Splash Better: Our Plus-Size Swimsuit Picks

Find your new favorite suit here.

byThe Editors| PUBLISHED Jul 2, 2020 1:56 PM
Splash Better: Our Plus-Size Swimsuit Picks
Boy shorts are way comfier than the string bikini bottoms of the early 2000s. Getty Images
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Finding the right bathing suit somethings feels like finding a needle in a haystack. You know it’s there, you just have to dig through a whole lot of junk to get it. We’re here to help you sift through the huge assortment of plus size swimwear available out there, and hopefully help you find your dream suit.

Bikini Pick
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You can tie the bottoms in different ways, depending on your shape (or your mood).

High waist briefs are the best thing to happen to bikinis since tie sides. Not only does a high waist look stylish and nip you in, it also offers support for a larger belly—and a little extra coverage, if that’s what you’re looking for.

Halter Pick
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This retro cutie is available in US sizes 6 to 22 and has attached boy shorts underneath.

Halter tops are the workhorses of the bathing suit world. They support and flatter any size bosom without underwire, and manage to look tres stylish at the same time.

Tankini Pick
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This comes in sizes 10 to 26, and 19 different colors and prints.

One pieces are excellent at providing coverage and modesty (if that’s what you’re looking for). But they can be a pain to pull on—and to deal with in bathrooms. Tankinis are an excellent cross between a one piece and a bikini: You get the comfort and convenience of separates but with the coverage of a one piece. Plus tankini tops come in tons of shapes, from blousy and relaxed to snug and sporty.

Underwire Pick
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This supportive style is so cute you might be tempted to wear it out for cocktails.

Flattering, comfortable and stylish, swim dresses are more popular than ever. Consider a swim dress if you’re looking for more coverage over your hips and thighs than you could get from a typical bikini brief or one piece.

Splurge Pick
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This top-quality brand is known for thoughtful designs and careful construction.

Sun, surf and pool water are tough on fabric. So if you want a swimsuit that will last multiple seasons without losing it’s shape or elasticity, look to the higher end, swimsuit-specialist designers.