Drowning in a sea of teeny-tiny triangle bikinis? Struggling to find pants that don’t resemble dental floss? Finding the perfect luxury swimwear in sizes and shapes that represent the broad and beautifully diverse representation of women around the world used to be a monumental struggle. Thankfully, more and more brands and designers are adding collections with extended-sizing and creating pieces specifically designed to suit your curves. Swimwear for everybody – and every body…
Addressing the experiences of women who feel self-conscious at the beach, this Melbourne-based brand launched in 2017 with a mission to create swimwear options that are supportive and comfortable for larger cup sizes but remain flattering and functional, too. Lingerie sizing and construction techniques form the base of each quietly elegant design. Don’t miss the seasonal artist collaboration capsules, where limited edition prints are splashed over balconette bikini tops and form-flattering swimsuits.
This Brazilian swimwear line champions women of every shape and size, specializing in bikinis and one-piece swimsuits in body-holding boucle with a reassuringly ‘homemade’ quality (read: crafty design details such as ribbon ties and pompom polka dot details), and a bespoke service, meaning you can ask for any name or word you like to be embroidered onto your chosen design. Sizes range from XS to 4X and there’s an incredibly comprehensive size guide with notes on how to measure your bust, waist and hips correctly – plus, plenty of pictures of models wearing each style with notes on their body ratios for easy comparison.
When it comes to inclusivity, Chromat is leading the way. For their 10th anniversary SS20 collection, designer Becca McCharen-Tran looked to NASA’s underwater astronaut training facilities for inspiration, sending out a parade of models of all ages, sizes and backgrounds in bustier one-piece swimsuits, mesh-detail cropped tops and bikinis with cobweb strapping. For sporty silhouettes and fashion-forward designs, this is the brand for you.
Swimsuits For All
Fit tested on women of every size, swimwear from this US-based label is evaluated using 40 points of measure to provide the best fit possible. By collaborating with model and Vogue Arabia cover star Ashley Graham, they nailed one of their most popular collections to date, which included chic triangle bikinis and one-piece swimsuits with cutaway detail in sizes ranging from US4-24.
Natasha Oakley and Devin Brugman’s swimwear line is known for its feminine designs, second-skin fit and upscale quality. Our favorite? The figure-flattering Bahamas One Piece in Leopard (pictured), which can be worn as a one-piece swimsuit or bodysuit.
Kitty and Vibe
With a mantra that aims to “awaken and fuel self-love for a kinder world,” Kitty and Vibe offers a revolutionary sizing system that takes into account more than just your hip ratio. Struggling to find bikini bottoms that aren’t either too skimpy or too saggy? This inclusive label promises your “best fit yet.” Bikini tops and bottoms are sold separately in a wide range of shapes and cuts so you can mix-and-match with ease.
Founder Francesca Aiello looks to the beaches of Malibu for inspiration, with a Curve collection consisting of stylish cutaway one-piece swimsuits and bikinis that will satisfy the trend-driven (tie-dye prints, vibrant neon), and the classic (interesting and silhouette-shaping cuts in a monochrome palette).
Lonely the Label
First and foremost a lingerie line, Lonely the Label has employed the same design principles to swimwear: cuts to complement your natural shape. With its rainbow emblazoned welcome page and dreamily filmic campaign images, the brand’s website welcomes you with all of the heart and coolness of a must-see Indie film.