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Shopping queens, assemble: It's time to grab your laptop 👩💻 and begin the annual search for the best plus-size bathing suits out there. If you find yourself overwhelmed while online bikini-shopping, utilize this guide below to inform your shopping process — after all, you can't try on a bathing suit until the mailman drops it off, but you *can* get a pretty good idea of how it'll fit based on size ranges, pros and cons, and real customer feedback.
When searching for the best plus-size bathing suits, style influencer Maddie Touma, who regularly tests out size-inclusive fashion on TikTok for hundreds of thousands of people, recommends checking out different brand's size offerings first. The reality is that some brands still don't have a wide enough range of sizes available, which can sometimes make finding the best plus-size swimwear a more complicated process. "I’m a size XXL at least, and it's hard to find styles that go up to a 3X," Maddie explains. "So I’ll look at the size range before anything else, because if a brand only has a small size range, I know the cut of the clothing might not be right."
From there, Maddie encourages plus-size girlies to experiment with different styles — you may even find that something you swore off becomes your new favorite suit. “As a kid I lived in the world of tankinis, but as an adult, I’m determined to not form an opinion on a style until I actually try it," Maddie says. "I recently wore a string bikini for the first time and I felt SO good in it. My audience was so excited just to see someone who looked like them in a string bikini.”
Read on to find plus-size high-waisted swimsuits, affordable options, and Amazon Prime Day sale picks that'll have you doing the absolute most — along with glowing feedback directly from dozens of real people who fell in love with their purchases.
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Hannah is the Assistant Fashion & eCommerce Editor at Seventeen and covers all things style, shopping, and money. Seventeen taught her how to get dressed when she was younger, and she now spends her working hours passing down her expertise.
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