A day at the beach is the classic metaphor for fun and relaxation. And now, with a host of figure-flattering designs for plus-size swimwear, buying a new bathing suit can help boost the anticipation. You can’t go wrong with a classic one piece bathing suit. From artfully developed prints, fine faux wrap designs and ruching that helps shape your body and firm your figure, there are lots of plus size swimwear styles that give you confidence, style and a shot of sass. Many also offer built-in control. See what Betsey Johnson, Isaac Mizrahi Live! and Jessica Simpson have devised for you. Swim skirts and swim dresses provide modesty—covering the tops of your thighs—while being fun and flirty. Ruffled hems. Slit skirts. Pleats…check out the choices from Slimming Options. A Liz Clairborne tankini gives you the freedom of a bikini (since the top is separate, it’s just like pulling on a T-shirt) but offers all the cover of a one-piece. And for the daring, a bikini may be just the thing. Coco Reef and Anne Cole both have great options. Too bare? Cover-ups from Denim & Co and Susan Graver look great at the pool, the beach or over lunch at the resort bistro. Time for that fun and relaxation!