Reminder: Trans and gender queer bodies are beach bodies. Whether you want a swimsuit that provides extra coverage or are shopping for something a little sexy, (spoiler alert!) I’ve tracked down hella options for swimsuit season.
Though gender-affirming clothing is often difficult to find (especially in brick-and-mortar stores), the fashion industry has made exciting progress in recent years. Styles with built-in chest binders, gender neutral swim shorts, and bikini bottoms with extra support for tucking have become more readily available — even in the last month: Target’s recent collaboration with Humankind swimwear offers LGBTQ+ shoppers several new options ahead of Pride month, while brands like TomboyX make lightweight, terrycloth swimsuit cover-ups.
Chromat is also working to mitigate the disparity, releasing its SS22 collection in collaboration with artist Tourmaline “that places equal value on both comfort and aesthetics, pleasure and play.” The line was designed specifically “for girls who don’t tuck, trans femmes, non-binary and trans masc people who pack, intersex people, women, men” — so, basically anyone who needs a swimsuit.
Ahead, shop even more gender-affirming swimwear options that are top-rated by reviewers and, in some cases, are also the first of their kind, such as Chromat’s Collective Opulence Celebrating Kindred collection, GenderBender’s tucking bottoms, and and Origami Customs swim packers. Even better? Most of these brands are available up at least least a 3XL.
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