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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: January 2, 2018

Elegant Plus Swimwear Figure Types & Style Guide 

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Handkerchief Tankini Top, Size 16 - 30W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Swim Dresses

One Piece Swimwear

 
Resort & Cruise Wear

Floral Handkerchief
Tankini Top

Size 16 - 30W

 

Rash Guard Swim Top
Size XS - 3X
Avg - Tall
Petite to XL

 Flounced Lace
Swim Separates
Size
L - 6X

Swim Cover Ups
Casual Skirts
Activewear
Shorts & Capris
Sandals

 

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.
 

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 Tankini
Underwire Swim Top
Size 16 - 24W

 

Ruffled Tankini Top
Size 8 - 24W

 

Elomi
High Waist Swim Bottom

Size 12 - 22W
 
Patterned Crop Top
Size 1X - 3X
 

 

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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Scalloped
Halter Tankini

Size 12 - 24W
 
Contrast Trim
Bikini Top

Size 8 - 24W
 
 Ruffled
Underwire Tankini Top

Size 16 - 24W
 
Tummy Control
Swim Skirt

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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Bra Fit Bikini Top
Size 40 - 44
D - DDD
Board Short
Swim Bottoms
Size 14 - 26W
Bikini Separates
Size XL - 2X
 
Tie Dye Tankini Top
Size 16 - 24W
 


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  Simply Be 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.  

 

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Halter Bikini Top, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Textured Swim Skirt, Size 2 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Sporty Striped Tankini Top, Size 16 - 22W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
Halter Bikini Top
Size 1X - 3X
 
Push Up Bikini Top
Size XL - 6 X
 
Textured Swim Skirt
Size 2 - 26W
 
Sporty Striped
Tankini Top

Size 16 - 22W
 

 

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. 

Plus specialty retailers such as  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.

 

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