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Whether you have a love/hate relationship with your swimsuits or don’t even bother, our team is here to offer their recommendations on the very best suits for a variety of body types and budgets! You can find these suits everywhere from your local surfshop, mall or online store. Have a suit you love? Share it in the comments with us!
As someone who grew up with a pool and swimming 9+ months out of the year (I grew up in Arizona), I’ve usually stuck with name brand swimwear from swim shops and department store (Rip Curl, Billabong, etc) because when you’re in chlorinated water that much you need quality. Last year though, I took the plunge on an unknown brand call Cocoship, from Amazon none the less, because I really wanted to try a high waisted style and have been LOVING IT!
It has that vintage 50s beach vibe with the print (they have SO many), and styling. Plus the style is flattering on so many body shapes. Take a look at the reviews to see all kinds of ladies rocking this. My only hint would be to pay close attention to the sizing, it runs a little whacky with the top and bottom sizing. Buy your own throw back swimsuit here on Amazon for an amazing 22.99!!!
I’m also currently on the hunt for a cool one-piece as I have been loving the resurgence of them on all the celebs. Have any good tips on where I can find one?
Lenny Niemeyer is a swimsuit designer from Rio de Janeiro. She makes super-chic bathing suits in the softest fabric, with styles for lots of body types. My body type is “pancake tits with pregnancy donut tummy topped with fantastic clavicles.” Like most women, I’m a mixed bag (of donuts). Most of her bikinis come as separates so you can mix and match.
And this season’s collection has a swimsuit jumpsuit! I can’t afford a $759 jumpsuit, so I’m throwing a fundraiser. Sam Heughan will be there. Bikini Awareness, I’m calling it.
That’s me in the middle. Moments before I dropped salsa on my white Lenny Niemeyer bikini. D’oh!
While they’re not the cheapest, I’m totally digging Aerie swimsuits this year. There’s a great selection of fun colors and patterns and they have options for any body type – really, any. I wouldn’t be caught dead in most bikinis for the sake of the general public (my pale skin has been known to blind people), but I’m all about that high waisted trend, which they have plenty of. It’s easy to order online (free shipping AND returns!) and if you time it right there’s usually a buy one, get one free sale so that’s half a bikini for free or an entire suit if you get a one piece! PLUS none of their models are retouched or photoshopped, which is a movement I can totally get behind. #real
I am not a lover of swimsuits, by any means, so I don’t know why I have like 25 of them. I have big boobs, and am pretty curvy. It’s hard for me to find a good suit that sucks me in and lifts the girls up and covers all the problem areas that I have from having birthed three kids. I like to be covered up – only tankinis or one-pieces for this girl! This year I saw some really cute swim rompers and was very curious about how they would look. We all know swimsuits look fabulous on models, but I am definitely NOT a model. Plus size swimsuits are usually not cute at all.
In my search for the perfect suit, I found a random site called SwimsuitsForAll, and they literally have every type you could imagine, for every body type out there. The one in the pic below is what I got! These are some CUTE swimsuits – and they are inexpensive. Another place for some beautiful swimsuits is Torrid – if you are looking for an eye-catching suit, this is the place (I do not currently want to own an eye-catching suit. Also – they are expensive. Maybe next year…) I found a nice boy-leg retro monokini on Amazon, of all places. So for anyone who likes full coverage, these are the types of suits I would suggest you search for: romper swimsuits or boy-leg monokinis. Happy hunting!
After Victoria Secret quit making swimsuits, I quit buying swimsuits. Thankfully that was only last year. Recently I got an advert for fair trade swimwear from Patagonia and clicked through to check it out. And I gotta say, they may be my replacement!! Not only are they using fair trade certified sewing (with all their info clearly listed on the website should you want to further research it), their suits are super cute!
Sure they runs a little pricier, but nothing crazy compared to most places that are not Target or Old Navy, and the extra money is going to actual workers, not some rich white dude’s hipster man-child’s trust fund. Not to mention a lot of the materials are partially recycled, which has a positive impact on the environment. If you’re into surfing or paddle boarding, they offer some good active swimwear options, including rash guards. They also have some really cute 1 piece suits. Personally I’m a triangle bikini with a thick bottom strap kind of person cuz I am not very boobilicious and that style always shows them off best as possible. They offer a variety of patterns and solids. Everything appears to be mix and match by style, and they even sell some reversibles, so it’s like 2 suits for 1!
Their site allows you to mix and match until you find the right fit for you:
Where is your favorite place to buy swimsuits?