Searching for the perfect swimsuit is often a hassle. And the unnecessary struggle of finding your ideal plus size swimsuit can take anywhere from hours to months for a lot of folks. I can't swim, and I live nowhere near a beach. But nonetheless, I find myself browsing all my favorite plus size stores every spring in the hopes of discovering the perfect bikini, tankini, or one-piece for lounging near the water in come holiday time.
Not only does finding the perfect print or style come down to personal taste, but fatshionistas usually have to consider support, price, and sizing as well. What's a 1XL in one store might be a 4XL in the next, so what's a girl to do? Order 50 different types of bandeau bikini tops and high-waisted bottoms, try them all on in front of the mirror, and then maybe even send them all back?
Having to spend so much time trawling through site after site to find a swimming costume that'll make you feel confident and look amazing come warm weather can get boring fast. But hopefully this list of rad plus swimwear available to shop now will help. Even if you don't end up buying one of these stunning suits, you'll hopefully get some inspiration as to what kind of swimwear you do want to sport. If I'm being honest, I hope to someday own pretty much all the swimsuits below.
1. Retro Bandeau One Piece Swim Dress
Retro Bandeau One Piece Swim Dress, $125, blackcatbikinis.com
This metallic number, available up to a size 7XL, just screams trashy glamour and that's probably why I love it so much. The sun's reflection will not look better on any other swimming costume.
2. Molded High-Waist Mesh Panel Bikini
Molded High Waisted Mesh Panel Bikini, $35, boohoo.com
Although I'm not one for wearing white, this bikini makes me want to consider it. It's perfect for highlighting your holiday tan.
3. The Baroness Swimsuit
The Baroness Swimsuit, $68.60, swimsuitsforall.com
You can check out designer and blogger Gabi Gregg rocking her own design for swimsuitsforall in the latest Ebony Magazine issue. After seeing this queen look so good in it, you won't be able to resist.
4. Bralette Bikini Top
Bralette Bikini Top, $17.90, forever21.com
The latest Forever 21+ swimsuit collection is absolutely killer, as exemplified by this gorgeous blue two-piece.
5. High Neck One Piece Swimsuit
High Neck One Piece Swimsuit, $49.99, target.com
Target has been spreading body positivity in its latest swimsuit campaign, and its plus size pieces are really beautiful.
6. Cherry Flower Tankini Top
Cherry Flower Tankini Top, $54.95, torrid.com
I love the peekaboo under the bow of this tankini top. It's a cute detail that makes this retro design a bit more modern.
6. Palm Print High Waist Bikini
Palm Print High Waist Bikini, $31, asos.com
In my eyes, ASOS can do no wrong when it comes to its swimwear department, and this bikini proves it.
7. One Piece Swimsuit In Emerald
One Piece Swimsuit In Emerald, $89.99, modcloth.com
This one's a more classic, modest swimsuit with an emerald hue that is absolutely gorgeous.
8. Monochrome Illusion Suit
Monochrome Illusion Suit, $69.99, simplybe.com
Monochrome is on trend and this suit does it perfectly.
9. Set The Serene Swimsuit Top
Set The Serene Swimsuit Top, $69.99, modcloth.com
A funky print and it's available in sizes XS to 4XL? That means you and your friends could get matching suits and be total #squadgoals.
10. Caged Detail Bikini
Caged Detail Bikini, $35, boohoo.com
Here's an edgier look, because who said plus size women have to be all retro and rockabilly all the time?
11. Ice Cream Shop Double String Top
Ice Cream Shop Double String Top, $58, blackcatbikinis.com
Because what's more summery than ice cream?
12. Snow Leopard Lattice Side High Waist Bikini
Snow Leopard Lattice Side High Waist Bikini, $31, asos.com
I love when a swimsuit has more than one feature to it. This one sports a print and a lattice effect, making the bikini more fun than most.
13. Black And Purple Tie Dye Print Swimsuit
Black And Purple Tie Dye Print Swimsuit, $39.99, target.com
With a plain black and a patterned front, this swimsuit is a little more subtle for your summertime.
14. Bali Breeze Underwire Skirtkini
Bali Breeze Underwire Skirtkini, $168, swimsuitsforall.com
Swimsuitsforall called upon another celebrity designer — Jessica Simpson — for this piece. I love the bright pattern and any suit with under-wiring is always a thumbs up in my book.
15. Cut Out Bikini Bottoms
Cutout Bikini Bottoms, $17.90, forever21.com
Paired with that zip up bikini top, this army color suit would be perfect for any edgy plus size gal.
16. Ruffled Bikini Top
Ruffled Bikini Top, $47.95, torrid.com
This super feminine two-piece would look perfect at any pool party.
17. Floral High Waisted Bikini Bottom
Floral High Waisted Bikini Bottom, $19.99, simplybe.com
This dainty floral pattern is also super feminine and just plain pretty.
19. Underwire Bikini Top
Underwire Bikini Top, $24.99, target.com
The kind of bikini top that you can mix and match with different bottoms to create a whole new look is a must.
20. Jungle Print Palm Wrap Bikini Skirt
Jungle Print Palm Wrap Bikini Skirt, $38, asos.com
A stylish print and a cute skirt make this two-piece stand out amongst the rest.
21. Pineapple Print Flounce Bikini Top
Pineapple Print Flounce Bikini Top, $47.95, torrid.com
The flouncy ruffle end of this bikini top makes it so much prettier, while the pineapple design and bright color give off amazing summertime vibes.
22. Retro Bandeau One-Piece Dress
Retro Bandeau One Piece Dress, $115, blackcatbikinis.com
Available up to a size 6XL, here's another super retro style. Who doesn't love polka dots?
23. High Waisted Geo Bikini Bottom
High Waisted Geo Bikini Bottom, $10, forever21.com
The most on-trend bikini I've seen in a while, this color palette is to die for.
24. The Madame Diced Underwire Bikini
The Madame Dice Underwire Bikini, $57.40, swimsuitsforall.com
The black and white monochrome detailing on this bikini is the perfect argument for paying attention to the small things.
25. One-Piece Swimsuit In Prism
One Piece Swimsuit In Prism, $104.99, modcloth.com
This one sports an awesome print and killer overall style.
26. Mesh Crop High Waist Bikini
Mesh Crop High Waist Bikini, $35, boohoo.com
Here's another très chic piece, because mesh on plus size women always looks brilliant.
27. Snake Print One-Piece
Sea By Melissa Odabash Classic Swimsuit, $74.99, simplybe.com
I love a classic design combined with a modern detail — like gray snake print.
28. High Waist Ruched Side Bottom
High Waist Ruched Side Bottom, $55, blackcatbikinis.com
As much as I love a good print, this bold red will really stand out. Especially when paired with a tropical flower.
29. Gingham One-Piece Skirt Swimsuit
Gingham One Piece Skirt Swimsuit, $98.50, torrid.com
This is such a pretty design. I truly love gingham and this black and white version is trendy as well as classic.
30. Crossover Maillot One-Piece
Crossover Maillot One Piece, $39.99, target.com
What's better than one print? Two prints!
31. Caged One-Piece
Caged One Piece, $38.40, forever21.com
You might get some weird tan lines, but it'll be totally worth it when you look this cool.
32. Black Butterfly Bikini Top
Black Butterfly Bikini Top, $22.99, simplybe.com
Butterflies automatically make me think of summer. Who's with me?
33. Lace Up Cutout One-Piece
Lace Up Cutout One Piece, $29.90, forever21.com
A whole load of different details that come together to make a daring swimsuit? Ideal.
34. Beachy As ABC Swimsuit Top
Beachy As ABC Swimsuit Top, $59.99, modcloth.com
Tropical print is incredibly in right now. If it works, it works. And this two-piece definitely works.
35. Feather Print Deep Plunge Swimsuit
Feather Print Deep Plunge Swimsuit, $40, boohoo.com
The deep plunge and beautiful pattern make this a more daring two-piece for strutting down the beach in. Prepare for all eyes to be on you.
36. Red Swim Dress
Red Swim Dress, $55, asos.com
This is the perfect swimsuit for going on holiday because as soon as you dry off, you won't have to get changed before food or a few cocktails.
37. Scuba Bikini
Scuba Bikini, $169.90, swimsuitforall.com
This just screams "sexy surfer babe," am I right?
38. Criss Cross Halter One-Piece Swimsuit
Criss Cross Halter One Piece Swimsuit, $98, blackcatbikinis.com
This gives me total John Waters vibes. It's the perfect amount of trashy kitsch, and is available up to size 6XL.
39. Ruched Sides High Waist Bikini Bottom In Fantasy Print
Ruched Sides High Waist Bikini Bottom In Fantasy Print, $31, asos.com
This fun print is gorgeous. From pink clouds to pretty white birds, why shouldn't a bit of whimsy make its way into your swimwear?
40. Sheer Paneled One-Piece Swimsuit
Sheer Paneled One Piece Swimsuit, $88.50, torrid.com
The best way to show skin without showing any skin? Sheer panels, which are what help make this swimsuit so dreamy.
41. Tie Dye One-Piece Swimsuit
Tie Dye One Piece Swimsuit, $104.99, modcloth.com
This tie dye effect gives me total '90s vibes. It's the perfect costume for any nostalgic adults out there.
42. Sea By Melissa Odabash Bikini Set
Sea By Melissa Odabash Bikini Set, $67.50, simplybe.com
This print could be meant to resemble anything from marble to butterfly wings. And that's why it's so pretty. The ambiguity of a monochrome print is ace.
Hopefully something on this list has caught your eye and inspired your sartorial tendencies. Who knows? Maybe one day you'll design your own perfect plus size swimsuit. Our options are arguably better than ever, but we could always use some more.
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