Reminder: trans body and gender queer are beach body. Whether you want a swimsuit that provides extra coverage or buy something a little sexy, (spoiler alert!), I’ve found some hellish options for swimwear season.
Although it’s often difficult to find gender-affirming clothing (especially in physical stores), the fashion industry has made exciting strides in recent years. Styles with built-in bust binders, neutral swim shorts, and bikini bottoms with added tuck support have become more readily available — even in the past month: Target’s recent collaboration with Humankind swimwear gives shoppers LGBTQ+ several new options ahead of Pride Month, while brands like TomboyX make lightweight terrycloth swimsuits.
Chromat is also working to bridge the disparity, launching its SS22 collection in collaboration with artist Tourmaline “which places equal value on both comfort and aesthetics, fun and play.” The line was designed specifically “for girls who don’t fit, trans women, non-binary and trans people packing, intersex people, women, men” – so basically anyone who has need a bathing suit.
Ahead, shop even more gender-affirming swimwear options that are top-rated by reviewers and, in some cases, are also first-of-its-kind, such as Chromat’s Collective Opulence Celebrating Kindred Collection, GenderBender’s tucking bottoms and Origami Customs swim packers. Even better? Most of these brands are available at least up to 3XL.
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