When it comes to plus-size fashion, we hear the same thing over and over again: the market’s just not there. While we, too, admit how difficult it can be to find certain trends in a wider range of sizes, 67% of American women are size 14 or above still manage to find clothing — from workout gear to lingerie to crop tops — that make s them feel both confident and sexy. The same goes for swimwear — which is why, when it comes to finding the best plus-size suits out there, we decided to go straight to the source.
Ahead, we reached out to a few of our favorite plus-size and body-positive influencers to learn which brands they’re shopping to get their hands on the swim trends of the season. Whether you’re all about embellishments or live for minimalism, there’s something out there for every style, budget, and body. And while the market may not be where we want it to be, talking to these women reminds us that the plus industry isn’t slowing down — and it’s time fashion caught up with it.
“This particular swimsuit is something that I haven’t seen another plus brand do. I love the button swim briefs. The styles are so fashion-forward, chic, and sexy. [Plus,] all of their pieces go up to a 5XL. Alpine Swim is bringing something so different to plus swim and are truly one of my new favorite brands.” – Essie Golden
Alpine Butterfly Dolly, $79.5, available at Alpine Butterfly
“I love the J.C. Penney Boutique Plus collection by Jessica Milagros. The collection was designed for women with larger busts, and the support the pieces offer is one of the best I’ve ever had. Best part: It’s all super-affordable and trendy. And it goes up to a 5XL.” – Essie Golden
Boutique+ Boutique + High Neck Swimsuit Top-Plus, $17.7, available at JCPenney
“I love Venus for bikini tops because they have stylish triangle bikini tops that fit my bosom perfectly. They go up to G cup size and are very affordable for those who don’t want to break bank for a cute bikini.” – Brielle Cunningham
Venus Enhancer Push Up Triangle , $36, available at Venus
“My eye is on this Swimsuits For All suit because of the style. Wearing bold prints and colors gives me confidence. I love the cut of this swimsuit. High-waisted styles make me feel sexy and at the same time compliments my shape.” – Runa Azam
swimsuitsforall Diva White Dot High Waist Bikini, $46.8, available at swimsuitsforall
ASOS Mermaid Swimsuit , $45, available at ASOS
“The material of this Playful Promises suit hugged me in all the right places and the color and gold detail is so rich and flattering for my skin tone. It’s definitely my must-have swimsuit for 2018!” – Vivian Eyo-Ephraim
Wolf and Whistle Exposed Cradle Bikini Top Curve, $36.4, available at Playful Promises
“There aren’t a huge selection of high-cut bikinis for plus-size women, which sucks because high-cut bodysuits, high-cut underwear, and high-cut swimsuits are in style. Alpine Butterfly has super-high quality swimwear, including some really stylish ones. High-cut things give me so much more added confidence with my legs and thighs, and I’m so here for it!” – L’Shaunae Steward
Alpine Butterfly Overalls , $125, available at Alpine Butterfly
“One-pieces from Swimsuits For All, and particularly the Gabi Fresh and Ashley Graham collections, have treated me very well. Exhibit A: It holds me together in all the right places, and is sexy but classy. I have my eye on this all-black swimsuit, as it’s the perfect canvas to style with a plethora of accessories.” – Bree Wijnaar
Ashley Graham x Swimsuits For All Hotshot Swimsuit, $58.5, available at swimsuitsforall
“I’ve been plus-size since childhood, and for most of my life, my options for cute plus size swimwear were basically nonexistent. It’s been so fun to watch the plus-size fashion industry grow over the past 10 years or so! One of my absolutely favorite brands to shop swim (and everything else, to be honest) is Eloquii! They offer a wide range of sizes and styles; and they have fully mastered fit! I have a few swimsuits from them and I love that the support doesn’t take away from the fashion — and vice versa!” – Alex LaRosa
Eloquii Striped Bikini Top, $46.99, available at Eloquii
Alpine Butterfly Goddess, $159, available at Alpine Butterfly
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