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Please be advised that all of the "Editor's Picks" featured in this section are hand-selected by Elegant Plus. Although every effort is made to keep featured products current, retailers can sell out of popular styles before the Editor has had an opportunity to update the page. All selections are available at time of posting and purchases can be made directly from the retailer on the associated shopping link. All of the shopping guides include designer selections which are noted with the designer's name in descriptions.

Last Update: February 23, 2017

Elegant Plus Swimwear Figure Types & Style Guide 


Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Swimwear @ Lane Bryant

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Fashion @ Macy's

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Swimwear @ Ulla Popken

One Piece Bathing Suits

Zip Front Lap Suit, Size 14 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Nike, Trainer Tank Suit, Size 1X - 3X  | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Swim Shorts, Size 12 - 30W  | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Designer Bathing Suits
Underwire Support Swimwear
Bra Fit Swimsuits
Two Piece Bathing Suits
Swim Separates
Swim Cover Ups

Zip Front Lap Suit
Size 14 - 28W

Trainer Tank Suit
Sizes 1X - 3X

Swim Shorts
Sizes 12 - 30W

Resort & Cruise Wear

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.

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Swimwear @ Lands End

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Swimwear @ Catherine's

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Swimwear @ Kohls

Let's Shop! Elegant Plus: Plus-Size Swimwear @ Her Room

Half Zip Rash Guard, Size S- 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Colors Available

Floral X-Back Lap Suit, Size 16 - 32W

X Back Print Maillot, Size 16 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Elomi, Firm Control One Piece Swimsuit, Size 12 - 22W

Half Zip Rash Guard
Size S - 3X
Avg - Tall
Petite to 18P

Floral X Back
Lap Suit
Size 16 - 32W

X - Back Print Maillot
Size 16 - 24W


Firm Control One Piece
Size 12 - 22W


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.

 Macy's carries styles all year for a variety of water activities in sizes up to 24W.  Meanwhile, Kohl's is a sure bet for Speedo and other racing and competitive swimsuit labels in extended sizes up to 24W.

Those looking for extended plus sizes will have the best luck at Ulla Popken for size 12 to 30W, and Catherine's in size 16 to 34W.   Lap suits and chlorine resistant styles are harder to come by, although both offer swimwear all year.





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Plus-size swimwear for women sizes 12+