Forget the plus-size swimwear of old: shapeless, dowdy, inevitably black. Today’s suits for full-figured women are made to flatter in stylish cuts and high-octane colors and prints. As for the basic black suit, it’s still out there: in designs that are nothing short of sleek and chic. For more of the season’s standout one-pieces, see The Best Swimsuits for All Body Types and The Swimsuits for Summer 2014. For tips on how to get a great suit, see Find the Best Bathing Suit for Your Shape.
La Blanca Santorini OTS Sweetheart Cup One Piece
A richly printed stretch-nylon suit has a control panel that trims the tummy. Up top, the lovely sweetheart neckline has a twist detail, and thick, comfortable straps offer support. In sizes up to 22W.
To buy: $126, swimoutlet.com.
Anne Cole Stripe Bandeau Swimsuit
Removable straps give you two ways to wear this cleverly striped and visually slimming nylon-and-spandex suit: as a bandeau (as shown) or as a halter. Side boning in the bra gives extra boost. In sizes up to 22/24.
To buy: $98, swimsuitsforall.com.
Marilyn Monroe Poppy Retro Tie Swimsuit
A gorgeously colored style throws back to old-Hollywood pinup girls. Ruching across the front camouflages the tummy, while a bow at the bust adds a flirty touch. In sizes up to 24.
To buy: $68 (available mid-May), swimsuitsforall.com.
Becca Etc. by Rebecca Virtue Night and Day Macrame One-Piece
Braided detailing makes this nylon-and-spandex one-piece a knockout. Go with a one-shoulder look for a dramatic silhouette, or clip on the removable second strap for additional security. In sizes up to 2X.
To buy: $138, southbeachswimsuits.com.
Catalina Double-Strap One-Piece Swimsuit
A nylon-and-spandex tank provides full coverage in the rear and, with its adjustable double spaghetti straps, as modest a neckline as you wish. In sizes up to 3X.
To buy: $18 (available in animal print only), walmart.com.
Always for Me One-Piece
A little design trickery—a bold pattern and ruched fabric—deftly disguises problem spots. The slightly higher cut on the legs elongates them. Nylon-and-spandex, in sizes up to 24W.
To buy: $59, alwaysforme.com.