Stay comfortable and stylish all summer with plus-size swimwear made for your body type. We’ve put together a sampling of our favorite swimsuit styles for full-figured women. As you’ll see, there’s no shortage of classic and on-trend options from which to choose. These are just some available styles; many are chlorine-resistant and provide UPF 50+ protection.
Lycra® XtraLife™ is what makes chlorine-resistant swimsuits so durable. It provides 10 times the wear as regular spandex with the same gentle stretch for freedom of movement. Typically, you’ll find a small percentage of this high-tech spandex and polyester for fabric that lasts all summer. Chlorine-resistant swimsuits withstand pool chemicals and saltwater, and they’re highly resistant to fading caused by UV rays.
Now that you know more about choosing the right swimwear fabric, let’s take a look at our favorite bathing suit styles for full-figured plus-size women:
We love the V-neck wrap one-piece — or plus-size tankini top, for that matter — for its figure-enhancing effects. It accentuates every body type and you can often find it in all sizes. The wrap detailing enhances the waist, while the V-neck accentuates the bust while providing support. There are V-neck wrap plus-size swim dress styles and tankini tops you can wear with plus-size swim shorts or skirts.
One of the most versatile plus-size swimsuits is the Grecian swimsuit. Women of every size can wear the ultra-flattering neckline. Wide straps and a V-neck bodice with a fabric panel in the middle accentuate the bust and provide support. Grecian swimsuits have shirring and control panel fabric for a streamlined look and stylish detail.
Scoop-neck tankini tops and one-piece swimsuits are flattering for full figures. There are even plus-size swim dresses with a classic scoop neck. You’ll find swim tees with this type of neckline in sleeveless and short-sleeve designs. One of our favorite scoop-neck styles is the Tugless Tank one-piece. It comes in sizes to fit every body and stays in place, so you don’t have to make any awkward swimsuit adjustments.
Impart a retro look to your swim outfit with a square-neck halter. There are plus-size square-neck tankini tops, swim dresses and one-pieces with this neckline style. This style ties around the neck for a customizable fit and often features shirring on the bodice.
Create an optical illusion with the blouson bathing suit. The roomy bodice resembles a roomy blouse, while the bottom is a traditional bikini. There are low-cut bikinis for more coverage, or you can top a blouson tankini with plus-size swim shorts. For a coordinated look, pair a printed blouson tankini top with solid-color bottoms or choose a two-tone one-piece.
Plus-size modest high-neck bathing suits are another option. Some have keyhole detailing for an on-trend touch. These types of plus-size tankini tops and one-piece suits are ideal for swimming or walking on the beach. Many have soft-cup bras for adequate bust support.
Another supportive style for full-figured plus sizes is the one-shoulder swimsuit. This style provides ample lift and support for your bust and has a modern, on-trend look. Some one-shoulder suits are tankini tops that you can pair with plus-size swim skirts, shorts or bikini bottoms. Others are done in a classic one-piece design.
Plus-size underwire swimsuits are great for full figures because they deliver support and lift. Strategic twisted shirring accentuates every figure, including large cup sizes. Look for a top with a sewn-in soft-cup bra, which adds a layer of opaque coverage and light padding. Although sunscreen is still necessary, you’ll find twist-front bikini tops and other plus-size swimsuits with UPF 50+ sun protection.
Help your plus-size swimsuit last as long as possible by caring for it properly. After each wear, rinse with cool water and allow it to air-dry. You can roll your bathing suit in a white cotton towel, then squeeze it to remove excess water. Place your wet swimsuit in a shady area to dry, rather than in direct sunlight.
There are plenty of ways to accessorize your swim outfit. Pair your plus-size swimsuit with a cover-up dress, sandals, or swim shoes for a trip to the café or beachfront shop. There are plus-size cover-ups that come in many styles, including shorts, tops and hoodies. Add extra protection with a wide-brim hat and pair of oversized sunglasses, imparting old-Hollywood elegance to your look.
Explore the different styles to find the swimsuits you like best for your full-figured frame. With a handful of summer swimwear staples, you can create many stylish outfits for the beach and pool.