plus size swimsuits for retro beach babes

When I bring up my longing for swimsuits, I usually dismiss my own feelings with “but, I mean, I live in Wisconsin.” While it’s true that a Wisconsin girl doesn’t have quite the same opportunities a Floridian does for fun in the sun, I do live on the coast of one of the world’s largest freshwater lakes. There are beaches right here in the city, and there’s definitely plenty of lakes that Midwesterners spend summer at. The truth is more that I’m, as my mom says, a “hot house flower.” I don’t do well in an environment with uncontrolled temperatures, which some people refer to as “the outdoors.” I own two swimsuits, which is seriously more than enough, and yet I love to shop for them…

Since I know I shouldn’t buy any more swimsuits for me, I figured I could at least live vicariously by picking out cute swimsuits for all of you. It can hard to shop for swimsuits, especially as a plus size gal, so I’ve rounded up a few that would be perfect for any pinup pool party.

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This red-and-white polka dot number from Torrid is so sweet. Anyone wearing this one is definitely the Mary-Ann of the island.

On the other end of the spectrum, we have SEXY. “Madame Boudoir bikini” indeed. This is a bikini for a beautiful yet amoral woman in a James Bond movie. Bond knows he can’t trust her, but he doesn’t care…

Did somebody say pink lemonade? I can’t even deal with how cute and playful this one is. Definitely looks like a great option for the girl who actually wants to run around and frolic in the surf instead of just stretching out and posing.

I know a lot of us are on the fence with Modcloth right now, but they do know how to do a cute suit. I absolutely couldn’t resist this minty floral number. Two of my favorite things, plus adorable retro lingerie-inspired detailing? There’s even a bird on there!

This swimsuit reminds me so much of my beloved Florida couch dress! You’d definitely be the cutest chick in the beach party movie wearing this one. It’s so vibrant and lively.

Obviously my swimsuits tastes run towards the femme-y femme, but pinup ghouls can be beach babes too, as long as they have plenty of sunscreen. This one piece has PINK SKULLS on it! It’s so subtly spooky.

For the true glamor girl. I think it would be impossible not to feel like Marilyn in this classic pure white bikini. Giant sunglasses and a brightly colored cocktail are necessary accessories.

…I think this plan to not buy a new swimsuit may have backfired.

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