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With the arrival of spring weather comes the inevitable arrival of pool parties and beach vacations. Whether you’re planning an elaborate beach day in your favorite tropical location location or you actually live someplace that’s warm enough to hang poolside in the spring (If you live in LA, come chill with me by the pool!), there’s always an excuse to don a cute plus-size swimsuit. However, if you’ve been hoping the weather never changes so you’ll have an excuse not to wear a swimsuit, that’s about to change. (I hope.)
Everyone deserves to feel good wearing a swimsuit. There’s no “right” way to wear a bathing suit, and there’s certainly no “right” body for a swimsuit, either. Sometimes it feels like the swimsuit industry (Is that a thing? I think it’s a thing.) is out to get plus-size women. So many swimsuits are flimsy pieces of barely-there fabric that have no support for larger breasts or any sort of body coverage for those who want it. Some plus-size women love to bare it all, but even swimsuits made to show a lot of skin don’t often come in extended sizing. And for those who want more coverage from their swimsuit, there are few options that are actually cute. It feels like we’re playing a rigged game.
But spring also represents starting fresh, and that’s what I plan to do this year regarding plus-size swimwear. Because I know how exhausting it can be to try and find cute plus-size swimsuits in all different styles—string bikinis, high-waisted two-pieces, once pieces that aren’t dowdy—I scoured the web and rounded up 21 super cute plus-size swimsuits that will leave you feeling confident and ready to hit the pool.
Whatever your personal preference, there’s a swimsuit option waiting for you. So go ahead and dive in.
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Asymmetric Peplum Swimsuit
This one-piece swimsuit from Eloquii is white-hot. The peplum is an unusual detail to include on a suit, but I’m obsessed with it nonetheless. Think of this as a fashionable update to your basic neutral one-piece. Shop it now in sizes 12 through 28.
Rust Ruffle Bikini
This burnt orange bralette bikini top deserves a permanent place in your beach bag. The coordinating checked bottoms are also cute when paired with this top or with a white alternative, which means you get more bang for your buck when you buy the entire set. Sold!
Frill Edge Ring Detail Swimsuit
This super sexy one-piece swimsuit from PrettyLittleThing comes in two colors, but I love this tan shade over the black. Not only is it super affordable (Hello, sale!) but it’s available to shop in sizes up to a 3X.
Slasher Halter Bikini
My motto for this summer? Go bright or go home. This neon pink bikini from Becca Etc. has got you covered when it comes to uber-bright, uber-flattering swimwear. Pair it with the matching bottoms for an all-over pink look, or try styling it with a patterned bottom for a totally different look.
Hi-Hi Tanga String Bikini
This bikini from Good American is as good as gold—literally. If you’re a fan of neutral bikinis, you can try it out in black, but this bold colorway has my heart. In any case, this metallic set a fun way to switch up your beach day routine. Need another reason? Barely-there bikinis are super on-trend this season.
Textured Shoulder Tie Bikini
Leave it to Target to make some of the cutest—read: affordable!—bikinis on the market. This minty green set comes in the season’s hottest color, so you can be on-trend even on your days off. Don’t forget to buy the matching bottoms for a look that will make your friends green with envy.
Curve Textured Bikini
It can be a challenge to find a matching bikini top and bottom when shopping online, but ASOS makes it easy. Case in point: you can buy both pieces in this set at the same time, even if you want different sizes for each piece. The top and bottom retail for under $30 each, so I can’t think of an easier purchase to make.
Curve Underwire Swimsuit
Yes, bikinis are fun to mix and match, but don’t forget about how good a one-piece can look, too. This green floral option from Peek & Beau’s Curve line is great to keep in your collection for that exact reason. It has a super deep v-neck and high rise on the leg for a mega-flattering look and comfortable feel.
Demi Contour Plus Bikini
We all need a little black bikini in our collection, right? Even if you’re a seasoned bikini-buying veteran, this cutout option from Adore Me will be hard to pass up. The top is available in sizes up to 4X, and you have two different bottom styles to choose from, so pick between high-waisted or low-rise and add to cart.
Need a new bikini in a pinch? Amazon has you covered. This high-waisted style from Pink Queen comes in eleven different colors and prints (including this stunning royal blue shade and a bold cheetah print) so you have a bunch of options to choose from. If it fits like a glove, then buy a few more!
Daeny Contour Plus
If you’re on the hunt for a bikini with a retro feel, look no further than this green option from Adore Me. I personally love the cups in the top because they offer some extra support. I also exclusively wear high-waisted bikini bottoms, so obviously I’m a fan of these. The mesh detailing on the waist gives the whole set a sexier look.
Underwire Bikini Set
This polka-dot bikini just made me love Ashley Graham even more than I already do. You probably have a few different striped or floral suits in your collection already, but I highly recommend trying out a dotted one, too. It has a classic feel while still making a fun statement.
Waffle Texture Cut Out Swimsuit
If a bathing suit doesn’t have cutouts, I don’t want it! What’s the point of going to the beach if you can’t look totally hot? PrettyLittleThing sells some of the sexiest bathing suits on the internet, and this one-shouldered suit is no exception. Oh—and it retails for less than $40.
Underwire Balconette Bikini Top
I’ll wear any shade of green and any pattern that includes it, so I had to include this bikini from Cacique Lane Bryant on this list. The palm print is giving me total wear-me-on-a-tropical-island vibes, so don’t mind me if I do exactly that.
Puff Sleeve Bikini Top
If you thought there were enough neon suits on this list, think again. This feminine off-the-shoulder bikini top from Eloquii actually makes a strong case to wear exclusively neon bikinis this summer. This suit is basically begging to be posted to the ‘Gram.
Long-Line Bralette Swim Top
Who knew Old Navy made such cute bikinis? Not me. This zebra-printed set looks way more expensive than it actually is, so it’s worth picking up before you hit the pool this year. it’s available in sizes 1X through 4X and also comes in a blue floral pattern if you’re not really into animal prints.
Multi Printed Bikini
This suit from Raisins Curve is a great way to feel on-trend while wearing a more simple silhouette, thanks to the super unique colorway. I also love the side-ties on the bottoms for a look thats as flattering as it is comfortable!
We’ve already covered light and deep green swimwear options on this list, but this teal bikini set from Cupshe is truly the ideal happy medium between the two shades. Yes, it’s simple, but that’s what makes it so great. You can wear it for years and it will never look out-of-date.
The Catch 2-Piece Bikini
Your closet called—it could use some color. Prepare to stand out in every single group photo thanks to this neon yellow bikini from Curvy Fox. This bikini would look killer with a late-summer tan, so pack your bags and get to a beach ASAP—or just tan on your roof.
Diva Kurves is a black-owned brand that has gone viral recently for its selection of sexy AF bathing suits. This pink cheetah-print one-piece, for instance, is available in sizes up to 4X and comes in two other colors. Yes, it’s a bit of a splurge, but the price is totally worth it. You’re gonna look so good.
A version of this article previously appeared in 2019.