How To Style Plus Size Swim Shorts

Plus size swim shorts are making a comeback. With more women getting active in the water, the practical swim short is back, more stylish than ever before. Whether you choose the classic boardshort or an on-trend bike pant style, Curvy Swimwear has you covered with best range of plus size swim shorts in Australia.

Choose to wear your swim short as part of your swimsuit, or as an added piece to carry in your beach bag. There's a pair of swim shorts to suit every active woman. You'll look great and feel amazing in our practical yet stylish swim pants. You'll never want to take them off!

Here we introduce you to our different styles and how you can style them to suit your swim needs this summer.

Plus Size Swim Shorts

Take a short cut to your favourite swim short style or browse all of our options to find your perfect fit. 


If you’re looking for plus size black swim shorts in a classic boardshort cut, look no further than our plain black stretch board short. You’re free to move around any which way in these sporty knee length swim pants. Made from quick dry fabric with a drawstring waist sitting at navel height, they feature a hidden zip pocket for your keys or other small items.

Style them over anything – bikinis, tankinis, one-piece swimsuits, or up the coverage by pairing them back with a rash vest in matching black or your favourite print. These shorts are the perfect addition to your swim wardrobe. Wear them with black Birkenstock sandals for the ultimate active beach outfit. They are a sporty girl’s dream.

Wear them out of the water too, as a quick drying gym short. Perfect for walking, weights or other light exercise, the options are endless with these amazing shorts. 

Boy Leg Pant

For a sexy little swim short, why not try a boy leg pant? We have high waisted swim shorts for plus size women, that provide more coverage than a regular bikini bottom, but fit close to the body to show off your curves. Our plus size tummy control swim shorts are made using chlorine resistant fabric, so they’re perfect to wear for swimming laps in the pool. The boy leg pant sits comfortably around the waist and finishes high on the thigh, providing coverage for the booty and hips.

Wear this style as an alternative to bikini bottoms. They look great paired with your favourite bikini top for a cute two-piece style or lengthen the look of your body by wearing them with a fitted tankini top. For a fun and feminine look, try a 3 Tier tankini in either matching black chlorine resistant fabric or a gorgeous print. For a sleek, sporty outfit, pair your boy leg pants with a chlorine resistant long sleeve rash vest in matching black and stay protected from the sun in style.

This style has become so popular as it does not dig in anywhere and feels so comfortable to wear. The length sits at flattering part of the thigh - not too long, not too short. The yolk around the top of the shorts helps to flatten the stomach. The shorts do not dig into the waist, but sit flat and smooth across the mid section so they feel as good as they look.

Blonde model wears Leopard print crop wrap top and black boy leg pants

Leopard Crop Wrap Top and Black Boy Leg Pant

Bike Pant

Another fabulous option from our range of womens plus size swim shorts, is the bike pant. This style is having a major fashion moment from the beach, to the gym and even worn with heels for a night on the town. Our chlorine resistant bike pant looks sleek on the legs sitting mid-thigh for an ultra-flattering look. Not only does it provide coverage for the hips, thighs and booty, but it injects instant fashion cred to your swim outfit.

Just like the boy leg pant, the bike pant can be worn with any bikini, tankini or rash vest, but our favourite way to style these shorts is with one of our Crop Wrap tops. Looking more like a cute street-style outfit, than a swimsuit, this pairing will have you strutting your stuff down to the beach and beyond.

Go for retro hotness with the Leopard print crop wrap top worn with black bike pants or take a classic approach with navy pants paired with our best-selling Navy and White Dots top. You won’t want to take this set off!

Blonde model wears Leopard crop wrap top and chlorine resistant black bike pant

Black Chlorine Resistant Bike Pant

¾ Pant Swim Tights

A new addition to our chlorine resistant collection is the black ¾ pant.  A sleek alternative to our tummy control swim shorts in plus size, these pants are the ultimate in sophisticated coverage. Sitting high on the waist, and finishing mid-calf, these pants are like active wear you can swim in. Whether you’re looking for extra sun protection for your legs or you just love the look of these unique swim leggings, they are worth adding to your swim wardrobe.

The ¾ pant looks fabulous styled with a panelled tankini top to create a sleek silhouette or a long sleeve rash vest for a stylish modest swim outfit. Of course you can wear these back with any swim top and just like the bike pant, we love this paired with a Crop Wrap top for a sexy active wear inspired swimsuit.

Whether you opt to wear them with a matching top to create a chic all black swim outfit, or mix them with a top from our print collections, you'll look and feel fantastic in our 3/4 swim pants.

Skirted Pant

If you love the practical aspect of swim shorts but want a more feminine look, try a skirted pant instead. This style offers the same hip and booty coverage as a boy leg, but with a flirty skirted look that looks great worn with a variety of swim tops. This feminine alternative to our high waisted bikini shorts in plus size, gives the wearer the same freedom of movement for active days in the water.

Style the skirted bottom with a pretty bikini or ruffled tankini top. This pant looks gorgeous with an off the shoulder style, emphasising the flirty, feminine styling of both pieces.

For those looking to take the attention away from the hip area, this skirted style skims over the hips and provides coverage to the upper leg area. The slight A line flatters wide hips and works perfectly for pear shaped or bottom heavy body shapes.

Brunette model wears Leopard print crop wrap top and retro skirted pant

Leopard Crop Wrap Top and Retro Skirted Pant

Whether you choose to wear a swim short for modesty and coverage, or for sporty ease of movement, you'll find the perfect style to suit your body and your needs. There's no need to sacrifice style and fashion over comfort and practicality, as our swim shorts have been designed to look as good as they feel.

Not sure which ones to choose? No need to worry.

Our fit specialists are available to guide you through your selection online. Just message us on our live chat.

We would love to help you find the perfect swim pants for your next adventure.


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