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44 On-Trend Plus Size Swimwear Styles to Make You Look Hot

by Amy Kennedy
March 18, 2020
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When it comes to shopping, swimwear is often the last thing on your mind. After all, finding flattering and comfortable plus size swimwear that can stand up to long hours tanning, swimming at the pool or hitting up the beach can be a challenge. Oftentimes you have to pick style over comfort or vice versa in order to feel as close as you can to your best when you’re out enjoying the summer weather.

Luckily, the past few years has shown an amazing boom in the plus size swimsuit category, with a ton of new styles, fabrics and designers making their mark in the industry. While we were once limited to frumpy one-pieces that barely held our curviness in, we can now explore endless options, from retro bikinis to strappy one-pieces to too-cute tankinis and more. Long story short, plus size swimsuit shopping just got easy.

If you’re new to the plus size swimwear shopping scene or just want a quick refresher on what styles are available out there for you to try, never fear. We’ve put together a list of ten must-have styles that are perfect for any plus size gal who wants to accent her curves without feeling like she has zero support or looking like she’s wearing a tent.

Without further ado, here are our top styles of plus size swimwear for your shopping pleasures.

1. THE CLASSIC ONE-PIECE

Let’s start things off with the basics – the classic one-piece. This isn’t quite like you remember from middle school gym class. Rather than looking frumpy and like you belong at your grandmother’s synchronized swimming class, today’s plus size one-piece swimsuits are super cute and flattering.

With the invention of new swimwear fabrics and an influx of designers hungry to cater to the plus size woman, the one-piece has had a total makeover. Now, instead of feeling limited, you can explore tons of options including sexy strappy swimsuits, high-neck swimsuits, backless swimsuits and more, all designed to perfectly accent your curves.

If you’re ready to give up your old tired one-piece and try out one of these fabulous new options, here are some perfect picks to get you started.

THE PLUS SIZE CRISSCROSS STRAPPY RUCHED ONE PIECE SWIMSUIT

Strappy and sexy – yes please.

THE PLUS SIZE CRISSCROSS STRAPPY RUCHED ONE PIECE SWIMSUIT

SHOP IT:
Plus Bathing Suits Plus-Size Crisscross Strappy Ruched One Piece Swimsuit in Black – $67.00

THE ANTHROPOLOGIE PLUNGE ONE-PIECE SWIMSUIT

We’re ready to take the plunge – are you?

THE ANTHROPOLOGIE PLUNGE ONE-PIECE SWIMSUIT

SHOP IT:
Anthropologie Plunge One-Piece Swimsuit in Black – $118.00

THE LAUREN RALPH LAUREN PLUNGING SHAPING ONE-PIECE SWIMSUIT

Shapewear and swimwear in one? We’re sold.

THE LAUREN RALPH LAUREN PLUNGING SHAPING ONE-PIECE SWIMSUIT

SHOP IT:
Lauren Ralph Lauren Plus Size Plunging Tummy-Control Shaping One-Piece Swimsuit in Indigo – $148

THE CRUISE MIRACLE SUIT CROSSOVER WITH MESH ONE PIECE SWIMSUIT

Sexy mesh, a flattering crossover effect and an open back? Yes please.

THE CRUISE MIRACLE SUIT CROSSOVER WITH MESH ONE PIECE SWIMSUIT

SHOP IT:

2020 Cruise Miracle Suit Women’s Plus Solid Crossover with Mesh One Piece Swimsuit in Black – $170.00

THE LATTICE DEEP-V WIRELESS ONE PIECE SWIMSUIT

Because who doesn’t love a deep v-neckline and a lattice front.

THE LATTICE DEEP-V WIRELESS ONE PIECE SWIMSUIT

SHOP IT: 
Torrid Black Lattice Deep-V Wireless Slim-Fix One-Piece Swimsuit in Black – $98.90

2. THE TANKINI

If you remember wearing one-piece swimsuits growing up and hating them, chances are you dipped your toes in the pool of tankinis, too. Not quite as showy as a bikini, this style of swimsuit features a longer top that typically reaches the hip or the top of the coordinating bikini bottom. This is a great option for the girl who doesn’t want to show off too much skin but still wants to feel flirty and feminine whether beachside or poolside.

Today’s tankinis have totally evolved from the classic tank-top style top with standard bikini bottom. These days, you can find tankinis in tons of styles, from lace-up designs to cutout pieces to sheer and more. It’s the perfect grown-up form of our middle-school go-to swimsuit.

Thinking about getting back in on the whole tankini thing? Here are some styles to help you get started on your plus-size swimwear-shopping spree.

THE MIRACLESUIT RAZZLE DAZZLE ASYMMETRIC TANKINI TOP

Give ‘em the old razzle dazzle with this stylish little number.

THE MIRACLESUIT RAZZLE DAZZLE ASYMMETRIC TANKINI TOP

SHOP IT:
Miracle Suit Plus Size Razzle Dazzle Asymmetric-Drape Tankini Top – $136.00

THE PRETTY TWIST-FRONT TANKINI

That’s right – you can totally go strapless with a tankini.

THE PRETTY TWIST-FRONT TANKINI

SHOP IT:
Venus Pretty Twist-Front Tankini in Black and White Stripe – $56.00

THE VOLCOM SIMPLY SOLID TANKINI TOP

Sporty Spice called – she wants her top back.

THE VOLCOM SIMPLY SOLID TANKINI TOP

SHOP IT:
VOLCOM Simply Solid Tankini Swimsuit Top – Women’s Plus Sizes – $42.00

THE MESH FLYAWAY TANKINI TOP

Leopard print AND it’s convertible? Our dreams really can come true!

THE MESH FLYAWAY TANKINI TOP

SHOP IT: 
Target Women’s Plus Size Mesh Flyaway Tankini Top in Kona Sol – $29.99

THE BLUE LAGOON SHIMMER SWIM TANKINI TOP

Because we all need a little extra sparkle in our lives.

THE BLUE LAGOON SHIMMER SWIM TANKINI TOP

SHOP IT:
Catherine’s Blue Lagoon Shimmer Swim Tankini Top in Animal Dot – $69.95

3. THE SWIM DRESS

What do you mean, ‘swim dress?’ Exactly what it sounds like – a swimsuit that doubles as a dress! While you may be picturing something frumpy and totally out of date, these babies have made a comeback in the plus size swimwear market, adding an additional level of security and comfort that a tankini or bikini can’t typically provide a curvy lady.

These days, swim dresses are designed to flatter the feminine figure, with a fitted bra-style top with underwire and straps paired with a flowy bottom that hits just below the behind. These dresses come with a cute bikini bottom for added comfort and support. Because they are a little longer than the standard tankini, some swim dresses come with more skin-baring bottom styles, such as thongs.

Dreaming of adding a swim dress to your collection? Here are a few fabulous styles to help you get going on it.

THE FLORAL BLOSSOM SWIM DRESS

Flowers are always in season.

THE FLORAL BLOSSOM SWIM DRESS

SHOP IT:
Catherine’s Floral Blossom Swim Dress in Tropicana Floral – $119.95

THE LAUREN RALPH LAUREN FLYAWAY SLIMMING FIT ONE-PIECE SWIMSUIT

The perfect convertible design has been found –wear it as a one-piece or a dress.

THE LAUREN RALPH LAUREN FLYAWAY SLIMMING FIT ONE-PIECE SWIMSUIT

SHOP IT:
Lauren Ralph Lauren Plus Size Flyaway Slimming Fit One-Piece Swimsuit – $148.00

THE MIRACLESUIT MARAIS ALLOVER SLIMMING TWIST-FRONT SWIMDRESS

Slimming fits + flowing designs = a win in our books.

THE MIRACLESUIT MARAIS ALLOVER SLIMMING TWIST-FRONT SWIMDRESS

SHOP IT:
Miracle Suit Plus Size Marais Allover-Slimming Fit One-Piece Swimsuit in Black – $200.00

THE BURGUNDY RED ASYMMETRICAL WIRELESS ONE-PIECE DRESS

Who wouldn’t love a swimsuit the color of our favorite Bordeaux?

THE BURGUNDY RED ASYMMETRICAL WIRELESS ONE-PIECE DRESS

SHOP IT: 
Torrid Burgundy Red Asymmetrical Wireless One-Piece Dress – $98.90

THE HALTER SWIM DRESS

Retro inspiration meets modern femininity – we are totally in love.

THE HALTER SWIM DRESS

SHOP IT:
Target Women’s Plus Size Halter Swim Dress in Aqua Green Black – $52.99

4. THE STANDARD BIKINI

Let’s take things in the opposite direction – towards the standard bikini. If you’re a gal who’s comfortable in her skin and loves showing off her curves (or you simply hate the thought of tan lines), this style is for you.  The standard bikini typically features a bra-style top with straps and underwire for added support. Some do come with padding, although you can often remove it if you’re well enough endowed that you don’t need it.

Today’s standard bikinis are anything but ‘standard.’ There are endless styles, shapes and sizes that are perfect for flattering any plus size woman at the beach, at the pool or simply laying out in the sun with friends. The number of straps, style of closure and type of bottom paired with each top can vary greatly depending on what you’re looking for and where you’re shopping.

Need some help getting started on finding the perfect good-old standard bikini to add to your swimwear wardrobe? Here are a few styles that are perfect for you.

THE RIVER ISLAND BIKINI WITH KNOT FRONT IN POLKA DOT

Polka dots are always our favorite swimsuit option.

THE RIVER ISLAND BIKINI WITH KNOT FRONT IN POLKA DOT

SHOP IT:
ASOS River Island Plus Bikini Top with Knot in Polka Dot – $32.00

THE CONTRAST STRIPE SLEEVED CROP HIGH WAIST BIKINI SWIMSUIT

Sporty yet totally sexy – we’re down for this two-piece set.

THE CONTRAST STRIPE SLEEVED CROP HIGH WAIST BIKINI SWIMSUIT

SHOP IT:
Plus Bathing Suits Contrast Stripe Sleeved Crop High Waist Bikini Swimsuit in Black – $76.00

THE SOUTH BEACH CURVE EXCLUSIVE RIBBED CROP BIKINI TOP

Nothing says sitting poolside or beachside quite like cobalt blue.

THE SOUTH BEACH CURVE EXCLUSIVE RIBBED CROP BIKINI TOP

SHOP IT:
ASOS South Beach Curve Exclusive Ribbed Crop Bikini Top in Cobalt Blue – $32.00

THE ANTHROPOLOGIE TIE-FRONT BIKINI TOP

Tie it all up, baby.

THE ANTHROPOLOGIE TIE-FRONT BIKINI TOP

SHOP IT: 
Anthropologie Tie-Front Bikini Top in Blue Motif – $68.00

THE PLUS SIZE STRIPE BIKINI TOP

This suit has us in the stripe state of mind – how about you?

THE PLUS SIZE STRIPE BIKINI TOP

SHOP IT:
Forever21 Plus-Size Stripe Bikini Top in White/Black – $19.99

5. THE RETRO BIKINI

Praise the lords above – retro bikinis have made a total comeback and seem to be staying. These babies are much like your standard bikinis, with a bra-style top but paired with a super high-waist bottom that often features shapewear. That being said, retro bikinis are actually designed for curvy, plus-size women, accenting the natural waistline, the slimmest part of the body, while throwing all emphasis on your hips and other gorgeous curves.

The modern version of the retro bikini is probably one of the most comfortable and flattering on the market for plus size women. The top is often designed more so like a bra than a swimsuit, often featuring underwire and full-size cups for a supportive and easy-to-wear fit. The bottoms typically hit above the belly button and have a high-cut outer leg for an additional hint of skin that is super flattering to any curves, too.

If you’re here for this trend and want to try it out for yourself, here are a few styles that you need to add to your swimwear collection ASAP.

THE UNIQUE VINTAGE WHITE AND BLACK DOTTED MONROE HALTER TOP

Found – the ultimate retro polka dot indulgence.

THE UNIQUE VINTAGE WHITE AND BLACK DOTTED MONROE HALTER TOP

SHOP IT:
Unique Vintage Plus Size White and Black Dotted Monroe Halter Swim Top – $38.00

THE STRIPED UNDERWIRE HIGH WAISTED BIKINI SWIMSUIT

Adding underwire makes this swimsuit totally perfect for wearing strapless if you feel the need to.

THE STRIPED UNDERWIRE HIGH WAISTED BIKINI SWIMSUIT

SHOP IT:
Plus Bathing Suits Striped Underwire High Waisted Bikini Swimsuit – $72.00

THE ESTHER WILLIAMS BATHING BEAUTY ONE PIECE SWIMSUIT

We’re totally digging these cute cherry vibes.

THE ESTHER WILLIAMS BATHING BEAUTY ONE PIECE SWIMSUIT

SHOP IT: 
ModCloth Esther Williams Bathing Beauty One Piece Swimsuit in Black/Red – $89.00

THE YELLOW FLORAL WIRELESS BIKINI

Yellow + florals = summer dreams come true.

THE YELLOW FLORAL WIRELESS BIKINI

SHOP IT:
Torrid Yellow Floral Wireless Triangle Bikini Top in Multi – $59.50

Yellow Floral High Waist Ruched Cheeky Swim Bottom in Multi – $44.50

6. THE BRA-KINI

With this baby, the name says it all. The Bra-Kini is pretty much a step up from the standard bikini, with a style that is amazingly well-suited for curvier gals. Not only does it provide an insanely high level of support, but also it comes in cute and sexy styles that will have you feeling amazing all day or night long.

Bra-kinis are newer in the plus-size swimwear market, but are definitely welcome. Designed to fit like your favorite supportive bra, this style of bikini often features plenty of underwire, full-size cups and thick straps to help keep everything comfortably in place. They’re often available to purchase by bra size, making them easy to shop for online when you’re feeling stuck on what size to buy.

THE MIRACLESUIT EQUINOX UNDERWIRE BIKINI TOP

When in doubt, just add polka dots.

THE MIRACLESUIT EQUINOX UNDERWIRE BIKINI TOP

SHOP IT:
Miracle Suit Equinox Underwire Bikini Top – $96.00

THE FULL COVERAGE BRA TOP

Sometimes you need a little support.

THE FULL COVERAGE BRA TOP

SHOP IT:
Venus Full Coverage Bra Top – $36

THE MIXED PRINT LONGLINE SWIM BIKINI TOP WITH BALCONETTE BRA

We love a great mixed print (and underwire support, too).

THE MIXED PRINT LONGLINE SWIM BIKINI TOP WITH BALCONETTE BRA

SHOP IT:
Cacique Intimates Mixed Print Longline Swim Bikini Top with Balconette Bra in Safari Bijou Blue – $33.98

THE ELOMI ELECTROFLOWER UNDERWIRE PLUNGE BIKINI SWIM TOP

Like EDC, but for the beach or pool.

THE ELOMI ELECTROFLOWER UNDERWIRE PLUNGE BIKINI SWIM TOP

SHOP IT: 
Her Room Elomi Electroflower Underwire Plunge Bikini Swim Top – $74.00

THE HALTER BANDAGE HIGH WAISTED BIKINI SWIMSUIT

Your retro swimsuit just got super sexy. You’re welcome.

THE HALTER BANDAGE HIGH WAISTED BIKINI SWIMSUIT

SHOP IT:
Plus Bathing Suits Plus Size Halter Bandage High Waisted Bikini Swimsuit -$70.00

7. THE STRING BIKINI

The sexier sister of the standard and retro bikinis, this style is perfect for really showing off those curves at the beach or pool. String bikinis typically offer the least amount of support of any type of swimwear, since they rely on skinny string closures to keep everything in place. But don’t let that scare you – there are plenty of plus size string bikini options out there that are still comfortable to wear, too.

Today’s plus-size string bikinis are often designed with an added layer of support, such as thicker strings or slim underwire in the cups. They come in a wide variety of fabrics, colors and styles, allowing you to choose how and when you want to show off your assets. They’re also great for eliminating pesky tan lines when you’re laying out, as there is minimal fabric involved.

Ready to slip into your string bikini? Here are a few of our favorite styles to get you inspired on your shopping spree.

THE VOLCOM PLUS SIZE SIMPLY SOLID TRIANGLE SUIT

Simple, stringy and sexy. We love it.

THE VOLCOM PLUS SIZE SIMPLY SOLID TRIANGLE SUIT

SHOP IT:
VOLCOM Plus Size Simply Solid Triangle Bikini Top in Black – $32.00

THE BODEN STRING BIKINI TOP

It’s simple, but everything we could hope for and more.

THE BODEN STRING BIKINI TOP

SHOP IT:
Boden String Bikini Top in Black – $38.00

THE BIKINSHE PLUS SIZE FLORAL EMBROIDERY TRIANGLE STRING BIKINI

Embroidered flowers are always a fabulous idea for spring and summer.

THE BIKINSHE PLUS SIZE FLORAL EMBROIDERY TRIANGLE STRING BIKINI

SHOP IT:
Bikinshe Plus Size Floral Embroidery Triangle String Bikini Swimsuit Two-Piece Set in Black – $65.33

THE TRIANGLE BIKINI TOP AND BOTTOM SET

Super flattering with mesh cutouts is a match made in heaven.

THE TRIANGLE BIKINI TOP AND BOTTOM SET

SHOP IT: 
Torrid Black Triangle Bikini Top – $58.90

Torrid Black Ruched High Waist Swim Bottom – $44.90

THE SLIDE TRIANGLE STRAPPY HALTER BIKINI SWIMSUIT

Adjustable to suit your personal tastes.

THE SLIDE TRIANGLE STRAPPY HALTER BIKINI SWIMSUIT

SHOP IT:
Venus Plus Size Slide Triangle Strappy Halter Bikini Swimsuit in White – $70.00

8. THE MONOKINI

What on earth is a monokini, you ask? Well, we’re glad you did. This baby is another sexy sister of the standard bikini, with a flirtatious design that offers a higher level of support than the string bikini. Monokinis are typically one-piece swimsuits that feature plenty of skin-baring cutouts and straps, giving the appearance that you’re wearing a bikini.

Another great option for minimizing tan lines, monokinis are great ways for showing off feminine curves without worrying about slipping out of your swimsuit or showing off too much skin. With that added level of comfort, monokinis can have you feeling and looking great, no matter what pool party or beach party you’re headed to.

Interested in indulging in a cute little monokini? Here are a few fabulous options to get you inspired before you start shopping.

THE ORBIT CUTOUT UNDERWIRE ONE-PIECE SWIMSUIT

We love a little pattern play, especially when paired with flirty cutouts.

THE ORBIT CUTOUT UNDERWIRE ONE-PIECE SWIMSUIT

SHOP IT:
Swimsuits for All Orbit Cut Out Underwire One Piece Swimsuit – $100.00

THE SIENA CUTOUT SWIMSUIT IN BLACK AND WHITE SPOT

Polka dots but cooler – we’re definitely picking up this mixed print monokini.

THE SIENA CUTOUT SWIMSUIT IN BLACK AND WHITE SPOT

SHOP IT:
ModCloth Siena Cut Out Swimsuit in Black and White Sport – $102.00

THE WOLF & WHISTLE CUTOUT SWIMSUIT WITH RING DETAIL

Wear this and we’ll totally put a ring on it.

THE WOLF & WHISTLE CUTOUT SWIMSUIT WITH RING DETAIL

SHOP IT:
ASOS Wolf & Whistle Curve Exclusive Cut Out Swimsuit with Ring Detail in Textured Black – $54.00

THE SEVEN TIL MIDNIGHT TATIANA MONOKINI SWIMSUIT

For those days when you’re feeling fine AF and you want the world to know it.

THE SEVEN TIL MIDNIGHT TATIANA MONOKINI SWIMSUIT

SHOP IT: 

Seven Til Midnight Plus Size Tatiana Monokini Swimsuit in Olive – $42.95

THE GABBI FRESH X SWIMSUITS FOR ALL DOTTED WHIRLWIND MONOKINI

This monokini has us all in a whirl in all of the right ways.

THE GABBI FRESH X SWIMSUITS FOR ALL DOTTED WHIRLWIND MONOKINI

SHOP IT:
Gabbi Fresh X Swimsuits for All Dotted Whirlwind Monokini – $144.00

9. THE COVERUP

Last, but certainly not least, on our list of must-have plus-size swimsuit styles is the coverup. Not exactly swimwear in the literal sense, a coverup is something chic that you can throw on over your suit while you’re sitting poolside or relaxing on the beach. It’s also a great option for when you’re attending a water-side party and you want a little more coverage but still be able to hop in the water if need be.

While old-school coverups may have looked like tents, these days they can look like anything from cute bohemian throws to like Hollywood movie star level gowns. Whether you consider yourself preppy, beachy, Goth or just average, there’s a coverup style that’s perfect for you.

Want to get your hands on the perfect coverup or two for your next beachside or poolside adventure? Check out these options before you shop for some serious shopping inspo.

THE SCALLOPED EDGE COVERUP

For when you want to cover it up but still show off your curves.

THE SCALLOPED EDGE COVERUP

SHOP IT:
Venus Scalloped Edge Cover-Up in Black – $29.00

THE TINY FLORAL BEACH COVERUP WRAP DRESS

Tiny florals are so what we need this season.

THE TINY FLORAL BEACH COVERUP WRAP DRESS

SHOP IT:
ROSEGAL Tiny Floral Plus Size Beach Cover-Up Wrap Dress – $23.54

THE BLACK & GREEN PALM CHIFFON KAFTAN SWIM COVER-UP

BRB – going on vacation immediately.

THE BLACK & GREEN PALM CHIFFON KAFTAN SWIM COVER-UP

SHOP IT:
Torrid Black & Green Palm Chiffon Kaftan Swim Cover –Up in Multi – $64.50

THE FIONA LACE-UP V-NECK DRESS

You can totally wear this baby from the pool or beach straight to the bar.

THE FIONA LACE-UP V-NECK DRESS

SHOP IT: 
Swimsuits for All Fiona Black Lace-Up V-Neck Dress – $50.00

THE RAVIYA SMOCKED OMBRE COVER-UP DRESS

We love a great tie-dye option for a swimsuit cover-up.

THE RAVIYA SMOCKED OMBRE COVER-UP DRESS

SHOP IT:
Raviya Plus-Size Smocked Ombré Cover-Up Dress in Pink Ombré

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