Gone are the days of black tankinis and frilled midi skirts for swim options as a plus size woman. Our swimwear ranges are now vast, colorful, skimpy, flattering, sexy and ….. come at a COST, let’s be honest. Plus Size swim wear can run up to 100% or more of what a straight-sized woman would pay. While brands are doing an amazing job of expanding and creating inclusive, trendy swim – we’re still paying a hefty price tag past an XL. While this is somewhat understandable because of the intricacies to create a well-fitting, structurally sound swim suit, not everyone can afford to shell out near $100 for something they may not get that much use out of.
But as the market expands, budget-friendly options are starting to become more and more regular for babes seeking to look cool and cute in the pool.
I’ve listed a few of my favorite budget-friendly options below and plan on doing a Shein haul soon to see how amazing these under $20 swimsuits can be (you heard me right … UNDER $20 … for BOTH pieces).
So get shopping and get swimming, babes! And if you know of any Shrill-like, body-positive pool parties coming to Texas, please send an invite my way!
Target Women's Plus Size Cut Out Tie Front One Piece Swimsuit - Xhilaration™ Black Citrus Print - $29 Available in 14-26W
What’s more refreshing than citrus in the summer? This adorable one piece from Target! With a black background, this citrus print pops and will ensure you’re the SWEETEST gal at the pool this summer!
Target Women's Plus Tie Front Cap Sleeve Bralette Bikini Top and Bottom - Xhilaration™ Red - $23 (top) | $20 (bottom) Available in 14-25
Another great option from Target! Want a great way to open yourself up to a two piece? Try pieces with more coverage as you begin your swim journey. This adorable cherry-colored number has a super cute tie top and full coverage bottoms - You’ll be protected from the sun, on trend, and can feel comfortable showing off the parts you want, while giving coverage to the parts you want to be a little more modest about.
Shein Plus Watermelon Print Knot Front Bikini Set - $14 Available in 0X-3X
You read that price right — $14 for BOTH pieces. This watermelon bikini from Shein is as affordable as it chic and on trend. While Shein tends to be hit or miss, this is definitely worth a try. Measurements are key to getting it right, and you can’t mix and match sizes - but at $14, this is a great option if your looking for something super, super affordable!
Shein Plus Knot Front Top With Brush Print Bikini - $15 Available in 0X-3X
I mean – take a walk on the wild side, y’all. This trendy, stylish bathing suit is $15 for the top and bottom. While this may not be great for those with larger chests, for someone looking for a suit that’s a little more revealing, extremely affordable and ensures you’ll be noticed on beach day … this is it!
Shein Plus Sunflower Print Flounce Top With High Waist Bikini - $16 Available in 0X-3X
This silhouette is super flattering and has a little more coverage if you’re not ready to put everything out there just yet. I absolutely love the Bardot-style top with sunflowers. You could easily throw on a black cover-up skirt and make this an outfit perfect for an outdoor BBQ or strolling the resort this summer.
Shein Plus Ruffle Trim Cut-Out One Piece Swimwear - $15 Available in 0X-3X
White is usually a hit for the summer – and this ruffled and clip-dot one-piece is perfect for those wanting to show off skin, but still not ready to venture to a two-piece just yet. This is chic, has a great silhouette and is incredibly unique. And at $15 this is a true steal.
Shein Plus Baroque & Floral Tassel Bustier Bikini - $15 Available in 0X-3X
Are you the girl who is extra, extra even with the dress-code is SUPER casual? Shein has the suit for you! Tassels paired with an incredible pattern create a suit that is sure to make you feel like a “SPICY MAMI, HOT TAMALE” just like Cardi!
Forever 21 One-piece swimsuit with buckle straps - $19 Available in 1X-3X
Forever 21 took the basic one piece and made it a chic, sexy piece you can add to your summer rotation for under $20. This silhouette would be flattering on anyone, and the buckles are an on-trend way to spice up your summer!
Eloquii One-shoulder swimsuit $69.95 (With 30% off Summer Styles) Available in 12-28
Hands down one of the cutest swim suits i’ve ever owned. Clearly this is sparking ALLLL the joy. And with the Eloquii Rewards Program and the sale they were running, i snagged this cutie for under $20! While this has full coverage the cutout and asymmetrical strap make this trendy without compromising comfort.
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