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Where to Buy Plus-Size Swimsuits

While plus-size clothing has been around since the 1920s, it was only recently that major brands began to cater to consumers of all shapes and sizes. Even brands like Abercrombie & Fitch, which was in hot water for its discriminatory marketing and hiring practices, has taken steps to be more inclusive. That said, it’s still not easy to find a stylish plus-size swimsuit online, which is why we’ve done the legwork for you. Whether you’re after a yellow polka-dot bikini or a sleek one-piece suit, we’ve compiled a list of the best places to buy plus-size swimwear.

Prices and availability are subject to change.

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Swimsuits For All

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Prices: $6 to $132

Sizes: 4 to 34

Shipping: Shipping rates are based on how much you spend, ranging from $6.99 to 12% of your order total.

Returns: You can return unworn items within 60 days of the order’s ship date for a free exchange, gift card, or full refund, minus the prepaid return label.

User Experience: Good

Overall Rating: 5/5

Known for popularizing the “fatkini,” Swimsuits For All lives up to its name with a wide selection of plus-size swimwear. The website’s design won’t blow you away, but its option to shop by body type — from athletic to pear, and everything in between — makes it easy to sift through its large inventory. And with one-piece suits going for as low as $17, you can shop here on a tight budget.

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Prices: $9 to $134

Sizes: 14 to 32

Shipping: Shipping is free for in-store pickup and orders over $59.

Returns: Shoppers can’t return swimwear bottoms or one-piece suits; otherwise, returns are free, though U.S. residents will have to pay for shipping.

User Experience: Good

Overall Rating: 4/5

Thanks to its frustration-free website, assortment of styles, and price-adjustment policy, this plus-size Canadian brand has earned a spot on our list. Many of Penningtons’ swimsuits are also made from sustainable fabrics like recycled polyester. Our only complaint is that the company doesn’t accept most swimsuit returns.

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Prices: $24 to $119

Sizes: XS to 4X

Shipping: Shipping is free for orders over $150; otherwise, you’ll pay $12.95.

Returns: You have 28 days to return your items for a refund, though you’ll pay for return shipping.

User Experience: Good

Overall Rating: 4/5

ModCloth is a vintage-inspired clothing brand that features a fun and youthful plus-size swimwear collection full of floral prints and high-waisted bikini bottoms. Whether you’re looking for a ruched suit straight from the 1940s or a yellow-leopard one-piece reminiscent of the ‘90s, ModCloth’s easy-to-use website lets shoppers sort swimsuits by decade, color, size, price, and more.

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Prices: $30 to $200

Sizes: M/L to 6X

Shipping: Torrid charges a flat $6 rate for standard shipping.

Returns: Consumers have 60 days to return their orders. While in-store returns are free, there’s a $6 shipping return fee.

User Experience: Good

Overall Rating: 3/5

Torrid is another brand dedicated to creating clothes that fit curvy bodies, so it’s no surprise they have a myriad of plus-size bathing suits. The user-friendly website and free in-store return policy also put Torrid ahead of the competition when it comes to convenience. Even so, some of the brand’s designs — like this “Jurassic World”-themed tankini — had us shaking our heads.

Meet.Curve SwimPhoto credit: Meet.Curve


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Prices: $20 to $43

Sizes: M to 4XL

Shipping: Shipping is free for orders over $69; otherwise, you’ll pay $12.99.

Returns: You have 15 days to contact customer service via email regarding a return, and shipping fees are at the customer’s expense.

User Experience: Poor

Overall Rating: 3/5

Meet.Curve is bound to have something for everyone with its impressive and wide-ranging inventory of affordable plus-size swimsuits. The only problem is that the website is well-nigh impossible to navigate because of its utter lack of filters and categories. Instead, you’re left with pages and pages of unorganized — but admittedly cute — swimsuits. And yet, Meet.Curve still made the cut because the designs slay and the price is right.

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Alexiss Swimwear

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Prices $10 to $175

Sizes: S to 5X

Shipping: Shipping is free for orders over $100; otherwise, you’ll have to pay $10.

Returns: You have 14 days to return garments with a free return label, though there is a $10 restocking fee.

User Experience: Fair

Overall Rating: 3/5

With the slogan “Beauty is not a size,” Alexiss Swimwear caters to plus-size women who want an attention-grabbing bathing suit. On Alexiss’ (outdated) website, you’ll find provocative red sequin tops next to mermaid-themed thong bottoms. But you’ll also pay a premium for that originality, with many pieces selling for over $100.

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