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12 Lovely Swimsuits

12 Lovely Swimsuits

Do you have a go-to swimsuit? For most of my adult life, I’ve worn the same white bikini or black one-piece — but this weekend, my friend Erin was wearing this red swimsuit and it looked AMAZING against the blue pool and green trees. The cut was also so flattering, and was the perfect mix of sporty and sophisticated. Here are 12 more pretty options…

What kind of swimsuit do you wear? Any brand recommendations? I’ve also fallen in love with a 1950’s beauty, and COS swimsuits are really lovely. (Money no object, this one is so beautiful!)

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(Top photo and swimsuit by Ephemera.)

  1. Alli says...

    I am OBSESSED with Seea swimwear! https://www.theseea.com/

    They’re a lovely little woman-owned and operated business, and their suits are gorgeous! I have one of the long sleeve rash guard suits (hooray for less sun exposure!) and one of their more traditional one piece suits, and both are extremely beautiful and flattering. I’ve had the long sleeve suit for a few years, wearing it at the beach, in hot tubs and pools, and even on several rafting trips, and it still looks brand new. I can’t recommend them highly enough!

  2. Beth says...

    These surf suits are the cutest! (and will save you from dreaded wedgies and nip slips!! eek!) https://winkisuits.com/

  3. Marusa says...

    I highly recommend this European brand that I found browsing on the internet last year. It is called MYMARINI. Based in Germany. I just want to have every single piece from them!
    https://mymarini.com/

  4. Emily says...

    Kortni Jeane! Adorable mix and match swimmers! And shown on real bodies!

  5. Jess says...

    All beautiful swimsuits here, but I thought I might add to the chorus that a little size diversity would be nice in the models featured. I know some of these swimsuits have larger sizing available, but I would love to challenge you to make sure you actually use images of different size bodies on the blog when posting these collages. It would make a big difference to me, and I am sure I’m not the only one.
    Thank you so much,
    Jess
    Jess

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you so much for your note! we always strive to feature different body types and we did so in this post — wanted to make sure that you saw that, since it’s always been so important to us. but! i would love to feature a larger percentage of plus-size models and size inclusive brands, and we will keep getting better and better at this! thank you, jess!

    • Megan says...

      Echoing this! When the average size of the American woman is between 16 and 18, it would be great to have more than 1 plus sized model out of 12. Thanks, Jess and Joanna.

  6. Katie says...

    Athleta is amazing, serious support, double thick, doesn’t come off when diving and playing in the water, also cute.

  7. Katie says...

    I have a very long torso, a large chest and prefer extra coverage for sun protection, so finding a one piece suit is a nightmare. For anyone else who needs extra support and a long suit, the best options I’ve found are at Boden and Target (I throw a rash guard over them too). The Boden Santorini swimsuit is my new fav!

    https://www.bodenusa.com/en-us/santorini-swimsuit-navy-rainbow-stripe/sty-s0071-tur?ef_id=EAIaIQobChMIlPjCsJDT4gIViMVkCh1CSg5TEAQYASABEgIHufD_BwE:G:s&s_kwcid=AL!8573!10!335181932603!!!g!!&cm_mmc=PLA-_-Google1719259638-_-66295701054-_-40129583&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIlPjCsJDT4gIViMVkCh1CSg5TEAQYASABEgIHufD_BwE

  8. Lauren says...

    I just bought two bikinis on sale from j crew. I like underwire with bra sizing and a high waisted bottom. Last year I bought a upf long sleeved shirt that I LOVE! so nice to be covered for sun protection but then I can take it off and sunscreen up if I want too. I have had some one pieces I really liked but I think I ultimately prefer two pieces, in large part for ease of using the bathroom!!!! I also like the combo of bright printed bathing suits (all my normal clothes are mostly neutral) and a black upf shirt that matches both of them. I bought the upf shirt at athleta and bought JCrew swimsuits. I try to buy only used/ethically made clothing but had a really hard time finding bra sized/underwire tops which just feel necessary for my comfort and so I went with JCrew this year.

  9. Kelley says...

    For the love of all that’s holy, when will someone design a beautiful swimsuit that covers the bikini zone entirely? I am so done with hair removal, I just want to be a mammal again. I have some swim shorts from athleta, but because I don’t have the body of a goddess, they look pretty meh.

    • Eloise says...

      As someone noted below, check out Seafolly. They have some boy short-ish suits that cover a lot!

    • Nell says...

      Yes!!!! That’s all I want.

    • Leah says...

      Yes!! Lands End has a one piece that fits the bill, very flattering with a little extra cover in the front. My go to swimsuit.

    • Madie says...

      Try https://thehermoza.com/
      Pretty conservative cuts, down in front, yet still gorgeous suits. Doesn’t feel like a matronly compromise.

    • Anna says...

      Lands end swim mini skirts!

  10. Elizabeth says...

    Really been on the hunt for a high neck suit for extra sun protection–unfortunately the only one here only goes up to size 8! Still looking…

  11. Mar says...

    I live on an island and swim every day. I almost always wear a bikini, one-piece swimsuits I use only in winter to go to the pool (in the summer for me it’s too hot). Every year I think about stop using bikini (because of the age issue), but every year I postpone it …..

  12. Jessica says...

    I never would have thought of The Gap for swimwear, but I picked up a very flattering striped one piece from there this weekend on sale for $16 (regularly $70ish). It appears to be very well-made, fully lined and supportive where I need it. The other styles they had were very contemporary. I can see this being my go-to in the future. The only downside is the line is not very size inclusive (I fit into a medium, and I’m rather petite).

  13. t says...

    I just purchased three swimsuits based on brand recommendations and suggestions in the comments (I live a couple blocks from the beach in San Diego so I am in a swimsuit every day in the summer; they won’t go to waste).

    Thank you CoJ community!

  14. Sarah says...

    I love athleta! Some have underwire which is so niceness for somebody busty like me, and also nice if I have a long walk or hike to my swimming spot! Also Trina Turk has some adorable suits! A little pricey, but I feel great in them, so here we are.

  15. Hallie Greenberg says...

    Obsessed with high waisted bottoms from https://nu-swim.com/! And their tops are great too :)

  16. hanh says...

    I’ve been on the hunt for swimsuit this year. I’ve gotten so frustrated. It seems every swimsuit i wanted try have cheeky butt coverage. WHY??? are there anything out there that have full butt coverage with out it being short, shirt and something really dated? Do you guys know of any? help!!!

  17. Annie says...

    I’ve always loved Mara Hoffman for the style and the flattering cut of the suits. Currently, I am living in Colombia and discovered Entreaguas, which are hand made and combine macrame and unique dying techniques.

  18. Ne says...

    I wear cycling shorts as swimmers bottoms because I am a bit over waxing or shaving my bikini line… is it just me? Anyone else with me?

    • Jill says...

      My friend’s daughter, Haley, just started Human Kind swimwear. Gender neutral swimwear. They have board shorts for women, I think you would like it! https://www.humankindswim.com/

    • Mimi says...

      Me too! It’s so frustrating to find good options then…

  19. Claire says...

    These are all super cute, but here’s my thing: I wasted far too much time as a teenage girl worrying about how I looked at the pool and the beach, and I missed out on way too much fun. Life got a lot better when I decided to leave fashion worries behind and jump in the water to play. So now, so many years later, my heart belongs to any swimsuit that can go the distance – a good fit, fabric that functions, and it has to stay put and move with me so I can play in the water and swim some laps. So while I do have somewhat of a selection (sort of interested in checking out Sommersalt or Andie Swim ), Speedo is my old reliable.

    • Kelley says...

      I got a beautiful suit from Sommersalt (I think it’s called the Cove?) First suit I’ve found in the five years since having kids that makes me feel beautiful.

  20. Sheila Mary says...

    A comment not about the swimsuits, but I noticed the new disclosure message on the side of my screen (or, is it new? First time I’m reading on my laptop in a while instead of my phone). I really appreciate that Cup of Jo is transparent about sponsorship. I cannot overstate this. I’ve followed another blog for years and years (like, 10+) and have seen it turn for the worse. I’ve started to distrust the abundance of random links and lack of a disclosure about their affiliate links and the vibe has turned more “give, give, give” than “please, support. also, FYI.” Still, that blog is what led me to discovering CoJ about a year ago, so I’m all for the better :)
    It’s always been nice to be respected as a reader here and not feel like I’m seen as a dollar sign.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Thank you, Sheila! That means a lot xoxo

  21. Abesha1 says...

    Would have loved to see at least one swim outfit with skin coverage… some of us like to be covered for a wide range of reasons (i.e. sun protection, body image, modesty).

  22. Samantha A Jang says...

    Wow, that’s a super cute suit! Thanks for sharing

  23. I got some high waisted bottoms from Minnow Bathers (made in Canada!) that I’m excited to wear with a bra-sized top I picked up last year. I think I’ll get the Knix Peekaboo one piece as an option as well! Loved their “real model” campaign and they are careful about the international factories they choose to work with.

  24. Hopeful for the future :) says...

    Fun post idea: alternative swim suits! I refuse to shave/wax my bikini area (my skin is too sensitive and at 31 I just don’t care anymore!) but outside of 50s swimwear I can’t find anything fun/feminine/fashion-y. Would love to see some styling tips for swimwear that isn’t just “Here’s a swimsuit that still requires bikini grooming AND a sarong! Here’s a swim short that’s pink!” Cup of Jo readers, send me your advice! *angel emoji*

    • AJ says...

      Check out Athleta. Cutest swim shorts.

    • Catherine says...

      We just bought a new home with a pool, plus the neighborhood pool is right across the street. I’m not a “pool person,” but now my two boys want to swim every day, and I have no excuse not to take them. I have found board shorts at LL Bean and Patagonia and pair them with a swim top that looks like a tank. I don’t feel so exposed and can either swim or just sit by the pool comfortably. I have noticed that moms of all shapes and sizes are wearing suits and seem totally comfortable in them, which I find very refreshing.

    • AJ says...

      Forgot to add that Title Nine has cute swim shorts as well.

    • Kate says...

      This! Who wants to think about shaving/waxing/bumps when you could just be thinking about water fun. I live in Portland and we have this amazing swimsuit shop called Popina that has so many fuller-coverage bottom styles. I liked that they were cute and not as “sporty” as Athleta or Title Nine. I looked at the draw cord boy short, high waist board short and ultimately bought the hollywood high waist. It covers my whole bikini area, has plenty of sturdy coverage so I can romp around with my toddler and makes me feel like a ’50s starlet. https://www.popinaswimwear.com/vintage-inspired-swimwear-bottoms-c-8.html

  25. Courtney says...

    Travelling in Brazil a few months ago totally revolutionized the way I see myself in swimsuits. Everyone was in these teeny bikinis, regardless of age, size, shape, tone, etc – and I felt awkwardly conservative in my deep-V one-piece. It made me realize that so much of body image is cultural. So the next day I went out and bought myself a similarly teeny bikini and rocked it! I have yet to wear it anywhere outside of Brazil, but if I felt great it in there, why shouldn’t I feel just as comfortable somewhere else?

    • Caitlin says...

      I was just in Brazil and realized the same thing! Women with less than “perfect” bodies always seem to be trying to cover up in the US (often myself included) and being on the beach in Rio was so liberating. No one cares what you look like! It truly doesn’t matter! The only person judging me was me. Bought my first bikini while I was there in celebration :)

    • Sasha L says...

      Same realization on vacation in Costa Rica. Grannies in tiny bikinis at the beach and pool, and in short, tight, RED dresses with crazy heels at dinner. Wear what makes you happy ❤️

    • Meg says...

      I have also noticed this olin parts of Europe – everybody is in a bikini, no matter the age or body type. I find that super liberating!! Often in the US, I feel like there is the expectation that I cover up and chose a suit that’s “flattering” (ie, conservative) since I’m not skinny. Honestly I felt more comfortable in a place where everybody was letting it all hang out no matter their age, body type etc. But also, from a sun protection standpoint, I love full-coverage!!

    • R says...

      Brazilian living in the US chiming in here just to say YES! We buy bikinis that are cute, flattering, comfy and allow a nice tan line regardless of how our bodies look like. I feel like an ET sometimes in NorCal because I am far from a bikini model type of body and honestly, I couldn’t care less. I will keep wearing my teeny bikini because I like it and I am so glad you guys to read these messages, and I hope it encourages more women to wear whatever they like!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      this makes me so happy to hear!

  26. Kristen says...

    Um, yes, sorry to be that person — but maybe, before shopping for a new swimsuit, pause to consider whether you actually need a new one (can your current one last a bit longer?). A lot of current research shows how new swimsuits are horrible for the environment, shedding microplastics into our oceans and/or water supply with each wear and washing, along with many other negative environmental effects (production problems, etc). : (

    • AN says...

      No apologies, this is such a legit and rad sentiment, thank you for bringing it up! We all make these little choices and decisions that individually seem inconsequential but in the aggregate…yikes.

  27. Hillary says...

    I got this swimsuit last year (Becca brand, bought at Nordstrom) and LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I wasn’t sure it would be supportive enough for a large chest (DD) but it actually holds everything in nicely. I get compliments every time I wear it and bought another color at the end of last season, in case they stopped making it!
    https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/becca-prairie-rose-crochet-one-piece-swimsuit/5050471?origin=category-personalizedsort&breadcrumb=Home%2FBrands%2FBecca&color=black

    • Anna says...

      That suit looks amazing!

    • Erin says...

      I’m also a bit apple shaped/straighter waist and have the Santorini suit and it’s so flattering and comfortable! It’s also reasonably priced for how high quality the construction is. I’m definitely tempted to get another one in a different pattern! I hope they keep making it forever!

  28. Stephanie says...

    Nettle’s Tale make’s really beautiful swimsuits, and they use real people (as in, not professional models) with a wide range of body typed to model! I have a couple of their separates that I mix and match and I love them!
    https://nettlestale.com/

    • Baily says...

      Yes!! Love everything about nettlestale! Local Vancouver company :)

    • Kathryn says...

      OMG, love this! I want this to be every company!

  29. Nicole says...

    About six months ago I made the switch to only purchasing sustainable clothing, which is when I discovered Bimby and Roy: https://www.bimbyandroy.com.au/collections/all

    Their stuff is designed to be worn as underwer or bathing suits, which is really cool. And the company is run by two sisters, which is even cooler!

    • Sasha L says...

      How do they do when wet? How comfy are they as underwear? What size are you and how did they fit?

      Love this idea!

  30. janee says...

    This will sound weird – and I guess it IS weird but after forgetting my swimsuit once when out hiking and coming to an amazing waterfall pool (maui), I took all my hiking clothes including undies off, and put on a sarong to swim in like I’d seen on women in paintings of old Hawaii and swam in that and it was THE most comfortable and amazing ‘swimsuit’ ever! It felt like skinny dipping but I was fully covered. One of my favorite experiences ever.

  31. Heather D says...

    I’m struggling to find one for my plus-size, apple-shaped body. I’ve been swimming with my 4 year old several times already and he asks “mama, why you wearing daddy’s shorts??” I want to show him that mama is comfortable in a swimsuit (that covers!), but it’s so hard to find one!

    • Kim says...

      Try Lands End!!

    • Lindsay says...

      I’m also a plus sized apple and I’ve had great luck shopping at swimsuitsforall.com – I have both sporty and pretty/feminine suits that I’ve bought there and love!

    • Caroline says...

      I second Lands End! So many great options. I liked skirts for the baby pool years, and now that my kids are a little older I like their tugless tanks. They always have 40 or 50% sales.

    • Erin says...

      Also check out Boden! I love their Santorini suit.

    • Heather D says...

      Thank you! I will check out these options!

    • Allie says...

      Girl, I got this bottom in the black-and-white-stripe and it’s my favorite bathing suit bottom that I’ve ever had (for reference, I’m a 20 on the bottom and the XXL is comfortable and maybe a touch loose).
      https://www.coolibar.com/women/plus-size/bottoms/women-s-skirted-swim-shorts-upf-50-plus.html

      I also got this top from Swimsuitsforall and it’s blousy and perfect. Honestly, the top and bottom almost look more like an outfit that I can happen to swim in and I feel more comfortable than I have in years.
      https://www.swimsuitsforall.com/Beach-Belle-Punaluu-Plus-Size-Blouson-Tankini-Top?couponcode=&utm_source=EM&utm_campaign=Order%20Confirmation&sv_sveme=f87eac25bb6d6dac9dc16ab678ff4148

  32. I bought a J. Crew one-piece super similar to the one your friend was wearing (mine is the Women’s 1989 scoopback) when it was on sale a couple months ago and I am SO excited to wear it this summer! It’s classic but still feels really sexy, and the vintage aqua is really pretty on darker skin.

    In the past, my move was to wait until it was already summer to buy a swimsuit, and then get frustrated when I hated everything in stores (because it was super picked over and because I didn’t want to spend more than $30 because I am not a big beach/pool person). Then I realized that a good swimsuit is worth its weight in gold, and because I don’t actually wear a swimsuit that often (or go in the water when I am wearing it), anything I did buy would last me for several summers. So I bought a cute Modcloth one-piece that cost around $80, and that I was able to wear for five summers. (And it’s still in good shape TBH.) Last year, I splurged on a new suit: a Solid & Striped one-piece that I LOVE. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I now enjoy the beach a hell of a lot more! A good reminder that sometimes the best thing to do is just throw money at the problem.

  33. Janet says...

    My go to for years now is the JCrew strapless. I’m a mom of 2 not super stoked about my thighs, but I always feel sassy and sexy in this one in black or red. The rouching across the middle and perfectly cut leg openings are very flattering, and the halter string attachment for the top does the trick when I’m playing with kids rather than beach-lounging with friends. https://www.jcrew.com/p/womens_category/swimwear/ruched-bandeau-onepiece-swimsuit/B6818?color_name=regal-blue

  34. Lane says...

    I always like to picture the tan lines from swim suits when I’m shopping for them. The “money no object” swimsuit linked here is SO beautiful but the tan lines might leave a person looking like a doily :)

  35. Andrea says...

    Swimsuits for All has great options for all shapes and sizes. I love the Gabifresh line for pool-lounging. They also have good options for water aerobics (two spine surgeries last year, this is my life now…I don’t hate it). Lands End has great UPF swim shirts.

  36. Marisa says...

    Another amazing and well-priced option for one-pieces is Batoko. It’s a UK brand which I feel like I heard about from a previous comment on this site. The suits are made from recycled plastic, the prints are super cute and unique, and they fit my mom-bod like a dream. Bonus – if you have a small daughter, you may be able to get a matching suit for her. Highly recommend them.

  37. Jeanne says...

    I have similar tastes in suits. I think a black suit reigns supreme, but you do need that fun suit as well. I have a version of the red suit, but from J Crew factory. What I have discovered is that I don’t like it when a suit has that seam down the backside. I think it looks cheap and I notice that on a lot of fairly expensive suits. My favorite suit is a black one piece from Uniqlo’s Princess Tam Tam line. I think it was $14 on sale.
    And let me end by saying a rash guard will change your life! Black suit + black rash guard = so chic.

    • Sasha L says...

      Yep, rash guard!! Living in Montana I had never had one, but vacation in Costa Rica and tropical sun on my blonde skin for one day was enough to convince me to buy a very expensive one in the resort shop. That thing saved my vacation! When I went back the next year I came prepared with two more from Target men’s swim wear (they are hoodies!!). The best and most effective SPF is coverage.

  38. Julia says...

    I really like halter bikinis and swimsuits, but they seem to somehow always give me tense shoulder and neck muscles plus headaches. Is this just me or does anyone else have this issue?

    • Shannon says...

      Yes, I can’t wear halters either for the same reason.

    • FGB says...

      I love the way they halters look but after years of neck, shoulder and head pain I finally decided enough is enough and my comfort is far more important! I made the switch to only buying straps that go over the shoulder (bra style) and my body is so much happier! (Athleta has a lot of cute comfy styles!)

    • Erica says...

      Me too!!!

    • Lily says...

      Same! This is precisely the reason why I switched to regular tank bikinis/swimsuits a few summers ago. Never looking back!

    • Clare says...

      I always have this same problem, so I never wear halter swimsuits. I have a small chest, so I can do bandeau for the most part or look for ones with straight straps. I get migraines in my day-to-day life and carry tension in my neck and shoulders generally, so I think it’s probably related to that.

    • Misha says...

      100% same. Even with halter dresses.

  39. YOUSWIM YOUSWIM YOUSWIM!!! my mum and I each have one and we trade back and forth, white and navy (our bodies are very different sizes and shapes). The material is magic.

    • Kelsey says...

      Yes! Another vote for YOUSWIM! Wore mine all throughout my pregnancy and post-partum. Fit comfortably every single time. Best suit of my life!

  40. Yvonne says...

    I have a red J. Crew suit very similar to the plunging V neck in your post – it is very flattering and forgiving and I always feel great when I wear it – but I had to buy it in navy, too so I don’t get mistaken for a lifeguard when I take the kids to the community pool. The Baywatch risk factor is high with a red suit but I’m very okay with it.

  41. Lydia says...

    I wore the same Target bathing suit for 3 years and it always fit well and everything but I was never super excited to pull it out from storage at the beginning of the summer. Like with my sweaters, always in the fall its like seeing old friends, like “hey guys can’t wait to hang out together for the next 7 months of Maine winter!” (anyone else feel that way about their sweaters haha?). BUT during a random lunch break visit to Athleta recently, I walked out with the unplanned purchase of two gorgeous suits that I can’t wait to wear. Super flattering, comfy, easy to wear, great materials, I can’t say enough about them. The models in the photos look super fit and muscular but I definitely don’t think that’s required to wear them –

    https://athleta.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=417821022&cid=1100807&pcid=1026473&grid=productSearch_6_24_1

    https://athleta.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=383977002&cid=1026476&pcid=1026473&grid=productSearch_10_17_1

  42. Hannah says...

    I like to not worry about sunscreen and just be super comfortable. I went with a long sleeve swimsuit two years ago and have never looked back. I think the pattern makes it feel fun, and I don’t care about trying to look “sexy” right now. I have this specific one from jcrew (only ever bought when they have a 40% off sale), but I know other brands make them too.

    https://www.jcrew.com/p/womens_category/swimwear/zipup-long-sleeve-swimsuit-in-jungle-floral/L6842?color_name=roussau-swim-ivory-multi

  43. Caitlin says...

    Any recommendations for maternity swimsuits? I’ll be spending a month at the beach 7 months pregnant, chasing my 16 month old, and don’t want everything to be kept in place, covered, and comfortable!

    • Le says...

      I was in this boat and found a cute swim dress on sale from Land’s End and paired it with boy shorts. When I didn’t wear that I used a swim skirt and rash guard. Cute and comfy, especially if you are running around/wading but not actually swimming. Not maternity suits but they worked!

    • Sasha L says...

      Maybe unorthodox but I just wore my regular bikinis when pregnant. I had babies in September and in October and had pretty good sized bellies the summer before. I have a long torso and tiny boobs so one pieces mostly look awful on me and don’t fit right. I felt really comfortable in my bikini.

  44. Vera says...

    I would really love to find a one-piece swimsuit (not board shorts or swim leggings or whatever) that covers my ACTUAL ENTIRE BUTT without a skirt. The whole peach–that is what I want. I keep looking at suits that claim to offer “full coverage” or “butt coverage” and they all still expose non-trivial amounts of buttock real estate. Please! My butt! Cover it!

  45. Emily says...

    I’m loving Kortni Jeane suits for me — great mix and match pieces in fun and playful patterns:

    https://www.kortnijeane.com/

  46. Marti says...

    I’m, as they say, “well endowed” and big boobs + swimsuits is not always a winning combination. The ladies need serious support! I discovered Bravissimo last year and it changed the game for me. They design swimwear (and regular clothes! aka no-gap button-ups and tanks w/ built-in bras!!!) for bodies like mine and they fit so so well. I highly recommend for any woman who is looking for swimwear with a sturdy, but comfy, underwire support situation. They are trendy and sexy — nothing matronly about the designs, which I really appreciate.

    • Emily says...

      I was just coming to say that I am so stoked one-pieces are becoming more popular, but that it seems like it’s become even harder to find something that can support my extremely chesty chest. Definitely going to try this brand out!

      I had some good luck with Nanette Lepore suits in the past. One in particular had a type of boning (or some kind of support) that made it so comfortable and supportive.

    • Shannon says...

      A couple women in my city just started a swimline for D cups and up. I don’t own one yet so I can’t give any personal testimony, but they sure are cute! And they are sustainably and ethically made! https://shop.wildislesswim.com/

    • t says...

      Hi Marti, I am also well endowed and super saggy and I have started to wear the long-sleeve styles (both bikinis and one pieces) with a bra underneath and I love it!

      I am supported, no one is the wiser, and I feel and look good. I just have one bra that is my swimming bra.

      But i haven’t checked out Bravissimo so I will take a look. thanks for the rec!

  47. Emily says...

    Running after small children at the beach means I’m usually in board shorts and rash guard. No need to worry about what chicky bits are showing!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’m trying a rash guard for our family vacation this year! because if i’m flying solo with the boys, it’s too hard to figure out how to get sunscreen on my back and i don’t trust toby and anton with it haha.

    • Sasha L says...

      I love rash guards! If it’s very hot they are so great. You get wet and they stay wet and keep you cool. Zero sunburn. No tugging on straps. No worries about a tie coming undone. Rash guards are so freeing.

  48. Allison Kreider says...

    i cannot recommend Summersault swim suits enough! i have honestly *never* found a swimsuit that i felt 100% comfortable in until i tried theirs. they are somewhat pricey but the quality is fantastic and they are made from recycled materials which makes me feel even better about supporting the brand.

    • Anne says...

      I get their ads all the time and they’re sooo beautiful. I love all the colors!

    • Kelly says...

      I wanted to love Summersault suits, but even the suits they claim are full coverage did not cover my whole butt. For reference, if others are interested, I’m 5’4” and 150 pounds. A boyish build, so not particularly bottom heavy. I just like full butt coverage and these, unfortunately, do not provide it.

    • janee says...

      I’m a rashguard person and I love these from Bondi because of the zip front as well as they’re quite elegant – thank you.

  49. Becky says...

    Lately I have been using a pair of swim leggings. They are high wasted and flattering. I pair it with a tankini top and spf shirt when needed. They protect my fair (redhead here!) skin and make me feel less exposed. My other option is a one piece and shorter style board shorts while chronically spraying my legs with spf! Haha

    • Amanda says...

      Mind blown! I had no idea swim leggings were even a thing!

  50. Molly says...

    H&M has some adorable suits and even has some mommy and me ones for those with little kiddos :)

    • Lauren E. says...

      I second H&M! Cute stuff, super cheap, and quite well made for the price.

  51. Elise says...

    Love this! I just went on the longest swimsuit hunt in preparation for my honeymoon at the end of this summer!! I rediscovered Aerie who I don’t think I’ve shopped since high school, but they’ve got some super cute and affordable options. And I LOVE that they show models of all sizes! I had been eyeing Maaji’s super cool suites for years and finally decided to splurge on a sporty two-piece of theirs from Nordstrom. I used to dread swimsuit shopping but somehow online shopping and such a wide variety of styles and colors (and real bodies) made the process almost fun this time around! It could be shopping for a honeymoon too :)

    • Amy says...

      Same – I bought an Aerie swimsuit this summer after forgetting about Aerie for years!

    • Sarah says...

      Elise, I hear you! I was just swimsuit shopping for my honeymoon, too and think it definitely changes the experience. I kind of feel like a honeymoon is a good excuse to do something a little different from the usual, so I sprang for a kelly green gingham one-piece with a cutout in the middle over my standard black two-piece bikini. Cheers to making swimsuit shopping fun!

    • Abbe says...

      Was about to comment the same thing — Aerie has some great options!

    • Hilary says...

      Team Aerie here as well! I keep feeling like I’m getting too old for them, but season after season I find myself coming back to them! They have a lot of cute one-pieces this year too!