The high-waisted bikini, a staple of ‘40s summer style, has once again regained popularity and has bumped the itsy-bitsy bikini off its pedestal. The appeal of this two-piece is that it provides moderate coverage without being matronly. And while high-waisted bottoms are favored by your midsection, they also enhance your curves and elongate your legs. Looking to show a bit more skin? Go with a cheekier bottom and show it off. From full coverage to the teeniest of bottoms and everything in between, there’s an option suited for every body type (no pun intended). Just ask our friends Lea Michelle, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Demi Lovato, who rock this style on the reg. Check out our picks of the best swim sets that are perfect for the warmer days ahead.
Make a summer time statement in this snake skin two-piece. This top is similar to a sports bra that will hold everything in and, matching bottoms that cinch at the waist to create a seamless hourglass figure.
Montce Top, $98; Montce Bottom, $88
This belted suit from Onia will be your next summer classic. There's no going wrong with a playful and floral two-piece that will never go out of style.
Onia Top, $95; Onia Bottom, $95
Solid or Striped
This striped bikini top is easily mixed and matched with any of Eberjey's comfy and feminine swimwear. Pair this suit with an eyelet mini skirt that lets your bottoms peek through for a flirty beach-day look.
Eberjey Top, $108; Eberjey Bottom, $108
Game, Set, Match
This scalloped swimsuit from Marysia is equal parts sporty and sweet. You're sure to look chic in any of their easily mixed and matched pieces that are perfect for a little beach volleyball or catching some waves.
Marysia Top, $150; Marysia Bottom; $150
Take Us Back
It's time to book a trip....to go back in time. This high-waisted polka-dot swimsuit by Peony has that vintage feel you're looking for. Pair your bikini with a chic straw hat to complete the retro look.
Peony Top, $79; Peony Bottom, $79
This will be the bikini to bring if you're only allowed a single carry-on. A one-shoulder bikini in steel blue is simple yet fashionable and will go with whatever the weekend has in store for you.
Cos Top, $39; Cos Bottom, $39
Madewell offers so many trendy and affordable swimsuits, it seems as though their high-waisted options are endless. This printed top and matching high-waisted bottoms are great when you're ballin' on a budget.
Madewell Top, $34; Madewell Bottom, $32
If you're going to buy a solid bikini, find one that's not the typical black. Go for a non-traditional color, like this rust, for a more unique vibe than what everyone else on the beach will be wearing.
Anemone Top, $140; Anemone Bottom, $135
For my small-chested gals, go for bikini tops like this balconette style top, which lift you in all the right places. Meanwhile, the high-waisted bottom draws all eyes to to the smallest part of your waist to show off your figure.
White Fox Swim Top, $40; White Fox Swim Bottom, $30
This ultra-high-waisted bottom will give you the extra boost you need to strut down that boardwalk. The high-cut bottoms make your legs look like they go for miles. Match with their bandeau style top and try not to turn too many heads.
Juillet Top, $118 ; Juillet Bottom, $110
You can spot this Lisa Marie Fernandez from a mile away, thanks to the button details (so cute!). This style, made from stretch fabric, is comfortable and flattering. Pair it with the brand's yellow skirt as a cover up and go from beach to bar with ease.
Lisa Marie Fernandez High Waisted Bikini, $425
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