May is heating up, which means swimsuit season is right around the corner. Like a lot of women, I found that shopping for swimwear is an awful experience. Growing up in a society where the “perfect” swim body involved a flat stomach and smooth silhouette, my size 16-18 frame never quite fit the mold.
It wasn’t until I was well along on my self-love journey that I started to become excited about showing my curves and rocking cute two-piece swimsuits. It was also then that I noticed a huge lack of options out there when it came to fashion-forward plus-size swimwear.
Excitingly enough, the swim industry was flipped on its head a few years ago with the launch of plus-size blogger Gabi Fresh’s swimwear collection. The collaboration was with the brand Swimsuits For All, and included her iconic, self-coined “fatkini.”
The major success of Gabi’s body-baring size-12-plus swimwear was just the wakeup call the industry needed. Now more then ever, swim brands are beginning to realize that plus-size customers want to embrace their curves and aren’t afraid to show a stretch mark or two. Even plus-size clothing brand Eloquii recently launched a fun and flirty 43-piece swimwear line in sizes 12 to 28.
With all the new online plus-size retailers, the need for those dreaded physical swimsuit shopping trips with cramped dressing rooms and unforgiving fluorescent lighting has become obsolete. Some brands even go up to size 30 and an H bra cup, offering plenty of options for every size, style, and budget this summer.
From fashion-forward printed bikinis to super-flirty one pieces, here are 20 knockout swimsuits to help you have your bombshell beach moment!
Read more from Yahoo Beauty + Style: