Any time is a good time to get ready for those upcoming days spent basking in the sun, whether it’s for a new summer season or a vacation somewhere warm. No, we’re not talking about working on your “beach body” or anything as silly as that, but getting a new swimsuit (or several) that feels exactly right for the days ahead.
When shopping for swimsuits, Michelle Copelman, vice president of brand and design at Andie Swim, says people should focus on fabric and fit, and comfort and style will follow.
“At Andie, for example, we focus on sustainability without compromising on the feel,” Copelman tells Byrdie. “We believe that women should feel stylish yet supported, so we recommend looking for suits that make you feel confident and comfortable within the style that you feel best fits your personality. I love seeing trendy swimsuits at the pool and beach, but ultimately everyone needs to find a style they love.”
When it comes to sizing, Copelman emphasizes that fabric expands, so the utility of the swimsuit really matters. “If you’re in the water a lot, select the smaller size for a supported, secure fit,” she says. “If you’re more likely to dive into a great book than a pool, choose the larger size for maximum comfort in the sun.”
If you’re not sure where to start on your search, don’t worry—we’ve got you covered. Below, we’ve rounded up the best swimsuits you can buy right now, from trendy one-pieces to sexy bikinis and everything in between, including more shopping advice from Copelman.
Looking for a chic, trendy swimsuit that you can rock all summer long? Andie Swim has the one-piece for you. This gorgeous, soft-to-the-touch suit features a sexy scoop back, adjustable crossover straps, removable cups, and a medium-leg cut. “I actually wear The Jetties all the time,” Copelman says. “I love the classic neckline and the low scoop in the back. I usually pair it with cutoff shorts or a linen skirt, so it looks like a bodysuit. I personally love having adjustable straps, so I was glad that we were able to accomplish that style while still keeping the suit elegant and minimal.”
Material: 76% recycled nylon, 24% spandex | Care: Hand-wash cold after wearing | Size Range: XS-XXXL
If you’re willing to splurge a bit, consider this cool and glamorous bikini made by Versace, which features its distinctive Medusa-head logo on the front. The suit is stretchy and comfortable, too, and comes in at least eight color variations, including black, pink, and royal blue.
Material: 78% nylon, 22% elastane | Care: Dry-clean or hand-wash | Size Range: XS-XL
Andie Swim has a great collection of swimsuits specifically designed for the long torso body type. “Some [people] know that they have a long torso because one-piece swimsuits tend to ride up or dig into the shoulders, or even feel too deeply scooped in the bust,” explains Copelman. “If you are often adjusting the length of the suit (tugging and shifting), you may be a long torso fit.” This gorgeous one-piece, specifically, has a high-cut leg, wraparound tie strings, and a sexy open back.
Material: 82% nylon, 18% spandex | Care: Hand-wash | Size Range: XS-XXXL (Classic and Long Torso)
The only thing better than a cute bikini is one that is friendly to the environment, like this sustainable option from Patagonia. The reversible halter top is made largely from recycled materials, and the result is a stretchy and super-soft fabric that feels just as good as it looks.
Material: Recycled polyester, spandex, recycled nylon | Care: Machine-wash | Size Range: XS-XL
Monokinis are always fun options for swimwear, and this cute halter one-piece from Target is an ideal pick. It has a low neckline, high-cut leg, and center hoop, plus removable cups and ultra-comfy fabric. It comes in a black-and-orange animal print that’s sure to catch everyone’s attention.
Material: 80% nylon, 20% spandex | Care: Hand-wash and line-dry | Size Range: XS-XL
For a swimsuit that never goes out of style, check out this gorgeous textured one-piece from Mango. It comes in two elegant classic colors (black and pastel green) and has a V-neck front and sporty thin crossover straps in the back. It’s the kind of suit you’ll never get tired of and will look good use after use, thanks to the crinkle fabric (which also means it’s extra stretchy).
Material: 94% polyester, 6% elastane | Care: Hand-wash | Size Range: XS-XL
What makes this striking option from Free People such a must-have is that it can be worn as a bikini top or a crop top for a night out, thanks to its versatile puffy sleeves and ruched fabric. Don’t worry about needing to pack extra clothes after a day at the beach—with this top, you’ll be all set.
Material: 70% polyester, 25% nylon, 5% spandex | Care: Hand-wash cold | Size Range: XS-XL
This beautiful and uniquely designed one-piece meant for petite people features a high-cut leg, scoop neck, and adjustable straps, as well as cool chain straps that cross in the back. While the color is specified as emerald green, we think it is better identified as a turquoise.
Material: 89% polyester, 11% elastane | Care: Machine-wash | Size Range: 00P-12P
Not only does this super cute bikini come in 14 patterns and colors, but the bottoms are reversible, making them a must-have look all summer long. Check out the braided straps in the back, too, as well as the top’s not-overly padded cups.
Material: 80% chinlon, 20% spandex | Care: Machine-wash cold | Size Range: XS-XXL
This sexy, bright one-piece from Good American is designed to hug your shape and smooth your body. There’s also a deep V-neck, high-cut leg, open back, adjustable straps, and so much more to love.
Material: 82% nylon, 18% elastane | Care: Hand-wash and line-dry | Size Range: XS-5XL
Feel supported and stylish in this lovely ruffled bikini, which is available in six different colors and patterns. The molded cups have underwire to provide lift and structure to wearers with bigger chests, and the suit’s material is stretchy and soft as a bonus.
Material: Nylon, spandex | Care: Hand-wash, line-dry | Size Range: 32A-40G
In addition to having a sexy high waist and V-shaped silhouette, this popular suit from Frankies Bikinis comes in 27 colors and patterns. Grab one (or several) from the trendy brand that’s been seen on celebrities like Gigi Hadid and Sofia Richie.
Material: 80% nylon, 20% spandex | Care: Machine-wash | Size Range: XS-XXL
For an eye-catching swimsuit that will endure the trend cycle, pick up this lovely one-piece from Lulus. It’s made from stretchy knit fabric, has a crisscrossed back and scoop neckline, and is designed in a pretty white floral print.
Material: 88% nylon, 12% spandex with polyester lining | Care: Hand-wash cold | Size Range: XS-XL
Who says you can’t play sports in a bikini? This bright top from Athleta is designed for use during water activities like surfing or paddleboarding, with a supportive underwire and smooth, sleek fabric.
Material: Recycled nylon and Lycra | Care: Hand-wash and line-dry | Size Range: 32B/C-40D/DD
This colorful bikini top from American Eagle has a trendy bandeau style yet still offers plenty of support and coverage due to its unique cut (we’re obsessing over the rope-inspired bikini strings). It’s available in four patterns and colors, ranging from bright green to tie-dye blue.
Material: 80% recycled nylon, 20% elastane | Care: Machine- or hand-wash with cool water and air-dry | Size Range: XXS-XXL
How much fun is this one-piece suit from Wray, which features a cut-out midsection and one-shoulder top? The high waist of the bottom half and bright pink color makes this look even more striking and fun. The style is made fair-trade in Hong Kong and designed in NYC.
Material: 100% Lycra | Care: Hand wash and dry flat | Size Range: XXS-6XL
Crochet is super trendy right now, and this gorgeous, colorful option from Ganni is a great pick if you’re looking to swim in style (and why wouldn’t you be?). It features a high neck, a unique zip racerback, and the brand’s name written in pretty script on the front. An added bonus? You can double it as a cute crop top—we think it’d look fab with a pair of low-rise jeans and strappy sandals.
Material: 100% organic cotton | Care: Machine-wash cold | Size Range: 2-10
What to Look for When Buying a Swimsuit Online
Like all clothing items, swimsuits come in a range of materials, with cotton, spandex, nylon, and polyester (as well as blends) all popular options. “As a sustainably minded company, I really appreciate that our suits are made out of recycled nylon—you don’t see that often,” Copelman says. “The nylon makes for a super comfortable swimsuit that moves with you and makes it feel as though you’re wearing nothing, almost like a second skin.”
While many swimsuits can be thrown in the laundry with other clothing items and come out fine, some suits require hand-washing or specific drying instructions. When shopping, be sure to read each item’s care instructions closely before making your final picks so you’ll know exactly what to expect.
How do you find your size in one-piece swimsuits?
Since every suit is made differently, your best bet is to look at the size chart for each item and see where you fall. If you’re still unsure, you can always reach out to the brand and ask for guidance on if their swimsuits fit true to size or run small or large.
According to Copelman, every person is different, especially in swimwear. Andie’s approach includes the brand’s Fit Quiz, which prompts customers to “select their preferences and incorporates sizing data from hundreds of thousands of women and 1.5 million data points to help them find their most comfortable and flattering suit,” Copelman says. The brand also offers one-on-one virtual fittings with experts, so their customers can be confident in finding the best size for their body.
If you’re really unsure about your size, shopping a brand online that offers these types of services can make buying a swimsuit online not only less daunting but helps reduce your chances of having to deal with returns and exchanges via mail.
How do you wash swimsuits?
It depends on the material, but for most swimsuits, you should hand-wash if you want to maximize the lifespan of your suit. “Personally, I usually just hop in the shower with it on and then let it hang-dry,” Copelman says. “Unless there is a stain on it, I rarely run it through the washing machine. Swimsuits go through the most intense environments, especially in comparison to other apparel pieces, and so when it comes to washing, the gentler, the better.”
Can you wear a regular swimsuit when pregnant?
Yes. While suits with specific maternity sizes and styles are always great options, plenty of brands offer non-maternity suits in size ranges big enough to accommodate pregnancy. Copelman suggests opting for a size up or buying your normal size in a long torso option (which brands like Andie, Aerie, Summersalt, and J.Crew offer, for example).
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