Where To Shop For Plus Size Swimwear - Fat Girl Flow

Where To Shop For Plus Size Swimwear

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UPDATED: 3/28/18 Even though we’re in the middle of the “100 Places To Shop For Plus Size Clothing” series ( part 1| part 2 | part 3), we’re going to do a special post for plus size swimwear. A lot of the swimwear in this post will be coming from retailers mentioned in the series, so I wanted to make a special space just to highlight all the amazing swimwear options.

I am really hoping that in the next couple years we start seeing the high waisted trend start getting a little lower (I’m ready for BELLIES OUT!), but right now the high waist suit reigns! And, since we’re almost into May, it’s time to get shopping!!! Thank goodness we’re not stuck in ill-fitting tankinis and one pieces that squeeze us so hard we can’t breath. Options are increasing, and this post is gonna tell you all about them! Let’s dive in!!!!

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Affordable, available, accessible. Target’s line of women’s plus size swimwear has a style for anybody and they continue to add new styles all the time. Over the last several years their designs have become more fun and stylish, and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the season holds! Prices starting at $20.

Forever 21 +

I can’t even handle how many awesome swim suits they’re putting out this year. I’ve bought 2 already and there’s no way my budget will be able to keep up with the adorably on trend fatkinis they’re pumping out. With sizes up to 3X and each piece for around $20 this is a great go to place for plus size babes under a size 24.


Eloquii is blowing me away with their new swim line. I’ve seen two of my good friends wearing suits from Eloquii and they. Are. Killer. Better yet? They go up to size 28! I have high hopes for where this swimwear line is going and it’s bright bold future!

Rainbow Shops

This shop has super trendy swim suit options for everyone! Sizes go up to 3x and cost around $13 a piece ($25 for a one piece).


If you’re a funky vintage-loving, retro, beach going babe you’re going to love what they’ve got! Lots of one piece options with low-cut leg styles that are so cute! One of their suits is what was my “gateway” into the bikini world. It gave me tons of confidence and made me feel great being back in a bathing suit after many years, so I have a special place in my heart for them. Sizes up to 4X and prices around $75.

Alpine Butterfly Swim

Alpine Butterfly is a cool new brand that is now available at Nordstrom. Some of their swimsuit even have sleeves! That’s right! These pieces are at the higher end of the price range, but they are life-time piece! You can purchase through Nordstrom, also their full size range up to 5X is available on their own size.  




Stepping up their game this year, Torrid has some really cute suits that are unique and fun! Best of all, these suits go up to a 5x. Prices start at about $75.

Addition Elle

Addition Elle has been coming out with a more extensive line of swimwear for the last several years, and this year is no different. The patterns are unique and the styles have unique touches like cute straps and wrap arounds that I can only imagine make you feel super safe when jumping off the high dive (no chance of a fly away bikini top)! They have a range of one piece suits, tankinis, and high waist bikinis that go up to 4x and start around $30.

City Chic

This site has some pretty trendy swim suit options! They have both one piece and two piece options!



With the inclusion of Gabi Fresh’s amazing line, Swimsuitsforall has taken the fatkini world by storm. They have every imaginable style of swimwear available, in a wide array of colors and patterns. Celebs like Ashley Graham keep their lines fresh by creating new collections each year. Sizes go from 8-34 and prices start around $30.


Simplybe carries great, classic swimwear that you can count on. All of their designs are well made and thought in regards to plus size bodies. In addition, many have sizing options for different cup sizes. Prices start around $30 and sizes go up to 28.

Old Navy

Traditional, well-fitted, sizes that you probably know plenty about – Old Navy continuously has easy to wear suits that are affordable. Prices start around $25 and sizes are available from 1x-4x.




This site is super trendy! It carries up to size 26 and prices are mid-range! They have a good variety of styles!

Honorable Mentions:

Black Cat Bikinis  | Hey Gorgeous | Nakimuli | Hapari | Love Your Peaches

I’m super excited for it to get warm and for the internet to be bombarded with fat girls in swim suits!!!! I’ll have some outfit posts up with my swimsuits for the season as soon as possible! Until then, happy shopping!

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  • Marta
    June 24, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    Hey pretty!
    Could you tell me your forever21 bikini size? Pleaaase I need it!
    Kisses from Spain!

    • fatgirlflow
      June 24, 2015 at 11:45 pm

      I am a 24/26 and wear a 3x from Forever 21!!!! <3

      • taniya
        April 28, 2017 at 4:19 pm

        hey my nsme is Taniya I eas just on your youtube page trying to find a bathing suit I am 10 im very thick umm I just want a nice bathing suit that will cover my belly do you have something that u know a bout like a website

        • fatgirlflow
          May 4, 2017 at 10:21 pm

          hi babe! Click on the pictures in this post and it will take you to the online stores where you can purchase them. Do you live in the US?

  • Rashell
    October 24, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Thank you sooooooooooooo much for this post! Found some new sites to consider for shopping! This is a Godsend!

  • Sandy Lee
    November 1, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    I’ve been searching for plus size swim wear with short sleeves but I just can’t seem to find pretty ones,I’m too afraid to show my arms so I want a swim wear that is with short sleeves. Please help!! Thank you in advance:)

    • fatgirlflow
      November 1, 2015 at 3:09 pm

      Sandy, try swimsuits4all… they have tops that arekind oflike what surfers would wear!

  • Kamilah
    January 26, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    would u know any good swimsuits for big bellies? I’m going for a swim with a group of my friends and I kinda not want my belly to be the main sight

    • fatgirlflow
      January 26, 2016 at 8:37 pm

      check swimsuits for all for cute tankinis that might be what you’re looking for <3

  • Cassie
    March 4, 2016 at 10:15 am

    Thank you so much!!! I follow you on instragram but I stumbled across this page when searching for swimsuits being plus size. I am so thrilled I found his page otherwise I would’ve never discovered the cute swimsuits I found on the Forever 21 Website. They are cute, chic, and affordable. If it weren’t for bloggers like you I would’ve been so distraught. Thank you! It is so hard being a + among a world built for minuses but your blog and others makes living life a little easier!

  • Rachel
    March 23, 2016 at 1:28 am

    Could you tell me what size you wear from torrid…I’m really digging the black floral print just not sure what size. Is it true to size? I’m a 24/26 bottoms most of the time.

    • fatgirlflow
      March 23, 2016 at 4:15 pm

      I wear a size 4 from torrid and I’m a size 26 bottom so I THINK a 4 should work well for yoU! <3

      • Rachel
        March 23, 2016 at 10:18 pm

        Thank you so much! First time ordering a 2 piece! I’m super excited!

  • Lauren
    March 23, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Hey Corissa! Love your Tumblr, Youtube, and this blog! I was just wondering if you had an opinion on Lane Bryant suits and if you ever shop there in general. I have heard that their jeans can run up to 3 sizes too small and they only go up to 26/28 so that leaves a lot of us out straight out of the gate. Plus they are pretty pricey. What do you think and do you have any experiences with Lane Bryant that you could share?

    • fatgirlflow
      March 23, 2016 at 7:15 pm

      Hi Lauren, thank you <3 Well... the easy way to say this is that there is a reason Lane Bryant is not on any of my lists. I don't support them, and I'm just generally done with the bull shit they feed plus size women. So, in short... I have no clue how their stuff fits!!! lol xoxo

  • Butterbean
    April 3, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    How to say this delicately…. How does one hide a very pudgy …. Mound of Venus….!? I’m fat, 3-4X, and over 60.

    • fatgirlflow
      April 3, 2016 at 5:28 pm

      They make lots of suits with what’s called “rouching” now. It helps to conceal which may help you be a little more comfortable <3

  • Butterbean
    April 3, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    You are such a lovely young woman! Thank you for this site. My eyes are tearing up at how open & wonderful you are. As a life-long fattie who always tries to hide, I admire and envy you. ?

    • fatgirlflow
      April 3, 2016 at 5:28 pm

      Oh thank you so much and WELCOME!!!! <3

  • Cassie
    April 6, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    Wow! I love most of those! Which one is your favorite? I just ordered a high waist bikini and a one piece from swimsuits4all, can’t wait to see what they look like on!

    • fatgirlflow
      April 6, 2016 at 7:46 pm


  • Tia
    April 16, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Help! I have the dreaded back fat roll underneath my bra strap. i’m looking for a flounce bikini top that has the extra fabric in the back to cover that annoying roll. Any ideas on where I could find one?

  • Kylie
    May 26, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Hello 🙂 I was wondering if you knew of any places that have competitive swimwear for big girls? I am getting back on my school’s swim team and whenever a suit seems to work it ends up being too short or not tight enough around my breasts so when i swim my boobs are almost hanging out to my nips. Thank you!

  • marie
    May 28, 2016 at 7:42 am

    No bathing suit in this size category have high enough sides.I think it should be an option since it makes your legs look longer.

  • Lisa
    June 7, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    My douse wears a size 5w and is looking for swimwear that isn’t girlie. She’d like shorts-type bottoms and tops that are not too girlie. Do you have any suggestion where we could look for swimwear for her?

  • Lisa
    June 7, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    I meant spouse–my wife

  • Jennife . mccarter
    June 20, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Im looking for a 2piece swimsuit but my thigh kind of big looking for something nice

  • Autumn
    June 22, 2016 at 12:37 am

    I’m frustrated because most of the vendors/sites I’m looking at really DON’T offer extended sizes. For example, swimsuitsforall, really only offers up to a 24 in many of the cutest styles. To me it’s a bit of misleading advertising for them to say “we have sizes to 32!” but really only limit what they’re offering to styles that look like ten-year old merchandise they bring back every year when it didn’t sell the year before.
    Also, many of the other “plus” sites, only go to a 3x. The best I can tell, a 3x might be about a 22-24, so again–in today’s market, I’m not sure that’s a big feature.

    WHERE is the smart business woman who will come forward and design true plus-sized swimwear in stylish prints (not black! not giant flowers! not tiny piping! ) that are true extended sizes, STARTING at 24 and going up? The woman who does this, will make a fortune! Size 24 should be the lowest size swimsuits start at in the plus market — not the highest. Sign me frustrated! I don’t want old lady styles!

    • fatgirlflow
      June 22, 2016 at 11:30 am

      I AM WITH YOU!!!! I have been frustrated this season several times by finding out that the newest coolest plus size swimwear only goes up to a size 22/24 and won’t actually fit me (unless I want to feel very uncomfortable). I AM happy to say that SmartGlamour is starting a plus size swimwear line and I will be reviewing that very soon. I’m hoping even more designers start creating bigger sizes. ugh.

  • DVMC123
    June 28, 2016 at 1:36 am

    I have just ordered yet another swimsuit online but I am not hopeful. I can’t seem to find a swimsuit that fits my tummy and chest but keeps me covered and is snug around the top of my legs. I am big size 26/28 but I have thin arms and legs. Any suggestions? I live in the UK

  • Mee
    July 11, 2016 at 10:59 am

    I really LOVE the red swim suit from Torrid. I found the top but I can’t find the bottom!! 🙁 PLEASE HELP ME!!!

    • fatgirlflow
      July 13, 2016 at 4:23 pm

      I think they’re sold out :((((

  • Angela Wagner
    July 23, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    I am looking for bright neon colors like a pink green pretty blues something with black I wear a 2 X shirt and use to shop Debs but seems unless you are in store they don’t offer online …my last bathing suit from them was a 2 piece but bottoms were a hot pink shorts I loved it but can’t seem to find any hot colors my size any where plz help

  • Moe alvera
    December 22, 2016 at 3:39 am

    wow great collection of plus size swimwear, in holiday swimming is best for me thanks for sharing !

  • Miranda Nahmias
    April 28, 2017 at 8:31 am

    All of these swimsuits look stunning! Love anything with polka dots 🙂

  • CF
    April 30, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Love the website Corissa and these reviews are everything!

    Any thoughts on Hot Topic plus size swim wear? I think they have a relationship with Torrid, but can’t tell if their sizing is the same?? The new Disney line is ADORABLE and I’d let my belly hang out if I could look like a Disney princess! 🙂

    • fatgirlflow
      May 4, 2017 at 10:21 pm

      I had no clue that they sold plus sizes!!!! They are definitely owned by the same company as torrid, I would assume they’re also the same sizing – if anything I might order a size up just to be safe! <3

  • Grace Miller
    May 11, 2017 at 1:09 am

    The plus size swimwear are good for everyone

  • Candance
    May 17, 2017 at 12:35 am

    Rebdolls has suits up to a size 5x. I brought a very cute bikini from them they also have cute high cut one pieces.

  • Bree
    June 1, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Could you tell a place that sells swim bras for a EFJ BRA SIZE!!?!? Lol I would appreciate any help. I found a cute “curvy girl” swim suit alas lol my bust requires an underwire bra at all times. Plus the suit is sexy with a bra rather then without. Thanks for the help.

  • brodisix
    June 5, 2017 at 1:23 am

    What Bree said! My titties are fabulous and at least a G cup with around a 38 inch band size, which makes finding a well-fitting bra a royal pain and swimwear extremely difficult, even at plus size stores.
    I’m thrilled for everyone whose swimsuit needs are met by the resources in this article, and hope to see one geared toward us especially-busty gals.

  • Braylin
    June 5, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    Have you ever ordered from rue 21 before? What size do you wear from there?

    • fatgirlflow
      June 6, 2017 at 2:02 pm

      their 3x is tight on me but they do have some great steals!

  • Lana
    June 6, 2017 at 4:37 am

    I personally love For Luna. As a larger lady I always find great swimwear there http://www.forluna.co.uk

  • Emma
    June 25, 2017 at 1:26 am

    I’m stopping by torrid tomorrow for a swimsuit, do you know if they have different cup sizes for their suits? I am one of the horribly unlucky plus-sized girls with very, very small breasts haha. Thank you!

    • fatgirlflow
      June 25, 2017 at 7:55 pm

      they do!!! I’m not sure if they carry them in stores though!

  • Dee
    April 7, 2018 at 9:06 am

    Catherines has some cute swimwear up to a 34W!

  • Lib
    April 23, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    As a teen who is not on the slim side I have always struggled trying to find a bathing suit store that made me feel young and cute. I am so thankful to have fallen across this website because it saved me time and tears I would have spent on clothing stores that never have worked for me but were the only ones I knew of. I personally found much success on torrid and mod cloth and found myself venturing to the tops, dresses, and bottoms and fell in love!

  • Alex
    May 23, 2018 at 9:09 am

    Did you check out lane bryant this year? I’m seeing stuff that’s actually on trend in terms of mesh, ruffles, patterns, etc.

    • fatgirlflow
      May 23, 2018 at 9:44 pm

      I definitely haven’t and I SHOULD!!!! thanks for the heads up!

  • Victoria at The Bustiest
    June 3, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    You make shopping for plus sized women seem so easy! I love all of the mentioned brands and their swimsuits, should check them out since I’ve only heard of 3 mentioned ones: target, forever 21, and asos

    • fatgirlflow
      June 4, 2018 at 11:19 am

      I’m glad it was helpful!!! <3

  • Gretchen Hodges
    June 11, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    Love love love this! I’m struggling to find a suit long enough in the torso to fit. The closest I’ve come is the white and flamingo suit from Rainbowshops.com. It’s really too short but with the halter ties, I’m making it work. I’m 5’5″ and a size 22 but am an awkward lumpy apple shape (3 kids! Picture the Michelin Man in a one piece) and most suits stop on me under my boobs. Not a look I’m going for! Any suggestions for suits that fit over the belly but don’t leave me tugging the front leg holes down to cover the lower belly? Why oh why do plus size suits not come with bra type adjustable tops on the inside so you can get a supportive, good fit??? Keep on Flowing!!

    • fatgirlflow
      June 22, 2018 at 3:28 pm

      I think that the most supportive suits I’ve found are ones from SimplyBe and Swimsuits for all!!!

  • Ivan Bekavac
    June 13, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    This is really amazing! This is so helping. and thank you for sharing this. this can help plus size ladies to shop easy to those brands and shops you post.