Worn With Pride

The Best Gender-Affirming Swimwear, According To Reviewers

Because every body is a beach body.

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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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Tucking underwear is a staple, but swimwear with the same capabilities is a bit harder to find. Gender Bender uses dual fabric layers compress comfortably. These bottoms boast glowing 5-star reviews that claim they make wearers feel “much more feminine to wear” and are “very gender affirming.”


Target partnered up with HumanKind to create gender neutral swimwear, including this unisuit. One reviewer wrote: “Perfectly minimal and effortless, and inclusive of every gender. It’s mindfully crafted and made with both physical and emotional comfort tailored into the design.”


Chromat has been heralded as a leader in bringing body, gender, race, and age diversity to the runway. Their SS22 collection, in collaboration with Tourmaline, is a perfect example of that, supplying one-pieces, separates, and swim skirts with built-in pockets. This skort specifically, offers extra coverage for anyone who needs it.


Origami Customs creates custom swimwear designed for confidence. Their website states, “This swim collection is the first of its kind ANYWHERE. Each piece is designed with our revolutionary universal fit and gentle support.” This style is made to be worn underneath swimwear with a packing device (sold separately).


One TomboyX reviewed raved, “Something for every style and size. Not just girly. Not just tiny. Not just PC. Positive, inclusive, fun.” This shirt is just that, with a bright, beachy style that can be worn by anyone looking for a little sun protection or coverage.


Dozens of 5-star ratings will confirm, this Amazon swim binder is worth it. One review said: “Gender neutral style with just enough binding. The zipper binder makes for easier on [and] off.”


If you don’t want full binding for the beach, this swim top is a more comfortable version — a compression top “made to swim and be active in.” Wearers say “the compression is about the same as a sports bra.”


Hirsuit makes androgynous swimwear that supports the wearer’s gender expression. This swim set, for example, compresses for a compact look.


Beefcake Swimwear’s onesie gives all-over coverage. One reviewer wrote: “I’ve literally never loved a swimsuit before my Beefcake suit. Finally I have a swimsuit that’s insanely comfortable, looks incredibly cool, and I don’t feel over exposed and self conscious.”