The 14 Best Plus-Size Bikinis of 2021

From cheery prints with extra chest support to classic high-waisted designs

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The Rundown

Best Bikini: Nomads Swimwear Bay Top and Bottom at Nomads Swimwear

"The Bay top and bottom is a fun twist on the traditional one-shoulder designs."

Best Print: Kitty and Vibe Dakota Bikini at Kitty and Vibe

"This modern take on animal print almost looks tie-dye for a playful print bikini."

Runner Up, Best Print: Nettle’s Tale The Bonnie Top at Nettle's Tale

"A pop of confetti spruces up this top that doubles as a sports bra."

Best Chest Support: L*Space Parker Bikini Top at Backcountry

"The convertible top, coupled with the wide shoulder straps, gives you control."

Best Budget: Curvy Fox Catch 2 Piece Bikini at Curvy Fox

"Heavy on the details, light on the price, the Catch Bikini packs a punch."

Best Crop Top: Lime Ricki Black Gingham Bikini at CoEdition

"The knotted detail on the top makes it easier to control the fit of this gingham suit."

Best Strapless: Swimsuits For All Valentine Ruched Bandeau Bikini at Walmart

"You can’t go wrong with this classic sweetheart bandeau top that's fully lined."

Best for Sun Protection: Nomads Swimwear Isle Bikini at Nomads Swimwear

"The super-durable tricot fabric acts as a protective shield from harmful UV rays."

Best Mid-Rise: Summersalt Diagonal Mid Rise Bottom at Summersalt

"Coming in eight colors, this mid-rise bottom can be mixed and matched with any top."

Best High-Waisted: Swimsuits For All GabiFresh Wrap Underwire Bikini at Walmart

"With built-in underwire bra cups and wrap-front ties, this is far from your classic high-waisted bikini."

Runner Up, Best High-Waisted: Andie High-Waisted Cheeky Bottom at Andie

"A cheeky cut makes this high-waisted bottom a great fit for all body types."

Best Design: ASOS Design Curve Frill Bikini at ASOS

"The slight frill on this brief-cut two-piece is so fun without taking away any comfort or mobility."

Runner Up, Best Design: Andrea Iyamah Yassa High Waist Bikini at Andrea Iyamah

"If you tried to capture the essence of summer into a bikini, you’d come up with this design."

Best Rash Guard: Chromat Contour Rashguard Top at Chromat

"With a front-zip closure, it's easy to control the amount of support you’re getting in this rash guard."

Heading to the beach is a celebration—when warmer temperatures hit, there’s no better place to be than taking in the breeze from the sand and snoozing to the sound of waves. As you’re participating in this ultimate ode to summer, staying comfortable (and feeling great) is key. And while beautifully designed plus-size swimwear is still, sadly, hard to come by, there are some standout brands with options for all kinds of bodies. 

There are a lot of factors to consider as you look to buy a new bikini. Make a list: Are you looking for added sun protection? Extra support? Zany prints? Something classic? Once you have an image in your head of the ideal bikini, it’ll make wading through the options that much easier. And beware: Many brands may market themselves as “plus size” or “size inclusive,” while only offering up to a size 12–14 or XL. Don’t lose hope—look to places like Nomads Swimwear, Lime Ricki, and Kitty and Vibe Swimwear for a boost in inspiration. You do not have to choose between style and a good fit.

Ahead, you’ll find a whole world of plus-size bikini options, from high-waisted styles and tops with extra chest support to crop tops and cheery prints.

Best Bikini: Nomads Swimwear Bay Top and Bottom

Nomads Bay Top and Bottom

Courtesy of Nomads

Founded by plus-size model and fashion designer Taylor Long, Nomads Swimwear brings something to the plus-size bikini game that we haven’t really seen yet: stunning, artistic designs in comfortable silhouettes. There are a few choices available in the debut collection, inspired by the scenes you would find in Sydney, Australia, but the Bay Top and Bottom is a fun twist on the traditional one-shoulder designs. Available in sizes up to 5X.

Best Print: Kitty and Vibe Dakota Bikini

Kitty and Vibe High-Waisted Dakota Bikini

Courtesy of Kitty and VIbe

Kitty and Vibe is loved for their dedication to prints. The Dakota bikini is a modern take on animal print that almost looks tie-dye. Plus, the high-waisted bottoms can be matched with different top styles. Available in sizes up to 3X.

Runner Up, Best Print: Nettle’s Tale The Bonnie Top

Nettle’s Tale Bonnie Top

Courtesy of Nettle's Tale

Canadian company Nettle’s Tale is all about proving that there doesn’t have to be a difference between activewear and swimwear and looking and feeling great. The Bonnie Top comes in two different designs, but we’re partial to the forest green top with a pop of confetti. Available in sizes up to 3X.

Best Chest Support: L*Space Parker Bikini Top

L*Space Parker Bikini Top

Courtesy of L*Space

Not only do we love the streamlined design of this bikini, but the convertible top can be worn as a V-neckline or square neck silhouette, allowing you a bit of control over how much support you're getting. This, along with the wide shoulder straps, ensures that you'll have ultimate coverage. Available in sizes up to D.

Best Budget: Curvy Fox Catch 2 Piece Bikini

Curvy Fox Catch Bikini

Courtesy of Curvy Fox

If you’re looking for something with a little pizzazz, the mesh detailing on this swimsuit from Curvy Fox should do the trick. It also comes with removable chest pads. Available in sizes up to 3X.

Best Crop Top: Lime Ricki Gingham Bikini

Lime Ricki Gingham Bikini

Courtesy of Lime Ricki

The gingham detailing on this bikini from Lime Ricki is sweeter than sweet, especially when paired with bottoms that feature a slight scallop along the waist. The knotted detail on the top makes it easier to control the fit of the suit, which is why it tops the list of crop top bikinis. Available in sizes up to 4X.

Best Strapless: Swimsuits For All Valentine Ruched Bandeau Bikini

Swimsuits For All Women's Plus Size Valentine Ruched Bandeau High Waist Bikini Set

Courtesy of Swimsuits For All

You can’t go wrong with a classic sweetheart bandeau top. This bikini comes in six colors and features a ruched, high-waisted bottom that’s fully lined with a power mesh front panel for extra support. It also comes with removable straps, just in case you plan on battling some big waves. Available in sizes up to 24.

Best for Sun Protection: Nomads Swimwear Isle Bikini

Nomads Swim Isle Bikini

Courtesy of Nomads

Another pick from Nomads Swimwear, this sleeved bikini is a true statement piece. The super-durable—and ethically made—tricot fabric acts as a protective shield on harmful UV rays. This suit has a UPF (ultraviolet protective factor) of 50+. Available in sizes up to 4X.

Best Mid-Rise: Summersalt Diagonal Mid Rise Bottom

Summersalt Diagonal Mid-Rise Bottom

Courtesy of Summersalt

The Diagonal Mid Rise Bottom from Summersalt comes in five different color and design options. The best part? You can pair them with any top from the sustainability-minded brand, and they all match up great. Available in sizes up to 22. 

Best High-Waisted: Swimsuits For All GabiFresh Cup Sized Wrap Underwire Bikini

Swimsuits For All GabiFresh Wrap High-Waist Bikini

Courtesy of Swimsuits For All

With built-in underwire bra cups and wrap-front ties, this GabiFresh suit is far from your classic high-waisted bikini. The top has a double keyhole back with three closure options, allowing you to control the fit and support. Available in sizes up to 26 G/H.

Runner Up, Best High-Waisted: Andie High Waisted Cheeky Bottom

Andie High-Waisted Cheeky Bottom

Courtesy of Andie

High-waisted bottoms are easy to come by, but this design from Andie has become a go-to for all body types—much in part to the cheeky cut that gives it a more modern vibe than other high-waisted options. This particular bikini bottom comes in 12 different colors and was designed with movement in mind, meaning you won’t be spending all of your time re-adjusting your suit. Available in sizes up to 3X.

Best Design: ASOS Design Curve Frill Bikini

Best design bikini

Courtesy of ASOS

Sometimes it doesn’t take much to elevate a bikini into glam territory. The slight frill on this brief-cut, two-piece from ASOS is fun without taking away any comfort or mobility. Available in sizes up to 26.

Runner Up, Best Design: Andrea Iyamah Yassa High Waist Bikini

Andrea Iyamah Yassa High-Waist Bikini

Courtesy of Andrea Iyamah

If you tried to capture the essence of summer into a bikini, you’d come up with this design from Andrea Iyamah. With a balconette bra and bottoms that trick the eye into seeing a daring high cut, the colors alone will surely help you stand out among fellow beachgoers. Available in sizes up to 3X.

Best Rash Guard: Chromat Contour Rashguard Top

Chromat Contour Rashguard Top

Courtesy of Chromat

Chromat is all about bold colors and design—and this long-sleeve, crop top rash guard is far from an exception. The neon top has a front-zip closure, making it easy to control the amount of support you’re getting. Plus, the rash guard is made with nylon from recycled fishing nets, so you’re also doing good for the ocean while sporting this design. Available in sizes up to 3X.

Why Trust TripSavvy? 

Erika Owen is a self-identifying plus-size woman who is constantly on the search for sustainable and ethical designers and brands. She has been developing her own plus-size, slow-fashion wardrobe for years and owns the Lime Ricki crop-top bikini (a summer wardrobe staple) mentioned in this article.

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