Let’s be honest, no matter your body size I think that one thing that all women can agree on is that shopping for swimsuits is not always fun. In fact, it can be downright depressing, especially for those of us who don’t look like fashion models.
Despite being a water-lover I used to hate wearing swimsuits. I always felt self-conscious and never felt like anything I wore actually looked good on my body. Part of that was my own negative self-image that I struggled with when I was younger. But another part was also due to the fact that finding cute plus size swimsuits can be pretty hard.
So, for anyone who feels the same, this post is for you.
These are my personal picks for the best plus size swimsuit brands for travel, beach, pool lounging, scuba diving, snorkeling, and more. I spend my summers living on a lake and am an avid ocean lover and scuba diver, so when I tell you these are cute and flattering and work- I mean it.
Ready to find a swimsuit you feel good in for you’re the summer or your vacation? These are the places to shop.
The Best Plus Size Swimsuits
Best plus size swimsuits for all styles: Swimsuits for All
Swimsuits for all is an American website that has the largest range of sizes and styles that I have ever seen. Want a string bikini? No problem. What about a sporty one piece? Again, no problem. You can be a size 4 or 34 and you’ll have plenty of options shopping here and most of the swimsuits come in a very inclusive size range. One of my favourites from Swimsuits For All (that I actually have in 2 patterns) is this cut out one piece. It’s sexy but still supportive and I feel really good and confident wearing it.
Insider tip: Read reviews for sizing since all suits are different. Especially if you are someone with a longer torso.
Best plus size swimsuits for larger chests: Adore Me
If you are a curvy girl looking for a cute bikini, then Adore Me is my number one pick. Why? Because their sell their bikinis as separates and some of the tops are actually bra-sized which makes it SO easy to know what is going to fit. I discovered Adore Me in 2021 (I actually have done some social media campaigns with them) and highly recommend. Both swimsuits I have fit me perfectly. Adore Me goes up to 4X and H cups. For me, their bras and bikini tops fit true to size. Check Adore Me products here.
Best plus size swimsuits for cheeky bottoms: The Cheeky Bikini Company
I love supporting small local businesses and that’s what the Cheeky Bikini, located in Ontario, is. Right now it’s a one-woman show and the owner and designer, Erin, has worked to create flattering cuts suitable for different bodies. As you guessed from the name, her bottoms are cheeky (which, fashion says, it’s the most flattering swimsuit cut for every body) and come in different waist heights as well as two different levels of ‘cheekiness’. The tops also come in three different styles. I have two paid of the ‘less cheeky’ high rise bottoms, the uplift plunging bikini top in three colours, and ‘thrive’ high waist bottoms in two colours. The Cheeky Bikini Company goes up to size XXL in various tops and 3XL in bottoms.
Best One-Piece plus size swimsuits: Ta3
I found Ta3 on TikTok and was intrigued by the shape wear aspect. The corseted back was so pretty and if it sucked me in and made me feel more confident in a swimsuit too- extra win. They were kind enough to send me two suits: the high cut plungy (above) and the plungy which has more bum coverage. I love both so much, they have quickly become my go-to one pieces. The colours are bold and bright, the styles are slimming and I love that they have different neckline and bottom coverage depending in what you are most comfortable in. The Ta3 suits range in size from XS-4XL and can be purchased online here.
Best sexy plus size swimsuit with full bottom coverage: City Chic
City Chic is a clothing line that caters to mid and plus size women. I’m a huge fan of their sundresses but after seeing a hot pink one piece in their collection last year I had to try their swimwear as well. I definitely wasn’t disappointed. They do have a range of options in styles but I love that they have some sexier picks with cut outs or lower necklines. The bottoms all tend to have a bit more coverage which I know some women prefer. City Chic offers sizing from 14-24. Check out City Chic swimwear here.
Best plus size swimsuits for ocean lovers: Blu Wild
Calling all wannabe mermaids! Blu Wild offers a large collection of ocean-creature inspired swimwear with beautiful designs and prints featuring our favourite oceanic critters. They offer cute and sporty bikinis, one pieces, rash guards, swim leggings, shorts, and more made from recycled materials! I own a bikini top with manta rays and have the whale shark print leggings. Both are new (so I don’t have photos yet) but fit well and true to size. I’ve never seen a whale shark before so I’m hoping this swim-leggings will be my good luck charm! Blu Wild offers sizing up to 3XL.
Best plus size swimsuits for watersports: Waterlust
Another ocean-design brand I love is Waterlust. They also offer swimsuit options but I have, love, and highly recommend the sunsuit. It’s a long sleeve sunsuit that is perfect for water sports and days on the water. This is what I wore the entire time I was snorkeling and scuba diving in French Polynesia. It’s a little thicker so it provided some extra warmth when I didn’t want a full wetsuit while diving in tropical waters. Plus, it offers sun protection: up to UPF 50. Sizes go up to 3XL.
For more of my clothing picks, checking out my list of the best travel clothing for curvy women.