The 13 Best Plus-Size Swimsuits of 2021

From a timeless two-piece to a chic rashguard

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The Rundown

Best One-Piece: L.L. Bean Tanksuit at L.L. Bean

"This swimsuit from L.L. Bean goes up to size 26, is pretty affordable, and holds up well."

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

"Summersalt's modest-coverage bottoms are easy to style a bunch of different ways."

Best Strapless: Swimsuits for All Valentine High-Waist Bikini at Swimsuits for All

"The Valentine strapless bikini has just the right amount of retro flair, with its twisted top and ruched bottoms."

Best Two-Piece: Nomads Swimwear Current Top and Bottom at Nomads Swimwear

"This bikini features a cheeky high-waisted bottom, square-neckline top, and UPF 50+ protection."

Best Cut-Out: Frankies Bikinis Carter One-Piece Swimsuit at Frankies Bikinis

"A substantial cut-out on this one-piece swimsuit gives the whole look a modern upgrade"

Best High-Neck: Andie Swim The Malibu at Andie Swim

"Easily transitions from secure coverage to a flirty bodysuit when you throw shorts on over it."

Best Swim Dress: Eloquii Wrap-Front Romper Swimsuit at Eloquii

"Eloquii's swimsuit romper offers more coverage and movement if you plan on wrestling with some waves."

Best V-Neck: Nettle's Tale The Margaret at Nettle's Tale

"We're smitten with this V-neck style because it's skimpy, vibrant, and retro."

Best Underwire: Swimsuits for All Gabifresh Underwire Bikini Set at Swimsuits for All

"The flouncy cap sleeve adds a bit of sweetness, while the underwire and clasp enclosures offer plenty of bust support."

Best Print: ASOS Peek & Beau Underwire Swimsuit at ASOS

"The micro floral print on this one-piece is a modern take on a classic pattern."

No matter what size you wear, shopping for a swimsuit can be a loaded task. And when you identify as plus size, your pool of options gets smaller. The unfortunate reality is that many designers and brands haven’t yet extended sizing past a size 10 or 12—but we’re here to celebrate the ones that do acknowledge that beach days and pool parties are for every single body out there.

So much time is spent worrying about finding the suit that best flatters your body shape, but the goal should really be finding something that feels good to you to wear, both physically and mentally. No matter what your body shape, there are a world of options out there—cheeky cut bottoms, bikinis, one-pieces, underwire, swim leggings, swimdresses, and the list goes on. We pulled together the best plus-size swimsuits out there, no matter how much (or how little) you want to cover up. We also consulted a couple of especially inspiring and stylish influencers to share their favorite designs. 

Ahead, you’ll find our plus-size swimsuit picks to get you started on your perfect beach day outfit.

Best One-Piece: L.L. Bean Tanksuit

L.L. Bean Tanksuit

Courtesy of L.L. Bean

There’s nothing better than a swimsuit that never goes out of style. Corinne Fay, founder of plus-size Instagram resale account @SellTradePlus, has a suggestion for just this: “Some might call it basic, but I prefer to think of it as CLASSIC,” she says. “The L.L. Bean Beansport Tanksuit goes up to a size 26, it's pretty affordable, it holds up well, and you won't be tugging on it all day at the pool and/or beach. I love a cute swimsuit, but what I love even more is a swimsuit that fits and doesn't have me stressing or uncomfortable.”

Best Bottoms: Summersalt The Diagonal Mid-Rise Bottom

Summersalt The Diagonal Mid-Rise Bottom

Courtesy of Summersalt

The simple design on these mid-rise bottoms from Summersalt are easy to pair with a solid-colored top, or you can take it up a few levels with a pattern. What we’re really saying: there’s a lot of styling opportunities here. Available in sizes 2 through 22 and in seven color combinations, these bottoms are classified as “C Coverage” by the brand, meaning they offer the most amount of coverage.

Best Strapless: Swimsuits for All Valentine High-Waist Bikini

Swimsuits for All Valentine High-Waist Bikini

Courtesy of Swimsuits for All

This strapless bikini has just the right amount of retro flair, with its twisted top and high-waisted, ruched bottoms. Available in sizes 4 through 24, this suit from Swimsuits for All comes in six different colors, all with removable straps because some days call for more support. You can even choose your top and bottom in different sizes so you can get the perfect fit.

Best Two-Piece: Nomads Swimwear Current Top and Bottom

 Nomads Swimwear Current Top and Bottom

Courtesy of Nomads Swimwear

Founded by model Taylor Paige Long, Nomads Swimwear is a size-inclusive brand offering XS through 5X in all of their styles. The Current Top and Bottom is a classic black-and-white suit with a cheeky-cut, high-waisted bottom and a square neckline top. The thicker straps offer great support, while the suit’s fabric acts as a protective shield against harmful UV rays and provides an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) of 50+. But don’t forget the sunscreen.

Best Cut-Out: Frankies Bikinis Carter One-Piece Swimsuit

Carter Ribbed High-Cut One-Piece Swimsuit

Courtesy of Frankies Bikinis

The substantial cut-out on this one-piece swimsuit gives the whole look a mod upgrade. The straps are removable, so you can adjust the amount of support, as well. Reviewers have applauded the soft, stretchy fabric, citing its comfort as one of the biggest perks.

Best High-Neck: Andie Swim The Malibu

Andie Swim The Malibu

Courtesy of Andie Swim

“I'm so over swimsuits that are uncomfy and only on trend for one summer,” says Sean Taylor, who you may recognize from the Netflix show The Circle or Instagram, where she’s constantly serving up inspirational looks. “The versatility of The Malibu by Andie is what's making it my go-to this season. Easily transition from secure coverage to a flirty body-suit dupe when you unsnap a few buttons and throw on shorts for a shore-side happy hour.”

Best Swim Dress: Eloquii Wrap-Front Romper Swimsuit

Eloquii Wrap-Front Romper Swimsuit

Courtesy of Eloquii

Ok, we tricked you a little bit here—our favorite swim dress is not a swim dress at all—it’s a romper. We love this style because it offers more coverage and movement if you plan on wrestling with some waves (or a pool floatie). Available up to size 28 and in two colors, this suit is one of those magical options that looks just as great at the beach bar or even out to dinner.

Best V-Neck: Nettle's Tale The Margaret

Nettle's Tale The Margaret

Courtesy of Nettle's Tale

“My current favourite swimsuit is the Margaret from Nettle's Tale,” says Lydia Okello, model, writer, digital creator, and one of the people featured in “Well Rounded,” a documentary focused on sharing experiences in body positivity from the big, fat, queer, and BIPOC community (watch the trailer here). “I'm smitten with this style because it's skimpy, vibrant, and reminds me of beach babes of the early 90's. I'm hoping Nettle’s Tale expands the sizing—I find the XL comfy on my typically 20-22 [sized] bod but I'd love to see more fat folks in styles like this.”

Best Underwire: Swimsuits for All Gabifresh Underwire Bikini Set

Swimsuits for All Gabifresh Cap Sleeve Underwire Bikini

Courtesy of Swimsuits for All

There are some underwire options that scream: “we’re loaded up on hardwear over here!” We all know the type. This is not that swimsuit. The flouncy cap sleeve adds a bit of sweetness, while the underwire and clasp enclosures offer plenty of bust support. And you can’t go wrong with a simple, high-waisted bottom in a beautiful terracotta color. This suit is available in sizes 10 through 26 and cup sizes D through H.

Best Print: ASOS Peek & Beau Underwire Swimsuit

ASOS Peek & Beau Underwire Swimsuit

Courtesy ASOS

Choosing a swimsuit print can be overwhelming, but this micro floral situation from ASOS is a modern take on a classic pattern. The outline of the underwire bra gives this one-piece a refresh while adding extra support. It also features a low scoop neckline and a high cut that will showcase your legs. This suit is available in sizes 38C through 42F.

Best Swim Leggings: Torrid Plus-Size Swim Leggings

Black Crop Swim Leggings

Courtesy of Torrid

Water-worthy leggings not only offer protection from the sun and other elements, but they’re also great for those looking for extra support. Much like workout leggings, you want a pair that will stay up without much coaxing. This simple pair of black leggings from Torrid come in sizes 10 through 30, are designed with a mesh lining, and have a chic cropped leg.

Best Cheeky: Wild Isle Capri Hide Tide Cheeky Bottoms

Wild Isle Capri Hide Tide Cheeky Bottoms

Courtesy of Wild Isle

The fun thing about cheeky-cut swimsuit bottoms is that everyone looks fantastic in them. Cut higher on the thigh, they also allow more room for movement. The Capri High Tide bottoms from Wild Isle come in three colors—black, Amalfi blue, and ruby/terracotta—and pair great with any style of top (we’re partial to the Zoe High Neck Bikini Top). They have a slight high waist, as well, which pairs comfortably with the higher cut on the leg.

Best Rash Guard: Lands' End Long-Sleeve Rash Guard

Lands' End Long-Sleeve Rash Guard

Courtesy of Lands' End

More often than not, rash guards look sportier than other swimsuit patterns and designs. That’s not the case with this option from Lands’ End. This swim tee has an elegant floral design that will elevate your entire look. Rash guards are great for surfing, swimming, paddleboarding, and just keeping you safer from the sun. It also offers UPF 50 protection from UV rays.

Final Verdict

Neutral and modern, the Current two-piece from Nomads Swimwear (view top and bottom at Nomads Swimwear) is a timeless pick that will look great for years to come. The size-inclusive brand offers up thoughtful designs that feel more like treasured wardrobe gems than anything else. This swimsuit gets us excited for long beach days and lounging by the pool.

What to Look for in a Plus-Sized Swimsuit

Fit

First and foremost, you want a swimsuit that feels good. Think about what that means to you. Does constantly having to check on the placement of your suit drive you bananas? Are you looking for more coverage? Want to show off as much skin as possible? Find something that makes you feel comfortable, both physically and mentally. Consider how adjustable the suit is, as well—can you add more support with adjustable straps? How much stretch is built in? One general tip to live by: make sure and sit down when you’re trying swimsuits on. If it’s not comfortable to sit in, chances are you won’t love it for lounging on the beach. 

Price

Swimsuit prices can vary from sub-$20 to well over $200 (and more). Stretchier suits tend to be more expensive, due to the material used and manufacturing processes. Sustainably-made or locally-made suits are also more expensive, since the costs are higher.

If you’re on a budget and find an expensive suit that steals your heart, take note of the elements you love and keep on searching. Chances are you can find something similar for a lower price. But keep in mind that investing in a swimsuit is never a bad idea—a well-made suit can give you years of swim sessions.

Material

Most, if not all, swimsuits are going to be made of manufactured materials like nylon, lycra, or spandex. Swimsuits made of natural materials like cotton will absorb water, which is not something you want to experience as you’re treading through waves. Most swimsuits are made with a bit of stretch, but the amount of flexibility will vary.

FAQs

What's the best swimsuit for my body shape?

Literally any swimsuit that makes you feel fantastic. There really are no rules when it comes to buying a swimsuit that will look the best on your body—it’s all about what feels right to you and only you.

How should I care for my swimsuit?

You’ll want to rinse out your swimsuit as soon as possible after wearing it, especially if you’ve been in a chlorinated pool. You always want to air dry a swimsuit, as tossing it in the dryer can cause shrinking. If you need to treat a stain, use a mild detergent and hand-wash it. Make sure and rinse the suit out a number of times–at least twice—since chlorine and salt can dig deep into the material’s fibers.

How does swimsuit sizing differ from other clothing?

Swimsuits will often run a bit smaller than your usual size, but it’s best to read up on the reviews before making a purchase. Remember that swimsuit materials often come with a bit of stretch.

When should I replace my swimsuit?

There are a couple of things that happen as a swimsuit ages: it stretches (and doesn’t bounce back), it may become discolored, it may pill, and it might start to smell a bit off. If you don’t wear it often and properly wash it, your swimsuit will last for years. 

Why Trust TripSavvy

Erika Owen is a plus-size person who has done hours and hours of research on this topic. She is constantly on the lookout for size-inclusive brands and regularly reports on plus-size clothing for TripSavvy and other websites and publications. For this story, she reached out to a few leaders in the plus-size style scene, all who have style she deeply admires.

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