One of the most versatile swimwear staples for summer is the plus-size swim dress. We love swim dresses for women of all sizes because they’re comfortable and never go out of style. This one-piece swimsuit style provides more coverage for hips, bottoms, and thighs than some bikinis and shorts. A women’s plus-size swim dress can be easily accessorized to create an elegant resort-ready look or a casual retro vibe. Keep reading for more reasons why we love plus-size swim dresses:
We can’t think of one reason you shouldn’t wear chlorine-resistant swimsuits this season. It’s not much different than regular swimwear, except for the presence of Lycra® XtraLife™ spandex. As they say, it’s all in the details, which is a big one. XtraLife™ delivers ten times the durability and wear as regular spandex. It resists chlorine and other chemicals, but it’s also designed to withstand saltwater, UV rays and frequent wear. The fabric is designed to hold its shape, so you may be able to wear your swim dress for multiple summer seasons.
Whether shopping for a plus-size one-piece bathing suit, a plus-size tankini, or a plus-size swim dress, you’ll find multiple neckline styles. Scoop neck is perhaps the most traditional of swimwear necklines. It’s often found on tank-style and short-sleeve swim dresses and swim tees. Plus, the Tugless Tank comes in a scoop neck style that looks fabulous on virtually everyone.
Then there’s the V-neck. We love V-neck plus-size swim dresses because they’re on-trend yet universally stylish. There are wrap-style swim dresses with this neckline for a waist-accentuating effect. Some feature control fabric and the previously mentioned XtraLife spandex for a smoothing effect.
If you love a classic style, you can’t go wrong with a square halter neck. We think the best beach body is the one you already have, and a square halter neck frames every figure beautifully. This neckline imparts a retro-inspired look to the classic swim dress. Rather than an A-line shape, many halter dresses have an empire waist that falls from right below the bustline.
A high-neck swim dress with adjustable straps is modest and comfortable for every figure. Look for a tunic-style dress for a fit that looks fantastic on every body type. High-neck swim dresses are modest and supportive enough for water sports, especially if you choose one with soft, sewn-in bra cups.
Sweetheart necklines are another option when shopping for a plus-size swim dress. They have a heart-like shape that you’ll find on swimsuits, tops, cotton summer dresses and even wedding gowns. This neckline is ultra-flattering for all sizes and goes well with many beach cover-ups.
These are just some of the neckline styles you’ll come across when shopping for a swim dress, plus-size one-piece, or plus-size tankini top and swim skirt. Plus-size swim skirts can be mixed and matched with plus-size tankini tops for the look of a one-piece but the fashion versatility of a bikini top and swim skirt.
Swim dresses look stylish in regular, petite, and plus sizes. They come in A-line and empire waist styles to accentuate every body type. Most have lining for modesty, and some are equipped with supportive padded bra cups for nearly undetectable enhancement. There are plus-size swim dresses with removable bra cups so you can choose whether you want more padding and support. Some of these swimwear pieces are made with control fabric, which imparts a streamlined look, while others may have strategic shirring.
Plus-size swim dresses come in colors and prints to express your summer aesthetic. If you love the look of a classic neutral color, choose black or navy. There are plenty of brighter colors and a wide range of prints. For example, you might opt for a square-neck swim dress with a polka-dot print, or a V-neck in a bright tropical-flower motif.
There’s no reason to decide on just one color or print. Wear a blush-pink high-neck swim dress on one beach day, then slip on a paisley bandeau swim dress when you go to the pool. If you’re going on a beach vacation, pack a swim-dress wardrobe with a few solid-color styles and a few swim dresses with prints.
Plus-size cover-ups are ideal for wearing over swim dresses for UPF 50+ protection. This only applies to covered areas, even if you wear sun-protective swimwear or clothing you’ll still need sunscreen. Slip a rash guard hoodie over your swim dress, add flip flops, water shoes or sandals, and you’re ready to stroll the shoreline. Bikini bottoms and plus-size swim shorts can be worn beneath a swim dress for added modesty.
We can’t think of why you shouldn’t wear a plus-size swim dress this summer. Explore different styles, colors, and prints to find your preferred ones.