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The 17 Best Bathing Suits for Curvy Women, Vetted by Editors and Experts

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a collage of the best swimsuits for curvy women
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As a curvy girl with big boobs and wide hips, swimsuit shopping used to be the bane of my existence. I was either stepping into a store that didn’t carry my size (forcing me to order online without trying it on in-person) or wearing a swimsuit that was neither flattering nor comfortable. Luckily, times have changed and more swimsuit brands are becoming inclusive with their sizes and mindful of all body types. But which ones are actually worth trying out? Whether you’re eyeing a sultry string bikini or a stylish one-piece, we tapped a few fashion experts, content creators and editors to share the 17 best bathing suits for curvy women. 

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The Best Swimsuits for Curvy Women at a Glance

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Most Universal

YouSwim Apolmb High Waist Two-Piece

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2

Most Flattering for Large Busts

ASOS Crinkle Scoop Bikini Top

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3

Stretchiest Material

Andie The Tulum One Piece

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4

Stylish Mesh Design

Bare Necessities Elomi Bikini Top

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5

Eco-Friendly Brand

Night Dive Swim The Malibu Top

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Meet the Experts

  • Hannah Ogilvie is a content creator who shares her fashion looks and tips online. She’s also a host for the podcast Fats on Film, which explores fat representation in film and television.
  • Alex Ochoa is a fashion and lifestyle content creator based in New York City. She shares her fashion looks, styling tips and health journey online.  
  • Jaimmy Koroma is a fashion and lifestyle creator who focuses on body positivity, self-love and acceptance. She shares styling tips, fights for body diversity and has partnered with brands like Aerie and Kohl’s. 
  • Emma Nacewicz is a fashion and lifestyle creator who aims to promote self-love and encourage all women to honor their bodies. 

How We Chose the Best Bathing Suits for Curvy Women

When searching for the best bathing suits for curvy women, we asked actual curvy women about their favorite brands. We reached out to content creators, fashion experts and PureWow editors to share their top swimwear recommendations that offer full coverage and comfort without sacrificing on style. We also scoured the internet to find popular picks from stores like Target, Amazon and Aerie. And, as a curvy gal myself, I also included a few of my own recommendations that I believe our readers will enjoy wearing.

Most Universal

1. YouSwim Apolmb High Waist Two-Piece

What We Like

  • offers universal sizing
  • inclusive marketing
  • stretchy material

What We Don't Like

  • pricey

YouSwim

This two-piece comes in a universal size that's comfortable and flattering on all body types. You can choose between two fits: stretch one (which covers sizes 2 to 14) and stretch two (which covers sizes 14 to 24). Both aim to compliment wearers with large busts, long torsos and everything in between. The top features a square neckline (but no built-in bust support), while the bottom is high-waisted but adjustable, so you can rock a high or low cut.

As a whole, the set offers medium coverage, is super stretchy and expert-approved. “Their marketing campaign employs models of all sizes and bodies, which is always awesome. At first, YouSwim’s universal sizing made me dubious, and when they arrived they looked so small, but trust me they do stretch to a size 24!," says Ogilvie.

Fast Facts

  • Size Range: 2 to 24
  • Material: OEKO-TEX certified nylon yarn and elastane
  • Colors: 13

Most Flattering for Large Busts

2. ASOS Crinkle Scoop Bikini Top

What We Like

  • scoop neckline
  • fixed straps
  • soft and stretchy fabric

What We Don't Like

  • runs large

ASOS

If you have a large bust, this stylish top should be right up your alley. The swimsuit features a scoop neckline, fixed straps and a pull-on design (aka no underwire) to make slipping it on a breeze. Designed with polyester and elastane, the material is stretchy and can keep the girls supported all day. Add the high-waisted bottoms along with it and you have yourself a bonafide summer pick. Our Editorial Assistant Courtney Mason suggests you size down for a better fit. "I love this ASOS bikini. It comes in several colors that you can mix and match with. I've brought it in three colors already. Overall, it's extremely comfortable and flattering," she says.

Fast Facts

Stretchiest Material

3. Andie The Tulum One Piece

What We Like

  • great bust support
  • comes in two fits

What We Don't Like

  • runs small
  • no adjustable straps

Andie Swim

This one-piece has over 1,000 5-star reviews, with shoppers praising its flattering silhouette and supportive bust coverage. It’s designed with compressive fabric (aka nylon and spandex) that’s stretchy enough for all-day wear. And thanks to the cross-back straps and under-bust seam, your boobs will stay well-covered and supported during a fun game of beach volleyball. “It’s so comfy and fits my preferences. I love how it has more butt coverage, so I feel nice and secure even being very curvy!,” expresses Ochoa.

Fast Facts

  • Size Range: XXS to XXXL
  • Material: nylon, spandex
  • Colors: 8

Stylish Mesh Design

4. Bare Necessities Elomi Bikini Top

What We Like

  • adjustable straps
  • provides free shipping

What We Don't Like

  • not suitable for small boobs

Bare Necessities

  • Why We Love It: two color options, adjustable straps, free shipping
  • What We Don’t Like: not suitable for small boobs
  • Size Range: 34E to 44JJ

If you’re looking for both style and support, this suit by Bare Necessities delivers on both. The crochet top features mesh-lined cups that lift and shape the chest, plus adjustable straps for a comfortable and customizable fit. Don’t forget to add cute bottoms or a skirt to complete the set. “Bare Necessities has great classic styles for larger chests that don't look frumpy or look like you're ashamed of your body,” says Koroma.

Fast Facts

Eco-Friendly Brand

5. Night Dive Swim The Malibu Top

What We Like

  • women-owned brand
  • eco-friendly material
  • removable soft cups

What We Don't Like

  • not machine washable

Night Dive

Made from discarded fishing nets and nylon waste from Indonesia, this bikini top is a great sustainable find. It features soft removable cups, adjustable straps and three stretchy layers of fabric. The eco-friendly material also provides a secure shape that accentuates your bust and adds just the right amount of coverage. “They have such rich colors and styles [that are made] for being active. [The pieces are] also ethically made, [and while] the prices being a bit higher [than other brands], the quality is to die for!,” shares Koroma.

Fast Facts

  • Pairs With: Honey Bottom ($79)
  • Size Range: S to 6X
  • Material: nylon, spandex
  • Colors: 1

Best Ruffled Style

6. Summersalt The Ruffle Backflip

What We Like

  • built-in soft cups
  • v-neckline

What We Don't Like

  • small cups
  • flimsy straps

Summersalt

Your pool party calls for a sexy number that will shine bright under the sun. This ruffled one-piece features a deep V-neck, an open back and shoulder ruffles that are fashionable and flattering. It comes in cheeky and full coverage styles, and shoppers enjoy both for showing off their curves while keeping everything secure. As Nacewicz shares, “The Ruffle Backflip is my favorite because it has great coverage on the bottom, but a deep V top for a bit of sexy and cute shoulder ruffles.”

Fast Facts

  • Size Range: 2 to 22
  • Material: recycled polyamide, elastane
  • Colors: 14

Best V-Neck

7. Old Navy V-Neck Bikini Top

What We Like

  • elastic-band hem
  • wide straps
  • removable pads

What We Don't Like

  • runs small

Old Navy

If you've been wary about rocking a plunging v-neckline (especially if you're busty like me), you'll be happy to know this one by Old Navy puts those worries to rest. It's designed with wide straps and an elastic-banded hem to support the girlies all day. It also has removable pads and is covered in quilted fabric for a stylish finish. Crafted in 96 percent recycled polyester and four percent spandex, it's fast-drying and stretchy, making it ideal for long summer days.

Fast Facts

Best Bikini Bottoms

8. Shapermint Essentials High-Waisted Bikini Bottom

What We Like

  • high-waist
  • has UPF 50
  • full coverage

What We Don't Like

  • not great for short torsos

Shapermint

Here's a bikini bottom that not only compliments your chic top, but is also flattering and supportive all on its own. It’s designed with shaping technology that promises full coverage and smoothes over any bulges, plus sun protection. Shoppers say these high-waisted bottoms are true to size and super comfortable while adding just enough sexiness for a day at the beach.

Fast Facts

Best Unique Sizes

9. Monday Swimwear Sausalito One Piece

What We Like

  • women-owned business
  • scoop neckline
  • adjustable straps

What We Don't Like

  • might not receive same color match
  • runs small

Monday Swimwear

Whether you wear it in the water or rock it as a bodysuit, this one-piece will become a great addition to your summer wardrobe. Made of recycled nylon and spandex, the material is eco-friendly and stretchy for a comfortable fit. It also features a scoop neckline, under-bust support and adjustable straps to keep your chest lifted all day. And let’s not forget the high leg cut that’s both cheeky and chic.

“It’s fantastic for the big-chested girlies. The brand’s sizing is also unique—instead of saying XL they have V for voluptuous, which I think is so cute. It’s a women-owned company, so you can tell they think of all of the womanly aspects when they make their swimwear," shares Jay.

Fast Facts

  • Size Range: P to VV
  • Material: recycled nylon, spandex
  • Colors: 6

Great Color Selection

10. Skims One Piece

What We Like

  • scoop neckline
  • adjustable straps

What We Don't Like

  • runs small
  • not suitable for small boobs

Skims

A scoop neckline is a must for curvy gals, and this Skims swimsuit has a solid one. The deep cut shape (in the front and back) offers stylish yet comfortable coverage that cinches in the waist and elongates the legs. The adjustable straps also let you customize the fit to your body and provide medium coverage so you can show a little booty under the sun. “Skims has amazing size ranges with constant trendy drops. I love that so many of their suits come with cover-ups or accessories that you can wear in the water for more coverage, but it’s also so stylish that it doesn’t even feel like you’re wearing it for modesty, but to complete your whole look,” says Jay.

Fast Facts

  • Size Range: XXS to 4X
  • Material: recycled nylon, spandex
  • Colors: 8

Best for Tummy Control

11. Cupshe Cockscomb Flower One Piece

What We Like

  • V-neckline
  • removable cups
  • adjustable straps

What We Don't Like

  • not great for long torsos

Cupshe

If you’re searching for tummy control, this one-piece has you covered. It’s designed with spandex and nylon for a stretchy yet flattering look. While the deep V-neckline offers medium bust support, the adjustable straps and removable cups make for a comfy fit. And we just love the floral print and sheer mesh combo that makes a statement at the beach.“I love this brand because it’s trendy, fun and has so many options for curvy women. I’m currently loving the V-neck mesh tummy control design. It’s sexy, fun and comes in a variety of colors,” shares Burleson.

Fast Facts

  • Size Range: 00X to 3X
  • Material: nylon, spandex
  • Colors: 1

Highest-Rated Swimsuit

12. Eomenie One Piece

What We Like

  • best-seller on Amazon
  • tummy control
  • adjustable straps

What We Don't Like

  • the color may bleed in certain water temperatures

Eomenie

With over 7,600 5-star reviews, this one-piece is clearly a hit for curvy women. The criss-cross design offers tummy control that accentuates your figure and gives the illusion of a longer torso and legs. It also features adjustable shoulder straps, a tie knot in the back and removable cup pads for a supportive fit. Shoppers say this best seller offers great coverage and looks flattering on any body type. “This brand caught my attention because the majority of swimsuits don’t have tummy control and these are totally cute. I’m currently loving this one-piece as it comes in a bunch of colors and patterns. Plus, the cut-out is super cute and sexy,” shares Burleson.

Fast Facts

  • Size Range: XS to 22 Plus
  • Material: nylon, spandex
  • Colors: 29

Best Budget

13. Aerie Lightly Lined Bikini Top

What We Like

  • has UPF 50
  • adjustable straps
  • great coverage

What We Don't Like

  • runs small

Aerie

Aerie is known for their bras, but don’t overlook their extensive bikini collection—like this stylish black top that's currently $15 (the most affordable deal on this list, FYI). It’s crafted with recycled nylon and spandex that’s stretchy and soft. Plus, the heart-shaped neckline and adjustable straps offer a comfortable fit that won’t slip and shift when you’re doing laps in the water. "This top lifts my chest without making my boobs look like they're falling out. The balconette style is chic and sexy, too," says Olivia Dubyak, commerce editor at PureWow.

"I'd also like to point out that I'm a midsize girlie with a larger chest and wide hips, so the high-waisted crossover style of the bottoms accentuates my waist and flatters my hips wonderfully. Plus, they're slightly cheeky, which I love on my bum. Aerie is pretty interchangeable with their tops and bottoms, so these go well together."

Fast Facts

Best Subscription Box

14. Adore Me Marseille Tankini

What We Like

  • first VIP set is 40 percent off
  • adjustable straps
  • a variety of styles

What We Don't Like

  • can receive repeat items

Adore Me

Adore Me is known for its lingerie subscription box, but were you aware that they sell swimsuits, too? I was already enamored with how well their undergarments fit me, but when I tried their swimsuit collection, I knew I found a keeper. I've never owned a tankini before, but I appreciate how easy it was to find my size and select the style that I wanted. It was comfortable and accentuated my curves (in a good way!). 

The subscription box allows you to pick your own colors, choose the styles you want, while asking for your specific bra size, swimwear shape (bikini or high-waisted) and bottom size for the best fit for you. Aside from this tankini, I was able to get a variety of swimsuits that work best for my body type and they did not disappoint.

Fast Facts

  • Size Range: XS to 4X (for top), XS to 4x (for bottoms)
  • Material: nylon, spandex
  • Colors: 2

Most Supportive

15. Athleta Maldives Bra Cup Tankini

What We Like

  • true to size
  • great for large busts
  • best for water sports

What We Don't Like

  • difficult to fasten in the back

Athleta

This Athleta tankini hits the mark for offering the best support, whether we're swimming, surfing or paddle boarding. It's designed with underwire to lift and a high cut neckline to keep everything secured in the water. It's also crafted in recycled nylon and Lycra spandex to stretch and mold to fit your body. For one shopper, they found it was true to size and it became such a staple that they had to pick up another one: "It's really hard to find a suit that fits these boobs AND that I can swim comfortably in. This is it. I bought one color and loved it so much—how it fit and how it felt swimming and how it washed—that I bought a second color. I may get a third."

Fast Facts

  • Size Range: 3D/DD to 40B/C
  • Material: recycled nylon, Lycra spandex
  • Colors: 7

Best Swim Dress

16. Lands' End Tulip Wrap Swim Dress

What We Like

  • has UPF 50
  • sweat- and chlorine-resistant
  • adjustable straps

What We Don't Like

  • pricey
  • runs big

Lands' End

According to our experts, swim dresses are in and we might've found our first one for the season. The wrap style is flattering, while the adjustable shoulder straps and soft cup bra provides full coverage, especially for our more modest folks. The material (made of spandex and nylon) also has UPF 50 sun protection and is chlorine-, sunscreen- and sweat-resistant. "I just returned from a trip to the beach and this was my favorite suit for sitting on the beach. It has good coverage and looks good on a plus size person," shares one reviewer.

Fast Facts

  • Size Range: 1X to 3X
  • Material: nylon, spandex
  • Colors: 5

Best Long-Sleeve

17. ELOQUII One Piece

What We Like

  • $68 off with code EQFLORAL
  • pull-on design
  • elastic cuffs

What We Don't Like

  • not machine washable

Swimsuits For All

Long-sleeve swimsuits are getting their moment in the sun, and this one by ELOQUII is on our radar. It has a blend of nylon and spandex, along with a V-neckline, high-rise cut and puffy sleeves to show off during vacay. It's also a pull-on design to make it easy to slip on and off. And of course, we just love that the long sleeves add some stylish sun protection.

Fast Facts

  • Size Range: 14 to 28
  • Material: nylon, spandex
  • Colors: 1

What to Consider When Buying a Bathing Suit for Curvy Women

When searching for a swimsuit, we asked our panel of experts to share their tips in finding the right one for you. 

  • Bust Coverage: You’ll want to find a swimsuit that offers enough support for your boobs, so look for thick, adjustable straps that won’t dig into your shoulders and a scoop or classic bra neckline to secure the girls. “I’m a size 40F, so I’m always looking for support, preferably without underwire,” explains Ogilvie. “If I’m going to be in a swimsuit all day, I don’t want to wrestle with underwire or shapewear. I want to find a swimsuit that can provide the best chest support.” 
  • Butt Coverage: As you’re searching for bust coverage, consider your derrière, too. Ask yourself, do you want a high cut, full coverage or little to no material in this area? “High-waist bottoms are definitely the most comfortable, but find what works best for you and your style,” says Koroma. “I have found some great briefs, low-waist string bikinis and swim skirts that all look great on different body types.” 
  • Comfort: There are plenty of swimsuits out there, but you've got to find one that you’re comfortable in. Don’t just follow trends because everyone else is wearing them. If you don’t want to rock a bikini at the beach, then don’t. You can check out a stylish one-piece, a high-waisted bottom or a long-sleeve suit.
  • Design: Are you looking for a specific color, print or cut? Try mixing and matching to change things up for the summer. “I want attention on me in my swimwear,” says Jay. “I'm not trying to hide just because I’m plus size, give me all the patterns!” 
  • Extended Sizes: Unfortunately, some fashion brands still only go up to an XL. Luckily, brands like Summersalt, Eomenie and Skims are providing more sizes that give all body types the opportunity to rock the coolest swimwear. “Swimwear should be available to empower all bodies and sizes!” adds Richards.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are the Latest Swimsuit Trends for Curvy Women?

If you’re ready to board the trend train, the experts we interviewed weren’t shy about spilling the swimwear trends that are going to be huge this summer, so look out for: 

1. Belly Chains: “I find them so cute and another great way to accessorize your already awesome beach body,” says Ogilivie. “If you are a bigger babe in a bikini, you are already showing off that tummy—so dress her up and give her some jewelry to go along with it! Heads are already going to turn for you, so give them a little extra something to look at.”  
2. Modesty Swimwear: Ochoa tells us, “I love the trend of reclaiming more ‘modest styles’ as cool and not lame! It isn’t lame to want more butt coverage and boob support! I love how more brands are releasing fun styles in more modest fits that don’t scream middle schooler or grandma.’”
3. Retro Designs: “I’m loving retro sporty styles and color-blocking,” says Koroma. “It’s such a fun throwback and it [looks] great on everyone.” 
4. Swim Dresses: “I love how you can wear them during both day and night. It’s so versatile!” says Richards. 
5. Crop Top Swimwear: “It’s very ‘90s supermodel, so it’s nice to see this trend in plus-size swimwear,” says Illena. “Whether it’s a short-sleeve or long-sleeve top, this style looks good on everyone.” 

Is it Better to Size Up or Size Down in Swimsuits?

Not all brands (or styles) are the same, so you want to look over their size chart to see what option might work best for you. Also, the reviews section will often give you an indication of whether you need to size up or down for a particular piece. But if you've reached a dead end, consider measuring yourself at home. You'll want to focus on your bust, underbust, hips, torso and waist to get the best measurements for your swimsuit.

Additional Experts

  • Gabrielle Richards is a fashion expert and brand director of Shapermint and BodCon. She’s also a body confidence coach, helping others learn to love and accept themselves.
  • Alexa Jay is a curvy model and a body positive creator based in Los Angeles. She shares styling tips, lifestyle moments and tips on how to stay confident. 
  • Noelle Burleson is fashion and lifestyle content creator who shares outfit inspiration, styling tips and product favorites from retailers like Amazon, Target and Pretty Little Things. 
  • Kiarra Illena is a beauty and lifestyle content creator based in Los Angeles. She shares styling tips, beauty how-tos and product recommendations. 

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