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Elegant Plus Shopping Guide & Editor's Picks:  Swim Separates in Size 12 +

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. 

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Last Update: June 9, 2016

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Fringed Print Tankini Top, Plus-Size 16 - 32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
Swim Shorts Sold Separately

Black Swim Skort, Plus-Size 10-24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Flounced Bikini Separates, Size 1X - 2X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Fringed Print Tankini Top
Size 16 - 32W

Swim Skort
Size 10 - 24W

 Flounced Bikini Separates
Size 1X - 2X

Plus-Size Swim Separates Report

Swim separates are a fantastic way for hard-to-fit plus-size women to get swimwear that works for differently sized tops and bottoms.  But it's also a great way to create unique bathing suit looks.  The same bikini or tankini top can be mixed and matched with a variety of colored bottoms in different styles from swim skirts to retro high leg and waist swim bottoms. 

Mixing bright colors and bold patterns is the trend this year, and swim separates can help play with this look.  Full-figured bikinis and tankinis are another story of the year, creating more demand for colored and boldly patterned swim tops.

Bra fit and underwire support tops are in demand with full-figured women who need better support, but still are relatively difficult to find. Swim bras meant to be worn under other swimsuit styles for extra support are a common solution. Meanwhile, more athletic women and those who appreciate more coverage on the beach are wearing rash guard swim tops with bikini bottoms or swim shorts.

Peak swimwear shopping season is from mid January to mid July.  The deepest selections will be available from a greater variety of retailers during this period.

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Blouson Swim Top, Size 14 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Solids / Prints Available
Jungle Print Bikini Separates, Size 10 - 20 | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
Top & Bottom Sold Separately
Polka Dot Swim Skirt, Size 4 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Black Tummy Control Swim Brief, Size 14 - 32W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
Blouson Swim Top
Size 14 - 26W
Jungle Print Bikini Separates
Bra Size 32 - 38 D - H
Bottom Size 10 - 20
Polka Dot Swim Skirt
Size 4 - 26W
Tummy Control Swim Brief
Size 14 - 32W

Shopping for Plus-Size Bathing Suit Separates

One of the hottest trends this year is rash guards in both long and short sleeves with bikini bottoms. Particularly popular with sports enthusiasts, they provide a little extra coverage with chic on-trend style. These are reliably available in women's sizes at Lands End in size 2 to 26W, and at Lane Bryant in size 14 to 28W. 

One of the deepest inventories of name brand, high quality swimwear with a variety of swim separates, especially contemporary style tankini tops is available from QVC in size 0 to 28W.  Some items have extended payment plans available, bringing more expensive and better quality swimwear into more budgets.


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Retro Underwire Bikini Separates, Size XL - 5X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
Top & Bottom Sold Separately
More Colors & Patterns Available
Floral Underwire Support Swim Bra | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
Bottoms Sold Separately
More Colors & Patterns Available
Side Slit Swim Skirt, Size 14 - 28W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
Also Available in Black
Pineapple Print Bikini Separates, Size S - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
Top & Bottom Sold Separately
Bikini Top & Swim Skirt
Size XL - 5X
Underwire Support Swim Bra
Bra Size 34 - 40 C - DD
Side Slit Swim Skirt
Size 14 - 28W
Pineapple Print
 Bikini Separates
XL - 3X

Bikini or fatkini tops as separates are mainly available from bra and lingerie specialty retailers such as Her Room and Bare Necessities which are the most likely to offer underwire support styles and bra fit styles. Inexpensive, trendy bikini options are also regularly available from  Forever 21 and Torrid during the winter resort, Spring Break, and summer swim seasons. These are sometimes mixed with pareos and swimwear cover ups for poolside cocktail glam.  

 Tankini tops that can be mixed and matched can be found a wide variety of retailers, including  Kohl's and Target. More upscale department stores such as Dillard's and Nordstrom are beginning to carry plus-size bikini tops, in addition to tankini tops, swim skirts, and swim bottoms, especially during the winter cruise and summer pool swim seasons in size 14 to 24W. 


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Leopard Print Tankini Top, Size 12 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
Top & Bottom Sold Separately
Ruffled Floral Tankini Top, Size 16 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
Tankini & Swim Skirt Sold Separately

Top & Bottom Sold Separately
Swim Shorts, Size 16 - 22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Colors Available
Leopard Print Tankini Top
Size 12 - 26W
Ruffled Tankini Top
Size 16 - 24W
Tropical Print Bikini Separates
Size 1X - 4X
Swim Shorts
Size 16 - 22W

Plus specialty retailers such as Just My Size and Avenue also will offer less expensive tankini top options during the main swim seasons in size 14 to 32W.  Sportier options can often be found at both, with Just My Size often offering chlorine resistant styles.

Swimwear specialty sellers are also an excellent source.   Always for Me carries not only their own swim line, but also some hard to find contemporary designers such as Monif C in size 14 to 26W. 


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