Best Swimsuits for Every Age, Size & Budget

Our picks will do more for your shape than a juice fast. Whether you're looking for extra slimming, better support or a boost of sexiness, you'll find it here.

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Splashes of Color

Big blooms are more grownup than girly; subtle ruffles are just sweet enough.


Noelle Swimwear, $188;

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Body Builder

What do you do when your cups runneth over? Stop wearing a bra underneath your suit (you know who you are) and instead invest in something with all the structural integrity you need. Sizes up to 16.


Miraclesuit, $152;

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Moody Hues

The navy background looks sophisticated; ditto the single-strap neckline.


Ella Moss, $125;

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Feel-Good Fabric

Bored with black? Us, too. Molded interior cups won’t pinch or shift.


Vitamin A, $159;

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Artful Print

The top looks so good, you’ll want to wear it with skirts and shorts (and you can).


Girls4Sport, $93;

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Orange Crush

Dear Ruching: Thanks for keeping my middle on the DL. Sizes up to 16.


Tommy Bahama, $136;

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Underwire Wonder

So supportive, we consider the neck tie optional.


Shoshanna, $185;

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Eastern Inspiration

The detail in the chinoiserie print is a standout.


Natori, $188;

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Body Baring

For the confident among us: Go for the gold (hardware-hoop details, that is).


Voda Swim, $127;

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Winning Construction

The perfect union of wide straps, extra Lycra in the midsection and durable fabric is worth the investment. Sizes up to XL.


Agua de CoCo, $201; 212-575-1001.

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Sexy Support

Stay-put but stylish in a shimmery bottle-green hue. Too much of a boost? Take out the top’s padded inserts.


H&M, $23; for stores.

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Digitally Mastered

The fiery matrix design will give your skin a bronzy glow, no sun required.


Sauipe Swimwear, $225;

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Retro Chic

The look is glam, and the bikini top is bra sized so you can find your ideal fit. Sizes up to 26.


Elomi, $118;

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Shades of Gray

The manipulated fabric (drapes, folds) contours your body. Sizes up to 24.


Sorella Swim, $198;

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Skirt with Sass

Whatever you’d like to hide, don’t go any longer than this—you’ll look matronly.


Bleu/Rod Beattie, $144; bleurodbeattie​.com for stores.

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Tank You

The detailed print is an ideal mid­section concealer. Sizes up to XL.


Lenny, $182; Bloomingdale’s, 212-705-2000.

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Tribal Trend

All tankinis are not created equal. The A-line top will skim, not squeeze, your middle.


Sunsets, $126;

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Divide and Conquer

The top half provides a pretty face framer while the bottom half minimizes. Sizes up to 16.


Magicsuit by Miraclesuit,$152;

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Optical Illusion

The black-and-white under-layer provides a smooth foundation; the mesh overlay creates movement. Sizes up to XL.


Agua de CoCo, $201; 212-575-1001. 

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Sailor Stripes

Slip on a maxi skirt and sandals, and you’re cocktail ready.


Perry Ellis, $118; Dillard’s, 800-345-5273.

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Bold Graphics

Erase five pounds in an instant. Sizes up to 16.


Magicsuit by Miraclesuit,$170;

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Cougar, Schmougar

If you’ve skipped more planks than you’ve suffered through, this will make it nobody’s business but your own. Sizes up to XL.


Kenneth Cole, $130; Lord & Taylor, 800-223-7440.

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1940s Flair

The high-design elements are what you’re paying for.


Kore Swim, $214;

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Impressive Ikat

This print is on trend and totally flattering. Sizes up to 16.


Anne Cole Signature,$96;

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Paging Cleopatra

From the company that put wearable shapewear on the map. Sizes up to 18.


Spanx, $198;

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Meet the Swim Dress

Those kicky red straps attach to a red undersuit; the black overlay is forgiving.


MagicSuit by MiracleSuit, $168;

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Zippity Doo Da

Play peekaboo with a few well-placed mesh stripes—and without the worry of a wardrobe malfunction.


Karla Colletto, $334;

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Shorts Story

You say you love to play beach volleyball but you don’t like digging out sand? This suit has your name on it.


EcoSwim by Aqua Green, $120;

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Lap Swimmer

It’s flattering and super supportive. Ready, set, go! Sizes up to 18.


Speedo, $89;

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Nautical Nicety

So French, it practically comes with a ticket to St. Tropez.


Beach House, $87; Dillard’s, 800-345-5273.

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Sports Star

The top’s mesh back and inserts keep you cool, no matter the heat index. Bonus: the periwinkle color. Sizes up to 18.



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Skin Saver

This high-tech fabric has SPF built right in. (Protecting the rest of your body? Your job.) Sizes up to 26W.


Lands’ End, $70;

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Designer Do

Hear this: A bikini with a full bottom is not an urban (or seaside) myth. Sizes up to XL.


KennethCole, $130; Macy’s, 800-289-6229.

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Tried-and-True Tank

The graduated color spectrum slims from your rib cage down. Sizes up to 24W.


Beach Native,$68;

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Form Meets Function

The fit is guaranteed: The top is as adjustable as any bra (straps, closure); the bottom has an interior tie to cinch your hips. Sizes up to XL.


Athleta, $98;

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Figure Fixer

The midsection zigzag color swath distracts from (and diminishes) your belly. Sizes up to 24W.


Delta Burke, $79;

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Tuxedo Junction

Perfect for black-tie pool parties—or if you just want a slender silhouette.


Simply Maaji Swimwear, $150;

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Pop of Chevron

The cutest boy-short ever, with self-adjusting pull ties to show off a little, or a lot, of leg. Sizes up to XL.


Juicy Couture Swimwear, $174; for stores. 

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Sleek Shades

The color blocking will do more to slim your middle than cutting carbs. Sizes up to 16.


Nautica, $91;

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Boudoir Bather

Though lace can look tacky, this one’s luxe. Why? Simple tank styling, dense embroi-dery and the opaque nude underlayer. Sizes up to XL.


OMO Norma Kamali, $385;

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Budget Beauty

We’re not naming names, but this lively print is designer quality (the details, the color combo) at a fraction of the cost.


H&M, $15; for stores.

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One for All

The cut and tonality are universally flattering.


Sauipe Swimwear, $425;

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Dare to Bare

Turquoise accents on a white bikini? Too Housewives of Beverly Hills. On subtly textured mocha? Lovely.


Gossip Collection, $74;

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Lingerie Look-Alike

The hook-and-eye detailing is pure underpinning; the fish-scale damask is pure genius.


Lilibon, $276;

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Swim, Italian Style

Support and coverage on both top and bottom in the designer’s signature color weave. We’re in love.


Missoni, $465; 212-517-9339.

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Reptilian Wonder

The snakeskin pattern puts the novelty in animal print, softened here by the seaside hues.


Eberjey, $158;

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Surfing Safari

The earthy tribal print is wearable and very hot this season, with a front peephole that shows just enough.


Vitamin A, $159;

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Nearly Nude

It bears repeating: In ruching we trust. The neutral color will look great with any printed topper.


Melissa Odabash, $227;

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Gold Standard

Side cutouts are übersexy but require an hourglass shape for best effect.


Orchid Label, $90;

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Singular Sensation

So gorgeous, you might as well skip the cover-up.


A.CHE Swimwear, $178;

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Freshly Minted

There are plunge pools and plunging necklines. We like both.


KORE SWIM, $234;

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Mellow Yellow

What are you paying for? Phenomenal fit and fabric.


Eres, $465; 888-656-3737.


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Share Your Thoughts!


Margot Segal06.22.2013

Some great options but one I love is Lynnina. They have adorable boardshorts, bikini tops, halters, tankinis and rashguards that are perfect for in the pool, or out. The prints are great and the shorts cover all those areas I'd prefer not to expose any more. All of the styles are really flattering. Here's their website for anyone interested in taking a look -

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