This Summer, the Hottest Swimsuits Are the Ones That Have Sleeves

A new era in warm-weather fashion has arrived, and it’s centered on—you guessed it—swimsuits. Gone are the days when you’d wear a bathing suit solely for the purpose of swimming or getting a tan. Swimwear has become its own section of fashion—and more and more, we’re seeing one-pieces, bikinis, and even tankinis worn as real clothes. After all, a bodysuit is basically a swimsuit you can wear with jeans, so turning swimwear into outfits was the obvious next step. This is one theory we have as to why we’re seeing so many plus-size swimsuits with sleeves these days. They’ve basically become swimwear and summery tops in one. And frankly, we’re kind of into it.

Of course, there are all types of plus-size swimsuits with sleeves. You can have short-sleeve suits that flutter in the wind or long-sleeve swimsuits that are reminiscent of surfer gear (and sometimes called “rash guards,” in case you’ve seen that term floating around). And not only are these swimsuits actually great for lounging by the pool—and even protecting your skin a little bit more than traditional swimwear, considering they cover more of your body—but they’re also super cute. We love when fashion meets function!

While you may have some preconceived notions as to what a plus-size swimsuit with sleeves looks like, let us assure you that there are plenty different styles from which to choose. You definitely don’t have to go with a long-sleeve swimsuit if that’s not really your vibe. You can opt for a short flutter sleeve or even a cap sleeve. The choice is yours, but once you see just how adorable—and, in some cases, sexy—these swimsuits are, you’re going to want to jump on the trend faster than middle schoolers cannonball into the pool this season.

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1. Saint Somebody Life in the Fast Lane One-Piece

A model wearing a plus-size black swimsuit with sleeves.

shop the look — $189 from CoEdition


2. Tropical Desire Cheeky Swimsuit

A model wearing a plus-size swimsuit with sleeves in tropical print.

shop the look — $39.99 from Fashion Nova


3. Tatum Top

A model wearing a plus-size swimsuit with sleeves in rust.

shop the look — $80 from Alpine Butterfly Swim


4. Marseilles Rose Red One-Piece

A model wearing a plus-size swimsuit with sleeves in burnt orange.

shop the look — $40 from Alpine Butterfly Swim


5. Belize Babe Long-Sleeve Mesh Bikini

A model wearing a plus-size swimsuit with sleeves in white.

shop the look — $39.99 from Fashion Nova


6. Hot in Here Off-the-Shoulder Swimsuit

A model wearing a plus-size swimsuit with sleeves in black.

shop the look — $20.25 from Nasty Gal


7. ASOS DESIGN Broderie Off-Shoulder Swimsuit

Woman wearing a white swimsuit with short sleeves.

shop the look — $18.35 from ASOS


8. Marseilles Black Houndstooth One-Piece

A model wearing a plus-size swimsuit with sleeves in black and white.

shop the look — $40 from Alpine Butterfly Swim


9. Blue & Pink Zebra Tie-Front Wireless Swim Crop Top

A model wearing a plus-size swimsuit with sleeves in blue zebra print.

shop the look — $59.50 from Torrid


10. Mimi Top in Satin

A model wearing a plus-size swimsuit with sleeves in pink satin.

shop the look — $75 from Alpine Butterfly Swim


11. Peak & Beau T-Shirt Bikini Top

A woman wearing a light purple floral bikini with short sleeves.

shop the look — $18 from ASOS


12. Miami Art Long-Sleeve One-Piece

A model wearing a plus-size swimsuit with sleeves in colorful pattern.

shop the look — $39.99 from Fashion Nova


13. BFF Crop Swimsuit Top

A model wearing a plus-size swimsuit with sleeves in tan.

shop the look — $60 from Alpine Butterfly Swim