anywhere!

We acknowledge that buying a swimsuit can be quite daunting to most of us.

Our curve fit and plus size swimsuits are suited for all the differing body shapes, because we all know as women, that we are not all the same shape. Every female body shape is uniquely different in its own artistic right and we want everyone to feel confident in flaunting what they have!

Over the years we been asked a lot of fit advice from real women concerned about what curvy swimsuit would fit their unique female shape. So, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions with our thoroughly researched answers to help you with your swimwear purchase.

Here at Artesands HQ we are all about fitting on true to size beautiful curvy and plus size body shapes to make our plus size swimwear fit all the shapes of the beautiful female body, and to help you feel comfortable and supported whilst wearing our swimwear.

We do this by fitting on real curvy bodies. We understand that a size 18 is different to a size 10 which is why we fit on an US 14 / AUST 18 body shapes. We grade our curve fit and plus size bathing suits based off these measurements so you can have the best fitting swimwear that enhances your curves in all the right places.

We are on a quest to normalise the female body and it is our vision is to help all our curvy women LOVE their bodies and feel comfortable in their own skin.

We are continually working on this list, so if you don’t see your query answered, please email us on and we will answer you directly. All your questions will help other women with similar questions looking for the right answer.

'Our curve fit and plus size swimwear is crafted to perfection to enhance the beauty of the female body and to fit our curves’.