Swimsuit season is just around the corner. While we’re all about getting healthy, we’re not all about body shaming. If you’re a plus size woman, you’ve probably experienced some judgement from others—and yourself. We’re trained to dislike our bodies when something doesn’t fit right, and all too often, clothes and swimsuits are not designed to fit plus sizes right. It makes shopping a harrowing experience, particularly when you’re shopping for swimwear.
We want to let you know you’re beautiful, and that you’re not alone. In fact, in recent years there have been many more pieces designed not just to fit plus size women, but to actually flatter their bodies. It turns the entire shopping experience into something that can be enjoyable.
While you’re doing your swimsuit shopping this year, we wanted to introduce you to two clothiers who are doing right by plus size women. They’re creating pieces that look good, fit right and feel amazing.
Torrid deals in exclusively plus size items. They tend to be younger and trendier, with a little bit of that shopping mall “grit”. It’s probably residue leftover from their parent company: Hot Topic.
Here are some of our favorite suits from the retailer this season.
Pink Plus-Size Two Piece with Ruching and Detailing
We love the ruched bottom on this two-piece option. You can’t see it, but it’s actually lined with contouring mesh to give you a great silhouette. Because it comes up to the waist, it lets you show some skin while accentuating the smallest part of your torso.
We love the top, too, with the wire support and detailing across the decolletage.
Geo Print Strappy Back One-Piece Swimsuit
More comfortable with more coverage? Then you’ll want to check out this one-piece with even more amazing silhouettes. The graphic design is bold and eye-catching, but the paneling on the sides really accentuates your favorite parts of your body.
Floral Print Peplum Tankini
In case you wanted yet another option for your silhouette, Torrid has you covered with this floral print peplum tankini. It flares out right where the bottom of the suit hits your midsection—which is genius as this area is the last place you want fabric suctioned to you.
We also like the supportive top and ruching on the bottoms.
Soma is known for its bras, panties and lingerie. While they’re not necessarily a plus size store, they do carry comfortable and fashionable merchandise for women who have graduated from the largest bra size you can buy at Victoria’s Secret.
They also have a swim line, and many of the options are great for plus size women. Here are some of our favorites.
Candy Apple Halter Swim Tankini
We love the coverage this piece provides while still remaining whimsical. The flowy top actually has a super supportive bra underneath that comes in sizes up to F. The beading on the halter is clutch, too.
Pin Point Aurora One-Piece Swim Dress
If you’re more comfortable with more coverage on the bottom, this one-piece is for you. The wrapping at the waist combined with the unique V-neck accentuates curves rather than attempting to hide them. Not only does it come with a soft cup bra, but the thicker straps ensure more support—and less of an achy neck at the end of the day.