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How to shop for plus size swimwear

Can’t make it to a local lingerie store or department store? Online swimsuit shopping might be the next best thing. While we always recommend visiting a local lingerie or swimwear boutique for a new swimsuit – especially if you’re shopping for a bra-sized swimsuit – sometimes it’s just not an option.

Here’s how to shop for plus size swimwear online:

1.  Read the product info carefully

Looking for a swimsuit today with removable straps? How about one with padded bra cups or a back hook and eye closure? Sometimes it’s hard to tell if a swimsuit top has the design features you like – this is why it’s important to read the product info. You should be able to find the product features, fabric content, and fit info in the product description on the page. Be sure to read it carefully and zoom in on all of the pictures so you can get a better idea of what you’re ordering.

2.  Read the reviews

Reviews are the unsung heroes of online swimsuit shopping. Most brands do a great job of providing enough product information to help you make an informed decision, but you’re doing yourself a disservice if you’re not reading the product reviews. They are full of feedback from women who have purchased the swimsuit you’re considering. There’s a lot you can learn from reviews, so don’t forget to read them before adding an item to your shopping bag.

3.  Double check the sizing

This is probably the most important tip – and one that is often overlooked. Swimsuit sizing can vary from style to style and brand to brand. A S, M, or L in one brand might fit completely different in another. The same applies to plus size swimwear.

If you’re shopping for bra-sized swimwear, pay close attention to the brand’s sizing. For example, Parfait uses UK bra sizing for lingerie and swimwear. This means that the letter (or cup sizes) look different after a DD cup. For example, a US DDD is actually an E cup in UK sizing. Also, a US F cup and a UK F cup won’t fit the same – the UK F cup will be bigger because of the bra size conversion.

Full-busted customers love the option of buying bra-size swimwear because they know they’re getting a swimsuit top that will fit like their favorite bra. By buying a bra-sized swimsuit, you’re ensuring that your bust is getting the extra support it needs and the peace of mind that you won’t have to worry about a wardrobe malfunction later.


Related: Bra-Sized Swimwear: How To Get The Perfect Fit


plus size swimwear

Keira Halter Neck Bikini Top S8071 | Keira High Waist Bikini Bottom S8075 in Twilight

4.  Check the return policy

Hopefully you won’t need to return your order but it’s a good idea to check the store’s return policy before placing your order just in case. The store you’re shopping at might charge a return shipping fee or they could offer free returns. Do yourself a favor and check the return policy before purchasing so you aren’t surprised later.

5.  Give yourself time to try everything on

Plus size swimwear can be difficult to shop for. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to try everything on. Make it easier by taking note of the styles you liked and didn’t like and separating your keep pile from your return pile as you try things on.

Also, if you’re having a rough day, consider trying your order on when you’re feeling better. You might look like a goddess but not feel like it because you’re having a bad day. Wait until you’re in a better head space and then try everything on.

So there you have it – a quick guide to shopping for swimsuits online. Of course, online shopping does have its perks, but it doesn’t compare to shopping at a local store. For a local lingerie or swimwear retailer near you, check out our store locator here.


Related: 6 Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Swimsuit


where to buy plus size swimwear

Keira One Piece Swimsuit S8076 in Twilight

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If you’re shopping for a swimsuit that fits your bust perfectly, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find swimsuit tops that stay in place, especially when you’re shopping on your own. If you’re full-busted and you’ve struggled with finding a flattering swimsuit top or if you’ve never tried a bra-sized swim top before, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings and carry a selection of swimsuits and swimsuit tops. Their expert bra fitters can help take the pain and frustration out of swimsuit shopping and do all the work for you. They can help you find a bra-sized swimsuit top with the support and lift that you’re looking for and they can also help you find new everyday bras that fit well and feel good. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best swimsuits are hiding.

If you’re not happy with the swimsuits in your closet, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy swimsuit shopping!


Featured image swimwear:
Keira Halter Neck Bikini Top S8071 | Keira High Waist Bikini Bottom S8075 in Twilight
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Katie Donnelly

Katie Donnelly is a full-time freelance writer, content manager, and founder of Katie Rose Creative. An experienced bra fitter, Katie has helped hundreds of people shop for lingerie. Her favorite bra is the Sandrine Plunge Longline Bra.

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