Plus Size Swimwear on a Budget

Collage of three plus-size swimsuits

Overwhelmed by the thought of swimwear shopping? Or, underwhelmed by the stylish options available? Either way, if you’re ready for the sand and the sun, we found five plus-size swim options that will flatter your figure to the max. And, true to form, all of these sets and pieces are under $50. Happy shopping!

Perfect in Pink

This suit from Forever21 is unforgettably festive, thanks to a bright pink color that looks vibrant on any skin tone and a trendy, lace-up front.

One-piece swimsuits tend to be figure flattering, because the material shapes and contours your stomach and bum. Plus, you have thick straps to support the chest, and some padding for extra lift.

All you’ll need is some black flip flops and a sun hat, and you’re ready to go!

A Dress for (Swimwear) Success

Black one-piece, plus-size swim dress with hip slimming feature

Plus Size Croft & Barrow Crossover Swimdress, $44, Kohl’s

A crossover bodice and smart use of animal print give this suit the right balance of fun and function! The built-in bra and adjustable straps deliver support, while the pattern draws the eye up to your chest. A solid black waist and skirt slim the hips and balance your shape. If you don’t fancy the animal print, you can pick up the same suit with a polka-dot top half.

Charismatic in Color

Bright, two-piece swimsuit with tank top and high-waisted bottom

Women’s Plus Size Control Watercolor Stripe High Neck Tankini Swim Top-Beach Betty, $19.98, Target

High-waisted suits are trending right now, and this set from Target will flatter! The bottom comes up past your belly button, leaving you with a smooth and flat-looking stomach shape. And, the sporty tankini style top covers your bust completely. A zipper in the back supports the chest and guarantees a lifted shape.

The 80s-inspired colors are perfect for the beach, and we love the corresponding orange bottoms.

The LBD, Beach Style

Black, plus-size, one-piece swim dress with studding detail at the chest

Studded Band Swimdress, $44.99, Full Beauty

Why not wear your LBD to shore? This swimdress is simple, yet flattering. Black looks fabulous on everyone, and the embroidered band at the top of the bust adds enough color to keep it interesting. The net-like fabric will have you feeling like you’re not wearing much (in a good way)—you’ll be able to float through the waves in a comfortable garment with plenty of padding. If we could compare this piece to something, it would be a lingerie dress that’s sexy, simple and comfortable.

Which swimwear piece is your favorite? Let us know below!



Martha-Raye is a senior at the University of Delaware, majoring in Environmental Studies. She loves fashion and music, especially eco-fashion. In her spare time, she sews, works out, and snuggles up with Netflix.

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