For anyone over a size 12, shopping for swimwear used to be a serious struggle. The cutest suits simply weren’t made for curvier women, creating a dreadful dressing room experience at the start of every summer season. Thankfully, the swim industry is starting to change. While most brands still cater to straight sizes, more and more designers are adding swimsuit collections with extended sizing and a little extra support in all the right places.
The best part? These suits don’t compromise on style. Because if we’ve learned anything from the body positive movement on social media, it’s that plus-size women aren’t looking to hide behind swathes of cloth, and why should they? Those trendy bra tops and triangle bikinis? They want to wear them — without any added alterations to make them more modest. Same goes for cheeky bottoms, sexy cutouts, and colorful patterns. There’s a difference between designing suits to support curves and designing suits to completely hide them.
Of course, when talking about stylish size-inclusive swimwear brands, trailblazers like Swimsuits For All, Chromat, and even Aerie come to mind. But for this round-up, we wanted to put some newer (or, perhaps just lesser known) brands on your radar. From luxury labels that have recently added extended sizes to brands that have prioritized inclusivity from the start, we’re confident you’ll find a swimsuit on this list you’ll love. Get ready for your hottest summer yet…
Size-Inclusive Swimwear Brands To Shop This Summer:
Available in sizes S-4X, with tops ranging from A to J and options for long torsos, Curvy Beach offers a collection of swimsuits that’s as fun as it is inclusive. Think bright colors and bold pints like cheetah and palm leaves. Plus, the suits have adjustable straps and shelf bras for added support, and they provide sizing charts for each specific style, making it easier to find the best fit for your body.
Above: Neon Yellow New One Piece ($125; curvybeach.com)
This is the cult-favorite brand that’s all over your Instagram feed, and it’s easy to see why. The trend-driven suits are seriously sexy, with stylish cutouts, string wraps, and sculpted bra tops. For those looking for something a little more conservative, they offer plenty of silhouettes for you, too. Currently, Frankies swimsuits come in sizes XS-XXL, accommodating up to an FF cup size, but word on the street is they have plans to expand even further in the near future.
Above: Croft Satin Cheeky One Piece Swimsuit ($185; frankiesbikinis.com)
You probably know (and love) Girlfriend Collective for their super comfortable and thoughtfully constructed activewear staples, and if so, you’ll be thrilled to hear that they’ve recently taken the plunge into size-inclusive swimwear. Available in sizes XXS–6XL, the “GF Swim” collection includes eight sleek silhouettes, like asymmetrical one pieces and classic triangle bikinis, all of which come in five colors. Plus, just like the activewear, GF swimsuits are sustainable; they’re made from post-consumer waste, including things like fishing nets.
Above: Caspian Bikini Tops ($48) and Bay Bikini Bottom ($38; girlfriendcollective.com)
The Saltwater Collective
Inspired by the beaches in her home country of Denmark, where people often go nude without hesitation, Camilla James wanted to create swimsuits that women would feel their best in. The result is a collection of elevated basics that have a second-skin fit and high-quality design. Available in sizes XS-3XL, the variety of minimalistic styles are meant to be mixed and matched, allowing you to find the perfect silhouette for your shape.
Above: Josi Top ($72) and Celine Bottom in Black & Ivory ($72; thesaltwatercollective.com)
From the cheerful colors to the feminine styles, there’s so much to love about this size-inclusive swimwear brand. Designed with real women and their lifestyles in mind, the silhouettes are cut to be flattering and functional, whether you’re lounging or swimming or chasing children around on the beach. But perhaps the best thing about this brand is the customer experience. The website offers a unique “fit quiz” that’s based on “feedback and wear tests from thousands of women,” to help you find the best size (XS-XXXL) and silhouette.
Above: The Malibu One-Piece in Cherry Red ($95; andieswim.com)
With their bright colors and bold prints, simply looking at these swimsuits will make you want to book your next summer vacation. The black-owned brand takes design to the next level, with an attention to detail and versatility that goes unmatched. The swimsuit above, for example, has straps that wrap in countless ways, giving you multiple style options from one suit. Available in sizes S-3X and with styles that cover swim bras should you need one, this line truly encourages confidence at every size and shape.
Above: Bright Delight Swimsuit ($120; nakimuli.com)
From cheeky bottoms and wrap tops to modest monokinis and swim shirts, Strange Bikinis has a wide variety of styles that will satisfy both trend-driven and traditional preferences. The label is known for its west coast vibes, and each swimsuit is sustainably made in small batches in California. Available in sizes S-XXL, you’ll appreciate the upscale quality with cuts to complement your natural shape and details like adjustable straps and soft underwire for added support.
Above: Stay-cay Underwire Bikini Top ($75) and Claire High Waist Cheeky Bikini Bottoms ($65; strangebikinis.com)
First and foremost an intimates line designed to accentuate the female form, CUUP has created the same elegantly engineered solutions for swimwear. Made from high-performance fabrics and with features like flexible underwire, the suits are supportive and comfortable for larger cup sizes while still offering a laid-back luxe look, thanks to their clean silhouettes and neutral colors. The sizing system is revolutionary, too, with 40 bra sizes (A-H) and bottoms ranging from XS-XXXL.
Above: The Plunge Bikini Top ($98) and The Bikini Bottom ($68; shopcuup.com)
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