When it comes to swimwear, there are a lot of options out there. And you can always layer to get the look you want. Start with a tighter bikini bottom and then layer a slightly larger bottom over it. Or start with a binder and layer a surf shirt over it. You can comfortably wear a binder while swimming, but if you are buying a ready-made binder, you should size up. So buy one size bigger than you would typically purchase to allow you the freedom to move around in the water comfortably. You can also wear the binder by itself because they typically come in a variety of colors and skin tones. Do whatever feels right for you. Lands End offers a lot of different styles and shapes when it comes to swimwear. But to find swimwear made specifically for trans and genderqueer folx, check out the following resources.

Rebirth Garments on Etsy makes custom swimwear. They specialize in trans and genderqueer needs and can make adaptations for people with disabilities. They have swim skirts, cropped swim tank tops, and swim bottoms with tucking options. Rebirth Garments also has a swim thong with an optional packer pocket and a swim unisuit with built in chest binder options. Our favorite is the three-quarter sleeve swim crop top with chest binding options. There are no returns or exchanges, but they get excellent reviews.

Tomboy X has sporty styles in unisuits, board shorts, racerback zip tops, and swim tanks. If you aren’t satisfied with your purchase, you can get a full refund or exchange, excluding the cost of shipping. When you order, during checkout, you have the option to get a plain white delivery envelope.

Leoline’s on Etsy specializes in panties, bras, swimsuits, and leotards for transgender girls and women. Leoline’s has one-piece, two-piece, and skirted styles. The tops and bottoms are sold separately for a custom fit. Bathing suit tops have side pocket openings where you can insert your own padding or breast forms. Leoline’s also sells breast pads. The bathing suit bottoms come with a padded crotch. Everything gets good reviews.

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