Bathing Suits That Are Actually Supportive For Big Boobs

The grass is always greener on the other side, and this can feel particularly true when it comes to body shape, and even more so when it’s time to shop for bathing suits. As a girl with DD boobs (I hate even saying that out loud, but that’s a deeper issue/for another article), bathing suit shopping is forever a gamble. I envy my friends who can have fun shopping online for bikinis made out of, like, one single string attached to one small piece of fabric without a damn care in the world. Meanwhile, I have to spend hours in a myriad of dressing rooms trying on multiple different styles of bikini tops and then taking pictures of my boobs at all angles to make sure they look perky and fabulous, and not saggy and unwieldy. Well, the taking pictures part might not be totally necessary but whatever. It’s a PROCESS, and in my humble opinion, a sport. 

That is why I am so happy to have found the following swimwear brands that are keeping me, you, and our huge tits in mind when designing their suits. Just because we’re in quarantine doesn’t mean we can’t tan—so move over, joggers! I’m ready to irresponsibly spend my money on supportive bikinis made for boobs like mine.

Raq Apparel

Raq Underwire Crop

Raq Apparel makes “swimwear that actually supports fuller busted women,” according to their website. They offer two style options for tops: the “multi-way” which looks like your standard triangle bikini top, just more supportive; as well as the “underwire crop” which is fuller coverage and looks more like a sports bra but not as ugly. I like that they only offer two bikini top options because I feel less overwhelmed that way, and it means they must have mastered these two styles specifically for those with racks like mine.

Alpine Butterfly

Alpine Butterfly St. Valentine Top

This brand offers plus-size bikinis, so they know how to dress a betch with curves. They have plenty of different style options, with my personal favorites being the Naomi top, the St. Valentine top, and the Marseilles one piece. They also have super cute cover-ups if, like me, you’re anxious to find the perfect thing to wear when traveling from the kitchen to your backyard—#suburbanquarantinelyfe amirite?!

Aerie

Aerie Bandeau Bikini Top

Of course, we all love Aerie and their body inclusivity campaigns, but I am here to say that not only do they talk the talk, but they also walk the walk. They sell strapless bikinis that are still able to make my boobs look perky. I repeat, strapless bikinis that make my DD boobs look perky! My fellow full-chested women know that this is as rare of a find as a blonde on IG not complaining about her roots growing in during quarantine. The price at Aerie is also *chef’s kiss.*

Shady Lady

Shady Lady Kenya Leopard

I’m kind of obsessed with all of Shady Lady’s bathing suits. They offer cool patterns and the styles are also super trendy. The Kenya receives the most positive feedback from full-chested girls because of its padding and double lined fabric. Plus, the suit comes in snake, leopard, and cheetah print. Also, I must note how cute their cover-ups are and that they can all totally be worn day-to-day, too! Well maybe not the mesh/see-through ones. You aren’t Em Rata.

Lilly and Lime

Lilly and Lime Fleurs Rose Halter Tri

Lilly & Lime’s “big breast swimwear and bikinis are for women with a larger bust.” Need I say more? They lay their different bikini-style options out here, and their different one-piece style options out here. This way, you can really get a feel for which bathing suit might be best for you. The styles overall aren’t anything crazy trendy, so shop at Lilly & Lime if you’re looking for that simple, go-to bathing suit that won’t scare your middle-aged neighbors away when you’re outside making TikToks. 

Red Carter

Red Carter Bridgette Top

Not all of Red Carter’s bathing suits are DD-friendly (lol you think I can afford to lose one strap??), but some of them are. The Rachael top really sucks those babies in, and the Bridgette top offers full-enough coverage so that you don’t feel inappropriate/like you’re doing something wrong by wearing something literally every other person on the planet wears, but that still shows enough so you don’t feel like a maiden woman.

Monday Swimwear

Monday Swimwear Clovelly Top

Monday Swimwear is all about offering the perfect fit for every body type. And, all of the models on their website have big boobs, which I appreciate. Even better is that their fabrics are made from recycled nylon and PET bottles. So, not only will your boobs be supported, but the Earth will be, too. I can’t tell if that was an amazing or awful joke. Moving on.

Bleu Rod Beattie

Bleu Rod Beattie Shirred Bandeau D Cup Top

This brand has a special “D cup” shopping section under “tops” because they understand how special we are. The styles are pretty simple, yet still chic, and, of course, supportive. I feel like I could definitely take a run on the beach or, if it’s a crazy day, play volleyball in the shirred bandeau top without having a nip slip, though I am not that kind of girl and therefore will never really know.

Swimsuits For All

GabiFresh x Swimsuits for All Zephyr Wrap Underwire High Waist Bikini

This brand doesn’t even offer swimsuits in sizes below a 4, which is pretty great as I need way bigger than a size 4 for these boobs. They have so many different styles, and I can trust that every single option will work for my body type. They also offer tankinis and swim dresses if you’re going to, like, a Zoom family reunion slash pool party and want to be modest? Or actually, maybe just don’t buy a tankini or swim dress.

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Images: Joseph Kellner / Unsplash; Raq Apparel; Alpine Butterfly; Aerie; Shady Lady; Lilly and Lime; Red Carter; Monday Swimwear; Bleu Rod Beattie; Swimsuits for All

 

Remember That Viral Red Bathing Suit Giveaway? It Came Back & Nobody Noticed

The year was 2017. The Handmaid’s Tale was the most talked-about TV show of the year. Taylor Swift dropped “Look What You Made Me Do”, her long-awaited comeback to the infamous Kimye phone call. Moonlight won the Oscar for Best Picture after the award was almost mistakenly given to La La Land first. And a little-known bathing suit company called Sunny Co Clothing nearly broke the internet (and its own manufacturing capabilities) with a humble promotional campaign for a red swimsuit that went viral.

The concept was simple, and I remember it because I participated in it (I would do anything for free sh*t, then and now). Sunny Co Clothing posted a picture to their Instagram of a model wearing their red “Pamela” style one-piece. She was sitting at the edge of a pool with her feet in the water, and the picture was taken from the back. All you had to do to get a Pamela swimsuit of your own was repost the image and use a certain hashtag, and voilà: you’d get a promo code for a free suit (minus shipping).

Sunny Co Clothing, founded by two college seniors at the University of Arizona, was not prepared for just how quickly their giveaway would catch on. Medium reported in 2017 that the promotion caused the company to shoot up from 7k Instagram followers to 750k followers overnight. (Today, they have 337k followers on Instagram but are verified. Their Twitter account has been suspended.) The promotion blew up so unexpectedly that the company was forced to add a stipulation that they could cap the number of suits given away. Outlets called the effort a failed marketing stunt (depending on your definition of failure—after all, the company went from near-obscurity to write-ups in Teen Vogue and Seventeenplus the giveaway was repeated a few times after its initial conception).

Well, on Wednesday night, I noticed the promotion was back, a revelation which unknowingly sent me on a bizarre journey chasing down an elusive promo code for a swimsuit I didn’t really want in the first place. (First, the obvious: the odds of me wearing a bathing suit anywhere other than my parents’ backyard this summer grow slimmer by the day. And, second, as said parents would love to remind me: I have plenty of bathing suits as it is.)

I’m somewhat ashamed to admit that I never unfollowed @sunnycoclothing on Instagram after their 2017 stunt (who ever said I couldn’t commit to things), so I noticed when their posting strategy abruptly changed from lifestyle posts of models and brand ambassadors in their swimsuits with run-of-the-mill captions about buying their product. On Wednesday night, they suddenly deleted all their posts except for a few, all of the same picture: the iconic red swimsuit pic from three years ago. They later whittled their feed down to just one post.

 

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EVERYONE that reposts and tags us @sunnycoclothing in the next 24 HOURS will receive a FREE Pamela Sunny Suit 👙👏🏻 Offer valid worldwide 🌎 Promo ends 5/8/[email protected] 3pm PST This promotion is sponsored by @sunnyambassadors After 24 hr. everyone who reposted and tagged us will be receiving a code and they will be able to use it on our website for the free check out 💕 *Must pay S+H* 💸

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In addition to the sudden erasure of all previous posts, I also noticed a different tone in the comments: all caps, spotty grammar, lots of exclamation points. It felt reminiscent of what you’d see in the comments section of large IG accounts from bots who write things like, “are we really not gonna talk about how juicy my ass is?” rather than what you’d expect to see from a retailer or brand or other customer service-facing company.

Equally weird-feeling was the way the brand interacted with me when I commented. I tagged one of my friends in the comments of the giveaway post, and whoever was running the account then went to my page as well as my friend’s and commented personal details they’d gleaned from our bios and photos.sunnycoclothing

After asking my friend if she is Israeli, they commented back to her telling her to “be a motek” (a sweetheart in Hebrew). They gave no additional directions.

But undeterred by them going kind of IRL on me, I looked into the giveaway some more. The caption of their post said you can enter by reposting and tagging @sunnycoclothing, but according to one of the comments, entrants also needed to follow @sunnycoambassadors. According to yet another comment, you needed to comment “done” when you had completed the steps? I went onto the brand’s stories, where a message indicated one could also simply swipe up to sign up for their email list to receive the promo code.

Since I wasn’t about to f*ck up my own ~aesthetic~ (memes) by posting that red bathing suit pic on my precious feed, I signed up for the email list. Despite making sure “no one gets left behind”, as of 5pm EDT, I still had not received any email from SunnyCo Clothing, and awaited further instruction. And although someone from their team responded to my comment on their feed nearly immediately, a DM to the brand inquiring about the reasons for bringing back the giveaway, their plan for dealing with the volume of requests, and details on how to enter the giveaway went unanswered.

For what it’s worth, I haven’t seen anyone post that once-iconic red bathing suit pic, although some Twitter users reported seeing it making the rounds.

why tf is the stupid sunnycoclothing bathing suit fake giveaway coming back?? i thought we were smarter now people

— 💰ophasourous (@sophiecumpton) May 6, 2020

why did sunnyco clothing come back what fever dream am i living in

— stupid (@chamillay) May 6, 2020

Just when things were feeling too weird sunnycoclothing is coming back on schedule pic.twitter.com/rJkPzpwTVO

— sierra (@sierraforlove) May 7, 2020

It turned out I didn’t even need the code anyway, because at about 5:30pm EDT, Sunny Co Clothing posted a new picture to Instagram, announcing they’d “decided” that “everyone is getting a free Pamela suit today”, and giving out the promo code. How generous.

At this point, I could have given up—nay, I should have given up. But I was convinced by a colleague (read: probably told as a joke) to order one of the suits to see what would happen. And as mentioned before, I will do anything for free—or, in this case “free”—stuff. Bolstered by the idea that I would be shopping in the name of journalism, I went onto the sunnycoclothing.com at around 6pm to order my suit.

Suffice it to say, I do not have high hopes for the quality of this swimsuit, which looks, even in the brand marketing, like what was left of The Hulk’s onesie after he tore himself out of it. But still, I persisted, and ordered a size Medium, applied the promo code successfully, paid the $15.99 in shipping charges (I figured this would happen, that they would charge some astronomical shipping cost, but reasoned that a “free” $16 swimsuit was still not a bad deal in the name of journalism), and completed my order.

(For what it’s worth, if you do not use the promo code for a free swimsuit, shipping is free on orders of $25 or more—which constitutes every single item on the site minus one hat.)

At 6:30pm EDT, I received an email with the promo code for the free suit I had already ordered.

In a year characterized by a global pandemic and murder hornets, Tiger King and fall Coachella (that is probably not seeing the light of day, even in October), a swimsuit brand bringing back a somewhat spammy giveaway is far from the worst thing to happen. And honestly, it feels kind of right, like your high school ex, now divorced and balding, sliding back into your DMs to ask “how’s your quarantine going?”. It feels on-brand.

But if this quest taught me anything, it’s that lightning rarely strikes twice—and just like your crusty high school ex, some things are better left in the past.

Update: At 4:31am EDT, I heard back from Sunny Co Clothing on Instagram. A rep said they decided to re-run the campaign because “it is great for publicity” and the initial campaign “really put us on the radar”. They admitted, “The first time we were a college start up. We had 600 total orders for our company… We only had 70 ambassadors at the time of that giveaway. We ended up giving away 50,000 which was way more then what we had expected. This time we are fully prepared we know how this campaign works.” They also said “To enter the promotion all the have to do is share it on their story”.

Images: Sunny Co Clothing; Sara Levine (4); ophiecumpton, chamillay, sierraforlove / Twitter; Thought Catalog / Unsplash

15 Trendy Swimsuits To Buy So You Can Pretend Summer Is Happening

Unlike most people, I actually enjoy swimsuit shopping. It gets me excited just daydreaming about the possibility of being somewhere other than my couch—namely, somewhere warm with a marg in hand. Ugh, remember being outside? Those were the days. Plus, I’m pretty sure that online shopping is a form of therapy, and that by buying swimsuits, I’m willing summer into existence. Yeah, I read The Secret and I’m putting this out in the universe. If nothing else, there’s always summer 2021, I guess. Anyway, these are the swimsuit trends we would have seen all over the beach this summer, but now will probably just be seeing all over TikTok.

1. Tangerine

Maaji Orangesicle Ellen Triangle Bikini Top, $69 & Orangesicle Sublime Reversible Bikini Bottom, $60

Lovers + Friends Wiles One Piece, $128

PilyQ Papaya Reef Tube Bandeau Bikini Top, $88 & Papaya Reef Hipster Bottom, $76

Somewhat surprisingly, orange or more formally, tangerine, is the trending color for swim 2020. Now, I’m pretty sure orange is one of the hardest colors to pull off, especially when it comes to a swimsuit. If you’re naturally pale and survive off of self-tanner *raises hand*, then this trend might be a risky choice. But, the good news is, if you decide to embrace the trend anyway then at least you won’t have to worry about your spray tan ruining your suit. Small wins.

2. Covered-Up

free people oracle swimsuit

Free People Oracle One Piece Swimsuit, $187

Public Desire Bandage Underwire Bikini Top, $24

L*Space Prism Bikini Top, $72 & Frenchi Bitsy Bikini Bottom, $55

Ironically enough, just as thong bikini bottoms have become a thing, so have ultra covered-up swimsuits. You know that weird swim shirt your mom used to make you wear at the beach so you wouldn’t get sunburned while boogie boarding all day? Yeah, that once dorky surf shirt has been now deemed chic by fashion bloggers. Figures, right? It’s now cool right now to wear a high neck swimsuit, swimsuits with long sleeves, and even swimsuits that could pass as actual crop tops. 

3. Animal Print

Vitamin A Vinca Neutra Blue Snake Bralette Bikini Top, $110 & Hipster Bikini Bottom, $96

Wolf & Whistle Curve Wrap Bikini Top, $38 & High Waist Bikini Bottom, $26

Boys + Arrows Animalistic Animal Don’t Trip Bikini Top, $98 & Animal Kiki Bikini Bottom, $106

Obviously, animal print has been trending for months now, so it’s no shocker that it’s made its way into swimsuits. From snake print to cheetah print, it’s all trending. To wear the trend yourself in the least basic way possible, I’d recommend trying an animal print in a colored variety, such as the blue snake print one above. 

4. Ruching

ASOS DESIGN Ruched Tie Side High Swimsuit, $13.50 

Frankies Bikinis Dreamy Bikini Top, $84 & Sadie Bikini Bottom, $79

lovewave Sedona Top, $88 & Sedona Bottom, $80

Ruching can elevate an otherwise basic swimsuit with an added trendy, feminine detail. But don’t just take my word for it—the black one from Frankies Bikinis is a current Revolve best seller. So, needless to say, I expect to see it on all of our favorite former Bachelor contestants.

5. High Waist

kitty and vibe swimsuit

Kitty and Vibe Underwire Top, $50 & High Hip Bottoms, $45

Chelsea28 Easy Retro Bikini Top, $22.05 & High Waist Swim Bottoms, $13.50

L*Space Stone Tie Dye Beach Wave Bikini Top, $92 & Tie Dye Hi Waist Bikini Bottom, $99

Every guy’s least favorite swim trend, high waist bottoms, is back. And honestly, screw them anyway. Speaking for myself, I won’t mind the extra coverage, considering I’ve been mostly sitting on my couch for the past six weeks. I like the way a lot of high-waisted bottoms now have high-leg cutouts, though, because it balances out this otherwise conservative silhouette.

It’s kind of crazy how swimsuit trends have become a thing. Like, I remember simpler days when you just ordered whichever swimsuit off of Victoria’s Secret that your mom deemed appropriate enough. And now, here I am blowing an entire paycheck on several swimsuits in the name of fashion! Whatever, fortunately it’s a sacrifice I’m all too happy to make.

Images: Roberto Nickson / Unsplash; South Moon Under (6); Revolve (4); Free People; ASOS (3); Solid & Striped; Kitty and Vibe

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8 Spring Break Swimsuits Under $50

Shopping for bathing suits is the absolute f*cking worst. Especially when you’re shopping for spring break. Attempting to stay on trend but still be comfortable, wondering why some store’s sizing is so f*cked, trying not to break the bank for something you may never wear again after that week—it’s a lot. What’s with swimsuits suddenly costing an entire semester’s tuition??? Oh wait, that’s just for the top. If you want bottoms too you’ll have to give up buying your books this semester. All reasons why I usually end up waiting until the last possible minute to find a swimsuit and get stuck with whatever piece of fabric I can find that fits.  

Thankfully, I’ve learned from my mistakes and know that right now is probably the best time to shop for swimwear, and to make sure that I find a suit that doesn’t force me to give up my weekly Thirsty Thursday margs. Here are eight different swimsuits that are all under $50 and aren’t ugly af.

Aerie Strappy Back One Piece, $31.46

Tbh, you can’t go wrong with a classic one-piece. Aerie’s swimsuits always have a flattering fit AND they have an option for long sizes for those of us with long torsos. The struggle is real. IYKYK. This suit will give you all the comfort of a standard one-piece suit with the bonus of a strappy back that gives it a chic touch.

ZAFUL Scalloped High-Waisted Bikini, $29.99 

Leave it to Amazon to come in clutch for literally everything. I cannot even begin to express my admiration for high-waisted bikinis and their ability to hide the absurd amount of tacos I eat before I go swimming. This ZAFUL suit will be flattering on an array of body types (just make sure you check the sizing and read the reviews before you order). I find high-waisted bikinis give you the same ~security~ as a one-piece suit with the convenience of a two-piece.

ASOS Twist-Front Cut-Out Polka Dot Swimsuit, $45 

If you’re an indecisive betch like me and can’t choose between a one-piece and a bikini, welcome to the perfect combo: the monokini. This piece comes in both tall and fuller-bust sizing, making it more versatile than some other styles. I know, I know, monokinis have a bad rep for the ridiculous tan lines they leave behind, but this piece is so sleek and cute. And if you think about it, the cutouts are no different than if you were to wear a dress in a similar style, so just embrace it. I love this suit because it indulges my inability to make any choices for myself (something Pilot Pete and I have in common)! 

Cupshe One-Shoulder Reversible Bikini, $24.99

I’m sorry, did you say a REVERSIBLE bikini? As in two bikinis for the price of one?? Please just take my money, I literally could not ask for more.

H&M Push-Up Triangle Bikini Top, $19.99 & Bottom, $12.99

This one gives off tropical vibes so you’ll actually feel like you’re going somewhere exotic, even if you’re actually just chilling at the public pool in your hometown because you and your friends didn’t have your sh*t together enough to plan a trip for spring break. This suit comes in a variety of colors and patterns, but tops and bottoms are sold separately. Thankfully the full suit will only cost you about $35!

XhilarationWomen’s Ribbed Cut Out Tie Front Bralette Bikini Top, $14.99 & Ribbed Cheeky Bikini Bottom, $14.99

According to my sources (aka Google), texture is a big trend for swim this year. So if you’re planning on going on The Bachelor one day and want your feed to give off fashion influencer vibes, this ribbed bikini is the perfect choice. Like the piece from H&M, the top and bottom are sold separately, and the full suit will cost about $30.

Swimsuits for All Beach String Bikini, $19.98

Not only is this bikini on MAJOR sale, but you also get to mix and match the sizes of the top and bottom. It’s also really cute and tropical, so you should probably snatch it up before it’s gone.

ZAFUL Cross-Back High-Cut Swimsuit, $13.99

This one-piece is also on super sale and comes in a few different colors. The thing I really love about it is the tie-around waist. I imagine it’ll make me feel like Shakira dancing with that rope during the Super Bowl Halftime Show. And isn’t that kind of what we’re all going for, at the end of the day?

You don’t need to drain your bank account for a fire swimsuit you’ll actually want to bring on your spring break trip. Just use the critical thinking skills you’ve been neglecting to apply in class all semester. Now you can use all the money you saved on what really matters during spring break: dangerous amounts of alcohol and 3am trips to McDonald’s.

Images: Ben Parker / Unsplash

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5 Cute Swimsuits That Are Actually Supportive

I got a recent complaint from a friend that we don’t post enough articles with specific body types in mind. And I get it. It totally sucks when you can’t find clothes that fit, especially bathing suits, and you’re walking around in constant fear of a nip slip. Usually I try to include suits that are flattering on everybody, or a few options that will fit a variety of body types. But you know what? You guys deserve to have more options. Especially for large chested women, it can be hard find suits that don’t look old lady-ish but also won’t put you in danger of giving a free show.

Also, before you complain, I am not responsible for the models of these bathing suits. They don’t give me that power. That is the brand’s decision. So if some of the models are stick thin with tiny breasts, I am sorry. I don’t know why our society says those women are the only people who can model clothes. It’s weird and gross. And they’re always Photoshopped anyway. Every company should show models with every body type. But don’t worry, all the suits that show skinny girls have been pre-approved by me/friends that have big boobs.

So here’s a whole list of bathing suits that are particularly perfect for women that are chestier than the rest of us. And they’re all cute!

ModCloth The Brooke One-Piece Swimsuit

Have we talked about how much I love ModCloth? Not only do they feature a variety of sizing in their models, they don’t retouch them heavily. They are awesome! Also, ALL swim is 50% off right now! This suit is perfect for chesty women, with enough fabric to offer full coverage and secure your breasts so they don’t flail about when you inevitably fall off your pool floatie. Plus, it’s a super cute color, and the waist cinch will ensure you can drink as much as you want and not have to pose sucking in your bloated stomach in photos. Win, win, win.

Ekouaer High Neck Halter Bikini

Ekouaer Womens Forest Leaves Printing High Neck Halter Bikini Set Swimsuit (Red Black, XS)

Several of my friends have this suit in a variety of colors. Although the model is super thin and small chested, I assure you we’ve gone to many a pool party in these and there hasn’t been An Incident yet. And we are drinkers. Plus it’s super cheap AND comes in so many different prints! My bestie has four different ones of this same suit. Here are two of my friends in it so you can see how flattering it is IRL:

Blooming Jelly Women’s Vintage Lace One Piece

Blooming Jelly Women's Vintage One Piece Swimsuit Lace Tummy Control Halter Swimwear Bathing Suit (Small, Pink)

This one piece is so fun and I love the lace detailing. Can I just say, I’m SO happy that we’re at a stage in society where one pieces are fun and chic and not sad grandma wear? I wouldn’t have been caught dead in a one piece 10 years ago, and now they’re all I want to wear. I like how this suit is really unique and delicate while still offering support and coverage so you can relax in style. I have this issue with a lot of one pieces where if I turn at all, my entire breast pops out. Rest assured, this one will leave you totally secure.

Swimsuits For All Mentor Fuchsia High Waist Bikini

LOOK at how cute and flattering this suit is! And I love the color. These types of cuts are usually available in only microscopic sizes that barely cover my nipples. This whole brand has a ton of great suits and they carry sizes 4-24, which is amazing and all companies should do it too. Also, the website is offering up to 50% off all their swim right now, with an additional 40% off! Is that like, free? That sounds like it’s basically free. IDK, guys, I was never good at math.

Sociala Push Up Bikini

Another friend-approved option, with a structured, bra-like top to hold your breasts in place. I love bikinis that have an actual cup so your boobs aren’t flailing about the entire day. Plus, you can’t even tell it has a bra top, unlike some bikinis I used to wear in high school from Victoria’s Secret that looked like actual bras. And this one has removable straps for zero tanlines!

Hopefully you found a few you like in this article and can now swim/drink/look cute AND not give an accidental strip tease. Do you want to see more swimwear/clothing articles based on body type? What one would you like to see next? Let me know in the comments!

Images: Joseph Kellner / Unsplash; Modcloth; Amazon; Swimsuits For All; @danibeth87 / Instagram
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16 Trendy Swimsuits Under $100

Look, I work in retail we were sell some nice-ass swim brands. So, I know better than anyone how expensive swimsuits are these days. Like, just the top alone can cost you $100. Which is UNREAL, and I’ll remind you again, I work in retail. Thus, my personal alotted swim budget is pretty minimal. But, finding on-trend swimsuits that are reasonably priced is easier than ever with all the online fast fashion brands we have access to nowadays. Look, it’s unlikely that your bright green neon swimsuit is going to be trendy come next summer, so why spend your life’s savings on something that’s just a passing trend? Here are this season’s swimsuit trends and affordable options for each.

1. High Cut

A high cut bottom is not only trendy, it’s v flattering. It has an effortless retro sex appeal for the ultimate summer vibe. It’s very vintage Baywatch-cool and allows for some variety with your summer tan lines. A flattering swimsuit that looks sexy, stylish, cool AND allows for a more even flawless tan? Could you ask for anything more???

Missguided Mix and Match Bikini Set, $24.50

Asymmetric Colorblock Swimsuit, $17.99

2. Animal Print

We already know animal print is super trendy in general for spring and summer. So it only makes sense that the trend would translate to swim as well. Whether you go leopard, snake, or any other print, pick one in a neutral color to ensure it looks expensive, not cheap. As Countess Luanne would say, “Money can’t buy you class,” so don’t go wasting yours on a pricey swimsuit. Rather, use your best judgement to pick one that just looks expensive. And, if you don’t trust your own judgement in doing so, I’m here for you, just take one of my suggestions below.

Leopard Print Bikini Set, $68

Snake Print Straight Swimsuit, $50

3. Underwire

This is another retro swim trend coming back this season. It’s an awesome trend for both small-chested and busty girls alike. For those who are smaller chested, it creates an illusion of fullness and depth. For those bigger chested, it gives added lift and support. So, regardless of your body type, this is def a trend worth getting behind.

Billabong Sol Searcher Underwire Bikini Top, $49.95 and Sol Searcher Hawaii Bikini Bottoms, $39.95

Out From Under Tulip Underwire One-Piece Swimsuit, $79

4. Belted

Belts are back, and they’re here to elevate your swim game now, too. The belted swimsuit trend gives your one piece more shape by accentuating your waist, and gives your high waisted bottoms an added element of fashion blogger-level style. Like, if your swimsuit doesn’t have a belt this season, do you even know “fashion” at all???

River Island Plunge Bikini Top, $38 and High Waisted Briefs with Belt, $29

Warehouse High Leg Swimsuit With Belt, $45.50

5. Textured

A great way to spice up your swim wardrobe this summer is adding some texture. Whether it’s through ribbed detailing or shirred smocking, an element of texture makes even the most simple bathing suit more feminine and cool. So bring on the texture, baby!

Rust Ribbed Bikini Set, $5o

Shirred Ring Plunge One Piece, $52

6. Neon

This season, it’s all about the bright neons, and this trend is the perfect complement to your summer tan. In regards to your swimsuit, it’s important to glam up your neon suit as much as possible so as not to look tacky. You want to look like Erika Jayne in the Bahamas, not like you got your bikini at one of those souvenir shops on the boardwalk.

Aerie Ribbed Side Scoop Bikini Top, $29.95 and High Cut Cheeky Bikini Bottom, $29.95

New Look Color Block Shirred Swimsuit, $40

7. Metallics

Done correctly, metallics are chic and add an element of glam to your beach day style. Of course, key words here are “done correctly.” If you go buy a slinky gold triangle bikini top from Wet Seal, I can’t guarantee it’s going to be the epitome of glam. Opt for a more subtle bronze or rose gold shade to ensure you look effortlessly beach chic.

Topshop Metallic Ribbed Triangle Bikini Top, $38 and Ribbed Bikini Bottoms, $28

Topshop Metallic Cami Swimsuit, $60

8. Knotted & Bows

Knots and bows add a feminine flair to any swimsuit. Additionally, they allow for another way to adjust your swimsuit to make it fit best to your individual body. Or, if you just want to tie your suit tighter to make your boobs look bigger, you do you, sis.

ASOS DESIGN Neoprene Bow Front Bandeau Bikini Top, $23 and Hipster Bikini, $18

Gidget One-Piece Swimsuit, $84

The official start of summer is right around the corner, so stock up on these trendy swimsuits now before all the good sizes are gone! This way, as you’re getting blacked out on random men’s boats, the one Sunday Scary you won’t be having is whether you looked good or not. Sure you got kicked out of the bar and called your ex 42 times, but we’re all about the small wins here, people.

Images: Roberto Nickson / Unsplash; ASOS (5); Urban Outfitters; Free People; Topshop (4); Aerie; Nordstrom (3); Zara
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The Cutest Bathing Suits You Can Get On Amazon Right Now

I grew up at the beach, which makes me a swimwear connoisseur. In high school I had more bathing suits than actual clothes. It’s tough to choose the perfect suit. Are you pale and need more coverage? Are you going to be drinking and don’t want to worry about looking bloated in photos? What is the tan line situation going to be? It’s truly an art. I used to spend a lot of money on swimwear and would only buy bikinis from Victoria’s Secret. Which, do they even do swim anymore? Now that I literally never go outside, the price just isn’t worth it anyway. Luckily, Amazon has since stepped up their game and you can get chic swimwear for cheap (and quick). Here are my favorite picks right now:

Tempt Me Two Piece Off Shoulder Crop Bikini

Tempt Me Women Two Piece Off Shoulder Ruffled Flounce Crop Bikini Top with Print Cut Out Bottoms White M

This one has been on my wishlist forever, and it’s only $25! The top is so cute and different. I love high-waisted bottoms too, especially at a pool party where I know I’ll be binge drinking and I don’t feel like remembering to suck in my stomach. It’s so on trend, it’s basically an outfit at the pool. The only thing is that you definitely want to remember the SPF, lest you have super weird pale chunks on your arms. But like, you should be using SPF anyway, unless you want to be wrinkled and shriveled later in life.

RUUHEE Women 2 Piece Bikini Set

Image result for RUUHEE Women Stripe Printing Padded Push up 2 Piece Bikini Sets Swimsuits

I swear, I almost bought an identical bikini last year for $100 sooooo I’m really glad I didn’t. Prints are super in this year and just look expensive and luxe (even though this one starts at $12!). They have a ton of different prints and colors, too! The cut is super flattering with no weird tan lines and high waisted trendy bottoms. I also love bikini tops that follow a normal bra line—that means no weird halter lines, or an across-the-boobs pale streak.

ZAFUL Strapless Pineapple Bandeau Bikini Set

ZAFUL Women's Strapless Pineapple Print High Cut Bandeau Bikini Set (Purple, S)

This print is so fun and is perfect for your summer Instagram photo shoots. Check out the customer photos, because the fit looks totally flattering on a variety of body types. The cut is also perfect if you like to tan with no shoulder lines, and the bottoms are low rise so you won’t have half a pale stomach.

Holipick One Piece High Neck Floral Cut Out Swimsuit

Holipick Women One Piece High Neck Floral Printed Cut Out Backless Bathing Suits Swimsuit Blue Medium

I’m sorry, what? This is an identical replica of a super-chic $150 Trina Turk suit, and yet this one is only $25. Save this one for a beach party where you know you’ll run into your ex, as it’s so f*cking fashionable and chic but will give you awful tan lines. Wear SPF. It’s so high fashion and since I’ve been binge-watching RHONY, I feel like this is totally what you would wear to summer in the Hamptons. Am I right??? IDK, I’m from CA.

Dixperfect Bikini Crop Top High Waisted

Dixperfect Two Pieces Bikini Sets Swimsuit Low Scoop Crop Top High Waisted Cheeky Bottom (M, Hot Pink)

Do you want to look like you have the body of a Kardashian without all the surgery and Photoshop? This is the perfect bikini for you. It’s a summer staple at this point. These sports bra/high waisted cuts are super trendy and really flattering to make it look like your waist is tiny and emphasize everywhere else. This one comes in 10 different colors if pink isn’t your thing. It definitely looks high-end, but it’s only $27 right now!

Coohole One PieceCross Bandage Monokini

So I actually have and love this monokini so damn much. Insanely, it’s only $7. It’s such a weird concept but I find it so cool and sexy, and the fit is surprisingly flattering. Just make sure you get your perfect size or, when in doubt, size up, because you want the bands to lie flat on your body and not look like you’ve somehow lassoed your love handles. Just beware of the worst tan lines that have ever existed and wear sunscreen! This is definitely more Vegas pool party than relaxing at the beach.

v28 Deep V Neck Crochet One Piece Bathing Swimsuit

v28 Women's Deep V Neck Backless Crochet Lace Mesh One Piece Bathing Swimsuit (Medium, White)

One pieces are still so fashionable (thank God) and this one looks super chic and expensive, but is only $30! This is perfect if you want to look incredible but also want to drink margaritas to your heart’s desire without looking bloated. I’m particularly proud of this find and it also comes in black.

These Amazon swimsuits are so cute, and they’re only the tip of the iceberg. A word to the wise, though: you’ll want to read the sizing guides and reviews very carefully to make sure you get the right size. Because, like, I don’t know about you, but I’ve never actually returned anything I’ve bought off of Amazon. It’s just never worth the effort.

Images: Tyler Nix / Unsplash; Amazon (7)

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7 Brands You Didn’t Know Make Super Cute Swimsuits

Swimsuit season is upon us, and I for one am thrilled for the chance to shop for yet another one to fill up my already-clogged closet. (It’s not my fault; New York City apartments have notoriously small storage.) In addition to wearing swimsuits to the pool, I’m all about a bathing suit that can be transitioned. Sure, it’s not necessary, but it’s an added bonus if I can buy a swimsuit and wear that as a festival outfit (which I will be doing all next weekend at Shaky Beats, for anyone who cares). The problem, of course, is that we as a society are lazy and don’t want to spend hours at Macy’s or wherever or combing the internet. So I’ve done you the courtesy of finding a bunch of brands that you didn’t know make super cute (and often very affordable) bathing suits. Prepare to be shocked.

Nike

I know, it’s shocking, but Nike actually has some of the cutest swimsuits around, and the reason I love them so much are that you can wear these as more than just swimsuits. Anyone who knew me in Atlanta circa 2015 knows that one of my favorite pastimes was to see how far I could push the definition of “crop top”. Like, I had a few bathing suits I would wear out to bars, and nobody said sh*t to me. Many of Nike’s spring swimsuits fall right into this category, and can be worn as tops, bodysuits, etc. Of course, since they’re made by Nike, you also can swim in them without fearing they will fall apart. As an extra bonus, many of the pieces are reversible, so you can get so many wears out of them. I’m obsessed.

Nike Flash Reversible Crossback Bikini Top

Nike Shine Stripe Crossback Midi

Maaji

Maaji is a Colombian swimwear line that recently launched in the U.S. Most of their pieces are super colorful and fun, and they have so many different silhouettes that aren’t just the regular triangle bikini we’re all sick of seeing. But here’s the big deal with Maaji: all of their suits in their newest line are reversible—two ways. That means you can wear them fowards, backwards, inside out, and inside out and backwards. So you’re getting four different suits in one. It’s legit incredible.

Maaji Mandarin Dazzling

To put it into perspective, all those photos are of THE SAME SUIT. Literally.

Victoria’s Secret

No, that’s not a typo, and no, it’s not a mistake. Victoria’s Secret’s swimwear is BACK, baby, by popular demand (I assume, since we were all basically crying when it got discontinued). Thank f*cking god. From cute separates you can mix and match to sexy one-pieces, they have so much good sh*t at very reasonable prices (and plenty of other suits at higher price points, but I’m not made of money). I’m talking bikini tops for under $50. They’ve also got one piece options for under $100, which doesn’t sound like a deal, but really is if you spend like, five minutes researching how much bathing suits go for these days.

Victoria’s Secret Zip V-Neck One Piece

Victoria’s Secret Asymmetric One-Shoulder Bralette & Asymmetric Cut-Out Hipster

Kona Sol

All you Target-loving betches, rejoice. Target’s swimwear has been killing it for years now, and they just introduced a new line called Kona Sol that boasts inclusive sizing and good quality swimwear. Oh, and amazing prices. Like, a one piece for $40? Sign me up; I’ll take 10.

Kona Sol Women’s Plus Size Twist Front Cut Out One Piece Swimsuit

Kona Sol Women’s Faux Wrap Halter Bikini Top

Aerie

If you are not yet a believer of aerie, you need to get on board with their swimsuits (but really, why don’t you own 60 of their bras already?!). As far as swimwear goes, they offer very cute basics as well as fun, flirty patterns at super affordable prices—I’m talking a bikini top for $25 (and up). Many of these pieces can also transition from the pool to a music festival, or wherever else besides a body of water that you might wear a bathing suit.

Aerie Ribbed Side Scoop Bikini Top

Aerie Crochet Triangle Bikini Top

Curvy Beach

Curvy Beach, brainchild of former plus-size model Elizabeth Taylor, offers suits in sizes 4 to 26 and cup sizes A through J. It was initially such a big hit that its first line of swimsuits sold out in 24 hours, so you’ll have to act quickly if you want to get your hands on one of these size-inclusive neon suits. Also, and I think this is crazy revolutionary, their site instructs you on how to order (like what situations you’d want to size down), and the padding is optional. Thank you. What a miracle.

Curvy Beach Neon Triangle Top

Curvy Beach Neon Side Tie Bottom

Indigo Swimwear

Okay, so this brand is a little more expensive than some of the others, and speaking for myself, these silhouettes are a little more aspirational. Like, think lots of strappy and cheeky looks. If you can pull that off, I’m jealous, but I’d look like a sausage in casing. But they’re so cute! Ugh, it pains me. It’s fine, I’m fine. In any case, these come in fun colors, and all their suits are made from ECONYL yarn and 100% regenerated nylon made from ocean waste and fishing nets, so even if they’re not the most sustainable for your budget, they are sustainable for the environment, and that’s all the justification I need to go buy a few.

Indigo Swimwear The Amelia Top & The Amelia Bottom

Indigo Swimwear The Bay Top & The Bay Bottom

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