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Last Update: February 11, 2017
Print One Piece Bathing Suit
Size 16 -
Lemon Print Swimsuit
Size 16 - 22W
Print Halter Suit
Size XL - 3X
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
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
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.
Mainly available from high end department stores
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.
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 model Robyn
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
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,
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
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.
Flash sale site
6PM can be
an unexpected resource for smaller plus women
looking for truly luxurious, designer swimwear.
Inventory changes daily with limited sizes
frequently available, but easy-to-use sorting
tools help find styles in just your size.
A spot check by Elegant Plus turned up a size 16
Jean Paul Gaultier bathing suit at 70% off full