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Best Plus Size Swimwear


Close your eyes and put yourself on a beach. Hear the waves, touch the sand, feel the sun. Are you there yet?

Now imagine actually loving the swimsuit you’re in.

This dreamy scene doesn’t have to be imaginary if you don’t want it to be. With our expert edit of the industry’s best plus size swimwear—the labels, the size range, the silhouettes and the support—only Bare Necessities has everything it takes to make your downtime paradise this summer. Whether you’re after a classic maillot or something trendier, you’re in the right place to find flattering swim that takes the focus off your figure and puts it squarely on having fun in the sun.

So come with Megan Puma, our swim expert, as she points us to the best of this season’s plus-size swimwear collection.



It should come as no surprise that one of our favorite full-figure bra brands has also figured out how to make ideal plus-size bikinis. The Elomi Plus Size Magnetic Wrap Underwire Bikini Top combines a wrap front with an otherwise minimalist over-the-shoulder top that’s up for anything you are. Underneath that subtly sophisticated styling, you’ll find four-part, mesh-lined underwire cups with elasticized top edges to do all the lifting and sculpting your favorite bra would, in a practically unheard-of size range (UK bands 34 to 44 and cups E to J). Likewise, the matching high-waisted Elomi Plus Size Magnetic Twist Bikini Bottom is cut to flatter curves. Together, this two-piece is as understatedly cool and confidence-inspiring as could be, giving you every reason to rock it.


There’s just so much to love about a tankini. Maybe above all is the way they cover (like a one-piece) but offer different sizes on top and bottom (like a bikini). With our extensive selection of plus-size tankinis, you’re spoiled for choice: solids and prints, floaty and curve-hugging cuts, underwire cups and shelf-bras. So, let’s start with Birdsong, our exclusive brand of inclusive swimwear that serves up right-now style with superior construction. Take the Birdsong Plus Size Sharkbite Underwire Tankini Top. You can adjust the drawstring at the chest for any amount of cleavage, which comes from the built-in underwire cups that range from D to H. The straps are fully convertible and adjustable, allowing you to tailor the fit even further to your taste. The contemporary touches—the handkerchief hem and tropical print—are downright happy-making, as is the fact that you can pair it with any bottoms.


It turns out the best plus size swim dress isn’t a dress at all. The Magicsuit Plus Size Bianca One-Piece Romper achieves the same effect—waist, upper thigh and booty coverage that comes from flouncy fabric—in a super fresh silhouette. Layered under the surprisingly sexy plunge romper is actually a firm-control one-piece halter suit with sewn-in bra cups. Whether you’re running around with the kids on the beach or lounging in the resort spa, you’ll never feel comfier or less self-conscious than you will when you’re wearing this winner. Modesty never looked so cool.


You hardly need us to remind you of the virtues of a solid black bathing suit, but take one look at the Magicsuit Plus Size Solids Yvonne Swim Dress in our plus-size one-piece selection and you’ll see why we’re so enamored of this new version in particular. Featuring the same plunging neckline and self-tie halter straps as the Bianca romper we just talked about, where Yvonnne goes her own way is in the positively mini, close-cut hem. If Bianca is thoroughly modern, this ruched suit is a throwback to the era of bombshell curves. What’s more, there is exactly nowhere a suit like this doesn't belong.


The best cover-ups give your skin some respite from the sun while also looking smart enough to let you pop off the sand as needed—into the hotel lobby, say. There are all sorts of cuts to choose from: button-front shirts with long sleeves, sleeveless tanks, short sarongs, long pareos and wrap dresses. Megan’s pick for this season, the Dotti Plus-Size Gypsy Gem Hooded Swim Cover-Up, is the ideal mash-up of all of the above. It’s a great mid-length, with a zipper and a hood but no sleeves, and breezy coverage (the crochet that gets more intricate the further down it goes really elevates this style into something special) that’s neither too sheer nor too covered up. Black and white go with everything. Best of all: It has pockets!


To build an amazing water-ready wardrobe, stock up on plus size swimwear on sale, shop tops that match bottoms you already own or focus your search on under-$100 styles. For that, Megan likes brands such as Raisins Curve, Anne Cole Signature and Maxine of Hollywood—specifically, this chic Maxine of Hollywood Plus Size Ikat Border Blouson One-Piece. Not unlike a great sundress, this style is so eye-catching, from its keyhole neckline to the smoothing panel and the tummy-disguising blouson hem of the “top.” When the price is right, take a chance on a print or style you might not ordinarily go for. You may surprise yourself.

Plus size swim keeps getting better every year, and this one is no exception. We can’t underscore this enough: Don’t miss a single opportunity to put yourself out there and enjoy the shortest, sweetest season. With such a comprehensive collection engineered by our experts to make you look and feel amazing, we can say with confidence that Bare Necessities has got you covered.

Published: 5.27.2021

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From the desk of: Brooke Glassberg

Editor at Bare Necessities

Brooke oversees all the words here at Bare Necessities. In a previous life, she was an editor at Good Housekeeping and O, The Oprah Magazine. Brooke has written for Glamour, Travel+Leisure, Food Network and more. She’s into concerts, travel and her exceptionally adorable daughter and husband.


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