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14 Brands Getting Plus-Size Swimwear Right

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Plus-size swimwear has long been a sleepy category full of floral tankinis and less-than-flattering swim skirts. To put it plainly: It’s been, well, plain. Everyone deserves options that make them feel confident and comfortable — nothing less.

If barely there, sexy options are your thing, you deserve them. If tankinis and cover-ups are what you’re coveting this summer, so be it. As long as it’s cute, why settle? Luckily, brands like Miaou, Girlfriend Collective, and even Skims create swimwear that is fun and sexy in sizes up to 6X.

To get you started, we’ve waded (sorry) through tons of swimwear brands to bring you the ones doing plus-size swimwear right. We looked for options with the best size ranges, support, and variety of styles to choose from. Of course, we considered prices too.

From sustainable staples to seriously stylish options, we’ve rounded up all of our favorites that carry an extensive size range. Whether you want string bikinis, asymmetrical one-pieces, or something in between, here are plenty of options that will fit in your weekender bag.

Miaou

Leave it to model and all-around stylish woman Paloma Elsesser to create and curate a seriously enviable collection of plus-size clothing — including swimwear. There are plenty of strappy separates to mix and match in an array of colorful patterns and prints. If these are anything like the brand’s best-selling corsets, they will not disappoint.
Available in sizes XS to 4XL.

Girlfriend Collective

If you liked the brand’s many viral pieces, you’ll love its swim collection — available in similar sizing and colors. Girlfriend Collective’s lined swimwear with removable cups is made of regenerated nylon.
Available in sizes XXS to 6X.

And if a one-piece isn’t for you, the brand offers string bikinis as well.
Available in sizes XXS to 6X.

Lushious

This newly launched brand from Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor offers some mix-and-match separates and one-piece suits that are anything but boring. The brand’s ethos is sustainability and inclusivity in both size and gender — with recycled pieces made for all body types and sizes. You can opt for string bikinis or shorts and layer them with one of the brand’s swim skirts — if you feel so inclined.
Available in sizes XS to 5X.

Eloquii

Eloquii is the go-to for plus-size clothes that are chic and not frumpy — like this cool multicolored marble-print swimsuit. The brand offers lots of bright-colored swimwear with ruffles and ties. And cover-ups and sunglasses to match.
Available in sizes 14 to 28.

BOLD Swim

You can wear this string bikini in plenty of different, creative ways — as demonstrated by models on the brand’s site. If you’re into sustainability, you’ll be happy to know the swimwear is made from biodegradable fabrics.
Available in sizes S to 3XL.

Torrid

Underwire: I know you hate it, but if you need it, you’ll find it here. This retro-inspired nylon-blend swimsuit is one of the many available at Torrid. Standard sizing goes up to 6 (6X) — roughly the equivalent of DD.
Available in sizes 00 to 6X.

CUUP

If you’re a fan of this brand’s bras, you’ll love its swimwear, which has the same silhouettes in regenerated nylon. Think of how easy it will be to grab a new bikini top and bottom when you already know the size and style you like. For the minimalist, there are a number of muted solid colors to choose from.
Available in sizes 30A to 44H.

Target

This isn’t one of Target’s in-house brands, so it’s on the pricier side, but it has a variety of sizes in swimwear. This bikini top is lightly lined and has underwire for support. Of course, Target also offers plenty of plus-size swim-with pieces that will keep you a little more covered up.
Available in sizes 32D to 40G.

Skims

Love it or hate it, Skims makes good swimwear. In true Kim Kardashian fashion, pieces are available in a variety of nude tones that wouldn’t look out of place at her Calabasas home, but you will find a few brighter shades too. Like most popular pieces from the brand, this one is practically sold out, so it may be something to add to your wishlist for now.
Available in sizes XXS to 4X.

ASOS

ASOS has a decent selection of affordable plus-size swimwear. And it’s pretty cute. I mean, look at this cherry-print bikini. The only caveat is that — like those sneakers and lounge sets you’ve had your eye on — these tend to sell out fast.
Available in sizes 00 to 28.

Andie Swim

Andie’s swimwear is perfect for minimalists who want things simple — but not too simple. Case in point: This ribbed one-piece with crisscross straps is both comfy and chic. Most of the brand’s swimwear (including this piece) has light support and removable soft cups.
Available in sizes XXS to XXXL.

Lane Bryant

More underwire here. Like we said before, it might not be ideal, but it’s a good option for support. Many swim pieces from Lane Bryant are lightly lined and feature adjustable straps. (There are lots of options without underwire as well.)
Available in sizes 14 to 28.

Nasty Gal

Nasty Gal offers a number of underwire options without all the extra fabric and straps. If you want a slinky string bikini, you’ll find it here. There’s a smaller range of colors, but if you like solid colors more than bold prints, this is where to shop.
Available in sizes 18 to 24.

14 Brands Getting Plus-Size Swimwear Right