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Plus-Size Clothing Internet Shopping Guides >> Plus-Size Underwire Style Swimsuits


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Last Update: February 11, 2017

Elegant Plus Swimwear Figure Types & Style Guide 

One Piece Bathing Suits


Plus-size women with larger-than-average busts need extra support when engaging in active lifestyles.  Consequently underwire support bathing suits are in demand with plus-size women who enjoy swimming.  They also can be some of the hardest swimsuit styles to find in larger sizes.

Swimwear with underwire support can be both sized by bra band and cup size, and by dress size.  Lingerie specialists often have the best inventory of specialty bra-sized swimwear including underwire support.  Upscale swimwear labels such Carol Wior, Miraclesuit, and Christina frequently include floating underwire support in their swimsuits.  Plus-size bathing suits with underwires tend to be much more expensive than average swimwear, but the cost is well worth it when fit properly for women who need the extra support.

Styles in recent years have diversified to include younger and less basic colors, patterns and cuts but black is still a favorite with many plus-size swimmers.  Tankini and bikini styles are particularly popular right now. Many are available as swim separates.


Designer Bathing Suits
Swim Dresses
Athletic Swimwear
Bra Fit Swimsuits
Two Piece Bathing Suits
Swim Separates
Swim Cover Ups
Resort & Cruise Wear

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Hello Kitty, Floral One Piece Underwire Swimsuit, Size L - 6X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Miraclesuit, Sanibel Underwire One Piece Bathingsuit, Size 16 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

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Also Available in Black
Matching Bottom Sold Separately

Tropical Print, Underwire Support Swimdress, Size 16 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Hello Kitty
Floral Underwire Swimsuit
Size L - 6X

Sanibel Bathingsuit

Size 16 - 24W

Leopard Print Swim Bra
Bra Size 36 - 44 E - H


Underwire Support

Size 16 - 24W

Swimwear Shopping Resources

For underwire support bikini tops lingerie specialty shops such as Bare Necessities and Her Room are the best resources.  Brands to look for in larger cup sizes include Freya, Fantasie and Panache.  Elomi makes underwire swim bras that can be worn under a regular bathing suit for extra support or alone as a bikini top. 

Torrid has one of the trendiest lines of full-figured swimwear and almost all of it has underwire support, from bikini tops to tankinis and flirty swim dresses and one pieces.  Sizes range from L ot 6X. Lane Bryant, as a leading plus-size bra designer with their Cacique line, also regularly offers a variety of swimsuit styles including tankinis, one piece, and bikini tops that feature extra underwire support, especially for larger busts D +.

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Print Tankini Top, Size 16 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
Bottom Sold Separately

Neon Underwire Bikini, Size 12 - 26W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
More Colors Available
Matching Bottom Sold Separately

BUnderwire Floral Print Tankini, Size 16 - 24W | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick 
Solid Bottom Sold Separately

Bra Fit Bikini Top, Underwire Support | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick 
Matching Bottom Sold Separately

Underwire Tankini Top
Size 16 - 24W

Neon Bikini Top
Size 12 - 26W

Floral Underwire Tankini
Size 16 - 24W

Bra Fit Underwire Bikini Top
Bra Size 34 - 46 D - H


Department stores such as Nordstrom and Dillard's often carry a few swimwear options with built in underwire support. Brands vary but expect to see well known labels such as Gottex, Coles, and Carol Weir to name a few.  QVC has a deep inventory of bathing suits from well known brands all year, and will often stock plus-size swim dresses, maillots, and tankini styles with extra underwire support for size 0 to 28W.

The main swimwear shopping season is January to July.  The above retailers  carry a smaller selection during the off season, and more plentiful inventories during the main swim suit demand period.



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