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Top 10 Plus Size Swim Shorts

We Found The Best Swim Shorts And Skirts Curvy Gals Love

We Found The Best Swim Shorts And Skirts Curvy Gals Love

Swimsuit shopping is already hard enough. Add in a few curves, and you've got an even tougher challenge on your hands. When it comes to swim bottoms, it's important to find pieces that provide coverage but still look cute, flatter in all the right places, and—most importantly—make you feel good. Thankfully, there are a number of retailers that cater to curves including Old Navy, Kona Sol, Torrid, and more. To spare you from spending too much time in those dreaded dressing rooms, we've enlisted the help of our trusted algorithm to round up the best plus size swim shorts and swim skirts on the market. The picks below boast hundreds of glowing reviews and top the best-seller lists, so believe us when we tell you that they're the cream of the crop. Whether you want something basic and black or bright and patterned, we've got you covered with the top-rated swim bottoms that follow. Opening image: torrid.com

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June 6, 2014

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The Rankings

Lane Bryant Swim Short
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Lane Bryant Swim Short

LOVED FOR: Made with a lightweight mesh lining, these shorts provide top-notch support, smoothing coverage, and security without restricting the tummy area. Feel free to play in the waves all day—they'll keep you covered.

USERS SAID: "These are sooo comfortable! I love that there’s a drawstring to adjust them and that they feel like athletic shorts."

Old Navy Plus-Size Secret-Slim Swim Skirt

LOVED FOR: This skirt is made with interior mesh that holds you in for a flattering, smoothing effect.

STYLE WITH: Pair it with this wrap-front tankini top for a super slimming beach look.

Kona Sol Plus Size Swim Skirtini

LOVED FOR: Coverage has never looked so sexy. This little skirt features a thigh slit for a little extra flair and ease of movement.

FUN FACT: The UPF 50+ fabric will keep your skin pretty and protected from damaging UV rays.

Island Escape Plus Size Swim Skirt

USERS SAID: "I love how well this fits, how flattering it is, and how it covers my curves perfectly. I highly recommend this if you are looking for a pretty, well-fitting skirt. I'd give it six stars if I could."

STYLE WITH: Pair this with a breezy coverup and trendy straw bag for a go-to vacay look.

Kona Sol Plus Size Swim Boyshort

WHY YOU NEED IT: These little black shorts feature a simple silhouette and close-to-the-body fit that will go with a variety of swim tops you already have lying around. 

HELPFUL TIP: The secure and flattering high waist is perfect for more active days at the beach or pool.

Torrid Black Ruched Swim Skirt

WHY YOU NEED IT: Thanks to the slimming high-waist cut and ruched design, this will become your most flattering swim skirt yet. Since it's black, it's easy to mix and match with a variety of your favorite swim tops and cover-ups.

USERS SAID: "I can’t get over how much I love this skirt. My thighs are what I’m most self-conscious about while wearing swimwear and this skirt is PERFECT for that. I also have a bigger tummy, and it does such a great job holding everything in! I’m obsessed."

Coastal Blue Plus Size Bikini Bottom

LOVED FOR: Swim shorts are notorious for riding up, but these will stay put through your most active days at the beach.

HELPFUL TIP: If you're between sizes, size down.

Torrid Black Swim Short

LOVED FOR: These are long enough to cover your booty, but still short enough to be sexy.

USERS SAID: "I’m hardly confident in swimwear, but I am with these. They also have a slimming effect on the stomach thanks to the high rise.

Aqua Green Plus Size Ruffle Swim Skirt

BEST FOR: For something a little less simple, this ruffled swim skirt will do just the trick.

LOVED FOR: Most swim skirts billow out once you hit the water, but this one stays in place and keeps you covered.

Torrid Black Skater Swim Skirt

LOVED FOR: The fit-and-flare silhouette cinches your waist for a super flattering look.

WHERE TO WEAR: Slip into some slide sandals to effortlessly go from beach to boardwalk.

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