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Cute Plus Size Bathing Suits That Aren’t Old Lady

What’s new and hot in plus-size bathing suits? At one time, the answer was not much.

Thankfully things have changed, and boring old lady swimsuits that made you look fat and frumpy have been replaced with figure-flattering styles that complement a full-figured women’s curves. You’ll find a great selection of plus-size swimsuits at Walmart, and Amazon, and a few more I have linked below. Here’s a look at what’s trending for summer.

plus size swim floral one shoulder

Floral One-Shoulder Swimsuit

One-Shoulder Swimsuits

One of the newest ways to look sexy in a swimsuit is to wear a one-shoulder style. This elegant navy blue floral one is a beautiful way to highlight your shoulders and decolletage. This cut of swimsuit makes you look subtly sexy and draws attention up to your pretty face.


plus size swimsuits high neck

High Neck Keyhole Swimsuit

High Neck Swimsuits

Pretty swimsuits with high halter necklines are new and different. They are also a chic way to highlight your shoulders and show off your lovely neck. There’s no denying that this style of swimsuit has some old Hollywood glam about it.


plus size swim lace up

Lace-Up Swimsuit

Lace-Up Swimsuits

If you are looking for a sexy plus-size swimsuit, how about this? This gorgeous, black one-piece looks modern and edgy thanks to a touch of tribal print lacing and trim. Ethnic, tribal prints are always sexy, and the subtle print is a nice change from an animal print.


plus size swim swimdress

Paisley Print Skirted Swimsuit


A swim dress has the silhouette of a minidress and the versatility of a traditional one-piece swimsuit. It is similar to a one-piece bathing suit but offers more coverage over the thighs. The loose-fitting bottoms and added coverage of the swim dress help you feel comfortable and confident in a swimsuit. It also provides extra sun protection without feeling bulky.


plus size swim colorblock

Faux Wrap Colorblock Swimsuit

Colorblock Swimsuits

Colorblocked one-piece swimsuits with bands of color and a side tie add a new twist to swimwear style. This cute black and white swimsuit has a chic vibe, and the faux wrap helps to carve out a fabulous figure.


plus size swim off the shoulder

Off-the-shoulder swimsuits were popular last year, and they are still going strong now. One of the most popular styles is the type with a romantic ruffle neckline, which works to widen your shoulders and make the rest of your body look much smaller in comparison!

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10 thoughts on “Cute Plus Size Bathing Suits That Aren’t Old Lady

  1. Suppose I could get up the courage to join a gym. I need to be fit, but it won’t happen by summer. Just not enough time left. I know they sell some slimmer swimsuits at JC Pennys and run about 60 bucks. I need something that helps my midsection until I can work it off by eating better and exercising.

  2. Isabel, don’t swelter. Just do the best you can with what you’ve got. Try to wrap a lightweight, almost sheer sari around my waist over my swimsuit & I pitch it off as I get closer to the water. So don’t be too paranoid. Mt people are too busy worrying about their figure flaws to worry about yours. I o like the sound of high-cut bikini bottoms that come up to the waist & might be just about able to get away with wearing a bikini with a bottom half like this. En y our summer; in Australia was pretty pitiful, with terrible floods & not many hot days. :)

  3. Hi Deborah,
    I always enjoy your words and stories.
    The problem that I have found with the tips and tricks to hide the belly is that they only seem to work when you are facing the front. Even in the makeover programs, you see that when the lady with the hidden belly turns, the bulge is still noticeable from the sides.
    I have tried diagonal stripes and touching, and even though you see an optical illusion in the mirror, everything fades when you see your profile.
    Is there any other idea besides wearing shapewear undergarments? Because of the very humid tropical weather, it is almost unbearable.
    Thank you, and keep up with your excellent work.

    1. Hi Isabel, Yes, you are right; it can be tricky if you have some extra tummy to hide. You could try a Miraclesuit swimsuit with tummy control, but there is a way to get our stomach perfectly flat. The female body has curves. Embrace your body, and a cute sarong tied at an angle or a sexy coverup that is flowy also helps!

  4. Hi Deb, Loving the swimsuit conversations. Here in Australia, the Swimdress was our most popular style last year. I think it was the retro revival, and also, they are very figure-flattering when you don’t love your belly and want to cover that behind a little more…super cute. They essentially have two layers – a whole piece under (with ‘power netting’…fabulous stuff!) and a ‘skirt’ over, falling from the bust. Higher-cut bikini bottoms will be out in full force this coming summer.

    For those longer torsos, consider a longer-line tankini…a two-piece that looks like a one-piece. It will give you the freedom you need and the coverage too.

    So jealous it coming into summer there. Enjoy every moment!

    1. Hi Anita,
      Great hearing from you gals over at Sequins and Sand. I can never keep up with whose summer comes first, yours or ours!! Ha!! Life is a circle!
      I saw some of the new retro revival suits at Nordstrom’s last night! I LOVED them…also excited to see more styles this season with the skirts.

      I love your site!

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