Best high waisted bikinis that are chic & stylish
Swimsuit styles come and go. But one is definitely here to stay. High-waisted bikinis were firmly on-trend in the glory days of Hollywood glamour – think Marilyn Monroe on the beach in her iconic white bikini. And, they’re having a style moment this summer too. Let’s take a look at the best high waisted bikinis for your next trip to the pool or beach.
Why choose high-waisted bikinis
First, what is it about high-waisted bikinis that make them so iconic?
They’re universally flattering
High waisted bikinis provide more coverage than other styles helping to smooth out any lumps and pumps and covering your tummy. They tend to end at your natural waistline so will flatter you no matter what your body shape.
A high-waisted bikini can help to create the illusion of curves if you are a rectangle shape or an inverted shape, it can help to cover your tummy if you are an apple shape and can flatter your curves if you are a pear or an hourglass. This retro styling can be particularly flattering for the hourglass. For a pear, you can choose a darker bikini bottom and bright top to downplay your bottom and hips.
high waisted bikinis fit better
Because high-waisted bikinis sit on your natural curves, they tend to fit better and offer more support. So they’re more likely to stay where they should, even if you dive in.
Sandra @lapecosapreciosa above opts for an on-trend cut-out style.
They’re good for long torsos
If you have a naturally long torso, a high-waisted bikini can help you look more in proportion – in the same way as a pair of high-waisted pants. You may also want to take a look at this article on vertical body types.
Tanasha @prettytallstyle above matches her floral bikini to her cover-up.
They won’t go out of style
High-waisted bikinis have been adding glamour to the beach or pool-side for decades so they’re not going to go out of style anytime soon. You can be sure that your high-waisted bikini will be on trend for many years to come. So, you can continue to be in style summer after summer.
High waisted bikinis you could choose this summer
Let’s move onto some of the best high waisted bikinis you could opt for to look amazing on the beach this summer.
Wrap bikini set
With more than 20,000 mainly positive reviews the Suuksess wrap bikini (below) comes in some 30 different colors. You can choose a matching set, or opt for a different print on your bikini top and bottoms. Reviewers say it’s incredibly flattering for curvy figures.
Cupshe ruched bikini
The Cupshe ruched bikini (below) features a ruched tummy area to disguise any wobbly bits, and a draped bikini top to provide extra coverage. The top would be perfect if you want to add curves if you have a smaller bust or to balance out wider hips if you are a pear shape. Wearers say it provides great coverage without feeling frumpy in any way.
Bikini with sleeves
Not only are bikinis with arms on trend but they offer a little extra coverage if you prefer to cover your upper arms. Reviewers say the ruffle high waist bikini (below) is a great fit on women with “real bodies”.
Twist front style
If you want a bikini with classic styling, a twist front option is a good choice. The Beachsissi bikini (below) comes in a good choice of block colors. Reviewers say it is perfect for a “mom bod”.
Retro halter neck bikini
High-waisted bikinis already have a retro feel, and the Tempt Me bikini (below) feels vintage yet modern. Reviewers say it is beautiful, comfortable and flattering.
If you’re as much of a fan of asymmetry as I am, you could look out for a one shoulder bikini. The bikini below has a high waist but it also has a high cut on the legs, which can make your legs look longer.
The bikini bottoms of the crossover bikini (below) have a ruched tummy area, and you can alter the way you tie the wrap top to create the most flattering effect for you. Wearers say the ruching is just right to hide a tummy and you can make sure the top is secure on your bust with the ties.
If you want to make sure you have all of your tummy coverage, the high-waisted button bikini (below) manages to be modest while still having sex appeal. The twist top is a flattering style for your bust. Reviewers say it is a great choice if you want a swimsuit that doesn’t put too much of your body on display but that still feels sexy.
Tie side bikini
The Sweaty Rocks bikini (below) is another way to add some asymmetry to your swimwear because of the tie at the side. Most reviewers say the top is supportive and the bikini bottoms are high waisted enough to provide tummy coverage. Some say these are a little “cheekier” than some options on the list.
Trina Turk bikini
Another option if you have bikini tops that you love but don’t find the bottoms flattering is to just buy a pair of bikini bottoms and add those to your existing tops. Sylvia @sylviacolella above (read her style interview here) looks great in her swimsuit and t-shirt.
Tie side bikini bottoms
The tie side of the Zimmerman bikini bottoms below adds a modern, asymmetric flair. Navy should go with any of the bikini tops you already have.
COS bikini bottoms
COS‘ swimwear tends to be high-waisted so is a good store to look at if you want a style that is simple, modern and provides some tummy coverage.
Ruched bikini bottoms
Choosing a pair of bikini bottoms with ruching is a great way to disguise a little bit of a tummy in a chic way.
J.Crew bikini bottoms
You’ll find classic, high-waisted bikini bottoms at J.Crew that are truly timeless.
Spanx bikini brief
Miraclesuit bikini bottoms
Miraclesuit is renowned for making flattering swimwear for women. The ruching on the tummy area will help to cover a belly bulge.
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Do you prefer to wear bikinis or swimsuits? I’d love to hear if you have recommendations for high-waisted bikini styles and brands.
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