The 15 Best Bathing Suits for Curvy Women, According to Experts

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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 on in-person) or finding a swimsuit that was neither flattering nor comfortable to wear for the summer. Luckily, times have changed and more swimsuit brands are becoming inclusive with their sizes and being mindful of all body types. But which are the best out there? Whether you’re eyeing a sultry string bikini or stylish one-piece, we tapped a few experts, curvy creators and an editor (aka me) to share their favorite brands and the best bathing suits for curvy women.

The Best Bathing Suits for Curvy Women At a Glance

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.
  • Gabrielle Richards is a fashion expert and brand director of Shapermint and BodCon. She’s also a body confidence coach, educating and 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.

What to Look for in 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 derriere, 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 find one that you’re comfortable with. 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. There are stylish and trendy options out there for you. You can check out a one-piece, a high-waist bottom or a long-sleeve suit. You’re not limited to string bikinis if that’s not your forte.
  • Design: As mentioned, there are so many options out there. Are you looking for a specific color, print or cut style? Maybe you can dabble in this year’s latest looks (like ‘90s minimalism). Aside from picking per your preference, it’s a great way to mix and match and 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.

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:

  • 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.”
  • 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.’”
  • Retro Designs: “I’m loving retro sporty styles and color-blocking,” says Koroma. “It’s such a fun throwback and it’s great on everyone.”
  • Swim Dresses: “I love how you can wear them during both day and night. It’s so versatile!” says Richards.
  • Crop Top Swimwear: “It’s very ‘90s supermodel, so it’s so nice to see this trend in plus-size swimwear,” says Illena. “Whether it’s a short-sleeve or long-sleeve top, this style looks so good on everyone.”

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 eight creators and experts that have experience buying and wearing swimwear that promises full coverage, comfort and style. We also scoured the internet to find popular picks from stores like Target, Amazon and Aerie. Plus, as a curvy gal myself, I have a few top products that I stand behind that I believe our readers will enjoy adding to their carts.

These Are the 15 Most Comfortable Bathing Suits We’ve Ever Worn

Most Universal

1. YouSwim Apolmb High Waist Two-Piece

  • Why We Love It: universal sizing, 16 color options, inclusive marketing
  • What We Don’t Like: pricey
  • Size Range: 2 to 24
  • Expert Review: “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!” — Ogilvie

This two-piece comes in a universal size that is comfortable and flattering on all body types. It comes in two fits, stretch one (which covers sizes 2 to 14) and stretch two (which covers sizes 14 to 24), that aim to compliment wearers with large busts, long torsos an everything in between. The top features a square neckline (but no built-in bust support) while the bottom is high-waist but adjustable, letting you rock a high (or low) cut. As a whole, the set is medium coverage and super stretchy.

Flattering for Large Busts

2. ASOS Ivory Rose Swimsuit

  • Why We Love It: scoop neckline, adjustable straps, high-cut leg
  • What We Don’t Like: awkward fitting for short torsos, runs small
  • Size Range: 30DD to 38I
  • Promising Review: “This is a great fitting bathing suit for busty women. Rarely do I find a one-piece that supports and fits so well. This is going to be my favorite for summer!” — an ASOS reviewer

If you have a large bust, this stylish one-piece should be right up your alley. The swimsuit features a scoop neckline, adjustable straps and a built-in underwire to keep the girls supported all day. Plus, the high-cut leg gives a nice touch of sexy and stylish. It’s also designed with polyamide and spandex that’s soft and stretchy, though shoppers say to size up for a comfortable fit.

Great Stretchy Material

3. Andie The Tulum One Piece

  • Why We Love It: great bust support, ten color options, comes in two fits
  • What We Don’t Like: runs small, no adjustable straps
  • Size Range: XXS to XXXL
  • Expert Review: “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!” — Ochoa

This one-piece has over 900 five-star reviews, with shoppers praising the flattering silhouette and supportive bust coverage. It’s designed with compressive fabric (aka nylon and spandex) that’s stretchy for all-day wear. And thanks to the cross-back straps and underbust seam, your boobs are well covered and secured during a fun game of beach volleyball.

Stylish Mesh Design

4. Bare Necessities Elomi Bikini Top

  • 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
  • Expert Review: “Bare Necessities has great classic styles for larger chests that don't look frumpy or look like you're ashamed of your body.” — Koroma
  • Pairs With: Elomi Mid-Rise Bikini Bottom ($42)

If you’re looking for both style and support, this suit by Bare Necessities delivers on both. This 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 the cute bottoms or skirt option to complete the set.

Eco-Friendly Brand

5. Night Dive Swim The Malibu Top

  • Why We Love It: women-owned brand,eco-friendly material, removable soft cups
  • What We Don’t Like: not machine washable
  • Size Range: S to 6X
  • Expert Review: “They have such rich colors and styles for being active in your swimwear. It’s also ethically made, [and while] the prices being a bit higher [than other brands], the quality is to die for!” — Koroma
  • Pairs With: Honey Bottom ($79)

Made from discarded fishing nets and nylon waste from Indonesia, this bikini top is a great sustainable find. It features removable soft cups, adjustable straps and three layers of fabric for a soft and stretchy finish. The eco-friendly material also provides a secure shape that accentuates your bust and adds just the right amount of coverage.

Best Ruffled Style

6. Summersalt The Ruffle Backflip

  • Why We Love It: built-in soft cups, v-neckline, 16 color options
  • What We Don’t Like: small cups, flimsy straps
  • Size Range: 2 to 22
  • Expert Review: “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.” — Nacewicz

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 both cheeky and full coverage, and shoppers enjoy both styles for showing off their curves while keeping everything secured.

Best Bandeau

7. Old Navy Pucker Convertible Bandeau

  • Why We Love It: adjustable straps, four color options, built-in UPF 40
  • What We Don’t Like: runs small
  • Size Range: XS to 4X
  • Promising Review: “I wasn't sure if I would like this bathing suit top, but it's really comfy and flattering! I didn't have to readjust throughout my pool day. Highly recommend it!” — an Old Navy reviewer
  • Pairs With: High-Waisted Bikini Bottoms ($20; $8)

This Old Navy pick gives you two styles in one bathing suit. The bandeau’s adjustable straps let you rock a one-shoulder or asymmetrical top to switch up your swimwear every once in a while. It also features removable molded cups and has soft lining to support the girlies. It’s also crafted with 96 percent polyester material that aims to be fast-drying and stretchy, as well as UPF 40 for added sun protection.

Best Bikini Bottoms

8. Shapermint Essentials High-Waisted Bikini Bottom

  • Why We Love It: high-waist, five color options, UPF 50
  • What We Don’t Like: not great for short torsos
  • Size Range: S to 4XL
  • Expert Review: “It’s a full-coverage piece that smooths my stomach while being really comfortable. With a wide size range, this swimwear provides support, along with comfort and tummy control.” —Richards
  • Pairs With:Full Coverage Halter Top ($50; $25)

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

Best Unique Sizes

9. Monday Swimwear Sausalito One Piece

  • Why We Love It: women-owned business, scoop neckline,adjustable straps
  • What Don’t We Like: might not receive same color match, runs small
  • Size Range: S to VV
  • Expert Review: “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.” — Jay

Whether you’re wearing it in the water or rocking it as a bodysuit during the day, this one-piece is 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 the chest lifted all day. And let’s not forget the high leg cut that’s both cheeky and chic.

Great Color Selection

10. Skims One Piece

  • Why We Love It: scoop neckline,ten color options, adjustable straps
  • What We Don’t Love: runs small, not suitable for small boobs
  • Size Range: XXS to 4X
  • Expert Review: “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 also 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.” — Jay

A scoop neckline is a must for curvy gals, and this Skims swimsuit is proof. The deep shape (in the front and back) offers stylish yet comfortable coverage that brings in the waist and elongates the legs. The adjustable straps also allow you to make it fit to your body type and provide medium coverage so you can show a little booty under the sun.

Best for Tummy Control

11. Cupshe Spring Macaron One Piece

  • Why We Love It: high neckline, removable soft cups, medium butt coverage
  • What We Don’t Love: not for long torsos
  • Size Range: 0X to 3X
  • Expert Review: “I love this brand because it’s trendy, fun and has sooo many options for curvier women. I’m currentlyloving the V-neck mesh tummy control design. It’s sexy, fun and comes in a variety of colors.” — Burleson

If you’re searching for tummy control, this one-piece has you covered. It’s designed with chinlon, spandex and polyester for a stretchy yet flattering look. The high neckline keeps the girls secured while the sash belt offers a stylish detail for laying at the beach all day.

Highest-Rated Swimsuit

12. Eomenie High-Waisted One Piece

  • Why We Love It: best seller on Amazon, 23 color options, tummy control
  • What We Don’t Love: the color may bleed in certain water temperatures
  • Size Range: XS to 22 Plus
  • Expert Review: “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.” — Burleson

With over 2,900 five star reviews, this one-piece is 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.

Best Long-Sleeve

13. Good American Compression Long Sleeve Swimsuit

  • Why We Love It: four color options, zipper closure, smoothing material
  • What We Don’t Love: not for short torsos, delicate zipper
  • Size Range: XS to 5XL
  • Expert Review: “This brand holds a special place in my heart, because not only do they have amazing jeans, but their swimwear is top tier. I just love how size inclusive they are. There are a lot of brands that have super cute swimwear [that only goes] up to a size L or XXL. Good American goes up to a 5X.” — Ilena

Long-sleeve swimsuits are getting their moment in the sun, and this one by Good American is high on our list. It’s crafted with compression fabric (nylon and elastane) that is soft and molds to your body to show off your curves in the water. The zipper closure also makes for a secure fit that’s easy to slip on. We also love that the long sleeves deliver on added sun protection.

Best Bikini Top

14. Aerie Straight Scoop Bikini Top

  • Why We Love It: four color options, recycled material, UPF 50
  • What We Don’t Love: runs small
  • Size Range: XXS to XXL
  • Promising Review: “I love the color and [it] fits perfectly. I also brought the bottom to match and it looks amazing. [The top] is very comfortable and has enough coverage. I can’t wait to wear them at the beach.” — Jeni, an Aerie reviewer
  • Pairs With: High Waisted Bikini Bottom ($30; $20)

Aerie is well known for their bras, but don’t overlook their extensive bikini collection—like this stylish floral top. It’s crafted with recycled nylon and elastane that’s stretchy and soft. Plus, the scoop neckline and adjustable straps offer a comfortable shape that won’t slip and shift when you’re doing laps in the water.

Best Coverage

15. Kona Sol Longline Twist Bikini Top

  • Why We Love It: six color options, adjustable straps, sew-in cups
  • What We Don’t Love: runs small
  • Size Range: S to XL
  • Promising Review: “I have not been able to wear a two-piece because I am a DDD and I have a tummy, but this top covers me comfortably and [it doesn’t give me] a uni-boob. It’s comfortable [and] I’m so excited to wear it this summer.” — Maria, a Target reviewer
  • Pairs With: Kona Sol Bikini Bottom ($18)

When it comes to swimwear, we’re constantly looking for the best coverage to avoid any slips or uni-boob situations. Luckily, this highly-rated top from Target is beloved for its full coverage, especially for large boob sizes. Shoppers rave about the adjustable straps, elastic band at the bottom of the bikini and the sewn-in cups that offer extra coverage in the bust area.

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