Let’s talk forever21 plussize swimwear! They come up with fun, out of the box collections each season and each year, I can’t wait to see what they have come up with. I have fangirled (with much excitement) on my facebookpage the past couple of days about the plussize swimwear line from Forever21 plus. They were one of the first fastfashion retailers to realize plussize women want cute swimwear (and bikini!) options too, with fun colours and prints and designs, and not just flattering black miraclesuits. Since then, season after season, their swimwear collection has been very cool. Even if not everything is your style (it’s not mine either, that’s okay!) there’s always something for someone. I ordered 3 pices of the plussize swim collection pretty much as soon as it dropped, let’s have a look at them! For general information on fit and sizing, please check the bottom of the article.
Pink “not your bae” swimsuit €27
I have many shirts with quotes on them in my collection, so OFCOURSE when I saw this one I wanted it. I mean, how sassy is this? And how gorgeous is the colour? When I put it on, it was everything I expected it to be. I have a similar bathingsuit from last season with a similar fit that I love, so I knew it was gonna be a no-brainer. For those girls wondering about support: this is a fit that offers a surprising amount of support. No joke, I actually swim laps in this one. Get the pink swimsuit here.
2. red “hello” swimsuit €27
Another beautiful suit with a funny twist; it says “goodbye” on the back. You know, so those haters have something to read while you strut your stuff. I was mega-excited about this one, I could see myself walking at the beach in slowmotion, pure Baywatch style… but unfortunately, it’s too small for me. Small isn’t really the word, it’s mostly a bit too short (*crying*). I think it’s because of the thinner straps: they don’t hold everything in place as much as thick straps do, so I can feel the suit pulling down on the top and riding up at the back… It looks somewhat decent in the picture, I know, but trust me: 3 seconds after this shot was taken, my boobs were about to fall out and it was so far up my bum I might as well be wearing a thong. I still really love the design though, so I’m going to re-order it 1 or 2 sizes bigger to see if that helps to give me some extra length.
Also keep in mind I’m 1m85 (6’1) so if you’re short or… you know… not a giant, the length on you will probably be fine. Supportwise, this definitely gives less support than the other one, due to thinner straps and a more open back. I wouldn’t go swimming laps in this one, and it’s probably not the best suit if you have giant bewbs, but for lounging around the pool and generally looking like a major babe, this is an awesome swimsuit. It also comes in black, by the way. Have a look at the red swimsuit here.
3. white mesh and grid highwaisted bikini €34
Plussize women aren’t supposed to wear bikini’s, but if they do, they should opt for a “flattering” highwaist bikini. Lots of plussize bikini’s are high waisted, and I always thought that that’s the way it should be. Turns out, I actually feel much more comfortable (and often, more beautiful) in a lower waist bikini! There’s something about the shape of my tummy and hips combined with a highwaisted bikinibottom that makes the whole area look really square and massive. So I tend not to wear highwaisted ones… until I saw this one. I was so in love with the design that I just had to try it! Even if I ended up disliking the bottom, I could always just keep the top right (and wear it with a basic black or white bottom). Oh, and also good news: you can order the top and bottoms seperately!
I have to say, even though I still prefer lower bottoms, I’m not hating how this looks. If the bottom had been just one fabric, it would have looked too “massive” on my body, but because there’s different structures there it works a lot better. This will be perfect on days when I’m not in the mood for flaunting my belly. The top is AMAZEBALLS and sooooo comfi, it looks SO friggin cool I can’t get over it. I will definitely wear the top often, probably with lower bottoms, but I’m keeping the highwaisted one as well because it just looks so neat as a set. Have a look at the white bikini here.
General info on fit and sizing for forever21 + swimwear
First things first, let’s have a look at the swimwear sizeguide.
According to their sizeguide, I’m a 2X. I’d say that is correct, so you can definitely follow the sizeguide. I tend to size down for tops because I get more support that way, so the white bikinitop is a 1X and I am satisfied with that size. The pink bathingsuit is also a 1X (like I said, I have a similar one in black and that one I got in 1X) and eventhough I am happy with the fit, a 2X would also definitely be okay. The white bottoms are a 2X and are perfect (a little bit on the loose side, but I don’t like tight bottoms as they cut into my hips too much) and the red bathingsuit is a 1X but should definitely have been a 2X or maybe even a 3X if I want the extra length. General conclusion: follow the sizeguide.
When in doubt, order several sizes. Returning is easy and free or almost free, depending on the country you’re from. All the swimwear is relatively inexpensive, so you won’t have to break the bank to order multiple sizes.
Alright, support! I get this question a lot. It’s cheap swimwear, so you can not compare the support with expensive brands that have a superior fit. BUT, there’s a big but. Several of their designs offer a surprising amount of support. I’m a D/E and one of their swimsuits is one of my favorites to swim laps in, so if you have fallen in love with a piece and are wondering if it will hold your girls in place, just try it out. I’ve seen bloggers up to a K cup be pleasantly surprised with the support of some pieces, so it’s worth trying out. You just never know. The white bikini is also quite supportive. They have some more bandeau-ish styles with thin straps… I wouldn’t count on those being very supportive. Then again, how often do you wear swimwear just to lie down and lounge a bit? Some swimsuits are not meant to play tennis in or run a marathon. Some swimsuits are just for fun and looking fab, and I am willing to sacrifice a little bit of support in return for something fun and cool to wear this summer. That’s just a personal choice though.
All in all, I am really happy each year with the forever21 plussize collection, because the designs are usually very fun and offer me something different from what I find everywhere. They have plenty of other designs aside from what I have picked (I’m definitely also ordering that pink bow top!), go and have a look at their entire collection by clicking here.