Here in Seattle, the sun is shining, and it’s hitting 60 degrees. That means it’s time for us to emerge from our wintertime flood bunkers, squinty-eyed, clad in skirts and sandals in celebration of the fact that it has stopped. Fucking. Raining. Soon, it will be warm enough to venture into the many bodies of water that surround my fair city, and come summer my travels will take me to even warmer locales with pools and lounge chairs and blended drinks.
Traditionally, the selection of plus sized swimwear is overall disappointing from a fashion standpoint. Last year, Gabi Gregg over at GabiFresh helped design a fabulous fatkini that very quickly sold out. Gabi knew, as we all know, that there is a vast, largely untapped market of fabulous fatties who needs them some fierce swimwear. I myself was in the market for a new suit or two and decided to do a little internet reconnaissance to check my options. Here are some of my favorites.
Forever 21 Bold Cutout Bikini Set — One of the two suits I purchased for myself.
Forever 21 Worldly Ikat Bikini Set — One of the two suits I purchased for myself.
ASOS CURVE Exclusive Swimsuit In Graphic Print
ModCloth Bathing Beauty One Piece in Rainbow Galaxy
Torrid Striped Natural Support One-Piece Swimsuit
ModCloth Bathing Beauty One Piece in Cherries
Torrid Multicolor Peek-A-Boo One-Piece Swimsuit
I like all of these suits for two reasons. Reason one, they are brightly colored and/or have interesting patterns. Fat girl suits tend to err on the side of dark, solid colors. The second reason I love these? No swim skirts. I hate them, and I think they reinforce an unhealthy mantra in conventional plus sized women’s fashion: Cover up your lumpy bits, no one wants to see that shit. In fact, many of these suits make interesting use of negative space with interesting cutouts and unique straps. Any lady wearing one of these suits poolside at the Mandalay Bay will NOT be ignored.
Wanna snag one for yourself?
Forever 21 Worldly Ikat Bikini Set — $29.80
Forever 21 Bold Cutout Bikini Set — $29.80
ModCloth Bathing Beauty One Piece in Cherries — $89.99
ModCloth Bathing Beauty One Piece in Rainbow Galaxy – $89.99
Torrid Striped Natural Support One-Piece Swimsuit –SOLD OUT! — $88.50
Torrid Multicolor Peek-A-Boo One-Piece Swimsuit — $78.50
ASOS Curve Exclusive Swimsuit In Graphic Print — $65.85