Times, they are a-changing, and we couldn't be more thrilled. In the past, plus-size women have had to settle for whatever oversized, floral, and frankly not-so-cute bathing suit they could find, but it's 2016, and swim designs for the size 14-plus set are finally on-trend.
As awesome as the variety is, it can be daunting to rifle through so many sites and racks to find the best piece. That's why we've curated a collection of the styles we're loving this season. Whether you're all about embellishments or live for minimalism, there's something for every style, budget, and body. Find yours ahead; it's time to take back the beach.
Cutout swimsuits are dominating summer style, and thankfully there are options for every comfort level, from teeny-tiny slices to full-on lattice work. If you're worried about funky tan lines, we'd say this trend is worth it.
Ashley Graham x Swimsuits For All Liaison Swimsuit, $109, available at Swimsuits For All.
A basic black bikini gets a boost with a center cutout.
Jackson Pollock would approve.
Monif C Havana Bandage Plus Size Swimsuit, $118, available at Monif C.
GabiFresh for Swim Sexy The Sovereign Swimsuit, $68.60, available at Swimsuits For All.
Minimalist bathing suits can be surprisingly challenging to find in plus sizes, as so many brands feel the need to add ruching, twists, or some sort of fabric detailing. Think of this as the palate cleanser to all other swim trends this season. To pull it off, stick to solid colors, avoid ornaments, and look for designs that cut higher up on your hip.
Rebdolls "Nobody's Angel" One Piece Swimsuit, $34.99, available at Rebdolls.
A black one-piece is timeless for a reason.
Old Navy Cross-front Control Max Swimsuit, $45, available at Old Navy.
Give 'em some hip.
Laces & Ties
Lace-up pieces are still majorly popular, so there's no real surprise that this trend has infiltrated swimwear, as well. Many designs feature laces on the hips or back, though there's nothing wrong with a lace-front style that calls to a certain spring dress you can't stop wearing.
Old Navy Lace-up Back Plus-size Bikini Top, $24, available at Old Navy; Old Navy High-waist Plus-size Lace-up Bikini Bottoms, $24, available at Old Navy.
Take the plunge.
Ashley Graham x Swimsuits For All Secret Agent Siren Swimsuit, $109, available at Swimsuits For All.
One you could wear as a layering piece, too.
Torrid Lace Up Front One Piece Swimsuit, $88.50, Available at Torrid.
Mesh details and a lace-up front add a flirty touch to this two-piece.
By Liz Black.
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