Budget Friendly Plus Size Swimsuits

There is absolutely no reason why plus size sistas can’t be fabulous at the beach. It’s taken decades for swimwear designers to catch on to the fact that, hey, full-figured women like to swim, sunbathe, and worship the sun just like their thinner counterparts.

Whether you’re pear shaped, apple shaped, big bosomed, sporting a lot of junk in the trunk, or you’ve just had a baby and you’re getting used to sagging skin (yep, skin does that), we’ve got a nice hodgepodge of sultry one-pieces, cute tankinis, and everything in between for plus size fashionistas.

Great Plus Size Swimsuits

Updated black one-piece

The color black – it’s always in fashion, and it’s got that magical slimming effect. Just like a black dress, a black swimsuit should be in every woman’s closet. Find one with good tummy control and you’ll be set to conquer the world. Or at least the beach.
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Mesh Moment Keyhole Swimsuit, $29.80 at forever21

Pin Up Style

Those seemingly conservative, but really quite suggestive, one-pieces from the 50s are making a comeback. To borrow Marilyn Monroe’s flirty beach look, go with a halter top one-piece.

Women’s Plus Ruched Control Max Swimsuits, $59.94 at Old Navy

Carefully Placed Details

Before trying on a suit, examine its most eye-popping feature, because that is the area people will focus on when you wear the suit. Make sure you’re only highlighting one of your more positive assets.

Gone Knotty Swimsuit, $27.80 at Forever21

A little pattern or color around the waistline adds definition to your figure and also makes your suit memorable, in a literal pool of other suits. As well, other elements of texture – like belts and ruffles and wraps – enhance the elegance of your suit and showcase your curves (in a good way). Solid color suits with simple, colorful details are a great place to start!

Skirtinis and Tankinis

You can totally do two-pieces. In fact, two-pieces are easier to shop for than one-pieces. There aren’t as many rules for this realm of swimwear as there are with one-pieces, but try not to go for a pattern that will swallow you hole. For example, if you’ve got a busy top, get a solid color bottom (and vice versa). This is especially true if you’ve got a round body type.

Warning: don’t go for super long shorts or skirts. The higher the cut, the thinner and longer your legs will look.

Women’s Regular Beach Living Mosaic Adjustable Scoop Tankini Top, $39.00-$41.00 at Landsend

All About The Prints

A bold, consistent print has a slimming effect by camouflaging any “lumps or bumps” by tricking the eye into continuing the pattern.
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Forbidden Fruit Swimsuit, $27.80 at Forever21

Plus Size Bikini

One of the hottest trends in plus size swimsuits is the number of stylish bikinis offer in plus sizes. The key to rocking the plus size bikini is confidence- if you’re remotely uncomfortable showing an extra bit of skin, skip this option and go with safe options

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Bombshell Bikini Top and Bottom, $12.80 and $11.80 at Forever21
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Cutout Craze Bikini Set, $27.80 at forever21

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Women’s Plus-Size Mix and Match Collection, $22.99-$49.99 at Target

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