If you’re shopping for plus-size swimwear and want to stay on-trend this summer, you’re in luck. There are many stylish options when it comes to selecting a plus-size swimsuit, or a collection of them to last the whole season. Here are our top five picks for plus-size bathing suits and tips for choosing a cover-up.
Go bold yet classic with a V-neck one-piece bathing suit. This style is designed to enhance the bustline, and some styles have shirred detailing to conceal the midsection. Control fabric is another common feature of these one-piece swimsuits; it helps create a streamlined effect without ever feeling too tight. For maximum support and comfort, look for a V-neck swimsuit with soft bra cups and wide adjustable straps.
There are tugless scoop-neck one-piece suits with low-cut legs for a balanced look. This plus-size swimsuit style is traditional yet trendy and comes in many colors and prints. Some suits in this style are made with nylon and Lycra® XtraLife™ spandex, which provides ten times the wear of regular spandex and stretches without losing its shape. If you want more coverage for hips and thighs than a scoop-neck one-piece provides, layer on a swim skirt or pair of swim shorts. Both these pieces come in different styles and lengths to suit your preferred look and level of coverage.
Grecian-style one-piece swimsuits flatter all sizes, including plus. They have comparatively wider shoulder straps and a neckline that combines a V and square shape for a look that falls between daring and modest. Some of these swimsuits have shirring, as many of the one-pieces and tankini tops do. There are Grecian suits with control fabric, and all have adjustable shoulder straps for a custom fit. Like the other swimsuit styles, these plus-size bathing suits come in solid colors and many prints, ranging from neutral hues to vibrant tones.
Swim dresses are another option for plus sizes. They come in various colors, including classic black. Plus, there are multiple lengths from which to choose. A knee-length plus-size swimdress made from a nylon/spandex blend is perfect for the pool or beach. You can even wear it to an outdoor café, especially if you slip a cover-up on top and add trendy wedge sandals.
Tankinis provide the most fashion versatility because you can mix and match tops and bottoms. They look like a one-piece and cover the midsection, unlike bikini tops. There are so many ways to combine tops and bottoms; you could match them for a monochromatic look or create a color block style with contrasting pieces. A print tankini top with solid bottoms is a cute, coordinated look—or you could go bold by mixing prints. Here are some ideas for choosing plus-size tankini separates.
There are plenty of chlorine-resistant tankini tops from which to choose. High-neck tankini tops are a summer staple that never goes out of style, as are classic round-neck styles. There are bandeau tankini tops with a retro-inspired look and blouson tankini tops with a billowy look. Square-neck styles are another swimwear trend for this year that’s inspired by the past, and they come in solid colors and cute prints such as polka dot. You’ll find nylon/spandex tankini tops and those enhanced with control fabric. As with one-piece suits, some tankini tops have shirring and other figure-flattering details.
You’ll find many styles of swimwear bottoms to go with tankini tops. Plus-size swim shorts and swim skirts come in many styles, and they’re in line with this year’s retro fashion trends. There are also swimsuit bottoms with low-cut brief-style legs if you want to bare a bit more skin. High-waisted styles are popular right now, plus they’re comfortable and enhance all body types. Like many of the other plus-size swimsuits, some swimsuit bottoms are infused with compression fabric for a streamlined look. When it comes to buying swim tops and bottoms, look for lined styles for opaque coverage.
When you get out of the water, put on a rash guard cover-up to protect against UV rays. Most swimsuits and rash guard plus-size cover-ups provide UPF 50 for covered areas only. For maximum protection, opt for a rash guard with long sleeves and a hood. There are shirts, shorts, and even cover-up dresses in plus sizes. They come in fashionable colors and prints, so it’s easy to find one or more that complements your swimsuit. If you want something classic, a solid color is always a stylish choice. There are tie-dye prints for a beachy look and kaftan cover-ups with boho-inspired flair.
Now that you’ve been introduced to summer’s trendiest swimwear styles, it’s time to shop. Although it’s always fun to experiment with trends, don’t be afraid to choose a swimsuit based on what you like best rather than what’s popular.