The 31 Most Flattering Swimsuits to Shop Now—Before They Sell Out

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Here’s how to make shopping for a new bathing suit a fun adventure rather than a humbling bummer: Skip the shops and order online, with a little help from our flattering swimsuits edit. We’ve sorted through the current trends (mesh inserts? Swim dresses?) and found the best of the best for any budget. From swimsuits that fit well on a large chest to a crossover bikini that looks good on everybody, these are the 31 most flattering swimsuits from brands like J.Crew, Cupshe, Andie, Aerie and more to shop now.

We also asked a few swimsuit designers for their best tips for maximizing fit, no matter your body type. (You can thank us later.)

The Top 5 Most Flattering Swimsuits at a Glance

Meet the Experts

  • Doreen Brennan, SVP Product Development and Design at Cupshe, an international swimwear manufacturer founded in 2015, specializing in affordable swimsuits
  • Suzanne Bryant, Vice President of Women’s Swim & Active, Tommy Bahama, a 30-year-old sportswear brand focusing on the island lifestyle
  • Melissa Koch, Swim Designer at Andie, an independent swimwear company founded in 2017 that prioritizes fit and inclusivity

What's the Best Swimsuit for Each Body Type?

  • If You Have a Big Bust: “Always buy something with support underwires, soft cups, wider straps, adjustable back straps and a back hook for extra support under the bust,” suggests Doreen Brennan, SVP of Product Development and Design at Cupshe. Silhouette is another consideration, says Suzanne Bryant, Vice President of Women’s Swim & Active, Tommy Bahama: “It’s important to not only support the bust, but position the volume of your bust into the most flattering position…hence the ‘lift & separate’ phrase we hear used.”
  • If You Have a Small Bust: “A demi soft cup with underwire or a push[-up] cup will enhance your bust line. If you’re not looking to enhance your bust line, bandeaus, triangles and bralettes are great for the smaller cup size,” says Brennan.
  • If You Have a Curvy Figure: Brennan recommends power mesh: “It helps hold you in and make you feel comfortable and, most importantly, confident. Underwires and cups give additional support, and always buy suits with adjustable straps.” She suggests trying a tankini or midkini, which has wider straps and more coverage than a bikini top. “For bottoms, the high-waist bottom with power mesh gives you great shape and comes to your belly button.”
  • If You Have a Long Torso: Some brands make one-pieces specifically designed for your needs, like Andie, which features long torso suits that are a full two inches longer than traditionally sized styles. Brennan says any one-piece should have adjustable back straps, to help give you more length, “but if the brand doesn’t offer a long torso option, then pick a two-piece or tankini. You can also try a midkini, which has a wider portion on the bottom of the top and makes your overall body look more balanced.”
  • If You’re Pear-Shaped: “I like styles with sleeves—[they create] great visual proportions. Also, styles that have draping on the bust or torso as interest. Over-the-shoulder styles and a sleek, high neck are really flattering too,” says Bryant. And to balance your hips, “a one-piece that accentuates the bust, like a deep plunge is great,” says Brennan. “For two-pieces a high-waisted bottom that accentuates your waist with a high leg to lengthen the look of your leg is best.”
  • If You’re Apple-Shaped: For a figure that’s wide in the middle, Brennan advises drawing attention away from the waistline and toward the bust line. “Try the empire waist, which is a seam that is under the bust line on one-piece suits; this provides an hourglass figure, taking away the focus from your midsection and balancing out the proportion,” she says. “Try it on!” Bryant suggests trying a long-sleeved suit, or wearing a rash guard over a bikini. “I think it looks sleek with a front zipper that you can adjust for exposure or coverage,” she says.

Are There Any "Optical Illusions" or Fit Tips to Make a Suit Seem More Flattering?

“The best and easiest fit tip is to adjust your straps,” says Melissa Koch, swim designer at Andie. “You can go from saggy to snatched in seconds by just shortening your straps.” Brennan recommends shirring or ruching as a good way to camouflage sensitive areas—and being open to trying on anything, just to see how it fits. For example, “a lot of women don’t think they’ll like high-waist bottoms, but it gives you a longer-looking leg,” she says. “Try it on!” Bryant suggests trying a long-sleeved suit, or wearing a rash guard over a bikini. “I think it looks sleek with a front zipper that you can adjust for exposure or coverage,” she says.

Wondering Where to Buy Swimsuits Online? Here Are 26 Brands We Love

1. Andie The Tulum One-Piece

Most Flattering Swimsuit Overall

  • Great support in a sleek style
  • Pros: compressive fabric, medium bottom coverage, comes in long torso sizes
  • Con: crisscross straps can't be adjusted
  • Size Range: XS to XXXL

Quietly elegant, this crisscross back one-piece suit has lots of stealth features to keep you looking and feeling your best. First off, Andie's signature ribbed 90 percent nylon, 10 percent spandex fabric is highly compressive, so you'll appear as sleek as possible. And the medium cut leg and medium rear coverage mean you won't be pulling the suit down constantly, especially if you wear the long torso sizing. And the underbust seam and removeable cups mean that you'll be supported, even on a beach jog.

2. Summersalt The Plunge Bikini Top

Most Flattering Two-Piece Swimsuit

  • Great for sunbathing
  • Pros: deep V neck looks good on wide range of figures, sturdy-soft polyamide-elastane blend, top coordinates with multiple bottoms style
  • Con: non-removable cups
  • Size Range: 2 to 12

"Love this bikini top!" reports one reviewer. "It’s elegant and sexy without being too revealing." That's the appeal of this deep-V, bra-style bikini top: The adjustable straps let you tighten them for a bit of extra boob boost and support. The chest band is under one inch, so it hits the sweet spot between a string bikini and an unsexy thick-strap look. Best of all, you can order a separate size in tops and bottoms—the latter includes a mid-rise bikini bottom, a ruched high-leg style and a side-tie high-rise cut.

3. Aerie Shine Pique One-Piece

Most Flattering Full-Coverage Swimsuit

  • Great for curvy bodies
  • Pros: has a full coverage bottom, available in different lengths and colors, Tik-Tok approved, has UPF 50 sun protection, pretty nylon and elastane material
  • Con: the top runs small, according to buyers
  • Size Range: XXS to XXL

You may have come across this Aerie one-piece, thanks to this TikToker who says it offers the look of a two-piece with the support of a one-piece. But in case you haven't, all you need to know is that it's made of a nylon and elastane material with UPF 50 sun protection that reviewers are obsessed with. Add to that the suit's supportive fit and cute cut-out designs and it's easy to see why people can't stop talking about it.

4. Sweaty Betty Vista Swimsuit

Most Flattering Sporty Swimsuit

  • Great for intense workouts
  • Pros: ultra-lightweight fabric, high neck coverage
  • Con: might pull long-waisted figures
  • Size Range: XXS to M

Made for sporty pursuits with its high neck, racer back and zip front, this suit is a bullseye for both figure enhancement (that bit of cheeky rear end reveal) and athletic utility.

5. Cupshe Summer Dreaming Tankini

Most Flattering Tankini

  • Great for optional tummy tanning
  • Pros: adjustable halter, deep V ruffle
  • Con: hipster cut bottoms might be too low-cut for some
  • Size Range: XXS to L

Love a tankini but hate a tankini that’s too tight (who wants to wait to exhale all day?) or too tent-like (all that draping fabric is not chic)? This suit’s not-too-snug fit and bust-accenting ruffle is our sweet spot.

6. Miraclesuit Rock Solid Revele Swimsuit

Most Flattering Tummy Control Swimsuit

  • Great for apple-shaped figures
  • Pros: front shirring and draping hides bulges, hidden underwire
  • Con: scoop back might not shape rear view
  • Size Range: 8 to 16

"Fit is perfect," writes one reviewer. "Great chest support and ticks tummy in nicely. I’m 5 feet 5 [inches], 160 pounds and size 12. I usually wear size 10 pants and am a 36D...I’ve had many Miraclesuits over the years, and they are well worth the money."

7. Summersalt The Sidestroke

Most Flattering Swimsuit for Slimming

  • Great for active beachwear
  • Pros: compression fabric, comes in solids and stripes
  • Con: some women might not like the no-bra cup style
  • Size Range: 0 to 24

Summersalt is famous for its compression fabric which minimizes jiggle, and this bestselling suit has full seat coverage and a diagonally seamed design that is elegant and flattering.

8. Tempt Me Bikini Set

Most Flattering Off-the-Shoulder Swimsuit

  • Great for flattering color choices
  • Pros: high-waisted brief, adjustable straps
  • Con: might be too blousy on big busts
  • Size Range: XXS to 22

In your choice of more than 35 mix-and-match colorways, this two-piece set deserves a place in your swim wardrobe for its flattering coverage up top and tummy controlling high-waisted briefs down below.

9. J.Crew Bikini Plunge Top and Classic Bottoms

Most Flattering Bikini Swimsuit

  • Great for most figures
  • Pros: made of 60 percent recycled materials, UPF 50 protection
  • Con: removable padding might be too stiff for some wearers
  • Size Range: XXS to 3X

This bikini comes in nine candy colors, all featuring wide, adjustable straps. Shaped like a bra, including removable light lining/padding, this top can be loosened and tightened (depending on just how high you want your boobs). And the classic full-coverage bottoms look great on most everyone.

10. Johnny Was Ruched Swim Dress

Most Flattering Swim Dress Swimsuit

  • Great for pool parties
  • Pros: bright pattern, pleated skirt
  • Con: ruching might feel too bulky
  • Size Range: XS to XXL

It has removable cups and wide straps, sure, but this isn’t your grandma’s skirted swimsuit. The sleek polyamide fabric and vivid floral pint has throwback charm with updated fabric technology.

11. Riot Swim Blaise One-Piece

Most Flattering Monokini Swimsuit

  • Great for resort lounging
  • Pros: inventive design, 87 percent nylon, 13 percent spandex
  • Con: high-cut sides might reveal too much bum for some
  • Size Range: XS to XL

• Why We Love It: Distinctive cutouts, one-piece design

This creative one-piece is nearly as bare as a bikini, but the cutout side and the split shoulder strap accentuate the bust and your waistline. And because it’s all connected, there’s no risk of your bottoms falling off in the surf.

12. American Trends Vintage Bathing Suit

Most Flattering Shorts Swimsuit

  • Great for pear shapes
  • Pros: maximum rear-end coverage, fabric is a sturdy 82 percent polyamide and 18 percent elastane blend
  • Con: halter top might not provide maximum lift for big busts
  • Size Range: 4-6 to 18-20

This suit, available in 20 colorways including a collection of appealing floral prints, puts an end to that uncomfortable constant pulling-down-your-swim-bottoms feeling since it’s a one-piece with boy-cut shorts styling. And the shelf bra and halter top says, “Eyes up here, everybody.”

13. Left on Sunday Peak Suit

Most Flattering Cutout Swimsuit

  • Great for apple shapes
  • Pros: lightweight fabric (46 percent nylon, 38 percent polyester, 16 percent Lycra),
  • Cons: thin straps might cut into shoulders, no cups do not provide bustline shaping
  • Size Range: XS to L

In this suit, the peekaboo keyhole cutout is going to draw the eye upward to the bust, away from the midsection. So that's a win if you're going for a suit that will strategically tweak your appearance. In ten brights and neutrals, this suit's Italian-sourced fabric smoothes both in and out of the water.

14. Cupshe V-Neck Longline Set

Best Swimsuit for Creating an Hourglass

  • Great for maximum comfort
  • Pros: two-piece suit has plenty of coverage, removable cups
  • Con: extra fabric might get in the way of exercise
  • Size Range: S to XL

This suit's V-neck is going to accentuate your bustline (and the removeable cups will accentuate the girls even more). The flounced skirt flatters the hips and rear end, but without putting them on full display. And the swim bottoms are completely separate, so you can eat a big lunch by the pool and not have your tankini displaying a food baby.

15. Adore Me Ellena Contour Plus

Most Flattering Swimsuit for Plus Sizes

  • Great for pool parties
  • Pros: sexy keyhole bust, made with 85 percent recycled polyester
  • Con: runs a little small for large-busted women
  • Size Range: 0X to 2X

This eco-friendly suit is sustainably made and doesn’t skimp on the style, with great coverage in a fashionable animal print that’s got a keyhole bust and subtle side cutouts. The top can be worn both crisscrossed or as a deep plunge with two straps, so it's like two suits in one.

16. J.Crew Cross-Back Underwire Bikini Top

Most Flattering Swimsuit for a Big Chest

  • Great for active support
  • Pros: comes in classic and DD sizes, bikini top matches multiple bottoms styles
  • Con: crisscross back tie can come undone without double-knotting
  • Size Range: 32 A to 42D

This underwire top is sized like a bra for your exact fit, but looks way more stylish than a typical undergarment, thanks to the pieced design of the cups, the color options and the soft, crisscross straps. And bonus, you can choose your favorite shape of bottoms to pair with it: full-coverage bottoms or ruched high-rise bottoms.

17. Norma Kamali Marissa One-Piece

Most Flattering High-Cut Swimsuit

  • Great for strapless sunning
  • Pros: ruched fabric smooths figures, medium rear coverage
  • Cons: no alternative neck strap for security, might be too short for ling torsos
  • Size Range: XXS to XL

Want maximum sun exposure? Hoist these babies up to your hipbones and you’ll soon be sizzling. The 95 percent polyester, 5 percent spandex fabric blend is fast-drying and slightly shiny.

18. La Blanca One-Piece

Most Flattering Swimsuit for a Small Chest

  • Great for wearing with statement jewelry
  • Pros: ruffled statement neckline, shirred body
  • Con: long torsos need to size up
  • Size Range: 4 to 16

We love what a well-placed ruffle can do to zhush up a bustline, and this fully lined one-piece suit has removable cups, too. What’s more, the laced string detail on the back makes this fancy enough to wear as an top with a skirt for patio drinks.

19. Title Nine Wahine Swim Skirt

Most Flattering Skirted Swimsuit

  • Great for surf- and poolside sports
  • Pros: mid-rise waistband, built-in brief
  • Con: curve of skirt can make hips look thicker
  • Size Range: XS to XL

This is the new swimwear piece you need for when a bikini bottom feels like too little but a swim short feels too bulky. You can mix with whatever your favorite top is currently, or spring for a matching top from the brand. And bonus feature: You can keep your keys or credit card safely stored in the side zip pocket.

20. Hilor Front Crossover Swimsuit

Most Flattering Swimsuit to Add Curves

  • Great for all figures
  • Pros: available in more than three dozen colorways, sheer bands whittle the waist
  • Con: straps can't be adjusted
  • Size Range: 4-6 to 16

The central sheer bands on the abdomen are made of elastic that adds a bit of curve to the figure. And the bustline has discreet removable wire-free cups to add even more shape, comfortably.

21. Sanctuary Tie-Front Plunge Swimsuit

Most Flattering Swimsuit for Big Thighs

  • Great for waist enhancing thanks to the tie waist
  • Pros: removable foam bust inserts, made from recyclable water bottles
  • Con: cheeky rear coverage might be too bare for some wearers
  • Size Range: XS to XL

The secret to feeling most confident in a swim look if you have shapely thighs is balance, and the crisscross design of this top—as well as the single-strap patterned design—does just that. Stretchy microfiber in a colorblock design can be cinched tighter and looser depending on just how svelte the wearer feels that day.

22. Anne Cole Shirred One-Piece Swimsuit

Most Flattering White Swimsuit

  • Great for sunbathing
  • Pros: removable straps, medium leg opening
  • Con: sewn-in cups can't be removed
  • Size Range: 6 to 16

A classic shirred white swimsuit is the ultimate in classic swim style, and this iteration promises all that plus opaque coverage and strap-free sunning. The nylon material is opaque, and the medium rise keeps your rear end covered. It's available in several colors, but the white is the one that exudes throwback Hollywood glamour.

23. Leonisa Eco-Friendly Slimming Swimsuit

Most Flattering Compression Swimsuit

  • Great for comfortable slimming
  • Pros: adjustable tie back, sheer tulle cutouts, light lower stomach compression
  • Con: foam cups can't be removed
  • Size Range: S to XXL

Securely sewn-in cups and a pretty floral print that reminds us of fancy wallpaper? That’s the formula for this sophisticated one-piece, and we’re here for it. And there's an eco-plus to this suit: it has CiCLO, an additive that accelerates decomposition and allows 90 percent of the polyester to degrade in only six years if it's in a humid dark space where there's bacteria, such as the ocean, compost or landfill.

24. Andie The Nantucket

Most Flattering One-Shoulder Swimsuit

  • Great as a top with a skirt
  • Pros: compression fabric, low-cut leg
  • Con: one-shoulder design risks boob exposure when diving
  • Size Range: XS to XXXL

This one-shoulder suit has a bit of Grecian goddess vibes as well as a touch of futuristic minimalism. We like the removable cups and underbust seam, which keeps the bosom in place without being restrictive. And the modest leg opening means that the medium rear end coverage is going to keep you from getting a wedgie when your swimsuit rides up—especially if you wear it in the long-torso design, which has extra fabric in the midsection.

25. Andie The Malibu

Most Flattering Swimsuit for Long Torsos

  • Great for tough workouts
  • Pros: long line of chest straps, comfy ribbed fabric
  • Con: might be too much coverage for maximum sunning
  • Size Range: XS to XXXL

Long torso swimsuit wearers of the world, meet Andie, the brand that's not just paying lip service to fitting long torsos, they have a whole long torso collection. Among the more than 50 styles and color iterations, this snap-top number is a standout, since it does double duty as a sexy v-neck style when the chest straps are unsnapped, and a sport high-neck suit when it's all snapped up. Gentle compression keeps you from too much jiggling, too.

26. Norma Kamali Halter One-Piece

Most Flattering Halter Suit

  • Great for small busts
  • Pros: halter neckline, slimming midsection
  • Con: high-cut leg might pull on long torsos
  • Size Range: XS to XL

This classic one-piece looks great on everyone—the V-neck gathered bust is comfortable and sets off both modest and medium-sized bosoms. And the simple lines of the suit’s body show off your midsection, but discreetly.

27. Sea Level Underwire Bikini Top and Bikini Bottoms

Most Flattering Crossover Two-Piece Swimsuit

  • Great for big busts
  • Pros: supportive crossover top, adjustable straps
  • Con: barrow straps might dig into shoulders
  • Size Range: 4 to 14

The molded cups flatter most everyone’s girls, and you can control the amount of support by making the straps a little tighter or looser. Pair this top with the matching bikini bottoms for a classic, appropriate for all occasions swim style.

28. Tommy Bahama Sanibelle Blues Bottoms

Most Flattering Swimsuit with Options

  • Great for streamlined vacation packing
  • Pros: high-rise design with 4.5-inch side seam, UPF 50
  • Con: can seem too "granny panties" for some wearers
  • Size Range: XXS to XL

Welp! Now one pair of bikini briefs can turn into two looks with this pair of Tommy Bahama bikini bottoms that are made of 85 percent recycled nylon and 15 percent elastane. The high-waisted style is recommended by swimwear designers for its leg-lengthening look; pair these with the matching bandeau top and rash guard.

29. lululemon Waterside Swimsuit

Most Flattering High Neck Swimsuit

  • Great for sports
  • Pros: cups can be removed, low-cut leg covers hips and rear
  • Cons: mid-back clasp can distract exercisers laying on their backs, doesn't come in plus sizes
  • Size Range: 2 to 8

Always wanted to join the swim team, but never quite get the strokes down? Now you can look like you're a medalist, in this quick-drying, four-way-stretch fabric swimsuit from lululemon. Unlike true swim team suits, this one has detachable cups you can slide in to make your bust accentuated.

30. Cynthia Rowley Sunny Surfsuit

Most Flattering for Surfing

  • Great for sun protection
  • Pros: zips all the way up for coverage, SPF 30 fabric
  • Con: high-cut legs might bind long torso wearers
  • Size Range: XS to L

Designer Cynthia Rowley is an avid surfer, so it makes sense that she designs swim suits and wetsuits that are as high performance as they are high design. The 78 percent polyester, 22 percent spandex material on this number dries fast and the front zipper lays flat so it won't cut into your chest when you're paddling out (or just when you're falling asleep on the chaise lounge).

31. Beach Riot Celine One Piece

Most Flattering Cutout Swimsuit

  • Great for aprés sunning
  • Pros: ribbed fabric, waist-accentuating style
  • Con: no removable cups
  • Size Range: XS to XL

This one-shoulder style from fashion-forward swimwear company Beach Riot is as comfy as it is fashionable, thanks to its 82 percent polyester, 18 percent spandex ribbed fabric. Just pop a flowey skirt or loose jeans over it and you're ready for brunch.

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