With summer womens lingerie sizes on the horizon and the beach on everyone’s mind, people are going to start talking about “getting into shape” so you can wear a bikini. If you ask me, any shape that you’re in bikini ready, since there are no size requirements you have to meet to rock a piece of clothing, despite what society tells you. Up until recently, trying to find a bikini that came in plus-sizes was nearly impossible, but with the success of hashtags like #fatkini and body-positive fashion blogs like Gabifresh, retailers are starting to get on board with this message, too.
In the spirit of body positivity, consider this your permission (not that you needed permission) to rock a fabulous bikini, no matter what your size is! I still remember how liberated I felt the first time I rocked a two-piece and I believe the more diversity of body types we see on the beach and in the pool, the more progress we’re going to make with size acceptance. Now, if you’re wondering where you can go to find a great bikini that comes in your size, I’ve got you covered.
Here’s a list of places that are doing just that, that you can check out when bikini shopping.
1. Swimsuits For AllSwim Sexy Red Bandeau/Halter Twist Front Bikini, $40, Swimsuits For All
This body-positive website created a viral social media campaign #CurvesinBikinis that was in seen in Swimsuit Edition, with a plus-size model in a bikini — the first of its kind to be featured in the magazine. They also replicated 2014 cover, using four beautiful plus-size models. They definitely know how to bring the fashion to us fuller-figured women, as their swimwear is anything but boring. The website features swimwear in sizes 8-34 and has a variety of styles to choose from, including bikinis, tankinis, one-pieces, and swim dresses.The swimwear here is in the mid-range price point, with most of the items being around $40-50. What I love the most about this website is that the swimsuits they sell have fun, colorful prints, intricate embellishments, and gorgeous designs, all of which plus-size clothing is so often missing. If you like bold fashion and want to rock the current trends, you will love Swimsuits for All. Even better, they’ve teamed up with Gabifresh to create an exclusive collection that is so innovative, they can’t keep it in stock.
2. Forever 21 PlusTropical Print Bandeau Top, $16, Forever 21Tropical Print Bikini Bottom, $15, Forever 21
I am delighted to see that Forever 21 has expanded into plus-sizes and also now offers them in stores. I have loved this trendy fast-fashion retailer for years, but found myself struggling to fit into what they call a size Large. When they started selling plus-size clothing, I couldn’t have been more excited, until discovering that they were only offering these options online — how did that make any sense? Suffice it to say, when they finally added their plus-size clothing to the retail locations a few months ago, I was ecstatic.Forever 21 kills it when it comes to their fashion game and they’ve really stepped it up with their Forever 21 Plus swimwear collection. They offer a variety of options in sizes 1-3X, including high-waisted bikini bottoms, one-pieces, and strappy detailing. Most of their bikinis tend to be the same shape, though, and I wish they offered some low-waisted options for bottoms. Still, you can’t beat the price point that this collection is offered at, and in the style of the retailer, you get a lot of bang in design for your dollar. If you’re looking for affordable options or want to buy a lot of different bikinis that you can mix and match, definitely take a gander!
3. TorridSkull Print High-Waisted Swim Bottom, $25, TorridSkull Print Natural Support Bikini Top, $44, Torrid
This is a plus-size fashion classic and before plus went mainstream, this was one of the few stores that offered cute clothing to those over a size 16. Torrid is still going strong, I’m happy to report, and has a lot to offer in terms of bathing suits. The swimwear options they sell tend to be in classic, sweetheart cuts with push-up bras for tops that show a lot of cleavage but still offer plenty of support. If you prefer a traditional beach look with a bit of a modern twist (think Taylor Swift), you will love the plus-size collection at Torrid. Just be warned that they do sell at a pretty high price point and depending on your budget, they might be out of your range. If you’re the type of girl who prefers to invest in one or two classic swimwear pieces for the year that you can wear over and over again, however, I would highly suggest looking into this brand.
4. Monif C.”Fiji” Sweetheart Ruched Plus-Size Swimsuit, $98, Monifc
If you like to womens lingerie sizes live fabulously, you will absolutely love Monif C. This designer is making amazingly innovative bikinis and one-pieces that will make anyone stop and stare. If you love to take fashion risks, adore cutouts, wear a lot of color, or are a sucker for animal print, you’ll be smitten by these swimsuits. This brand is definitely for those who love to rock their curves — one of the things I find most refreshing about their presentation is that the models they choose look confidently sexy and you can tell that they know it! These ladies are living, breathing representations of body positivity. While the prices are listed on the higher end, they have a lot of discount codes and promotional offers that you can cash in on to bring down the cost of your swimwear, so with that in mind, the prices are more geared towards the mid-level.5. Full BeautyPolka Dot Bandeau/Halter High-Waist Bikini, $41, One Stop Plus