9 Best Transgender Swimsuits, According to Critics

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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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Packable underwear is a must-have, but swimsuits with the same capabilities are a little harder to find. Gender Bender uses double layers of fabric that compress comfortably. These stockings boast rave 5-star reviews that claim they make wearers feel “much more feminine to wear” and are “very gender-affirming”.

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Target has teamed up with HumanKind to create gender-neutral swimwear, including this jumpsuit. One reviewer wrote, “Perfectly minimal and effortless, and inclusive of all genders. It is carefully designed and manufactured with physical and emotional comfort suited to the design.

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Chromat has been hailed as a leader in body, gender, race and age diversity on the catwalk. Their SS22 collection, in collaboration with Tourmaline, is a perfect example of this, providing one-pieces, separates and swim skirts with built-in pockets. This particular skort provides extra coverage for anyone who needs it.

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Origami Customs creates custom swimwear designed for confidence. Their website states, “This swimwear collection is the first of its kind ANYWHERE. Each piece is designed with our revolutionary universal fit and soft support. This style is designed to be worn under a swimsuit with a wrapper (sold separately).

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One TomboyX commented, “Something for all styles and sizes. Not just feminine. Not just tiny. Not just PC. Positive, inclusive, fun. This shirt is exactly that, with a bright beach style that can be worn by anyone looking for a bit of sun protection or coverage.

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Dozens of 5-star ratings will confirm this Amazon swim binder is worth it. One reviewer said: “Neutral styling with just enough binding. The zippered file makes it easy [and] stopped.”

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If you don’t want full beach binding, this swim top is a more comfortable version – a “made for swimming and being active” compression top. Wearers say “the compression is about the same as a sports bra.”

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Hirsuit manufactures androgynous swimwear that supports the gender expression of the wearer. This bath set, for example, compresses for a compact look.

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The Beefcake Swimwear Bodysuit offers full coverage. One reviewer wrote, “I literally never liked a bathing suit before my Beefcake costume. Finally, I have an incredibly comfortable swimsuit that looks incredibly cool, and I don’t feel too exposed and embarrassed.

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