Mix and Match Swimwear

I love Lane Bryant’s Cocos collection with its mix and match swimwear options for plus size women. It is actually quite a large collection with thirty pieces to mix and match how you like (although there are some colored bottom options missing for true mix and matching). The sizes range from 14 to 26 (some tops go to 28). Here are a few of my favorite mixed and matched styles:

Paisley Halter Bikini Top, $39.50 and Swim Navy Skirt, $34.50

My favorite part about mixing swim separates is paring prints with solids. I love this blue paisley on white bikini top with a navy swim skirt but they do have a matching bottom too.

A print bikini top with solid navy swim skirt.

Bleeding Stripe Keyhole Halter Tank, $44.50 and Coral Swim Hipster, $29.50

I love stripes and these bleeding multi-colored ones are very pretty with the solid coral bottom (or even the navy skirt from above).

Pretty multi-colored stripes with coral bottoms.

Striped Halter Tankini Top, $44.50 and Swim Navy Skirt, $34.50

Here is a more traditional stripe also in multi-color. I like it with the navy skirt to make the colors pop.

Traditional striped swim top with solid color swim skirt.

I am also a fan of mixing prints but I still haven’t develped the eye to do it myself although I was tempted to post a stripes and dots option here.

This collection is not all there is in Lane Bryant’s swimwear section. There is definitely more to be seen but this should whet your swimwear appetite a bit.

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Cute Sport Swimwear

If you are looking for cute sport swimwear at a reasonable price Swimsuits for All has some really nice ones all in the $56 (and under) range that are chlorine resistant. Sport swimwear these days is not just black or navy (although those are still an option).

There are color blocking options:

Four of my favorite sport swimwear with color blocking.

The swimsuits with a black base are $42 and the red one is on sale for $28.

There are print options:

Four print sporty swimsuits that I like.

These range from $28 to $42.

And there are the alternative bottom options if you are really active in the water and/or need more coverage:

An even sportier look is the aquatard or short.

Both the aquatard and shortini are $51.

These are just the Aquabelle brand options, there are many others to choose from.

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The $69 Swimsuit

Swimsuits generally are not cheap. Some can be downright killer expensive. For the most part we really do not wear them that often so why put too much money into something that spends most of its time in the drawer? If you are a pool or beach maven, then sure, it pays to invest a little money into a good fitting, long lasting bathing suit but for the most of us… meh.

Always for Me’s swimsuits typically run in the $89 range. But they have a newer section under their own brand that is still fashionable, fun, and nicely made that will not completely empty the pocket book. This range is priced at $69 and under (I threw in a few fave ones that were on sale too). So if you are an occasional swimsuit wearer like myself you might be able to appreciate the price point.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Plus size swimsuits for $69 and under from Always for Me.

Top Row:

  • Safari Two Piece Tankini with Brief (also comes in turquoise), $69
  • Primrose Two Piece Tankini with Brief in black and next to that fuchsia, $69

Middle Row:

  • Valencia Ruffled One Piece Swimsuit (multiple color choices), $45
  • Black & Bright Two Piece Tankini with Brief (multiple accept color options), $59
  • Baja Two Piece Tankini, $46
  • Teal Serpent Underwire Bandeau Swimsuit, $59

Bottom Row:

  • Bright Red Control Orbit Swimdress, $59
  • Carnival Underwire Bandeau Swimsuit, $59
  • Tribal Tankini with Swim Shorts, $59

Always for Me ships worldwide.

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New Feedora Sarongs

Feedora is a traditional sarong shop in Hawai’i. They have been providing hand-painted Batik style sarongs for as long as I have been online (actually, longer than that, like twenty-five years). Their sarongs measure 45″ x 75″ and are about $50 and includes a simple how-to on how to tie your new sarong in many ways. They sent me an email recently to let me know they have a few new prints. I am partial to these three:

This cherry blossom sarong is from Feedora.

This blue dragonfly sarong is from Feedora.

This brightly colored turtle sarong is from Feedora.

While I love the new stuff, my all time favorite is still the deep blue background with Hibiscus flowers:

This Feedora original sarong has a bright blue background and traditional hibiscus flower print.

And these other original florals are a close second:

This Feedora original sarong has a black background and hawaiian flowers.

This blue themed sarong has a lovely floral print.

There are many other floral and landscape scenes to choose from, all vibrant and beautiful waiting to be wrapped around some bodacious curves!

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Buying Swimwear Online

If you have exhausted all your local shops for plus size swimwear and still have not found the perfect swimsuit(s) then it is time to do some online shopping. Luckily, there are lots of wonderful online stores that offer plus size swimwear either solely or as part of their regular clothing lines. You will find an assortment of styles from functional to sexy and everything in between at the following stores.

Top Fifteen Places to Buy Plus size Swimwear Online

Plus size polka dot fatkini from S4A.

Retro Polka Dot Halter Bikini from Swimsuits for All, $68.

  1. Swimsuits for Allplus size swimwear (ships internationally)
  2. Always for Me (ships within North America)
  3. Junonia (ships internationally)
  4. Just My Size/JMS (ships within US only)
  5. Lane Bryant (ships US and Canada)
  6. Monif C. (ships internationally)
  7. Sorella Swim (ships US and Canada)
  8. Old Navy (ships US and Canada)
  9. Making It Big (ships internationally)
  10. Love Your Peaches (ships within North America)
  11. Designs by Ro (ships internationally)
  12. Torrid (ships internationally)
  13. Evans (ships internationally)
  14. City Chic Online (ships US and Canada)
  15. Avenue (ships within US only)

Happy Shopping!

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The Gabi Fresh Collection

It was only a few weeks ago when plus size blogger Gabi Fresh announced she had joined forces with Swimsuits For All to produce the Gabi Fresh Swimwear Collection. Over the coming weeks she teased us with a few behind the scenes images and this amazing photo of her in a two piece galaxy print swimsuit.

Gabi wearing the galaxy print two piece from Swimsuits for All.

The line consists of three fatkinis, the galaxy print, neon pink, and neon lime; as well as a splash print one piece with peek-a-boo side panels and a sheer galaxy print cover up. Price wise they are pretty affordable at $68. The sizes range from 10 to 24 (kind of disappointed these are not offered in SWA’s full size range up to 34, or at the very least up to 26/28).

Plus size fakinis, one piece and cover up from Swimsuits for All.

The neon bikinis are sold as two pieces and not as separates but the great thing about these bottoms are that they are adjustable for different looks or preferences — I really like this idea.

Plus size bikini bottoms from Swimsuits for All.

Overall I think it is a cute line and will do well. Do check out some of the other collections at Swimsuits for All especially if these do not speak to you as they have lots to choose from including bikinis (or fatkinis if you prefer), one pieces, tankinis, swimdresses and more. They also have a section of suits available for sizes 26 to 34.

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Sorella Swimwear Review

Sorella Swim is a luxury brand of swimwear designed by Jessica Petersen and made in the United States. Their bathing suits are available from select boutiques and via the official website. They currently offer their full-figured swimsuits in sizes 10 to 24.

I was asked to review one of their suits but since I do not fall within their size range I asked my good friend Lana to volunteer.

Lana Davison wearing Sorella Swimwear.

The website is fairly straight forward with separate areas, one for shopping and another for showcasing their current collections which includes one pieces, two pieces, and cover-ups. Lana chose a grey halter one piece in a dual size of 14/16. For the most part she was impressed with the quality of the material but found the fit not completely to her liking.

You see, Lana is only 5′ tall and found she had to tie the halter straps, instead of using one of the three hook slots provided, to get the lift she prefers. She also would have preferred it was cut a little higher in front but longer in the back to cover more of the derriere. Here are a few photos showing off this swimsuit’s details:

Lana loved the finer design details like the way the halter straps start at the sides of the breasts and appear to provide side shaping. She also liked that the cups were lined and that there was firm side boning in the bra portion. She thought the side ruching was very pretty and flattering. Overall it is a very pretty swimsuit that definitely has a luxurious feel.

Lana’s Likes and Dislikes

Sorella Swim has a new collection of plus size swimwear ready for your viewing and shopping.

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Swimsuit Separates

One of my favorite places to shop for two pieces is Always for Me. They have the cutest plus size tankinis around. But if you have a different sized bottom and top, tankini shopping can be a horror — leaving you either too loose or to tight on the bottom or vice versa. This is where their plus size swimsuit separates shopping (say that ten times real fast) comes in.

Plus Size Swim Tops

I am a huge fan of polka dots and shirring, Always for Me has combined both with this red and white swim top ($88). I love the repeating pattern of small black dots and larger white dots on the red, the twist bust, and shirred sides.

Plus size polka dot retro swim top from Always for Me.

I also love the unique high front on this black swim top ($74) which is an interesting change from traditional designs. It would be great if you always feel like you are spilling over the top. Instead of just a halter strap over the neck there are two straps down the back to help even the load.

Plus size black demure swim top from Always for Me.

Plus Size Swim Bottoms

With separates you can order plus size swim tops in your bust size then pick a separate bottom in the style of your choosing. They currently have over ten to choose from ranging from low cut brief to full skirt or short. These are a few of my favorites:

Plus size swim bottoms in various cuts from Always for Me.

From left to right:

  • Always For Me Separates – High Brief, $29
  • Beach House Separates Skort w/ Pocket, $61
  • Always For Me Sport – Plus Size Swim Shorts w/ Gusset, $46
  • 24th & Ocean Separates Ruffle Swim Skirt, $50
  • Beach House Separates Board Short, $57
  • Captiva Transformable Swim Brief, $62
  • 24th & Ocean Separates Adjustable Hi Waist Brief, $44

What kind of coverage do you like your swim bottoms to have?

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Dust Off Your One Piece

I read an article recently on YaPoo that the bikini is out and the one piece swimsuit is back in. Apparently celebrities are leading this trend and the retailers are soon to follow. The article made it sound like celebrity choice had more to do with a fashion statement then the fact that every tabloid magazine criticizes every bulge or concave on their bodies when they wear a bikini in public. Frankly, I am surprised celebrities do not wear burkas to the beach just to save their sanity.

The conspirator in me cannot help but think that the recent onslaught of fat chics in bikinis and flaunting their folds has sent the media into a frenzy trying to think of ways to get the fat girl back into the onesie. But perhaps that is a bit too paranoid.

Whether you decide to wear a bikini or a one piece, own it, and enjoy the sand and surf.

My Favorite One Piece Swimsuits

I will say off the bat that I am coocoo for bandeau style swimsuits (as well as tankinis) so I found it hard to limit my favorites to just one pieces — but I did.

Always for Me is one of my favorite online shops for plus size swimwear. I especially love their namesake line (they have so many cute tankinis too, they also have a bikini top if you are looking):

Plus size one piece swimsuits from Always for Me.

From left to right:

  • Always For Me Chic Solids Shimmer Twist Swimsuit (sizes 16 to 26), $89
  • Always For Me Chic Solids – Twist Bandeau One Piece Swimsuit – more colors (sizes 16 to 26), $89
  • Simply Sole’ Safari Sari 1 Pc Bandeau Swimsuit – more colors (sizes 16 to 24), $98
  • Always For Me Chic Prints – Seaside Halter Swimsuit (sizes 16 to 26), $99
  • Delta Burke Shirred Solid Swimsuit – more colors (16 to 24), $99

Swimsuits for All has a great selection of one piece swimwear at affordable prices. They do offer separates with bikini like bottoms but no tops (I was positive they had a new bikini top but could not find it):

Plus size swimsuits from Swimsuits for All.

From left to right:

  • Beach Belle Abstract Animal Plus Size Sarong Front Swimsuit (sizes 18 to 24), $25
  • Infinity Blu Mesmerize Shirred Bandeau/Halter Swimdress (sizes 10 to 24), $88
  • Longitude Purple Mystique Plus Size Surplice Swimsuit (sizes 16 to 24), $40
  • Infinity Blu Plus Size Eclipse Shirred Halter Swimdress (sizes 18 to 20), $40
  • Longitude Leaping Lizard Plus Size Sash Tank Swimsuit (sizes 18 to 22), $50

Besides these onesies, Lane Bryant has some really cute tankinis, board shorts, and bikini tops to choose from:

Plus size one piece swimsuits from Lane Bryant.

From left to right:

  • Aurora swim dress by Miraclesuit (sizes 16 to 24), $166
  • Beaded maillot by Miraclesuit (sizes 16 to 24), $160
  • One piece retro maillot swimsuit in blue (sizes 16 to 28), $110
  • Knockout one piece swimsuit in pink (sizes 16 to 26), $110
  • Jennifer full circle maillot by Miraclesuit, (sizes 18 to 24), $152

Sorella Swim is a newer company for me, I worked with them a few months ago on a giveaway and have an upcoming review, their spring line has both onesies and amazing bikini’s to choose from:

Plus size one piece swimsuits from Sorella Swim.

From left to right:

  • U-Bar One Piece Swimsuit Iris – more colors (sizes 10 to 24), $120
  • Twist One Piece Swimsuit Ocean – more colors (sizes 10 to 24), $170
  • Cap Shoulder One Piece Swimsuit Ivory – more colors (sizes 10 to 24), $175
  • Sash One Piece Swimsuit Gold – more colors (sizes 10 to 24), $175
  • One Shoulder One Piece Swimsuit Lagoon – more colors (sizes 10 to 24), $170

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* Get your plus size swimwear from Lane Bryant
* Get your plus size swimwear from Sorella Swim
* Other places to find plus size bikinis

Cruising Swimwear

Getting ready to go cruising? The Longitude line at Swimsuits for All has some bright favorites to get you in the mood whether you are dipping your toes by the poolside or in the ocean. Here are six of my favorites (it is just a co-incidence there are no solids):

Plus size Longitude swimwear from Swimsuits for All.

These plus size Longitude swimsuits range in price from $50 to $90 — check the site for the latest promotions — and are available in sizes 16 to 24. Swimsuits for All does have a section with other brands in sizes 26 to 34.

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Winter Swimwear

What can you expect from Monif C’s winter swimwear? Probably the best bikini, ruffles, fringe, ruching, animal print, and color blocking. She brought back some old favorites with a few updates and is tantalizing us with a few new ones. Monif’s swimwear fits sizes 12 to 24. My favorite pieces are:

The Plus Size Bikini Swimsuit

The pieces are sold in separates so if you want to wear animal on top and bottom you can or if you want to wear animal on top and black on the bottom you can do that too. Or black on top and blue on bottom — the joy of mixing and matching bikini bottoms.

Plus size bikini from Monif C.

The Plus Size One Piece Swimsuit

I love the bright pink fringe last year so it is not surprising that the teal would be one of my favorites this year. If a designer puts ruching on their clothing chances are I am going to love it. And of course there is the feminine ruffle.

Plus size swimsuits for women.

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The Colors of Summer

While more and more women are adding color to their daily wardrobes I have noticed that it is lacking in their swimsuit attire. Many are still sticking with the slimming illusion of dark colors which if you think about it does not make any sense because you are half naked! If anything we should be blinding people with awesome colors like these ones from Always for Me.

Bright Plus Size Swimsuits from Always for Me

I realize there is a lot of blue represented but I could not help it, blue is almost always a top choice for me. If we cannot change your mind about the color of your bathing suit then… they have colorful cover-ups! Bright coverups can be contrasted with a colored bathing suit or using a dark swimsuit as a backdrop for making the color pop.

colorful plus size coverups from Always for Me

Always for Me has plus size swimwear in sizes 16 to 26 and cover-ups 1x to 3x.

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Fat-kini Fun in the Sun

What do you get when you combine a fat person and a bikini? A Fat-kini!

Bikini Top from Big on Batik

Big on Batik Bikini Top

Two piece bathing suits for plus size women have been around for over a decade, tankinis are so popular because they are easier to get in and out of; especially when they are wet and for the most part they provide complete coverage. Not to mention you do not have to get completely naked to go to the bathroom.

The unfortunate thing about two piece swimwear was that you usually had to buy them as a set, now more and more companies are selling mix and match pieces so if you are a different size on top or bottom you can now order the right size.

If you are not comfortable with the tiny brief and top or you happen to be feeling mildly self conscious you can wear a full brief or or a skirted brief (or a swim short — Hydro Chic) instead of the full bikini look. Or get all three for your swimwear wardrobe to mix up a bit.

My favorite bikini tops are the ones that look like bras — they have underwire for shape and support and they come in pretty patterns. I love the idea of being able to mix patterns or to have a pattern on top and solid on the bottom or vice versa.

The plus size bikini has been around in indie shops for a few years now but this year it made it into to mainstream stores like Lane Bryant (and quickly sold old).

Places to still look for plus size bikinis are:

Whether you choose to go with a bikini or stay with your one piece, enjoy the sun (with sunscreen) and the water this year without giving thought to your weight.