10 plus-size bathing suits to wear this summer
Feel (and look) your best with these fab swimwear picks.
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As a plus-sized woman myself, I understand the struggle that is trying to find a comfortable-yet-chic bathing suit. For the longest time, the swimwear options for different body types was very limited. Fortunately, many brands are finally starting to expand to be more size-inclusive.
Whether you’re going to the beach or lounging by the pool, wearing a bathing suit you feel confident in can make all the difference. There are so many different styles on the market now, from classic bikinis and tankinis to fuller-coverage one-pieces and swim dresses. Below, we’ve rounded up some of the best plus-size bathing suits to rock all summer long, from brands like Summersalt, Lively, and Old Navy.
1. This vibrant bikini from Torrid
It's only a myth that us curvy girls can’t wear stripes—we totally can. This Torrid bikini has vibrant vertical stripes in pink, orange, yellow, and green that create an eye-catching piece. Available in women's sizes 10-30, many reviewers say they like how the cut and fabric details are a little flirty without being too revealing.
"It's cute and sexy," one shopper says. "Covers enough for me to wear it around family and friends but still has some cleavage. Highly recommend!"
- Get the Multi Stripe Tie Front Wireless Triangle Bikini Top From Torrid for $29.75
- Get the Multi Stripe High-Waist Bikini Bottoms from Torrid for $26.70
2. This one-piece with over 11,000 Amazon reviews
Not sure what color bathing suit you want this summer? No worries—this "tummy control" swimsuit is available in 40 striking colors and patterns, from classic black to neon yellow to tie-dye. The ruching at the torso accentuates your curves while the removable pads add a push-up effect for the bust. The swimsuit comes in women’s sizes XS-3X.
Of its 11,200+ reviews, many appreciate how the swimsuit is made of thick, high-quality material that holds everything in place. "I took a chance on this suit and it was a winner!" one person says. "The gathered material across the torso helps hide those little imperfections or bulges around the tummy area."
3. This trendy Summersalt swimsuit
Summersalt is most famous for its Sidestroke bathing suit, which went viral on social media last year. The brand also offers plus-sized suits that are equally comfortable and cute. This one includes a self-tie belt that cinches your waist along with sewn-in cups and an open back. It comes in women's sizes 2 to 22.
Shoppers like the slimming design and bold contrasting colors. "This suit makes me feel the most confident of all the ones I own," one person raves. "It hits in all the right spots, so I feel comfortable in my body." Note: Many sizes are already sold out, so if you want this suit, you'll want to act fast.
4. This patterned one-piece from Unique Vintage
Throw it back to the 1950s with this playful Unique Vintage suit. Featuring a bold leopard pattern, it has an off-the-shoulder neckline layered with ruffles and a built-in-belt at the waist to accentuate an hourglass silhouette. Also available in a polka dot pattern, the suit comes in women's sizes 1X-3X.
I own this bathing suit and I love the fit and style. It offers just the right amount of stretch while providing support for swimming. Plus, it's strapless, which is great for spending time in the sun without worrying about crazy tan lines (though you don't want to forget your sunscreen).
5. This wrap bikini from Swimsuits for All
A wrap dress, but make it a bikini. That's the effect you'll get with this high-waisted colorblock bikini from Swimsuits for All. It's a great pick for those who want to be covered, but also show a bit of skin. The bottom has a mesh "tummy control" fabric that holds everything in place and reviewers appreciate how much support the bikini top provides for women with larger busts. You can mix and match sizes for the top and bottom—both of which come in women's sizes 4 to 24—so you can find the right fit regardless of your proportions.
"The criss-cross pattern with a high-waisted bottom is super flattering," one reviewer says. "Having a large chest, it's always difficult to find a suit that fits. The mesh of this one has good coverage but won't leave you with an awkward tan line."
6. This Ruby Love swimsuit for when you're on your period
There are few things more annoying than going to the beach when it's that time of month. While you could use typical feminine hygiene products, why not just wear a bathing suit that offers the same protection? Ruby Love’s period swimwear—like this racerback one-piece—feature a built-in absorbent liner and the brand's leak-proof technology that will keep you feeling comfortable and confident while you're lounging seaside (or poolside!). It comes in women's sizes XS to 3X.
Reviewers love that they can finally swim or sun without having to worry about leakage. "The swimwear from this company is some of the best I have ever worn," one shopper says. "It's adorable and looks just like a normal swimsuit on the outside. The inside absorbency is hidden away and I had no leaks or stains all day."
7. This customizable one-piece from Old Navy
Old Navy has a plethora of pretty plus-sized swimwear for summer. Like this best-selling swimsuit, which is made with the brand's stretchy Secret-Slim mesh and boasts a sweetheart neckline and adjustable straps that you can wear "cami-style" or criss-cross. The one piece also has built-in UPF 40+ sun protection and comes in women's sizes 1X to 4X.
8. This backless swimsuit from Amazon
You'll essentially get two bathing suits in one with this popular Amazon pick, which has thick, comfortable straps that you can wear multiple ways. The one-piece has removable pads so you can choose how much support—or how much lift—you want and flattering ruching across the front. It comes in women’s sizes M-3X.
More than 7,000 reviewers love this bathing suit for its durable material and figure-hugging fit. "I've been looking for a bathing suit that flatters my curvy shape," one shopper says. "This one slims me and makes my boobs look great!"
9. This Lively bikini top for bustier women
Finding a swim top that provides fuller coverage and support for bigger busts can be difficult. However, the Busty Bralette from popular lingerie brand Lively offers just the right amount of support for any size chest, whether you're strolling on the beach or swimming laps in the pool. With thick straps and a wide band, the top is available in five eye-catching designs and comes in women's sizes 32DD to 40DD.
Reviewers love that the swimsuit is supportive yet doesn't have the annoyingly uncomfortable underwire that often accompanies larger bras. "It’s always been a struggle for me to find a swim top that is actually flattering, but somehow Lively has made a top that fits me perfectly without being too tight on the band or too small in the cups," one person says. "The quality of the top is well worth the $45. I’m absolutely obsessed."
10. This playful one-piece from ModCloth
This one-piece swimsuit from ModCloth features a vintage floral design along with a padded bust area and a plunging neckline. The soft pads are removable (for anyone who wants or needs less support) and the self-tie halter top allows you to adjust the swimsuit to fit comfortably over your torso. The one-piece comes in women's sizes XS to 3X.
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