Best plus size swimwear to ensure you feel confident and supported this season

The best plus size swimwear will sculpt, shape, and secure your curves. These are the top styles to shop this season

two models showcasing two of the best plus size swimwear looks, a zip from swimsuit and a black bikini
(Image credit: Swimsuitsforall / Playful Promises)

Finding the best plus size swimwear used to be a challenge. Options were limited and at best, a little frumpy, but thanks to a growing plus size fashion market, vocal plus size fashion influencers, and a generally more body-positive industry, the plus size swimwear market is blossoming. 

When it comes to the best plus size swimwear, there are lots of factors to consider. Aside from looking at size, you also might want to consider the best bathing suit for your body type. While this does add extra things to think about, once you've deciphered if you have a pear-shaped body, an hourglass silhouette, or an apple body shape, you can more easily navigate which cuts and shapes will offer you the best support and find the most flattering plus size swimwear for you. 

Swimwear is a notoriously tricky item and something that many women, regardless of size struggle with. But much like the best bras, or the best shapewear, when it comes to swimwear, we're looking for items that will enhance our figures, offering just the right level of lift and contour. With a growing number of fashionable options both in the two-piece and one-piece arenas, finding the best plus-size swimwear has never looked or felt so good. 

How to choose the best plus size swimwear

When it comes to selecting the best plus size swimwear, fabric and fit should reign supreme. If you already invest in the best bras for large busts, then you should follow a similar fit mentality when looking for the best swimwear. 

Styles that have built-in bras, underwiring or come in cup sizes will offer the best fit for those looking for good bust support, while a halter neck style or a swimsuit with adjustable straps will ensure you can easily give yourself some added uplift if necessary. 

Many of the best bra brands also have swimwear lines and these brands will naturally make some of the most supportive swimwear when it comes to fit as they can draw on their experience from designing lingerie to ensure great coverage and lift.

When it comes to fabric, just like with the best plus size shapewear, you want to feel supported and sculpted. Opt for slightly thicker and heavier weight elastane and lycra and opt for your regular size. Buying a size too small will pinch, go too big and you risk your swimsuit shifting in the water.  

The best plus size swimwear—selected by our fashion expert

The pieces in this list have been selected for their fit, quality and style. We have chosen a mixture of one and two pieces in a range of cuts to suit all body types so that you can find flattering plus size swimwear that will make you feel great.

Just remember, everyBODY deserves to wear and feel good in swimwear this summer, so whatever swimwear you buy, wear with confidence, as that's the only accessory you really need. 

model showing simple black swimsuit front and back

(Image credit: Miraclesuit)

1. Miraclesuit Black Swimsuit

Best plus size swimsuit

Specifications

Sizes: 16W-24W (US)
RRP: $192 / £185

Reasons to buy

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Flattering shape
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Classic style
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Several one-pieces available

Reasons to avoid

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Not fashion-forward

Miraclesuit is a brand that specializes in swimwear that sculpts and shapes. Just like the best jeans for curvy women, expect some serious skimming and lifting with Miraclesuits. While not the most fashion-forward of options, their classic styles won't date and their thick fabric offers extra added support and comfort. The ruched style across the midriff ensures this is a flattering plus size swimsuit for those conscious of their middle, while the sweetheart neckline will help to frame a full bust. 

Available in a bold blue hue too, there are a number of iterations of this one piece on the brand's site, but this black swimsuit is a wardrobe essential.


Swimsuit with front ruffle in black, model showing front and back

(Image credit: Simply Be)

2. MAGISCULPT Illusion Ruffle Swimsuit

Best for plus size apple shapes

Specifications

Sizes: 12-32
RRP: £42 (UK only)

Reasons to buy

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Great size range
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Adjustable straps
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Flattering fit

Reasons to avoid

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Only one colorway

If you're conscious of your middle and have previously shopped dresses to hide a tummy, then this might be the swimsuit that gives you the confidence boost you need. The front ruffle paneling will help skim over your midriff, while the innovative Magisculpt fabric helps to contour and shape your silhouette. 

With a hidden inner bust shelf for light lift and support, this swimsuit will work best for apple shapes with a smaller bust. The swimsuit also has some light foam padding to give the look of a fuller and rounder bust. 


model laughing eating watermelon wearing a polka dot print bikini with high waisted briefs

(Image credit: Pour Moi)

3. Pour Moi

Best for smoothing a tummy

Specifications

Sizes: 10-22
RRP: £20 (UK only)

Reasons to buy

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High waisted
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Smoothing abilities
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Classic print

Reasons to avoid

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Small size range

A polka dot bikini never dates and this one is ideal if you're conscious of your midriff but want to try out a two-piece. Working much in the same way as their best tummy-smoothing briefs, these bikini bottoms have a high rise and the gorgeous stretch fabric helps smooth and sculpt your shape. The matching bra top again calls on Pour Moi's lingerie expertise and offers great lift and fit so you end up with a timeless bikini that you'll feel confident in round the pool. 


model showing front and back of bandeau bikini with daisy print on black base

(Image credit: Elomi)

4. Elomi Bardot Bikini

Best for plus size pear shapes

Specifications

Sizes: 34-44 / DD-HH
RRP: $71.50 / £54

Reasons to buy

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Brilliant bust support
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Stand out design
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Matching briefs

Reasons to avoid

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Statement print
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Not great for apple shapes

This clever plus size bikini offers a host of dressing tips and hacks. The flirty sleeve offers upper arm coverage, for those that are conscious of that particular body part. The high-waisted brief will help skim and sculpt a tummy, while the bardot style neckline adds fullness to your bust line. The ruffled top will create the illusion of a larger bust but will also help to balance out pear shapes by mimicking hip-width up top. This automatically narrows your waistline, creating an hourglass silhouette. While the print is quite a statement, a floral print is unlikely to date and with so many clever dressing tricks in one bikini, you'll wear this for years to come. 


model wearing floral two piece bikini with front waist tie

(Image credit: River Island)

5. River Island Floral Bikini

Best for arm coverage

Specifications

Sizes: US: 14-24 / UK: 18-28
RRP: $34 (briefs) $47 (top) / £18 (briefs) / £25 (top)

Reasons to buy

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Fun print
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Offers arm coverage
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Great for apple shapes

Reasons to avoid

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Not huge amounts of bust support

This chic floral print bikini is an absolute style steal. While we're big advocates for shopping at lingerie brands for the most supportive swimwear, if you don't need huge amounts of bust support, shopping from fashion brands can often help you reap stylish rewards. 

This clever floral two-piece has little sleeves, ideal if you're conscious of the tops of your arms. But we're also loving the front side tie on the bottoms that acts a little bit like a ruched panel, creating a smoothing effect across a tummy. The tie detail, alongside the cleverly placed palm print makes this ideal for apple body shapes. Sold as separates, this is particularly good if you need a different top and brief size.


model wearing black swimdress with ruffle leopard trim

(Image credit: Simply Be)

6. Simply Be Swim Dress

Best for plus size swim dress

Specifications

Sizes: 12-32
RRP: £34 (UK only)

Reasons to buy

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Feminine shape
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Offers extra coverage
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Timeless design

Reasons to avoid

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Not got the most bust support

A swim dress is the unsung hero of a swimwear capsule wardrobe. For those who find getting into a two-piece or a swimsuit too revealing, the swim dress allows you to be pool ready without having too much on show. While this particular swim dress has a more fitted silhouette, there are a number of options out there with skater-style skirts (with attached briefs underneath), Swimdresses skim your shape and offer a more retro-style aesthetic. While many come with attached briefs, be aware that some swim dresses and separate swim skirts will require a pair of swim briefs underneath.


Hunter McGrady showing front and back of black bikini with mesh insert panels

(Image credit: Playful Promises )

7. Hunter McGrady Plus Size Bikini

Best for fashionable plus size swim

Specifications

Sizes: US: 38-44 C-I / 14-20 | UK: 18-24
RRP: US: $48.75 (top) / $32.50 (briefs) | UK: £37.50 (top) / £25 (briefs)

Reasons to buy

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Fashionable options
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Collaboration collections
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Lingerie experts

Reasons to avoid

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Sizes sell out quickly

Playful Promises is one of our favorite plus size lingerie brands. Their pieces often have a boudoir feel but are also incredibly fashion-forward and body positive. While they mainly focus on lingerie collections, collaborating with a host of curvy celebrities and influencers, the brand does do a small swim edit for plus size that calls on their extensive underwear experience. Serving up to an I cup, this brand is really inclusive, but due to small runs, you have to get in quick as pieces sell out super fast.

This particular set is by plus size model Hunter McGrady. The high-waisted briefs are really flattering, while the clever mesh paneling gives a nod to cut-out detailing, something we've seen on the runways in recent months. With a matching halterneck top that offers great bust lift and support, this is one seriously sexy swim set that your curves will love. 


model showing tankini and brief set front and back, the top has a bubble hem and the print is white polka dots on black base

(Image credit: Next)

8. Next Bubble Hem Tankini

Best for plus size tankinis

Specifications

Sizes: 12-30
RRP: £32 (UK only)

Reasons to buy

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Relaxed fit
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Timeless style
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Great coverage

Reasons to avoid

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Limited color options

A tankini is a perfect way to dip your toe into the two-piece water if you're nervous about baring your midriff. A tankini essentially is a swimwear top paired with briefs. As with all swimwear, the styles vary drastically from brand to brand and you can get several iterations that have bra-style tops, offering plenty of support. A tankini is ideal for tummy-conscious apple shapes and this polka dot design will never go out of fashion. The bubble shape on this tankini offers a more relaxed fit around the stomach, offering extra skimming abilities if that's your area of self-consciousness.


model showing front and back of zip front swimsuit with blue illusion panels

(Image credit: Swimsuitsforall)

9. Swimsuitsforall Zip Front Suit

Best for curve creating

Specifications

Sizes: 8-26
RRP: $94 (US only)

Reasons to buy

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Optical illusion paneling
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Great pops of color
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Fun design

Reasons to avoid

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No UK delivery

Swimsuitsforall has a fantastic collection of swimsuits and bikinis and really do live up to their brand name. With a plus size collection up to a US 26, they also have collaboration collections with the likes of plus size fashion influencer, Gabi Fresh.

This illusion paneled swimsuit has a zip front fastening, giving it wetsuit style appeal, while the color block sections create a narrowed waistline, making you look longer and leaner. Ideal for those with hourglass curves or for those looking to create them.


model wearing navy swimsuit with slim waist belt, showing front and back

(Image credit: Curvy Kate)

10. Curvy Kate Navy Swimsuit

Best for a plus size hourglass

Specifications

Sizes: 30-44 / D-J
Prices: $86 / £58

Reasons to buy

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Up to a J cup
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Sleek design
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Flattering fit

Reasons to avoid

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Body con fit

This gorgeous nautical blue swimsuit is mainly aimed at women with a fuller bust, rather than being specifically 'plus size'. Serving up to a J cup, Curvy Kate already makes some of the best plus size lingerie, so it's no surprise that they make fantastically supportive swimwear too. 

Featuring a slim belt with a tortoiseshell buckle, this is an ideal silhouette for curvy hourglass shapes. The sweetheart style neckline, coupled with the waist-defining belt will draw the eye down your silhouette and to your smallest part, really enhancing your curves. 


model showing front and back of two tone pink stripe swimsuit with front frill

(Image credit: Eloquii)

11. Eloquii Striped Swimsuit

Best for enhancing a smaller bust

Specifications

Sizes: 14-28 (US only)
RRP: $149.95

Reasons to buy

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Striking style
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Fashion-forward
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Several colorways and prints available

Reasons to avoid

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Not great for petites

From one of the best plus size clothing brands, this swimsuit is not for the faint-hearted. Ideal for tall plus size silhouettes, this bold striped design with front ruffle will add shape and volume for those with smaller busts and draw attention away from fuller hips. The deep v-neckline will make you look longer and leaner, but as the ruffle is quite dramatic, this colorful iteration could overwhelm petites. 

Rivkie Baum

Rivkie is a fashion editor, writer and stylist with over fifteen years' experience in the industry. Having studied design and pattern cutting at the London College of Fashion, Rivkie fell in love with styling and journalism, covering fashion weeks in London, Paris and New York. 


Specialising in plus size fashion, Rivkie has long championed that style is for everyBODY and has been a regular talking head on a host of radio stations and television shows, pushing for greater representation for plus size women and fashion throughout her career.