14 Best Plus Size Swimwear Brands To Buy In 2022


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Plus size swimwear has long been a sleepy category full of floral tankinis and unflattering swim skirts. To put it plainly: it’s been, well, plain. Everyone deserves options that make them feel confident and comfortable, nothing less.

If barely there sexy options are your thing, you deserve them. If tankinis and cover-ups are what you’re coveting this summer, so be it. As long as it’s cute, why settle? Luckily, brands like Meow, Girlfriend Collective, and even Skims create fun and sexy swimsuits in sizes up to 6X.

To help you get started, we’ve (sorry) waded through tons of swimwear brands to bring you the ones that do plus size swimwear well. We looked for options with the best size ranges, the best support, and a variety of styles to choose from. Of course, we also took the prices into account.

From durable basics to seriously stylish options, we’ve rounded up all of our favorites that feature a wide range of sizes. Whether you want string bikinis, asymmetrical one-pieces, or something in between, here are plenty of options that will fit in your weekend bag.

Leave it to model and versatile style woman Paloma Elsesser to create and curate a truly enviable collection of plus size clothing, including swimwear. There are plenty of strappy pieces to mix and match in a range of patterns and colorful prints. If they look like the brand’s best-selling corsets, they won’t disappoint.
Available in sizes XS to 4XL.

If you’ve loved the label’s many viral pieces, you’ll love its swimwear collection, which comes in similar sizes and colors. Girlfriend Collective’s Lined Swimsuit with Removable Cups is made from regenerated nylon.
Available in sizes XXS to 6X.

And if a one-piece isn’t for you, the brand also offers string bikinis.
Available in sizes XXS to 6X.

This new Atlanta brand from Cadenet Taylor offers mix-and-match pieces and one-piece jumpsuits that are anything but boring. The brand ethos is sustainability and inclusiveness in terms of size and gender, with recycled pieces designed for all body types and sizes. You can opt for bikinis or string shorts and layer them with one of the brand’s swim skirts – if you feel so inclined.
Available in sizes XS to 5X.

Eloquii is the benchmark for plus-size clothing that’s chic and wrinkle-free, like this multicolored marble-print swimsuit. The brand offers many swimsuits in bright colors with ruffles and ties. And matching cover-ups and sunglasses.
Available in sizes 14 to 28.

You can wear this string bikini in many different and creative ways, as evidenced by the models on the brand’s website. If you like sustainability, you’ll be happy to know that the swimsuits are made from biodegradable fabrics.
Available in sizes S to 3XL.

Underwire: I know you hate it, but if you need it, you’ll find it here. This retro-inspired nylon-blend swimsuit is one of many available from Torrid. Standard sizing goes up to 6 (6X) – roughly the equivalent of DD.
Available in sizes 00 to 6X.

If you’re a fan of this brand’s bras, you’ll love its swimsuits that feature the same silhouettes in regenerated nylon. Think how easy it will be to grab a new bikini top and low when you already know the size and style you like. For the minimalists, there are a number of muted solid colors to choose from.
Available in sizes 30A to 44H.

It’s not one of Target’s in-house brands, so it’s more expensive, but it does have a variety of swimsuit sizes. This bikini top is lightly lined and has underwire for support. Of course, Target also has plenty of plus-size swim pieces that will keep you a little more covered.
Available in sizes 32D to 40G.

Love it or hate it, Skims makes great swimwear. In true Kim Kardashian fashion, the pieces come in a variety of nude tones that wouldn’t look out of place in her Calabasas home, but you’ll also find a few brighter shades. Like most of the brand’s popular pieces, this one is pretty much sold out, so it might be something to add to your wishlist at the moment.
Available in sizes XXS to 4X.

ASOS has a decent selection of affordable plus size swimwear. And it’s kinda cute. I mean, look at this cherry print bikini. The only caveat is that, like those sneakers and lounge sets you’ve been looking at, these tend to sell out quickly.
Available in sizes 00 to 28.

Andie’s swimsuits are perfect for minimalists who want things simple, but not also Easy. Example: this ribbed one-piece with crossed straps is both comfortable and chic. Most of the brand’s swimsuits (including this piece) have light support and removable soft cups.
Available in sizes XXS to XXXL.

More armatures here. As we said before, it may not be ideal, but it is a good option for support. Many of Lane Bryant’s swimsuits are lightly lined and have adjustable straps. (There are also many non-underwire options.)
Available in sizes 14 to 28.

Nasty Gal offers a number of underwire options without all the extra fabric and straps. If you want a skintight string bikini, you’ll find it here. There’s a smaller color range, but if you like solid colors more than bold prints, this is the place to shop.
Available in sizes 18 to 24.


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