Since swimsuits are designed to stand up to water, seams are often reinforced to prevent sagging and stretching. Some find tighter stitching to be a convenience (so the suit stays in place despite movement and moisture), but for those with larger thighs, it's a discomfort. The
best swimsuits for big thighs are made with fabric blends and features that allow for more leg-room — but since "larger leg holes" isn't exactly a common marketing phrase, it can be surprisingly difficult to find bathing suits that fit the bill.
First, let's talk about fabric.
Modern bathing suits are made from a mix of quick-drying synthetic fabrics (like polyester or nylon) and elastic materials (like spandex). You'll find this combination in just about every suit, but for those with larger thighs, a higher percentage of elastic can ensure that the fabric stretches instead of squeezing. For swimsuits with more give, look for a spandex or elastane percentage of around 20 percent.
Next, consider the style of the suit. Every person and preference is different, and this is not a "best bathing suit for your body-type" article. Those with larger thighs or butts should wear whichever suit style they like and feel comfortable in, regardless of coverage or appearance. That said, high-cut bathing suit bottoms often allow for more leg room, so they'll be less constrictive for larger thighs. Similarly, the
best plus-size swim suits are often designed to accommodate curvier features, and one-pieces and bikinis with adjustable lace-ups will allow you to personalize the fit. Finally, if you're looking for a suit that'll fit smaller boobs and a bigger bottom simultaneously, you can mix and match pieces or find a set that's designed that way.
These 10 bathing suit options have all of the aforementioned features and more, so reviewers with big thighs can't stop raving.
1 The Roomiest Mesh One-Piece Bathing Suit
Daci one-piece bathing suit features removable padding for support, plunging mesh cut-outs for style, and a fashionable halter top that won't continuously slide down your shoulders. It's also available in just about any solid color you can think of — but the best part, according to buyers, is the fit. The legs are higher-cut to allow for more thigh room, the neck is adjustable to personalize your support, and the fabric is soft and stretchy rather than rough and chafing. Reviewers say: "This hit the nail on the head! Full figured ladies, this is what you're looking for! I loved it! It fits in all the right places! Everything on me is large! Boobs, stomach, thighs, arms, you name it but this piece was PERFECT!” Available sizes: 12 — 20 plus 2 A Bandeau Bikini With High-Cut Bottoms High-cut bathing suit bottoms are extremely popular right now — which is great news for those with larger thighs, because the high cut often means more leg room. This OMKAGI bikini features a strapless bandeau top with removable pads, but the real selling-point is the high-cut, high-waisted bikini bottom. Both feature quality stitching that's not too tight anywhere, according to buyers. You can get this piece in over 30 colors and patterns. Reviewers say: "My husband and I are going on a baecation and I wanted to look as sexy as possible on the beach and this is EXACTLY what I was looking for. I have thick thighs and a large bottom for a woman my size, I usually wear a large in bottoms and they fit perfectly! The top surprised me and also fits well!” 3 This High-Leg Suit In A Trendy Animal Print
one-piece bathing suit has removable cups and a tank-style design with a low scoop both in the back and the front. It also comes in a huge range of different colors (including several animal prints, which, if you didn’t know, are definitely back in style). Most importantly, though, reviewers say it’s “super stretchy” and “soft” despite its “thick” “double-lined” fabric,” and the high-thigh cut accommodates thicker legs and a larger bottom. Reviewers say: “It’s super comfortable, especially on my thighs and hips. Usually suits dig in there but this one is so comfy. It’s a little cheeky, but I like that because it’s pretty modest elsewhere.” 4 A Cheeky Off-The-Shoulder One-Piece
Thanks to its adjustable and removable straps, optional padding, eight pattern options, and ruffle sleeves, the
Daci off-the-shoulder swimsuit has over 2,500 reviews and a 4.5-star overall rating. That said, reviewers also can't stop raving about how stretchy, comfortable, and curve-conducive it is, especially given its spandex construction. Get it in both solid colors and prints, or a combination of the two. Reviewers say: "My daughter loved her swimsuit. She was happy with the fit and coverage. It has full coverage on her bottom and thighs and even the design up top did not show too much cleavage. A very modest suit. The color is fabulous and vibrant.” Available sizes: Large — 24 plus 5 A One-Piece With Side Ties
Lomitti Women's Side Tie Bikini Set is your standard reliable swimsuit in most ways, but there's one revolutionary feature: the adjustable ties on the sides, which allow you to customize the fit to your thighs and butt. This suit is available in five colors, and its high-stretch material, thick straps, and plunge neckline create a wonderful combination of style and comfort. Reviewers say: "I am 5'8 and 142 pounds but I am more bottom-heavy than top-heavy and I ordered a large because of the ties. The large seemed to be a good fit for me bc I could tie the top/bottoms as tight as I needed to with a good amount of coverage.” Available sizes: X-Small— X-Large 6 This Option For When You're Small On Top & Larger On The Bottom
Oftentimes, those who are larger on the bottom size up to accommodate their thighs or butt, but the top then ends up being too large. The
Dixperfect two-piece has a high-cut bottom made from 19-percent spandex fabric to accommodate larger thighs — but the top is smaller, unpadded, and double-lined for smaller chests. This suit is available in 11 colors and two patterns. Reviewers say: "I honestly love this swimsuit. I just got it in yesterday and as soon as I tried it on I was happy. I am 5'10" and 200lbs (wear between 12-16 size). Most of my weight sits in my hips and but/thighs area and I have a smaller chest. I ordered the XL based off of the measurements and it fit great. I could definitely see this swimsuit being an issue if you have a bigger bust, though” 7 A Dramatic Lace-Up Monokini
Available in tons of colors, this
lace-up monokini pairs the full-body design of a one-piece with the revealing aspects of a bikini. The side-ties and straps are fully adjustable so you can find your most comfortable fit. The straps themselves can't be tightened, but the 18% elastic will stretch more than traditional fabric, so loads of different reviewers can't stop raving about the fit. This suit even has removable padding. Reviewers say: "This bathing suit is excellent quality! Very comfortable and doesn't create a deep line around your butt like some do, looks very sexy, and fits just right in all the right places including around the crotch area. I'm 5'0" and 136lbs, with an hourglass figure and 34B chest, and the medium fit perfectly! I usually have trouble comfortably fitting around my larger thighs and butt cause most swimsuits seem to always be tailored for women with skinny legs.” Available sizes: X-Small — 24 Plus 8 The Best For Full Coverage
If you're looking for something with more coverage, the
COCOSHIP vintage one-piece swimdress functions as a bathing suit and a cover-up at the same time. It has soft, removable cups with an adjustable halter tie and a thigh-length fit-and-flare design — but underneath, you'll find short-style bottoms that are roomy and non-constrictive for larger legs. (They're also especially helpful when it comes to preventing thigh-chafe.) Reviewers say: "The fabric feels like it’s decent quality, the stitching is strong with few loose threads, and the pattern is to die for. The shorts underneath the skirt cover well enough and don’t cut into the thigh, which as a hippy person I have found difficult to find.” 9 This High-Cut Bikini
Blooming Jelly two-piece has the look and feel of a traditional bikini thanks to the triangular front-tie push-up cups, thin straps, and colorful patterns. That said, the high-cut bottoms are also great for larger legs. Get this one in multiple solid colors or several different patterns, including florals, animal prints, or tie-dye. Reviewers say: "Love it! I have never bought a bathing suit other than Victoria Secret swimwear. As a mother of three kids I wanted something more covering and flattering for my waist and butt. So I thought I would try a high waisted Bikini! I love this swimsuit. It’s a medium. I am 5’5 and I weigh 145 pounds. My jean size is a 6. I have some thick thighs and a butt with a smaller waist.” Available sizes: X-Small — X-Large 10 An Adjustable Bottom To Mix & Match
When all else fails, mix and match any bikini top, halter, or bandeau with the
beautyin adjustable bikini bottoms. This mid-rise piece has ties on either side so you can personalize it to your fit. The front is fully-lined for support and comfort, and the quick-dry fabric comes in several cuts and two colors (black and blue) for easy pairing with other tops. Reviewers say: "This is really cute! I love the tie strings on the side...I purchased a different tankini that was on sale and matched this with it. It's perfect!”
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This article was originally published on
July 21, 2019