Swimsuit Guide for Plus-Size Swimwear 2023

Swimsuit Guide for Plus-Size Swimwear 2023

Make a splash in plus-size swimwear this summer. We’ve put together our picks for 2023’s top swimsuit styles and included a few enduring classics. There’s a swimsuit to fit every body type—we simply frame it best, with plus-size one-piece and two-piece swimwear to complement any summer wardrobe.

Many of the swimsuits at Lands’ End are chlorine-resistant, which means they withstand not only pool water but also saltwater, sweat, sunscreen, and UV rays. Chlorine-resistant swimsuits retain their shape and vibrancy through plenty of wear, thanks to the addition of Lycra® XtraLife™ spandex. It delivers an average of 10 times the wear as regular spandex, which makes it an excellent feature of any swimsuit.

Here are some plus-size swimsuit styles to keep you looking and feeling comfortable and confident all summer, whether you’re vacationing at the beach or planning to spend some time at the pool:

Plus-Size One-Piece Swimsuits

The one-piece swimsuit is a summer mainstay. This type of bathing suit comes in multiple styles, so you can find one that’s right for you. There are Tugless Tank swimwear pieces made to stay in place, whether you’re swimming or playing water sports. When it comes to the look, there are so many one-piece styles that you can have a different one for every day of the week.

If you love a retro look—which is a hot trend for Summer 2023—consider suiting up in a scoop-neck style. Traditional tank-style straps add to the vibe, while a lower-cut bottom offers greater coverage than a bikini style. Black and navy are two neutrals that never go out of fashion, although you can certainly opt for a bright hue such as red or a bold summery print.

One of Lands’ Ends’ most popular swimsuit styles is the Grecian. Once upon a time, we discontinued this style and our customers let us know they wanted it back. We listened, and today the Grecian one-piece is one of our top sellers. And for a reason—as it flatters virtually everyone with its shirred detailing and hybrid neckline, which combines a triangular shape with a rectangle of fabric in the center for added coverage and support.

A plus-size swimdress is another style to consider for every size, including plus. There are plus-size swim dresses in different lengths and neckline styles, and many of them are made from the chlorine-resistant fabric we talked about above.

Speaking of support, there are one-piece plus-size swimsuits with soft-cup bras that gently shape while providing a light cushioned layer of coverage for your bust. You may also find swimsuits for plus sizes with removable cups and some plus-size underwire swimsuits.

Plus-Size Two-Piece Swimsuits

There are just as many plus-size two-piece swimwear options as there are one-piece styles—likely even more. Tankinis are a versatile summer staple because tankini tops and bottoms can be mixed and matched to create a multitude of looks.

For example, you can pair a patterned plus-size tankini top with solid bottoms or vice-versa. Capturing the retro look is easy with a polka-dot print swimsuit top, which you can wear with matching high-waisted swimsuit bottoms or a solid color that matches the background of the polka-dot print. Other prints you may come across include floral motifs and paisley patterns.

Now that we’ve talked about tankini versatility, colors, and prints, let’s take a moment to discuss neckline and bottom styles. There’s the scoop neck, of course. The classic V-neck is another tankini top style to consider, or you may prefer a square-neck or bandeau neckline. Blouson tankini tops are a stylish summer look for the beach or pool, or you can wear a high-neck tankini top for a modest yet sporty style.

Plus-Size Beach Cover-Ups

No summer wardrobe is complete without a swimsuit cover up. Plus-size cover-ups come in dress styles—both midi and maxi—and they’re available as tops and bottoms. Whether you prefer a notch-neck cover-up dress or a long-sleeve swim tee and legging combo, cover-ups are essential to protecting against UV rays. Like many of Lands’ End’s plus-size swimsuits, rash guards deliver UPF 50+ to safeguard against sun damage.

Must-Have Summer Accessories

When suiting up for the beach or pool, don’t forget your summer accessories! Beach towels are a must; roll them into a cylinder and tuck them into a water-resistant tote. Beach bags come in various sizes and styles, and some can be personalized with a monogram or name for an added cost. Water shoes protect your feet against hot surfaces, or you can opt for a pair of classic flip-flops. You’ll also need sunscreen, even if you’re wearing sun protection swimwear. Any type of sun-protective clothing only protects covered areas, so sunblock is essential.

Now that you know more about some of the most popular swimwear styles for 2023, it’s time to shop! The right swimsuit for you is the one you like best, so let your comfort and aesthetic preferences guide you.


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