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Elegant Plus Shopping Guides:  Athletic Swimsuits in Size 12 +

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Last Update: June 8, 2016

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Plus-Size Athletic Swimwear Report

Whether it's for scuba diving, playing water polo, racing, or simply doing laps in the pool for exercise, sometimes basic athletic swimwear is the perfect choice. Cuts and colors tend to be conservative, although options other than classic black are becoming more readily available.  Necklines are usually higher while straps are often wider and constructed to stay in place and add support.

Available in one-piece and swim separates, athletic swimwear can include specialty features like built-in long-line shorts or long sleeves.  Leg openings can be conservative or high, depending on intended use. Options are available in both plus and hard-to-find super sizes for those enjoying active, Health at Every Size lifestyles.
 

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Speedo Ultra Back Athletic Swimsuit, Size 8 - 18

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Zip Front, Racerback Tankini, Size 16 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Chlorine Resistant
Cross Back Maillot
Sizes 14 - 32W 

Speedo
Ultra Back Suit

Size 8 - 18

Board Shorts
Size 14 - 28W

Zip Front Racerback Tankini
Size 16 - 24W

 

Internet Shopping Resources for Athletic Style Swimwear Size 12+

While the summer swim season sees more options, those in need of athletic swimwear generally swim or play water sports all year.   The following resources are available for all twelve months of the year.

Home of basic, good quality tank and maillot swimwear, some with racer or butterfly backs and more modest leg openings, Lands End has added harder to find styles such as rash guards for water sports such as surfing and jet skiing in recent years.  Sizing here is some of the most diverse with some swimsuits available in long torso, in addition to women's size 2 to 26W.  Lane Bryant has also been adding sporty styles in recent years, including rash guards, swim tees, and long leg swim bottoms for size 14 to 28W.

Just My Size regularly carries chlorine resistant bathing suits with modest leg openings and cross backs for active swimmers in size 14 to 32W.  Swimwear super store Always for Me carries styles all year for a variety of water activities in size 12 to 26W.  Meanwhile, Kohl's is a sure bet for Speedo and other racing and competitive swimsuit labels in extended sizes up to 24W.
 

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Speedo, Ruched One Piece Athletic Suit, Size 8 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Miraclesuit, Zipper Front Maillot, Size 16 - 24W  | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Sports Swim Bra
Sizes 14 - 26W

Sporty Swimdress
Sizes 16 - 22W

Speedo
Ruched One Piece Suit
Size 8 - 24W

Miraclesuit
One Piece Zip Front Swimsuit
Sizes 16 - 24W

 

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Plus-size swimwear for women sizes 12+