- How will you be using it? Do you swim? Do you hang out on the beach?
- What water will this encounter the most frequently?
- Can you move in it easily?
- Are you participating in an activity where swimsuit pieces falling off would cause a problem?
Personally, I wear my suits out – I do water aerobics twice a week, I go swimming once in awhile, and I do NOT go to the beach to lay out in the sun. So itsy bitsy things aren’t my deal – I’m there to move. However, if you are the type who likes to sunbathe, something a bit more scanty – paired with a nice coverup – does make a great deal of sense.
Plus size swimwear retailers:
Several department store clothiers also offer plus size swimwear. In the past year, however, there has been a drop off of plus size speciality swimwear clothiers.
There’s a lot more out there – I get to it as I can. You may be best served initially using the Google search or even looking at my advertisers.
Always for Me
Swimwear up to size 26 with a 46 inch waist
As We Change
Plus size swim and sport up to size 24, intended for women past menopause, yet modeled on the distinctly pre-menopausal.
Swimwear that runs up to a 3x.
Plus size swim clothing up to size 24
Plus size swimwear up to size 24.
Plus size snorkeling gear up to 6x.
Plus size swimwear up to 24, including women’s trunks.
Plus sizes up to 3x
Kayak and swim gear in sizes up to 3x.
Swimwear up to 3x
Boutique line offering lingerie and swimwear up to a size 28.
Plus size swimwear up to size 22.
Sarongs up to 3x.
Plus sizes up to size 28.
Men and woman’s plus size swimwear and plus size rash guards up to 6x.
Plus size swimwear up to size 24
Full coverage swim and sport going up to 3x.
Plus size swimwear runs up to a size 32.
Swimsuits Just for Us
Swimwear sizes up to 4x.
Swimsuits for All
Plus size swimwear up to size 24.
Swim and Sweat
Plus sizes up to 26.
Plus size clothing up to size 24. You will need to type “plus size” in the site search.
Plus size swimwear up to size 2x, including plus size bikinis.
Also has plus size swimwear
- Ashley Stewart
- Bare Necessities
- Big on Batik
- Domino Dollhouse
- Dressing for His Glory
- Eddie Bauer
- Flirt Catalog
- Just My Size
- Land’s End
- Lane Bryant
- Lord and Taylor
- Love Your Peaches
- Making It Big
- Midnight Velvet
- Pacific Plex
- Sierra Trading Post
- Unique Vintage
- Woman Within
I have a confession to make: I hate researching swimsuits. Just as I know a lot of you hate shopping for swimwear. And, to make matters more difficult, typing “swimsuit” into the Fat Chic Clothing Search. demonstrated to me that I clearly need much more boolean knowledge.
A swimsuit is as close as you get to being naked in public without a European beach or a college Greek-related prank involved. While you can certainly hide some figure flaws, a swimsuit means putting the joys of water and exercise above the joys of necessarily looking your best.
That said, even though I hate hunting through them, and I don’t necessarily enjoy how I look in suits – I love to swim.
Take a look. Hunt through the links on my blogroll, or take a stab with the search engine. There’s some good stuff out there; may your hunt be as painless as possible.
Sanctuarie is one of those Yahoo-fueled ecommerce sites. Don’t be fooled by the simple layout; there’s some good stuff on here. The swim section is pretty much exclusively skirtinis, with sizing up to 7x allowing for up to 96″ hips. While I’d veer away from some of the print choices Sanctuarie offers, this sunset pattern is a fun look.
If you haven’t notice, I have a definite bias towards the swimdress this season. Roaman’s bandeau swimdress is no exception. My usual reasons apply: flattering bust line, gentle on the extra belly. This one might work better on women who have a little muscle on their arms – the tank look is not kind to those who do not lift. Still, it’s a nice in-season swim look, with a choice of grape, teal, or black.