The Fat Apple’s Mellie Davis’ Favorite Plus Size Swim for Summer

No one loves going to the beach more than me. A self-professed Pisces to the MAX, I embrace my water-sign wholeheartedly.

When heading to the water, I have always looked for cute and colorful bathing suits. Hitting the beach or pool with a cute suit is my way of saying, “I am here, and I am totally comfortable with my thighs!”

For a long time, unfortunately, I have been relegated to the black one-piece. While that suit has served me well, I have longed for color, polka dots, cutouts, fringe and — the Holy Grail for a plus size girl — a two-piece bikini!

In recent years, the options have grown to fulfill my Piscean desires, but at a very high price point. Even though I coveted the styles coming from some of the hottest plus size designers, paying $175 for a bathing suit — no matter how fabulous — just made my dream of a bikini swimsuit feel out of reach.

Luckily for me, and other plus-size fashionistas, the tide has turned and I am so excited that there are cute, fashionable and AFFORDABLE swimsuit options. Enter Kmart Fashion and the amazing line of suits created by Joe Boxer and Sofia by Sofia Vergara.

Below are some of my picks for must-have bathing suits:

So I am not against one-piece bathing suits, but can a girl get some color and playfulness? This Joe Boxer skirted swimsuit in teal with black polka-dots speaks to me on so many levels. I love teal and a good ruffle! I also love this fierce leopard print style from the Sofia by Sofia Vergara line. This is great if you want more coverage with some pop. I imagine these at a pool party with a matching cocktail!

This Joe Boxer two-piece studded bathing suit is filled with all kinds of surprises. While it is a black bathing suit, it also has studs, is a two-piece and has sheer panel details. What I love most about this suit is that the top has a wider back band, which provides a bit more support for busty girls. I can’t wait to lay out on the beach in this unexpected stunner!

This bright neon pink suit is actually more intense than this picture would lead you to believe. The thing that caught my eye about the suit is the convertible bottom. The fact that the bikini bottoms can be worn high on your waist or as a “skirt” means you will get more wear out of this suit! Plus, the bottoms give those of us plus sized girls who are experimenting with a “fatkini” to try out our comfort levels. The top is also convertible and can be worn as a strapless or halter top. Versatility is very important when traveling and going on vacation.

I really do appreciate Kmart Fashion for making these options available. Bring on the SUMMER!

Shop the Look: 
Sofia by Sofia Vergara Leopard Print Bikini Swim Collection
Joe Boxer Plus Studded Bandeau Swim Top and High Waisted Bottoms
Joe Boxer Plus Convertible Swim Top and Swim Bottoms

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