One-piece or two-? It’s an eternal question when you’re considering bathing suits, but if you just can’t decide, a high-waisted bikini offers the best of both worlds. The retro-inspired style has undergone a drastic makeover in the last few years, and now it’s easy to find two-pieces that feel sexy, playful, and modern, but still offer just the right amount of coverage. Scroll ahead to shop our favorites.
The Vacation No-brainer
Bandeau Bikini Top
So you’re about to go on vacation and you need a new suit pronto? Try this cheery orange set, which features an Instagram-friendly scalloped edge.
Camlinbo High Waisted Ruffles Push Up Halter Bikini
Customers love how supportive and sexy this size-inclusive set is. And since it starts at $10, it’s also a great bargain. The black floral is a popular option, but we also love the black and pink ones if your size isn’t available.
Summersalt has become one of our favorite direct-to-consumer brands. The suits are affordable (nothing costs over $100) and made with high-quality fabrics that can withstand sand and surf. Their latest high-waisted bottom is especially colorful and fun. While the top in the photo is not available yet, there’s a matching one-shoulder option that’s just as good.
Mikoh is known for making teeny butt-baring swimsuits that look good even if you’re not a model. But if you’re not ready to go super skimpy, this on-sale option is just as cute. (The top pictured isn’t available, sadly, but there’s a similar option made from the same fabric if you’re particular about a matching set.)
With a name like Bond Eye, where else would you expect this swim brand to be from? The Aussie label is full of skimpy options but we love this blue high-waisted ribbed version for both its color and coverage.
Gingham is a summer staple — the fabric equivalent of Popsicles, lemonade, or fireworks. But if the classic blue-and-white pattern feels a little too on the nose for you, try this black-and-white one instead.
If you’re in the mood for a well-designed black bikini that can last more than one season, here’s one we love. The top has a unique twist detail that’s definitely more interesting than your standard bandeau.
When it comes to fancy swimsuits, fashion people love to name-drop Eres, but a suit from them will set you back at least $250. Don’t have that kind of budget? This brand has the same minimal aesthetic at a fraction of the cost.
If You Want Color Guaranteed to Flatter Your Skin Tone
Roxana Salehoun Bandeau Tie Top in Red
The rich red shade of this bikini is unlike any other we’ve seen and complements every skin tone. Just be aware that the bandeau top could be difficult if you have a larger chest, so consider the brand’s more-supportive-but-just-as-cute underwire style, too.
You probably already know about Ganni, the Scandinavian brand that fashion people adore, but did you know they made bikinis? They have an exclusive with Net-a-Porter that’s definitely going to be a big hit. The leopard-print combo, which features flattering shirring around the midsection, was made for anyone who wants to be a little flashy on the beach.
Not familiar with the brand Rye? The two designers come from Sass and Bide and Tommy Hilfiger, so they know their way around fun, sporty designs that still happen to be pretty. Most of their other styles are teeny and super bright, but their one high-waist option is sophisticated without being boring.