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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. 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: January 2, 2018


Elegant Plus Swimwear Figure Types & Style Guide 
 

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Size 12 - 24W

 

 

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Flyaway Swimsuit

Size 16 - 22W

 

 

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Size XL - 3X

 

 

 

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Plus-size swim dresses are one of the most popular one piece swimsuit types for full-figured women. Giving a little extra coverage, especially in the hip and thigh area, these bathing suits are particularly figure-flattering on pear-shaped women, although various silhouettes can be found to flatter all figure types.  Empire bathing suit styles will further help to balance this figure type.

Available in classic to trendy styles, the most popular suits for younger women are vintage and retro pin-up styles.  These include details like flirtatious ruffles, halter styles, nautical styles incorporating stripes, and all-over patterns like polka dots.

Gaining popularity are two-piece swim dress styles, or skirtkinis.  One piece styles can also have a swim skirt added as a separate for a different look.

 

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Size 16 - 26W

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Swimsuit
Size 16 - 34W

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Swim Dress
Size 14 - 26W

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Swim Dress

Size 14 - 32W

 

E-commerce Shopping Resources for Plus-size Swim Dresses

Those who like classic and modern styles will want to check out Lands End which includes long torso and mastectomy swimwear in their inventory. Sizing runs from size 2 to 26W. 

Lane Bryant has upped their style game in recent years with swimwear being one of their on-line strengths.  Many styles include underwire support and some are sized according to full-figured bra sizes.

 

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LAUREN Ralph Lauren, Polka Dot Swimdress, Size 16 - 22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

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LAUREN Ralph Lauren
Polka Dot Bathing Suit

Size 16 - 22W

Tummy Control
Swim Dress
Size 8 - 26W

Two Piece
Floral Swim Dress

Size
L - 6X

Gottex
Tummy Control
Swim Dress
Size
6 - 16

 

During the summer pool and beach season full-figured swim dress options are available for a wide variety of tastes and budgets.  Upscale department stores such as Lord & Taylor and Macy's have the biggest selection in size 14 to 24W. 

More moderately priced options are available from Kohl's in size 16 to 24W.

Value priced cataloguer Blair carries classic florals, flirty prints, and sportier swim dress styles in size S to 3X, while QVC offers wide range of styles from many well known swim brands in size 0 to 28W.

 

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Swimsuit
Size 1
X - 3X

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Size 12 - 24W

Gottex
Bandeau Swimsuit

Size 16 - 24W

Tiered Paisley
2 Piece Swimdress

Size 16 - 26W

 

Women who wear extended plus-sizes  will find the most swim dress choices available at Avenue (in season) and Catherine's in size 14 to 34W. 

Those who look for swimwear with a retro or pin-up flavor will want to stop in at ModCloth and Unique Vintage for flirtatious and curvy swim dress options. Sizing can run slightly small, so read size charts carefully for the best fit in size S to 4X.

 

 

 

 

 

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