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Elegant Plus Shopping Guides Editor's Picks:   Swimsuit Separates in Size 12 +

All Editor's Picks clothing featured is hand- selected by the Elegant Plus Fashion Editor from our extensive network of fashion business partnerships. Options available in all size ranges, although we specialize in hard-to-find sizes 12 and over.  Mixing and matching swim tops and bottoms has gotten very popular with pool, cruise and beach goers.  From swim skirts and shorts to bikini and tanking tops, to rash guards and swim tees, the looks are endless.  Some pieces can even double as swim cover ups.

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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.


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.

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. 

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.

Amazon can be a good resource for swim separates of all types in the largest range of sizes, including super sizes. These can be anything from swim shorts to rash guards and tankini tops.

Swimwear specialty sellers are also an excellent source for sizes up to 3X. These include Swimsuits for All, home of blogger Gabifresh's fatkini, and  Always for Me which.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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