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>> Plus-Size Designer Swimsuits, Maillots, Bikinis, Swim Dresses, and Swimwear Separates

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. Although Elegant Plus earns a small fee on all purchases, it is a completely free shopping resource for the consumer, and many times we are able to provide links that offer consumer discounts and free shipping offers upon landing on the partner retailer's site. 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: September 22, 2017


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Designer: LAUREN Ralph Lauren, Ruffled One Piece Swimsuit, Size 16 - 22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Designer: Sophie Theallet, Color Block Swimsuit, Plus-Size | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Elomi: Crochet Inset One Piece Swimsuit, Size 16 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
LAUREN Ralph Lauren
Ruffled One Piece Suit
Size 16 - 22W

 Sophie Theallet
Color Block Swimsuit
Full-Figured Bra Sizes

Crochet Inset Swimsuit
Size 16 - 26W


It wasn't very long ago that plus-size swimwear was relegated to few, sad classic style maillots and swim dresses in limited "slimming" color ranges.  Today full-figured women are given their due with curvaceous, flattering styles ranging from sleek one piece looks to two piece tankinis and bikinis in premium quality fabrics, construction, and designs.

The newest entry into the bathing suit market is high-end premium and designer swimsuits constructed to enhance curves and fuller busts in sizes 12 to 24W.  While Miraclesuit premium swimwear has been leading the upscale market in larger sizes for several seasons, new entries from top level design names are diversifying the selection. Constructed with high quality fabrics, supportive and often smoothing technologies and the aesthetics that are expected from luxury clothing, these suits will make every pina colada sipping, cruise lounging, and beach playing woman happy.


Swimwear exclusive upscale designer brands include names such as Gottex and La Blanca are often stocked by the better department stores such as Neiman Marcus.  Like Miraclesuit the fabrics and construction tend to be oriented to slimming body lines, in addition to providing good support and fabric durability in sun and chlorine.

These bathing suits usually cost $100 to $200, with superb design and quality fabrics, many including slimming technologies, underwire support, and some bra fit sizing.


Shopping Resources for Designer Plus-Size Swimwear

Mainly available from high end department stores such as Macy's, a growing number of on-line retailers are beginning to carry designer swimwear looks for more voluptuous figures. Labels here can include well known premium swim exclusive lines in addition to brands such as Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, and Jessica Simpson.  Nordstrom also offers a small premium collection for size 14 to 24W, all year.  Of the department stores, Nordies is the one most likely to carry some of the smaller celebrity designer lines such as the one from plus super models Ashley Graham and Robyn Lawley.  Saks Fifth Avenue offers one of the deepest collection of Miraclesuit swimwear in extended sizes, along with the hard-to-find Marina Rinaldi line for sizes 10 to 24W.

The brand website for Ralph Lauren will often have the extended size swim line available to size 22W. Two piece styles from British designers often have bra fit and underwire support and are often available through Simply Be in size 8 to 28W.

Long a leading force for style and fit in the plus specialty marketplace, Lane Bryant has begun designer capsule collaborations in recent months, including swimwear from Sophie Theallet and suits from Miraclesuit.



Meanwhile, the on-line lingerie super retailers focus on premium quality swimwear, often with bra fits and underwire supports.  These are some of the best spots to find high end two piece styles, but one piece are also available.  Two of the best for full-figured designer styles are Bare Necessities and Her Room.

Mainly focusing on one piece maillot styles, and a few tankinis, from premium swim labels, Zappos will often have options from names such as Miraclesuit, Ralph Lauren, and Badgley Mischka in addition to less well known premium swimwear labels.




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Plus-size clothing featured is hand selected by the Elegant Plus Fashion Editor from our extensive network of plus-fashion business partnerships. Although Elegant Plus earns a small fee on all purchases, it is a completely free shopping resource for the consumer, and many times we are able to provide links that offer consumer discounts and free shipping offers upon landing on the partner retailer's site.