With summer in high gear, it’s time to spruce up your swimsuit collection — all your favorite celebs are doing it and thong styles, in particular, are en vogue. However, for curvy influencer Ali Cutler, finding summer swimwear that’s both aesthetically pleasing and functional hasn’t always been easy. “It’s been a process of trial and effort,” she tells TZR. It can be a serious challenge for curvier women like Cutler to find plus-size swimsuits that are on-trend without compromising on support. “I’m constantly scouring for pieces that have built-in support and isn’t going to let my boobs flail all over the place,” she shares.
In response to shopper queries like this, many brands have taken on the role of creating bikinis and one-pieces that focus on size inclusivity and body positivity. Take celeb-beloved swimwear line Monday Swimwear, for example. Devin Brugman and Natasha Oakley launched the brand in 2014 after struggling to find flattering and supportive swim styles for their larger cup sizes.
“We don’t want women to experience this struggle, so we put in a lot of effort to ensure that each design, in all sizes, offers the same aesthetically pleasing details, flattering cuts, and added support in all the right places,” Brugman tells TZR. (In order to make finding swimwear easier for women, they introduced the “V range,” which offers supportive and fashion-forward swim pieces that work for cup sizes AAA to G.)
As of today, there isn’t a universal, sizing swim chart that all brands follow. But because of this, each label has a unique opportunity to start from scratch and create their own rubric of measurements, based off of what their customers are truly looking for. “We listen to customer feedback to ensure that a range of body types love our fit,” Kristina Guilmain, design director at Swimsuits for All explains.
Offering a range of sizes according to customer feedback is a must, but another non-negotiable when it comes to swimsuits is featuring models that actually speak to the shopper base. Swimwear brand TA3 is one label that incorporates this mission into its advertisements. Founder Leila Shams hires a group of models who vary in height, bust shapes, and builds to star in the campaigns. “Women’s bodies vary so much [across these categories],” she tells TZR. “Our signature lace really helps us accommodate a range of bodies — specifically, our “Lifty” suit that comes in 96 different size combinations.”
The demand for size-inclusive swimsuits continues to skyrocket (as well as in other categories like lingerie) because simply put, “customers want to see body types similar to theirs when shopping [and be able to wear pieces that suit their body shapes],” says Mirror Palais’ founder Marcelo Gaia. Ahead, check out swimsuit picks from several brands that will cater to your curves — and, get your pool floats ready.
TA3’s bikinis and one-pieces, which come in sizes XS to 4XL and in varying torso lengths, will fit you perfectly thanks to the thorough design process. “We don’t launch a suit until we know we can fit and shape a wide range of bodies,” Shams says. What makes the pieces special, too, is the brand’s revolutionary corset-like back design, which combines swimwear with shapewear, giving the wearer total control over how snatched they are.
SKIMS offers pool-friendly pieces like swim shorts, sarong skirts, silk chiffon pants, and even T-shirt dresses all available in a size range of XXS to 4XL. The swimwear, in particular, is constructed of 76% nylon and 24% spandex, so they will comfortably mold to your curves.
If you didn’t get tickets to Bey’s Renaissance Tour, console yourself with an Ivy Park x Adidas shopping spree as the latest drop of styles pay tribute to her Renaissance album. We have our eyes on the swimsuits, from the sequin bikini top to the mesh swim shorts. Sizes range from 1X to 4X.
GANNI is beloved for its maximalist designs, bold colors, and quirky styles that add an extra pop to any closet. The same aesthetic can be found in the label’s swimwear offerings — sizes run from 0 to 22 — which feature on-trend metallic one-pieces, animal-inspired prints, and fabric made from a blend of recyclable materials.
Beloved by celebs like Ashley Graham and Addison Rae, Monday Swimwear ensures size inclusivity with its innovative “V range,” an extended sizing model that works for “voluptuous” women. The brand currently caters to sizes US 0 to US 18 and fits up to an F cup.
Bodywear brand LONDRE puts sustainability at the front of its designs by turning over 1 million recycled plastic bottles into their timeless creations. Some of the best-sellers include suits with deep plunging necklines, reversible low backs, puffy shoulder tops, and bottoms with a variety of coverage levels, all available in sizes 1XL to 4XL.
Dos Swim offers bright and bold printed bikinis and one-pieces while tapping the likes of curve model Paloma Elsesser to design, and inspire, its seasonal drops. Combining trendy patterns with eccentric takes on one and two-piece designs, which feature as much or as little coverage as you want, the label ensures that those in sizes 1XL to 3XL and with cup sizes up to H, feel cute and supported all summer long.
Founder Taylor Long created NOMADS out of necessity when she began her career as a plus-size model and noticed that there weren’t stylish swim options for bodies of all sizes. Now NOMADS is a resource for on-trend silhouettes that fit women from sizes XS to 5X — the equivalent to dress sizes 00 to 32.
In order to make sure your brand’s swimwear actually fits on a variety of different body shapes and sizes, you have to test them on people, which is precisely what Summersalt does. “We use 1.5 million measurements from 10,000 ‘real’ women to design collections that are made to fit women’s bodies,” Lori Coulter, co-founder and CEO of Summersalt, explains. Because of the extensive fitting process, the brand is able to offer swimwear in sizes 2 to 24.
In 2010, Becca McCharen-Tran created CHROMAT to be a size-inclusive label. Since then, it has become a fan-favorite of models like Hunter McGrady and offers swimsuits in sizes XS to 4X.
Swimsuits For All
Swimsuits For All focuses on plus-size, trend-driven designs by collaborating with models and influencers to design their collections. The bikinis and one-pieces come in sizes 4 to 44.
Although ELOQUII offers dresses, tops, bottoms, and accessories — don’t sleep on its swimwear selections. The label has a variety of styles from one-pieces to tankinis for sizes 14 to 28.
Good American launched swimwear back in 2020 with a wide array of low-cut, one-pieces and high-waisted bikini bottoms that range in sizing from 0 to 8 (the equivalent to a 5XL). The label recently collaborated with Body Glove to create a swim collection of neon pink and metallic gold curve-hugging designs.
Knix is most well-known for its period-proof undergarments, but it’s also worth taking a peek at its swimsuit offerings. The brand offers a “+” sizing chart, which allows for more women to find their sizes based on their bust measurements in inches rather than solely by cup sizes. The brand’s swim offerings currently range from XS to 4XL++ and cup sizes A to G.
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