Swimsuit season is almost here, even though I know some of you were still wearing your parkas last week on the East Coast.
Even if it’s still a little chilly where you live, it's time to pick out a swimsuit. Whether you’re planning a summer vacation or just hanging around your pool, now is the time to shop for swimwear--mostly because they sell out so fast. When you want one later, it won’t be around. To help, today I’ve compiled a list of my favorite curve friendly swimsuits, suitable for all body types, sizes, and styles.
Electra Blue Jewel High Neck Crop Top by Freya:
Sometimes, as a lingerie writer, I feel a little guilty that I don’t give Freya more credit. While their bras have lingering issues in higher cup sizes, I’m a super fan of their chemises, and they’re doing some innovative things with swimwear. While this crop top style swimsuit doesn’t have the greatest size range (it tops out at an F cup), it does represent something genuinely different from a full-bust company. After several seasons where the entire industry seemed to double down on the familiar, this is a welcome change.
Marina Rashguard Bikini Top by MonifC in Purple Reign:
I don’t know why more curve-friendly companies don’t make rashguards because they are great if you’re planning on getting in the water. They help you avoid extra UV rays, keep you scrape free on rocky beaches and can look cute. I love that MonifC is offering their fabulous plus-size swimsuits in both standard styles and rashguard styles. There are a lot of ladies out there who have been looking for these for years.
Cayman Multi Asymmetric Swimsuit by Fantasie:
I’ve bought several bras from Fantasie now and have no idea why their stuff photographs so differently from how it presents in real life. Their bras are beautiful and unique within the industry, so my hunch is that this swimsuit is fabulous in person. The one shoulder design is beautiful, and I suspect the floral print presents much better in reality than in the press photos.
The Celebrity Tiki Underwire Bikini by GabiFresh for Swim Sexy:
I haven’t tried the GabiFresh swimsuit line yet, but I think that makes me the only plus-size lady on the planet who hasn’t. (Hey, sometimes it’s too hot to swim outdoors in the summer here!) These swimsuits have been popular for several seasons now and are designed beautifully by blogger Gabi Gregg. I love this unapologetically bold printed bikini.
Rhapsody Gathered Bikini Top by Elomi:
More plus-size swimsuits, more large florals---I know. But hear me out. I used this style of swimsuit by Elomi to swim laps every day when I lived in a neighborhood with a pool, so I have to recommend it to other full-busted ladies who want to get in the water. Elomi sells both basic and fashion versions now, which means you can avoid the whole triple layered system that they used to push on you. If you want a basic swimsuit that you can run around and swim in, try this.
Rita Swimsuit by Fables by Barrie:
I love retro style swimsuits, so I’m naturally enamored with this one from Fables by Barrie. It comes in both core and plus sizes, which means anyone can channel their inner vintage chorus girl anytime they want.
Fishnet Insert Swimsuit by ASOS FULLER BUST:
This sexy fishnet style swimsuit is a definite departure for the full-bust swimsuit world, which can be staid and overly full of floral prints. If you want a trendy swimsuit that also fits your chest, this is a great option.
Eyelet Bikini with Bandeau Bra by Lela Rose:
Naturally, my inner southern girl can’t resist a bikini made out of eyelet. And it’s bra sized as well! The high-waisted bottoms and longline bra styling make this swimsuit set a burst of retro perfection.
Mix and Match Seersucker Stripe T-Back Plunge Bikini Top by ASOS FULLER BUST:
As long as we’re on the topic of traditional southern summer fabrics, we might as well include this adorable bikini in seersucker! I love seersucker, both on a practical and personal level, but this inclusion in a swimsuit is unusual. The size range is pretty amazing as well.
Chevron Balconette by Lilly & Lime:
I love the summery feeling of this bright balconette style swimsuit top, and I especially like that it uses lime instead of yellow. Yellow can be a tough color to wear for lots of people, so it’s nice to see an alternative summer color like this. This top features the option of wearing it as a bikini or bandeau.
Multi-Way Swim Tank with Built-in Bandeau Bra by Lane Bryant:
This multi-way swimsuit would be perfect if you’re going on a trip and are short on luggage space. You can wear it a ton of different ways, but it seems to ooze classic glamour no matter what. Since it comes in a bright magenta and black, you can make it work with pretty much anything.
Bustier Swimsuit B-G Cup by Wolf & Whistle:
While I haven’t tried Wolf & Whistle’s swimwear, I have nothing but good things to say about their tailored dresses. If you aren’t aware, Wolf & Whistle is the fashion offshoot of Playful Promises lingerie, and it shows. I love this bustier style swimsuit that reads like lingerie, especially as you can wear it with or without the straps. If you’re looking for something classic that's a little bit racy, this swimsuit is perfect.
Which of these curve friendly swimsuits is your favorite? Would you wear any of these styles?