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"This suit has a great color combination and Power Mesh for a comfortable fit."
"We love that this affordable suit can be styled multiple ways with its detachable straps."
Best UPF: Summersalt Limited-Edition Sidestroke at Summersalt
"It features UPF protection, which protects the skin that is under your suit."
Best for Long Torsos: Andie The Tulum at Andie Swim
"The Tulum comes in sizes for regular and long torsos to ensure the suit will fit properly."
Best for Pear-Shaped Sizes: Eloquii Drama Ruffle One-Piece Swimsuit at Eloquii
"Ruffled cap sleeves and a knotted deep V-neck balance out a curvier bottom half."
Best Two-Piece: Eloquii Longline Bikini Top and Bottom at Eloquii
"The bottom's are fully lined to create comfortable shaping that gives a smooth silhouette."
Best One-Piece: Modcloth The Brooke One-Piece Swimsuit at Modcloth
"The Brooke one-piece has slimming vertical stripes and a high-waisted cut."
"This stylish tankini can take you from the pool or beach to the next part of your day."
"The Lycra spandex is designed to elongate your legs and slenderize your hips."
Best Swim Dress: Lands' End Tummy Control High-Neck Swim Dress at Lands' End
"It has a longer length than other swim dresses, so you can wear it in and out of the water."
Our Top Picks
Best Overall: Gabifresh x Swimsuits for All Cruiser Swimsuit
Stylish color-blocking? Check. Flattering fit? You bet. Quirky asymmetrical detailing? Yes please. Swimsuits for All, a size-inclusive swimwear retailer, has done it again with their collaboration with fashion blogger Gabi Fresh (the company is also known for its frequent collaborations with model Ashley Graham, a face of the brand). Gabi’s swimsuit features wire-free built-in cups, adjustable straps, and some cute faux-leather detailing at the bust and shoulder that really kicks the suit up a notch. We also love the unexpected color combination—it stands out from the usual summer-y neon and basic black colored swimsuits—and the gold metal hardware adds an elegant touch. In the front, there's Power Mesh for a comfortable fit.
Best Budget: Kona Sol Women's Yellow Floral Bandeau Swimsuit
Affordable swimsuits can be hard to find, but this yellow bandeau one-piece from Target's new Kona Sol swimwear line is perfect for any occasion. It features removable straps, sewn-in soft cups, and spandex lining for long-lasting comfort. Target has always done great things when it comes to affordable swimwear, and this yellow floral swimsuit is no exception. We love that the detachable straps enable to suit to be styled in multiple ways. This swimsuit is available in sizes 14W to 26W. Be sure to keep an eye out for start-of-season sales here, with discounts like buy one, get one half off.
Best UPF: Summersalt Limited-Edition Sidestroke
Summersalt’s built its name on high-quality swimwear that goes above and beyond in two ways: first, it offers UPF protection, meaning that the skin under your suit (you know, the part you never put sunscreen on) stays protected from the sun, and it’s made from recycled fabrics. This is a limited-edition take on the brand’s Original Sidestroke, one of its much-loved flagship offerings. But this version comes in a black-and-white abstract print and includes built-in soft cups. This gorgeous print will go with anything, making it easy to tuck under a skirt or trousers after you swim. Returns and exchanges are free, so if this one doesn't quite work, reviewers recommend the original, whose diagonal compression gives it a slightly different fit around the abdomen.
Best for Long Torsos: Andie The Tulum
Even though Andie is relatively new to the swimwear scene, it’s already expanded into plus sizing. The brand offers a comprehensive fit quiz you can take online and fit specialists are available for consultation if you need to drill down a bit more after you complete the quiz. The brand's one-pieces, like the Tulum, are popular with plus-size women who have long torsos, thanks to the simple fact that it offers fits in both regular and long torsos—ensuring you'll get a more accurate fit. We also love the higher neckline for those who want a more modest style or have a kid on their hip. Colors are categorized into Essential and Seasonal groupings, and there's plenty of options to choose from including black, red, teal, and juniper. You can get this suit at a discounted price by ordering it in a final-sale color if you're confident in the fit.
Best for Pear-Shaped Sizes: Eloquii Drama Ruffle One-Piece Swimsuit
With cute ruffled cap sleeves and a chic knotted deep V-neck to balance out a curvier bottom half, Eloquii’s Drama Ruffle One-Piece Swimsuit has a vibrant tropical leaf print set off against a black background. In the back, there’s a cute tie, so you can adjust the swimsuit to your perfect level of comfort and fit. Expect a compression fit, though those with larger chests might not find the bust to have the support they need. If the leaf print isn't quite your thing, it’s also available in black or pink. Either way, this suit goes great from the pool or beach to the next part of your day: just slip a breezy pair of trousers or skirt over it for a cute outfit back on land.
Best Two-Piece: Eloquii Longline Bikini Top and Bottom
Eloquii's Longline two-piece offers a sleek shape and good support due to its lingerie-inspired fit and comes in the perfect punchy shade of coral. It's available in sizes 12 to 18. Up top, there’s a built-in foam bra, which holds your bust in place without covering it up completely. The bikini bottom fabric is made of heavy-weight tricot, feels great on, and is fully lined to create comfortable shaping that gives a smooth silhouette. This high-waisted bottom is reversible, too, so you can mix and match it with other tops. If it’s a little over your swimwear budget for both pieces, keep an eye out for one of Eloquii’s frequent sales. One word of warning: the suit is hand-wash only, so avoid throwing it in the washing machine if you want it to last for a few seasons.
Best One-Piece: Modcloth The Brooke One-Piece Swimsuit
Modcloth is known for quirky pieces with a dose of vintage style, and this one-piece is perfect whether you're sitting by the beach or pool. With tropical colors reminiscent of your favorite fruity cocktail or colorful beach umbrella, Modcloth’s Brooke one-piece is perfect for that sunny holiday you've been promising yourself. The slimming bold vertical stripes are bisected by a high-waisted cut which features a knotted detail—and we love the ‘70s vibe from the halterneck, too. However, this cute swimsuit is more than just its looks. The fabric has factor-50 sun protection, so the suit protects your skin when it's covered. Plus sizes for this swimsuit range from 1X to 4X, though sizes S to XL are also available.
Best Tankini: Swimsuits for All Tiger Lily Sweetheart Tankini
Tankinis are a great option if you want a swimsuit that provides more coverage. This stylish two-piece from plus-size brand Swimsuits for All features a sweetheart neckline with a pink floral pattern set against a black backdrop. It also comes with a black slit skirt with an attached brief, so it can be worn from the pool or beach to the next part of your day. Best of all, the Tiger Lily Sweetheart Tankini is made for women of all sizes. Its built-in wireless bra cups are available in sizes 36C to 46G, and the skirt comes in sizes 8 to 34.
Best Bottoms: Miraclesuit Women’s Plus High Waist Pant Tummy Control Swim Bottom
Whether you prefer a high-waisted fit in general or just want a more secure fit on your bottom half to protect against the waves, Miraclesuit’s high-waisted control swim bottoms go great with bikini and tankini tops. While the color selection is a bit limited, the marine blue is vibrant enough to go with any tropical color and basic enough to pair with any top for a color-blocked look. The fit is designed to elongate your legs, slenderize your hips, and smooth your stomach. The leg cut is moderate, and the Lycra XTRA LIFE spandex ensures this will hold up for seasons to come. The brand also offers a lower-rise fit in its 2020 cruise line if you don't love the high-waisted option.
Best Swim Dress: Lands' End Tummy Control High-Neck Swim Dress
Available in sizes 16W to 26W, this cheerful swim dress, scattered with bright blooms, takes you from the pool or lake straight to running around with the kids and grilling out in the backyard. With a longer length than some swim dresses (but on the shorter end of Lands’ End’s offerings), we like that this one has the potential to do double-duty in and out of the water. The suit underneath is built with a controlled fit, and the straps are adjustable, so you can tighten them or loosen them as they dampen or dry. The fabric is built to protect your skin underneath, too, with UPF 50 built in, and a high neckline for extra protection against the sun. If you want a swim dress with a longer length, this chlorine-resistant swim dress, also by Lands' End, is another perfectly playful option.