Close your eyes and dream a little daydream about a day on the beach. Hear the waves, touch the sand, feel the sun. Are you there yet?
Now imagine actually loving the swimsuit you’re in.
“No matter what you’re going for, whether it’s a suit that’s classic or something trendier, I promise we have something for everyone,” says Bare Necessities swimwear buyer Megan Puma. “And this season, we’re extra excited about our assortment of plus-size swimsuits.”
Consider Megan your personal shopper as she shares the best of this season’s plus-size swimwear:
WHAT ARE THE BEST PLUS-SIZE SWIMSUIT BRANDS WITH BRA SIZING?
Coco Reef: “What’s so great about Coco Reef is that you can shop all of their awesome tankinis in a variety of slimming silhouettes by your bra size,” Megan says.
Sizes: Bands 38-46, cups C-DD; bottoms 1X-3X
Price Range: Full suit $165 and under
Megan’s Pick: Coco Reef Clarity Dots Ultra Tankini
Elomi: A lingerie company that makes swimwear takes summer to another level. “If you buy a 36DD, it will fit like one—it’s very true to size,” Megan says. “You’re going to get a different caliber of support, and you’re getting the construction, quality and fit of a suit that’s made by a bra manufacturer.”
Sizes: Bands 36-44, cups DD-HH; bottoms 16W-26W
Price Range: Full suit $150 and under
Megan’s Pick: Elomi Indie Plunge Bikini
Maxine of Hollywood: This brand serves up a variety of styles at a great price point. Depending on the coverage you want, you’ll most definitely find a silhouette that suits you. “They also do a great ‘faux tankini,’” Megan says. “It gives the look of a tankini in a one-piece suit!”
Price Range: One-piece $80 and under; tankinis $110 and under
Megan’s Pick: Maxine of Hollywood English Garden Skirted One-Piece
Beach House: Known for its mix-and-match potential, this brand offers tankinis in all different silhouettes. “Based on your support needs, you can choose a style with underwire or one with a wire-free shelf bra,” Megan says. “They also have adjustable straps for a customized, comfortable fit.”
Price Range: Full suit $140 and under
Megan’s Pick: Beach House Tybee Darcy Tankini
WHAT ARE THE BEST PLUS-SIZE SWIMSUITS FOR EVERYONE?
24th & Ocean: Expect a vast range of tankinis and cool graphic designs from this collection. “Their prints are all really flattering, interesting and ageless,” Megan says.
Price Range: Full suit $115 and under
Megan’s Pick: 24th & Ocean All Tiled Up Flyaway Tankini
Anne Cole Signature: This brand is practically synonymous with swimwear. Offerings include tankinis and one-piece styles and supportive, flattering details like ruched fabric, underwires and adjustable straps.
Price Range: Full suit $140 and under
Megan’s Pick: Anne Cole Signature Triangle Stripe Halter
Miraclesuit: This slimming collection is comprised of a vast range of figure-flattering styles such as one-pieces, tankinis and separates. “These suits appeal across the board,” Megan says. “Some are prints; some cuts and designs skew younger, all of which makes for really broad appeal.”
Price Range: Full suit $198 and under
Megan’s Pick: Miraclesuit Between Pleat Bandini
WHAT ARE THE BEST PLUS-SIZE SWIMSUITS FOR THE TRENDSETTER?
Becca Etc: This collection takes the latest swimwear trends and applies them to plus, from one-pieces to bikinis. “Whatever you feel hot wearing, Becca Etc has something really exciting for you,” Megan says.
Price Range: Full suit $170 and under
Megan’s Pick: Becca Etc Black Beauties Tankini
Skye: This is the first year Skye is doing plus, and the on-trend tankinis and bikinis are sure to be a hit. “The line includes some of their all-time best prints,” Megan adds.
Price Range: Full suit $200 and under
Megan’s Pick: Skye Elysian Adley Bikini
Lambeth Hochwald is a New York City-based writer and editor who reports on lifestyle topics and, especially, issues that affect the lives of women.