TripSavvy Trip Planning The 14 Best Plus-Size Bikinis of 2021 From cheery prints with extra chest support to classic high-waisted designs By Erika Owen Erika Owen Facebook Instagram LinkedIn Twitter Erika Owen is a self-proclaimed Professional Iceland Enthusiast, covering everything from boutique hotels to ATV tours. She's also a product reviewer who's tested out everything from airplane pillows to travel adapters for TripSavvy. TripSavvy's editorial guidelines Published on 07/13/21 Share Pin Email Our editors independently research, test, and recommend the best products; you can learn more about our review process here. We may receive commissions on purchases made from our chosen links. 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 Courtesy of Nomads Buy on Nomadsswimwear.com 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 Courtesy of Kitty and VIbe Buy on Kittyandvibe.com 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 Courtesy of Nettle's Tale Buy on Nettlestale.com 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 Courtesy of L*Space Buy on Backcountry.com Buy on Zappos Buy on Lspace.com 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. The 13 Best Plus-Size Swimsuits of 2021, According to Stylish Women Best Budget: Curvy Fox Catch 2 Piece Bikini Courtesy of Curvy Fox Buy on Curvyfox.com 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 Courtesy of Lime Ricki Buy on Coedition.com Buy on Limericki.com 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. The 16 Best One-Piece Swimsuits of 2021, According to Stylists Best Strapless: Swimsuits For All Valentine Ruched Bandeau Bikini Courtesy of Swimsuits For All Buy on Walmart Buy on Fullbeauty.com Buy on Swimsuitsforall.com 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 Courtesy of Nomads Buy on Nomadsswimwear.com 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 Courtesy of Summersalt Buy on Summersalt.com 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. The 11 Best Swimsuits for Older Women in 2021 Best High-Waisted: Swimsuits For All GabiFresh Cup Sized Wrap Underwire Bikini Courtesy of Swimsuits For All Buy on Walmart Buy on Fullbeauty.com Buy on Swimsuitsforall.com 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 Courtesy of Andie Buy on Andieswim.com 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 Courtesy of ASOS Buy on Asos.com 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 Courtesy of Andrea Iyamah Buy on Andreaiyamah.com 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 Courtesy of Chromat Buy on Chromat.co 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. The 12 Best Places to Buy Bathing Suits Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit Continue to 5 of 14 below. Continue to 9 of 14 below. Continue to 13 of 14 below.