Whether it's for the summer, a warm weather getaway, or another day at the gym, you can find a chic plus size bathing suit without spending too much money. There are many types of bathing suits nowadays for different occasions and events. One-piece bathing suits are a trendy favorite — think low v-necks with ruching at the sides in pretty, bold colors. You can never go wrong with a classic black one-piece bathing suit, as it will stand the test of time. You can bring it out season after season (check out this list of long-sleeve plus size dresses if you're finding us in the colder months).
Retro-inspired swimsuits are chic and fashionable, not to mention complementary to beautiful curvy figures, as they create the illusion of an hourglass shape (we’re thinking of Marilyn Monroe’s classic white one-piece bathing suit with a sweetheart neckline, thick spaghetti straps, and a lower skirt-style bottom).
This black and white image of Hollywood icon Rita Hayworth has also become classic, and she's rocking a style we love: a two-piece suit with a halter top and high waist. If you're looking for something to wear at the gym, we've got you covered in that area, too. Just because you're wearing a sporty bathing suit doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Bright colors and block prints can be just as cute as a floral two-piece bathing suit.
Here are the hottest plus size bathing suits on the web that won’t break the bank.
This one-piece has lightly lined wireless cups, mesh lining, a ruched design, and most importantly, a sexy lattice slit that makes it anything but conservative. Wear it for any occasion, because you can never go wrong with a black one-piece bathing suit.
For a black one-piece suit that's more retro than modern, look no further than this option from Torrid, which has a bust-accentuating sweetheart neckline, a built-in push-up strapless bra, maximum padding with extra removable inserts, and smooth side boning. We love its timeless white trim, which covers the neckline and highlights the waist. This is a gorgeous suit silhouette that will accentuate the best features of every body type. Pair it with a red lip and oversized sunglasses at the beach if you're feeling extra pinup.
This chic option isn't just a bathing suit! It can also serve as a coverup. Think of it as a suit for fashion lovers — perfect for people who might not love swimwear, but who live for summer dresses and flirty frocks. It’s a vintage-inspired swimsuit that has a feminine polka-dot mesh overlay in a sophisticated shade of deep red, and it’s another one of those hourglass-perfect shapes that accentuates curves beautifully.
We love high-waist two-piece bathing suits — especially this one, which has molded cups with supportive underwire and soft fabric sashes that tie behind the neck. It comes in a variety of shades, such as army green, black, cobalt blue, red, and watermelon pink, but our favorite is navy (a classic shade like black that isn’t as harsh a contrast against lighter skin tones).
Sometimes, an event calls for a more modern style suit, and we have plenty of options for you, like this one-piece swimsuit with a deep v-neck and criss-cross scooped back. In striking magenta and black, it's perfect for a beach vacation. It also comes in black and white, black and tan, cobalt blue and black, and brown and blue, but we’re partial to this pop of bright pink.
In our opinion, leopard print works in any season, at any time, on any article of clothing. Fashionistas consider it a classic, despite its vibrant pattern. It adds a bit of glamour to any look, especially this two-piece bikini. We love the bralette style, which is such a chic, simple shape to pair with a standout print. This suit is definitely meant for the lighthearted.
You can’t get more pinup than a true red two-piece bathing suit with a retro, high-waist bikini bottom and tie-front bandeau top. The keyhole on the top is a cute touch, not to mention the subtle swiss dot textured fabric of the bathing suit. Love!
Shop the Xhilaration Women’s Plus Size Tie Front Dot Texture Bandeau Bikini Top in Sangria Red for $16.99 and the Women’s Plus Size Tie Back Dot Texture High Waist Bikini Bottom in Sangria Red for $19.99 at Target.
As we mentioned above, ruching is fab on every bathing suit and every body. It also makes a solid-print one-piece bathing suit a bit more interesting. Exhibit A: This purple scoop-back suit with criss-cross straps, a supportive underwire bra, and a nylon fabric that provides UPF 50 protection (so you don’t have to worry about getting burned at the beach).
Add a little paisley to your beach wardrobe with this blue patterned tankini top and bikini bottom set. It has the illusion of a one-piece bathing suit and the comfort of a two-piece suit. In other words, it's a match made in heaven. You can also mix and match this tankini top with a different colored bottom, because when it comes to bathing suits, anything goes!
Will black and white polka dots ever not be chic? We don’t think so! This timeless one-piece suit features a deep v-neck, a faux wrap bodice, and moderate coverage on the bottom. This is another suit you’ll keep in your rotation for years to come. It will never go out of style.
If you’re a lover of hot trends, slip on this blue and white patterned cut-out bathing suit. Thanks to a scooped neckline and central cutout, it shows off a portion of your midriff and neckline while everything else stays covered. It also has soft, removable cups and crisscross straps that tie at the back.
Your style may not change from day to day, but when it comes to swimwear, you can go crazy and have a bit more fun. Try this tie-die red and white swim dress, which has a plunging neckline, a strappy crisscross detail, and drawstrings at the sides that are both fashionable and functional — you can adjust the ruching and length.
For a touch of glamour, this shimmer floral fabric two-piece bathing suit is a sweet option. It has a longline bikini top, lace-up corset detailing with gold-tone grommets, and ruched cups. We also love that the bottoms have a flirty drawstring skirt.
Whether you’re doing laps for daily exercise or chasing your kids around the pool, you don’t have to wear anything boring. This sporty one-piece bathing suit combines a bold, purple-patterned bodice with a black bottom and scoop back. It’s one of those suits that you won’t have to check every other minute to make sure something has slipped, if you know what we mean (you’ll have more time for fun and spend less time worrying about how it looks.)
This sapphire swim dress combines the best of fashion and function. It has a high halter neckline with crochet detailing, wire-free foam cups with mesh lining, and a metal s-hook closure with three adjustments so you can achieve the perfect fit. We're kind of obsessed with its chic cutout detail in the back.
There’s something about a scallop detail that gets us giddy, whether it's on shoes, a skirt, or even a bathing suit. It makes this bathing suit flirty, sophisticated, and elegant at the same time. It also has a delicate crisscross strap in the back that you can tie into a chic bow for an added detail.
This shade of aqua blue is everything — especially when you have a sun-kissed tan (we advocate for a safe, sunless spray tan, but we know that's not for everyone). Either way, this strapless bandeau one-piece bathing suit with ruching is as summer chic as you can get. Don’t worry: If you’re not a fan of the strapless style, it comes with removable shoulder straps.
When it comes to this sporty bathing suit, it's all in the details. Its gorgeous color and texture make it a solid option for both the lap lane and the beach resort. With a square neckline and keyhole back, it hits all the right notes.
Raise your hand if you were on the swim team as a kid and have all kinds of nostalgia for those bathing suits (Just us? Anyone?). This sporty purple, blue, and navy suit will have you reminiscing on pool days. It also comes in a slew of additional colors, like black, pink, and turquoise; black, purple, and coral; and navy, blue, and lime.
This cute suit is a no-brainer if you’re going on a tropical vacation. It has a deep v-neck, adjustable spaghetti straps with chic gold buckles, and it's all on a black background to set off a cool multi-color tropical print. Just looking at this one-piece bathing suit is making us want to book airline tickets to Hawaii, stat.
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