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The Best Swimsuits for Women: 9 Options That Combine Comfort and Style

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Updated December 21, 2023

When you’re going to the pool or beach, your focus should be on having fun—not on an uncomfortable swimsuit. However, shopping for bathing suits online can easily be an overwhelming experience, especially since you can’t get a feel for material (what’s opaque in a photo can be very sheer in person) or try it on right away. That’s why we did the legwork to find the best swimsuit options for your lifestyle. So, pack your beach tote, get out the sunscreen, grab your flipflops and your favorite sunglasses, and get ready to make a splash.

Our top picks for the best swimsuits for women

Best classic swimsuit for women: Andie The Amalfi One Piece

Andie The Amalfi One Piece

If there’s one suit that looks good on anyone—at any age or size—it’s the Amalfi One Piece by Andie. It comes in a wide range of sizes and is made of a stretchy nylon and spandex fabric that holds its shape well in between washes. If you’re worried that everyone and their mother will be rocking this swimsuit this summer, rest assured it comes in 15 prints and colors, as well as three different textures, including ribbed, smooth, and novelty, so you can rock yours in your own unique way.  

Specifications:

  • Sizes: XS-XXXL
  • Material: 82% nylon and 18% spandex

Pros: 

  • Comes in 15 prints and colors as well as sizes
  • Can be fit to a classic or long torso
  • Removable cups and adjustable straps

Cons: 

  • Straps aren’t as durable as reviewers would like
Best classic
The Amalfi One Piece

The Amalfi One Piece

Best tummy-control swimsuit: TA3 Plungey Swimsuit

TA3 Plungey Swimsuit

No matter what age or stage of life you’re in, you may not be comfortable showcasing your midsection—and that’s more than OK. Luckily, there’s no shortage of bathing suits on the market that specialize in tummy control, like this one from TA3, which gained notoriety on the show Shark Tank. This swimsuit still allows you to flaunt your figure and holds its form whether it’s wet, dry, or recently washed. It’s made of lightweight shapewear material, and features a lace-up back that cinches your waist. 

Our team tested the TA3 Hi-Cut Plungey (which has a higher leg opening than the Plungey) and the TA3 Hi-Cut Squarey to see if the suits lived up to the hype. (The TA3 swimwear line has been all over social media lately.) Our tester was initially skeptical of the idea of a swimsuit that essentially functioned similar to shapewear, in terms of comfort in the sun. She reported that the swimsuit fabric was actually surprisingly lightweight—in fact, even more lightweight than a non-shaping swimsuit. (While the fabric was lightweight, it was not see-through.) She said the swimsuit was not constricting at all during a full (and active) day at the beach and did not feel hot to wear. 

As for the TA3’s signature lace-up back, she found that this performed exactly how you’ll see in the brand’s videos to create an instant hourglass silhouette. The lacing is not constricting and can be adjusted based on your comfort level. While the leg opening is a bit high-cut in the front, the swimsuit stays put. (If you’re not a fan of that high-leg look, opt for the standard leg opening.) Overall, our tester was a huge fan of this swimsuit.

Specifications:

  • Sizes: XS-4X
  • Material: nylon/spandex

Pros: 

  • Wide range of sizes
  • Universally flattering
  • Sculpts midsection without feeling overly tight, can customize “cinch” level
  • Lightweight, not constricting
  • Great color options
  • TA3 offers an extensive selection of silhouettes, necklines, and leg styles

Cons: 

  • Pricey
  • Can run small—size up if you’re between sizes
Best tummy-control
TA3 Plungey Swimsuit

TA3 Plungey Swimsuit

Best swimsuit for curvy women: Summersalt The Sidestroke 

Summersalt The Sidestroke

There’s a reason this swimsuit has been dubbed the “unicorn of swimsuits.” It’s super versatile and flatters all figures, especially those with curvy shapes. Like the Almafi, it comes in 15 colorways, yet even more sizes ranging from 0-24. It’s environmentally sustainable, designed from a composition of 78 percent recycled polyamide, which is soft and stretchy, and 22 percent elastane, which is sweat-wicking and body-oil resistant. We love the amount of chest support this suit provides. It’s designed without cups or padding, but still holds the girls in securely.  

Specifications:

  • Sizes: 0-24
  • Material:  78% recycled polyamide, 22% elastane

Pros: 

  • Comes in wide range of sizes
  • Flatters all figures
  • Made from environmentally sustainable fabric

Cons: 

  • Doesn’t come with built-in cups
Best for curvy women
Summersalt The Sidestroke One-Piece Swimsuit

Summersalt The Sidestroke One-Piece Swimsuit

Best plus-size swimsuit: Swimsuits for All Sarong One-Piece Swimsuit

 Swimsuits for All Sarong One-Piece Swimsuit

Few swimsuit brands go up in sizing all the way into the 30s, but that’s what makes Swimsuits for All such a unique brand. They’re body positive, include a wide range of sizes, and offer stunning styles and prints for all to enjoy. Their Sarong One Piece flatters so many body types, especially those plus-size, as it has wide straps, full bust support, tummy-control front lining and a draped front that acts like a sarong. 

Specifications

  • Sizes: 8-34
  • Material: 82% nylon, 18% spandex
  • Price range: $26.98–$92.00

Pros: 

  • Has a built-in sarong
  • Comes in sizes 8-34
  • Has full bust support

Cons: 

  • Straps are non-adjustable
  • Sarong/skirt adds a light extra layer that may feel hot
Best plus-size
Swimsuits for All Sarong One-Piece Swimsuit

Swimsuits for All Sarong One-Piece Swimsuit

Best swimsuit for large busts: CUUP The Balconette Swim Top

CUUP The Balconette Swim Top

The secret to this swimsuit being super supportive for large busts is that it’s made from a company that specializes in bras. It’s no surprise that they’ve mastered the sexy, yet comfortable and supportive swimsuit top, as well as the matching high-waisted bottom that’s equally flattering for full figures. We love how they have a little calculator that lets you find your perfect size as well as the fact that it has an adjustable back closure that lets you find your most ideal fit. 

Specifications:

  • Sizes: 8 band sizes (30-44) and 8 cup sizes (A-H)
  • Material: 78% Recycled ECONYL® Polyamide, 22% Elastane

Pros: 

  • Suit comes in 53 sizes
  • Offers slide and set closures with band adjustability

Cons: 

  • Silhouette fit might not be for every figure
  • Need to buy bottoms separately
Best for large busts
CUUP The Balconette Swim Top

CUUP The Balconette Swim Top

Best affordable swimsuit: Cupshe Tie-Dye Wash Textured Scoop Neck Top & High Waist Bikini Set

Cupshe Tie-Dye Wash Textured Scoop Neck Top & High Waist Bikini Set

For a bikini top and bottom set, you can’t get much more affordable than Cupshe, which has been rising to the top of the fast-fashion ranks with its colorful swimsuits and flattering styles. This one features a tie-dye pattern, textured fabric and a scoop neck that looks good on so many different body types. It’s perfect for a beach vacation, European escape or simply soaking up sun in the comfort of your own backyard. 

Specifications:

  • Sizes: S-L
  • Material: 90% polyester, 10% spandex

Pros: 

  • Affordable
  • On-trend style
  • Flattering cut

Cons: 

  • Limited sizes available
  • No adjustable straps
Best affordable
Cupshe Tie-Dye Wash Textured Scoop Neck Top & High Waist Bikini Set

Cupshe Tie-Dye Wash Textured Scoop Neck Top & High Waist Bikini Set

Best splurge swimsuit: Seafolly Australia Isla Rib Fold Down Bandeau One Piece 

Seafolly Australia Isla Rib Fold Down Bandeau One Piece

This one-piece is worth the splurge. It’s flattering and curve-defining, with a removable belt that adds a level of sophistication. The bandeau neckline prevents any tan lines and the side boning ensures strong shape definition. You also don’t have to worry about this suit sliding down, since it’s designed with gripper tape on the interior to keep the swimsuit in place. 

Specifications:

  • Sizes: 4-12
  • Material: 74% polyamide, 18% polyester, 8% spandex/lining: 82% recycled nylon, 18% elastane

Pros: 

  • Sophisticated style
  • Built-in cups have an uplifting effect
  • Belt can be removed 

Cons: 

  • Comes in limited sizes and colorways
  • Expensive
Best splurge
Seafolly Australia Isla Rib Fold Down Bandeau One Piece

Seafolly Australia Isla Rib Fold Down Bandeau One Piece

Best sporty swimsuit: CRZ Yoga Racerback Bikini Top Swimsuit

CRZ YOGA Women's Racerback Bikini

Comfortable, quick-drying, and flattering—all for under $30? This sporty swimsuit top is a steal. (Coordinating bottoms are available in a ruched boy short style, fitted board short, or bikini bottom.) The high-neck racerback top is supportive without feeling overly tight or flattening, staying in place for any beach activities your day may bring. The top also is stylish enough to wear out and about.

Specifications:

  • Sizes: XX-Small to X-Large
  • Material: 78% polyamide, 22% elastane

Pros:

  • Lightly padded
  • Material dries fast
  • 17 color options

Cons:

  • Bottoms sold separately 
Best sporty swimsuit
CRZ YOGA Women's Racerback Bikini Tops Quick Dry Modest Swimsuit Top Sports Padded Bathing Suit

CRZ YOGA Women's Racerback Bikini Tops Quick Dry Modest Swimsuit Top Sports Padded Bathing Suit

Most on-trend swimsuit for women: Free People Beach Riot Aviva One-Piece Swimsuit

 Free People Beach Riot Aviva One-Piece Swimsuit

This swimsuit is designed to be a head-turner, with its glittery fabric and unique center cutout. Though it’s form fitting, it’s designed for comfort, thanks to its stretchy fabric made from nylon and spandex and adjustable shoulder straps. The only drawback to this suit is that its sizes are limited—it only comes in five sizes ranging from XS to XL.

Specifications:

  • Sizes: XS-XL
  • Material: 71% nylon, 24% metallic, 5% spandex

Pros: 

  • Eye-catching center cutout is on-trend
  • Adjustable shoulder straps 

Cons: 

  • Metallic fabrication can wear over time
  • Limited sizes
Most on-trend
Beach Riot Aviva One-Piece Swimsuit

Beach Riot Aviva One-Piece Swimsuit

How to choose the best swimsuit 

While style matters, you’ll want to invest in quality swimwear that fits well and is comfortable to wear. Of course, as with all types of clothing, swimsuits vary significantly in all areas, including material, sizing, price, and performance. 

How we selected the best swimsuits for women

To help you weigh your options, we’ve compiled a list of the best swimsuits on the market designed for women. We combed through customer reviews and relied on first-hand opinions about which swimsuits were the most comfortable, flattering, and stylish for all body types, with individual preferences in mind. 

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

What style of bathing suit is the most slimming?

Since everyone’s body is different, what might look slimming on one person might not look quite as slimming on the next. However, there are a few features in a swimsuit that can be flattering for most body types and that includes swimsuits with tummy control—built-in shapewear that helps smooth and flatten the stomach area. High-waisted bikini bottoms, too, can help make the legs appear longer and tuck in the tummy. 

How many swimsuits should a woman own?

There’s no golden number when it comes to how many swimsuits a woman should own, but 3-5 can help you get through the summer season without feeling like you’re wearing the same swimsuits on repeat. 

What swimsuit is best for a straight body shape?

The best swimsuit is one that makes you feel your best. According to stylists, swimsuits that are most ideal for individuals with a straight body shape are those that have plunging necklines and high-waisted bottoms, as well as side ruching, to enhance the look of curves. 

How do you hide belly fat in a swimsuit?

Swimsuits with tummy control, that help hold in the mid-section, can be useful for hiding belly fat in your swimsuits. Ruching can also help to create texture in areas that are bulging. 

How do I take care of my swimsuit to make it last longer?

To enhance the longevity of your swimsuit, be sure to rinse it out after each use to get rid of any sunscreen, chlorine or sweat buildup. You may also want to wash your swimsuit by hand and hang it to dry to prevent the fabric from losing its shape. 

How can I ensure proper support and comfort in a swimsuit?

To ensure proper support and comfort, be sure to shop your size and pay attention to the cut of the swimsuit. Comfort is key, so you should be able to move freely in your swimsuit and wear it for long periods of time. 

How do I determine the right size for a swimsuit?

As with any type of clothing, sizing varies when it comes to swimsuits. It’s a good idea to take recent measurements of your body and check the size chart provided on the website to make sure that you’re getting as close as possible to the best size for you.

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