Summer is coming, folks! Of course, that means it’s time to start shopping for swimwear — and truth be told, that's the least fun kind of shopping.
For curvy women, it’s even harder: Few mainstream brands offer fashion-forward swimwear in plus sizes, and those that do tend to be either grossly overpriced, unsupportive or just plain boring.
Fortunately, there are a few brands that get it right. We’ve compiled a list of our faves below, so you can spend less time searching, and more time flaunting that beautiful beach body:
Beloved for its stylish, affordable threads in sizes 14 to 28, Eloquii recently debuted its first-ever swimwear line — and the colorful collection is already making a major splash. You’ll find flirty, off-the-shoulder bikini tops ($80), sexy cutout one-pieces ($111) and a host of separates in both classic solids and playful patterns (including an adorable pineapple print). Some pieces aren’t available yet, but you can add your name to the wait list for first dibs — a surefire way to snag a suit before they sell out (and they will, fast).
In addition to its own range of swimwear in UK sizes 16 to 30 (US 12 to 24), this popular British e-tailer offers on-trend beachwear from brands such as Junarose and City Chic. Look for City Chic underwire bikini tops ($59), Junarose tropical-print one-pieces ($61) and breezy ASOS Curve caftans and cover-ups ($25-$49). Bonus? All orders exceeding $40 ship free.
Launched in 2005 by plus-size designer Monif Clark, this fun-loving brand is best known for its stand-out styles — and this year’s swim collection does not disappoint. Available in sizes 14 to 24, the 2017 swimwear collection includes Kardashian-worthy cutout one-pieces ($148), colorful bikini separates with coordinating cover-ups ($78-$98), and even rash guards ($78-$88) for the athletically-inclined.
With arguably the most inclusive range of sizes anywhere (some suits are available up to a size 34), Modcloth is a must-shop for beach bums of every size. Expect to find vintage-inspired styles at affordable price points, such as pinup-style polka-dot bikinis ($90), flirty halter-top swim dresses ($110) and flirty, ruffled floral tankinis ($70). The site adds new pieces regularly, so check back often to get the jump on the best beach threads.
Nakimuli’s 2017 swim collection brings stunning, ethnically-inspired swimwear in sizes small to 3X from Brooklyn-based designer Tennille McMillan. Look for off-the-shoulder Aztec-print bikini tops ($62, matching bottoms $48), convertible color-blocked wrap styles that can be worn “countless ways,” and zip-front one-pieces in eye-catching, geometric patterns ($110).