Last year we missed out on summer vacations, spring break trips and weekend jaunts to the beach, but this year we definitely plan to make up for lost time. While we could wait until the last minute to frantically search through the mall for a new bathing suit that’s cute, flattering and affordable, why not just shop ahead? Here are 32 of the best plus-size bathing suits to snap up ASAP to guarantee that next poolside afternoon is equal parts comfortable and chic.
The 32 Best Plus-Size Swimsuits to Shop Before Your Next Vacation or Pool Day
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1. Summersalt The Sidestroke
Since Summersalt’s launch in 2017, the brand has garnered a cult following thanks to the immense amount of research and data that goes into making each design as flattering and comfortable as possible. The Sidestroke has full bust support without any bulky cups or padding, and the diagonal seaming is designed to offer shaping without the constricting feeling of Spanx.
2. Cupshe Sky Blue And Stripe Print Bikini
Perfect for the babe on a budget, Cupshe’s suits are all under $100 (the vast majority are under $50) and there are tons of plus-size options that go up to a size 4X. This mismatched bikini takes all the guess work out of mixing up your bikini tops and bottoms, and the top has a gorgeous criss-cross racerback that’s equal parts sexy and sporty.
3. Swimsuits For All Cut-out Underwire One-piece Swimsuit
This mixed-print one-piece is one of Swimsuits for All’s best-selling styles due to the universally flattering cut and the fact that there is ample boob support with a built-in underwire, molded bra cups and a Power Mesh frame.
4. Girlfriend Collective Cabo String Bikini Top And Bottom
For the true minimalist who loathes tan lines, Girlfriend Collective’s classic string bikini is the way to go. It goes up to a size 6XL, and while the top isn’t the most supportive on this list, it does offer enough coverage to make you feel confident nothing is going to unexpectedly pop out. Same goes for the full-coverage bottom.
5. Kitty & Vibe Underwire Top And High Hip Bottoms
Kitty and Vibe was founded on the idea of creating a stress-free shopping experience. That even includes a mood-boosting playlist with each order, to get you feeling good as you try on the suits from the comfort of your own home. More important, however, is the brand’s unique sizing system, which takes into account not just your waistband but the shape of your hips and bum, too. And every piece comes in the full size range, from small through 3XL, not just select styles.
6. Torrid High-shine Plunge One-piece
This black one-piece is like the LBD of swimwear. We can’t get enough of that sexy plunging neckline, but don’t worry about sacrificing on support—the straps are strategically placed to keep your gals lifted and in place, and the shoulder straps are adjustable for a more custom fit. The fabric also has built-in UPF 40+ for bonus sun protection.
7. Gabifresh One-shoulder One-piece Swimsuit
This Gabi Gregg design features hidden molded cups to ensure your bosom looks fabulous, even without an underwire. And the colorblocked cut-out design is right on trend for summer ‘22s hottest swim picks. Just don’t forget to load up on sunscreen to prevent any weird tan lines.
8. Good American Sparkle Demi Top And Good Waist Cheeky
We adore the grown-up Barbie vibes of this sparkly, pink bikini. But even better is the fact that the underwire top has adjustable straps and three hook settings in the back for a more custom and supportive fit. It also comes in a light silver hue and Kelly green.
9. J.crew Plunge Bikini Top And High-rise Bottom
We came for the gorgeous floral print but stayed for the wider band, which better supports larger chests. There are also multiple matching cover-up options, including shorts and two dress options.
10. Cacique Relaxed Underwire Tankini Top And String Bottom
Proof that chic tankinis do exist. This underwire two-piece also comes in a green snake print and classic black, but we’re partial to this super-bright tropical option that’s bound to stand out on the beach.
11. Andie The Malibu One-piece
Adjustable snaps at the front give you the option of going totally full-coverage or super sexy and low-cut. And while there is no shelf bra or underwire, reviews suggest the cups are surprisingly supportive even for larger chests.
12. Eloquii Mesh One-piece
Mesh panels at the neckline and hips give this one-piece a subtly sexy silhouette. Reviewers suggest this suit runs small, so you might want to consider going up a size, especially for those with a longer torso. After that all you have left to decide is whether you prefer bright white, classic black or hot pink.
13. Torrid Retro Chic Underwire Top And High-waist Bottom
A sweetheart neckline, leopard spots, flutter cap sleeves—this sexy bikini is a fun mix of retro and modern and is sure to stay in style for years to come. Torrid also has a unique sizing system that takes into account both your dress size and cup size for a better fit.
14. Xhilaration Lace-up Halter Top And Side-tie Bottom
This vibrant bikini has a longline fit for extra coverage and support, but all that fabric is beautifully balanced with two keyhole cutouts and a cute halter tie for a subtly sexy touch. The bikini bottoms also have ruched ties on the side so you can adjust how much coverage you like on your hips.
15. J.crew Ruched V-neck One-piece
This best-selling one-piece is one of the most flattering bathing suits we’ve ever discovered. The classic V-neck is just low enough without giving away the whole farm, and it comes in so many gorgeous colors, including black and navy, you might want to buy multiples to wear every summer from here on out. (It also comes in long torso lengths, but only up to a size 16.)
16. City Chic Color-block Underwire One-piece
The colorblocking on this one-piece has a cool, surfer vibe but also works to create an hourglass figure by drawing the eye in to your waist. It also comes with an underwire in the bust for extra support and molded cups for comfort. Choose the suit above or a cute blue color combo if you prefer cooler shades over warm.
17. Kona Sol Flounce One-piece
Another fabulous classic suit, this strapless one-piece does come with two removeable straps so you can play around with different necklines. And that blue gingham print will always be in style, as will the flattering ruffle over the bust. Ruching along with torso also helps to hide any lumps or bumps you may feel self-conscious about.
18. Adore Me Shelby Contour Plus Bikini
This retro-inspired two-piece comes as a set, but you can select different sizes for top and bottom, which isn’t usually the case for more affordable brands. The top is also highly constructed to give your bosom a super-flattering lift without going overboard and will keep your boobs firmly in place without feeling like a sports bra. (P.S. That “Adore Me Cares” sticker indicates that this suit is made using eco-friendly and sustainable manufacturing methods.)
19. Monday Swimwear Cala Roja Top And Byron Bottom
Monday Swimwear is one of our absolute favorite brands for bigger busts and offers specific designs for cup sizes AA up through G. The coordinating bottoms only go up to a size 18, but there is a string bikini bottom that could be adjusted to fit a size or two larger, provided you don’t mind a little extra cheek in the rear.
20. Summersalt The Marina Top And The Diagonal Mid-rise Bottom
Simple, sporty and oh-so cute, this two-tone bikini is an absolute must-have for those who like a no-fuss design with just a touch of flair. There are two other solid color combos to choose from, as well as three fun prints.
21. Cupshe Madalyn Floral Halter One-piece
This best-selling Cupshe swimsuit is just as fun as a mismatched bikini, but with more coverage and support. And the criss-crossed front combined with a halter neck helps create the illusion of an hourglass figure, for an extra flattering boost.
22. Fox & Royal Amara One-piece
We love this unexpected spin on this year’s cut-out trend, and that lime green color will help give you a faux glow. The gold hardware adds a glamorous touch that can easily be played up with some matching gold hoop earrings or strappy gold sandals.
23. Girlfriend Collective Powell One-shoulder One-piece
Introducing the ultimate little black bathing suit. A double strap in the back adds just enough detail to differentiate this über-flattering suit from the pack, but it is otherwise a perfectly timeless go-to that looks great on every shape and size.
24. Ashley Graham Elite Triangle Bikini
Supermodel Ashley Graham has also designed an extensive collection of swim with Swimsuits for All, including this classic side-tie and tie-top bikini that won’t dig into your sides or back and which comes in six gorgeous colors. And, yes, our go-to standby, black, is one of those options.
25. Miaou Kauai Top And Bottom
For the gal who prefers an itty-bitty bikini, Miaou has lots of trendy options, including this blue-and-green tie-dye print string two-piece. As you might imagine, the top isn’t all that supportive, but it sure is sexy and won’t leave you with any excessive tan lines.
26. Asos Curve Seersucker Swimsuit
You can never go wrong with seersucker post Memorial Day, and this red stunner is no exception. The faux-wrap cut helps cinch your waist without complicated ties, and the straps are also adjustable.
27. Nakimuli Bright Delight Swimsuit
Much like that bridesmaid dress you bought for your cousin’s wedding, the top of this vibrant suit can be tied a number of ways to fit your preferences and your personal style. From one-shouldered to short-sleeved, there’s a tying technique for everyone. (Don’t worry, there’s also a handy tutorial video if you’re not sure how to get started.)
28. Saint Somebody Eye On The Prize Top And Go Your Own Way Bottom
Saint Somebody caters specifically to those between sizes 8 and 20, with an emphasis on crafting high-quality swimwear that will last through years’ worth of beach vacations and pool days. In that vein, most designs are solid-hued and no-frills classic silhouettes, though there are some fun leopard print pieces, too.
29. Eloquii One-shoulder Tie-front Swimsuit
Yes, this suit also comes in black, but how could anyone pass on this stunning rainbow marble print? The middle tie can be knotted in front or back depending on how much skin you want to show off, and a shelf bra with removeable cups gives your gals support without feeling constrictive.
30. Summersalt The Perfect Wrap One-piece
The subtle print mixing on this wrap swimsuit works to both elongate your torso and cinch your waist, making it a particularly flattering option for shorter torsos or up-and-down silhouettes. It also comes in a slew of other color combos and, yes, that wrap detail is adjustable so you can go tighter or looser depending on your figure.
31. Nasty Gal Broderie Underwire Tie-front Bikini
We highly suggest snapping up this flattering two-piece while it’s on sale for an even better deal on an already affordable suit. Plus, the textured material makes it look far more luxe IRL than the price tag might suggest.
32. Lushious Ross Top And Bottom
This retro two-piece is such a fun throwback and also offers plenty of coverage without feeling dowdy. And according to reviews, the top is surprisingly supportive for larger chests, even without the help of an underwire or molded cups.