The phrase "modest swimsuit" kinda has a negative rep, and I'm here to set the record straight. Modest doesn't mean ugly or that you have to completely cover up at the beach (or in your backyard/balcony because #stayhome). Instead, modest swimsuits are simply toned-down versions of your string bikinis and one-pieces with over-the-top cutouts. Think: Swimsuits with sleeves, or more ruching in the midsection and back. These suits were made to help you look and feel your best. You can still look feminine, sexy, comfortable—all those good things—without feeling completely naked. Let me prove this to you with the best modest swimsuit pieces ahead.
Best Seersucker One-Piece Swimsuit
Keep your look classic this summer with a wrap-effect swimsuit. The small plunging neckline gives you the liberty to show off some skin in the front and back without stepping too far out of your comfort zone.
Best Strapless One-Piece Swimsuit
Here's a sophisticated and subtly sexy approach to showing some skin. The draped wrapped cut out waist tie on this Zimmermann swimsuit gives the elegant illusion of a two-piece. Although a strapless piece, you'll still feel covered in all the right places.
Best Side-Slit One-Piece Swimsuit
Cover up your cleavage and go for a little side boob action with this side slit swimsuit. The simple cut silhouette has a high-cut leg to give you a cheeky-fit and a low plunging back. This style is business in the front while there's a slight party going on in the back...and along the sides.
Best One-Piece Sport Swimsuit
Take the sporty approach to your poolside attire by reaching for the Vaara swimsuit. Stick with full coverage or undo the front zipper to show off a little skin and the contrasting cream colored lining.
Best One-Piece Underwire Swimsuit
In my book, navy is basically black in terms of being flattering and versatile. This nautical inspired swimsuit comes equipped with underwire cup support, removable shoulder straps, and sculpting stretch fabric to give you a slimming silhouette. Wear with a woven sunhat and espadrilles for that Insta-outfit.
Best Animal Print One-Piece Swimsuit
Mara Hoffman's one of those brands that's mastered the modest but still so feminine and cute look for all its swimsuits. The v-neck silhouette and crossover straps of this tiger-jacquard printed one-piece shows off just enough skin to double as a bodysuit. After a day at the beach, slip into a wide-leg pant or midi skirt and sandal for the perfect evening look.
Best One-Piece Bodysuit
This one-piece resembles a bodysuit and not a swimsuit, making it the perfect pool-to-lunch look. Short sleeves provide modest coverage without fully covering up your arms, if you want to show off your tattoos or jewelry. Additionally, a high-cut design on this one piece gives the illusion of longer legs.
Best Ruffle One-Piece Swimsuit
Owning a Johanna Ortiz swimsuit is like buying a piece of art. There's so much detail and intricacy involved in the creation of every item. This vibrant yellow piece, in particular, has a cute ruffle shoulder design and braided wrap belt. You can't help but feel fancy and one-of-a-kind in this swimsuit.
Best Denim Swimsuit
Every summer there's one swimsuit that stands out because of its design or material, and this season it's this denim one piece from Solid & Striped. You can wear this into the water, dry off, then turn this baby into a bodysuit with a pair of jean shorts for that denim-on-denim look.
Best Black One-Piece Swimsuit
This H&M swimsuit promises a sculpting effect on the tummy, back, and butt, thanks to its strategic wrap-over fit and ruched detailing. It's fully lined with lightly padded cups and boning for support. Adjust the straps to your desired fit, and get ready to hit the beach or pool feeling your best.
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Marina Liao is the former fashion news editor at MarieClaire.com, where she covered celebrity style (from Meghan Markle to Katie Holmes), fashion trends, and shopping advice, plus conducted original interviews with industry insiders. She's also had many opportunities to write content in other areas such as beauty, food, tech, and even home. Her previous fashion stints include POPSUGAR and Cosmopolitan.
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